Plan the Ultimate Italy Trip: Featuring Rome
It isn’t a trip to Italy if you don’t visit Rome! Rome is one of the oldest still living cities in the world — just walking through the streets is like walking back in time. Of course, it can also be overwhelming. What should you focus on when you’re in Rome?
Planning Your Trip through Rome
Rome is a sprawling city and can often be confusing. You can increase your enjoyment of the city by planning ahead. For a start, you don’t want to visit in August through early September: a lot of the town will be closed or being restored and renovated. You should spend at least a few days in Rome if you want to experience it properly, and you should make your hotel reservations well in advance. Rome is a prime tourist destination and the best hotels sell out very quickly.
A map of Rome will give you a good idea of where to explore, and most of Rome is going to be “walkable”; if you plan properly, you will be able to walk from site to site. However, be aware that “walkable” can mean different things to our European neighbors; some areas may take about 30 minutes to reach on foot, even if they look relatively close on the map.
In addition to attractions, food is one of the largest draws in Rome. Plan ahead and book at some of the restaurants you’re interested in – but take the time to see some of the smaller, hole-in-the-wall restaurants as well. Food is plentiful and cheap in Rome.
Tips for Traveling through Rome
Anthony Bourdain spent some time in the city in “The Layover: Rome” and had the following tips to share:
- Take some time. Don’t race from place to place; Rome is a city that needs to be taken in slowly. Schedule half a week to wander around Rome and absorb the culture and ambiance.
- Choose transportation wisely. Like many cities in Italy, Rome has a tremendous array of transportation options, and not all of them are efficient or reliable. The train station, for instance, can be difficult to maneuver.
- Stay within the center of the city. Centro Storico is the historical center, which places you within walking distance of many of the things that you want to visit. Book ahead of time!
- Check out the delis. Italy is stuffed full of deli and grocery stores which have ready-made foods, which are both affordable and an excellent taste of the city.
- Consider renting a Vespa. A Vespa is an exciting and convenient way to get around the city, and right in line with the locals.
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