A long popular destination, Rome is famous for its classic Roman buildings and culture that surrounds the city. Halfway at the foot of Italy, on the West side, the city is now 2,700 years old.
What is Rome like?
Rome is a beautiful and historic city full of architecture and bustle of Italian life. Home to leading fashion designer shops around the world, some are located near the Spanish Steps, and also the Colloseum, the famous Trevi Fountain and many more, often too much to see than too little. The streets in the Italian capital are very busy, but have many ancient restaurants and wonderful Gelato (real Italian flavor, very sweet and refreshing handmade ice cream) scattered everywhere, especially if you venture into several suburbs, so You will get a real Italian experience.
Thing to do
Vatican City, home to the Pope of the Catholic Church, is located inside Rome. A trip to this landlocked, small sovereign country is an interesting experience. Remember to take something to cover your shoulders as a sign of respect, something important to note if you want to roam the Vatican. With small shops lined the streets outside this area, this is a good trip and easily reached from the center of Rome. Make sure you visit the Sistine Chapel, with a painted Michelangelo ceiling and St. Peter’s Basilica while you are there and maybe even send a postcard to get the Vatican postal sign.
Around Rome there are many tourist traps, such as Colloseum, Trevi Fountain (legend has it that if you flip a coin, you will return one day, and if you flip two coins, you will find your true love), the Spanish Step and Pantheon. Getting around the city to see everything is easy with the Metro underground system and many buses.
Try and visit places such as the Villa Borghese gardens
near the Spanish steps, and the wonderful bridges that cross the river Tiber, to get away from the main crowds. Ask locals in back street restaurants, or in the hotel, in order to find some hidden gems the city has to offer. There are many museums filled with classic Italian art, for example, and it is easy to take day trips to less tourist filled, but equally nice areas of Italy, such as Assisi, Palestrina, and Frascati via train services or coach tours.
You will never run out of things to do in Rome, why not start off with an open top bus tour to get a feel for the Eternal City and its layout, and then plan your days from there?
Things to think about
It is important to realize that, due to City’s popularity, it also has a high crime rate for pickpockets. Use the hotel safe for all your valuables and never take all your money or passport when you leave: just bring what you need. Remember, with so many people, you will rarely catch a robber after they hit.
Rome can also be a fairly expensive place to travel, so make sure you give yourself a lot of money if you plan to travel there. Try booking accommodation around Stazione Termini (the main train station in Rome) if you want something a little cheaper but still good, this will allow you to use the train to get around, but without sacrificing the main parts of Rome.
Have a good vacation