Let’s agree that there are so many blogs, stories, articles, pictures about Rome, that one more may seem to be unnecessary 🙂 But still, I find it interesting to read about personal impressions, advices and stories (with the hope that someone else finds it interesting as well, I’m going to write about mine).
We arrived to Rome at night, so just decided to walk around. Didn’t expect to see too much, as it was dark, but damn this city has a lot to offer.
So there we are, standing in front of the Colosseum, all in lights, big, as it is.
We kept walking and there came more!
When your first sight of the city is at night, seeing it when it’s light, is totally different experience, especially in city like Rome, where there’s so much to see.
It’s always difficult to plan a trip in a city like this, because you always worry to miss something. From my experience the best way to enjoy the city is to plan visiting ”must see places”, let’s say, the first two days of your trip.
You can start from Vatican city-Vatican museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. For the first two you need a ticket, and if you plan to buy it on place, it’s a wrong decision: buy it online not to stay in a line more than 3 hours. On the way to entrance you’ll pass the queue with the biggest smile in a world, having tickets in your hands (I guarantee).
Ignore those hundreds of people, who’ll try to sell you a trip with a guide (of course if you don’t want to have a guide :)). When they advice you to change your ticket type to skip the line for St. Peter’s Basilica, don’t panic that you have to go out and wait untill your turn. Here’s an advice you’re gonna use 🙂 When you’re done with Sistine Chapel (cause it’s the last stop), you have the exit on the left, but… head to the right and join some group, after several minutes you’re ready to buy a ticket to climb up Basilica’s dome, the view is breathtaking 🙂
Spend some time when you’re up to have a cup of coffee (it’s a great feeling) and then when you’re out, just have a walk around.
The second most important place is of course Colosseum: ticket includes Palatino and Roman Forum. Be ready for really long walk. BTW, if someone has an idea of taking a picture, where no one else is, forget about it: too many people for that. Here the line is not that long (although I think it depends more on a season).
After each of this let’s say trips, always go for a walk to one of this fantastic squares: Piazza Navonna, neighbourhood of Monti, Campo de Fiori, Trastevere, Piazza Di Spagna, Piazza Venezzia and of course Piazza di Trevi. So many Piazzas’ that we didn’t manage to see, but one thing I would advise for sure: just keep walking, get lost and don’t even bother yourself to get to know where exactly you are.
While choosing a cafe, reastaurant, pub, or whatever, always remember: only because it’s Italy, you will not get the best food everywhere, be ready for little disappointment. And service is not always the best, but when you find a nice place, you’ll not regret it 🙂 I basically lost my ability to choose any place to have a break: they all are so cosy, nice and tasty, so I wanted to be in all of them(it’s like thousands of them) for a dinner, for an ice-cream, for a cake, for a wine…my husband didn’t like the idea though, don’t even know why 😉
P.S. There’s a really nice district called Testaccio: I suppose not every tourist gets there, it’s mainly active after midnight: the place is the heart of clubbing community I suppose. My husband has a theory, that Romans created this district to be far from tourists’ eyes 🙂 It’s a bit far from center and if you get there before midnight (which we did), it’s a bit scary and abandoned (at least it seemed like that to me).
Whatever you’ll choose to do and wherever you’ll choose to go in Rome, you’ll be back with greatest memories and satisfaction 🙂
Enjoy Rome 🙂
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