Being born in North Italy, my feelings for Rome were killed along the years. I only and always heard bad news about Rome: dirty,dangerous, violent, decadent and so on and so on. Some time ago I decided to risk my life and have a short holiday in Rome: possibly, I have been in the most beautiful city on Earth!
So, let me share with you a few tricks how to enjoy your Rome experience and come back home with a big smile:
1- Rome is always full of tourists queuing for any kind of attraction. We bought all tickets for museums and excursions on line and we were so glad of it. Jumping hundred meters of queues has a little price!
2- Rome is huge: don’t waste time on public services and book an hotel close to Castel Sant’Angelo. It is a very safe area and you are close to everything, if you dare to walk.
3- Rome is flooded with thieves waiting for the good opportunity to steal you everything. Don’t give them this opportunity and nothing will happen. This means, keep bags and belonging always close to you and properly “zipped”
4- Try to avoid public services and the areas around train stations: lock your bags otherwise
5- Rome parks by night are dangerous for what I heard: do not do what you wouldn’t in any big metropolitan area
6- In Rome everything works, but not at your pace. Don’t get crazy when tours are delayed or 4 star-hotel rooms are not ready when you arrive: enjoy the relaxed spirit, you are on holidays after all.
7- Food in Rome is excellent, but eating directly in Navona Square or Campo dei Fiori will be very expensive. Always spend some more time looking for restaurants in small streets out of the main tourist stream. Also in Trastevere there are good opportunities.
8- Rome is surrounded by excellent ancient Roman locations. We had wonderful time in Ostia Antica, but the choice is yours.
9- Don’t miss walking through Parco Borghese, a wonderful park in the middle of Rome: it’s pure relax
10- Whatever is your faith, don’t miss Vatican Museums and Cappella Sistina, possibly the most beautiful artistic exhibition on Earth (book the visits or you will have to wait from 2 to 4 hours queueing..)
11- Wear comfortable shoes: on maps everything looks close, but it is not at all!
To give you an idea of the beautiful environment we experienced, click on the post picture and follow our guide for our flickr.com picture set! But to taste the food in Rome, you have to pay it a visit! Buon appetito!