“When in Rome, do as the Romans do!” Sounds quite a familiar phrase? But, how will you do as the Romans until you know all of these essential Rome tips and tricks that will make your trip an incredible one? For e. g. you may wish to feast on carbs at every meal or to indulge in an extra scoop of gelato, where will you splurge? Also, Rome is a pickpocket city – just keep your eyes wide open.
The cosmopolitan capital of the Catalonia region of Spain, Barcelona, located on the north-eastern coast, is well-known for its awe-striking arts and architecture. The beautiful city has so much to offer that one may run a risk of missing out on some great stuff – a seductive labyrinth of cobblestone streets, charming seaside, mouth-watering food, and Antoni Gaudi’s masterpieces. Also, the irresistible beaches! The list just goes on and on. Go ahead and read on to start ticking off the most unique experiences that you wish to do when in this Mediterranean city.
For a first-time visitor, Rome can be extremely exciting and overwhelming. To help you save a lot of time and money, of course, here’s our some insider travel tips and tricks for a perfect Rome holiday. Check them out right here only to lap up the dolce vita lifestyle in the capital of Italy.
Rome was not toured in a day – considering the number of attractions the city brags about. From the spectacular Colosseum to the Vatican, from the Pantheon to the Trevi Fountain, all these world-class sites have thousands of visitors every day. It will be quite shocking not to stand in a queue and visit all of them, appreciating the beauty – yeah, pretty shocking!
Summer, the tourist season, is miserably crowded. It is very hot, too. Unless you have a good travel agency to escort you from the clutches of the maddening crowd, planning a trip in April and May through September and October looks cool. The days are pleasant, while the nights get a bit chilly. Needless to mention, Rome is a year-round travel destination.
Unless you are hitting big stores and fancy restaurants, it is highly recommended to have enough cash with you. Another major reason to always carry Euros is that Italy is largely dependent on a cash economy.
The Eternal City is well-hydrated – thanks to the ancients who have built aqueducts. Even today, Rome is provided with the best drinking water through various fountains peppered throughout the city.
Why would you buy drinking water bottles when you can simply top up along the way as you traverse around? Now you know why Rome is fully-packed with tourists in summer? Just get your bottle or flask!
Not a devout? That’s okay! It is not a mandatory eligibility criterion to appreciate the treasures. But yes, you do have to dress properly. Rome boasts more than 900 spellbinding churches that are worth take a look inside and admire the reserves.
Men should wear shorts or pants that extend to the knees.
Women should cover their shoulders (maybe, a scarf would work) and should wear skirts that go below the knees.
Your heels are cute, but you know you need to leave them behind at home and pack comfy shoes for a Rome trip because you have got to walk a lot. Nonetheless, it is not compulsory to wear sports shoes, a pair of comfortable sneakers would do the job as you stroll around the city.
Remember what we started with? ‘When in Rome…’! This fits the best here! Learn basic Italian phrases (since not everyone speaks good English) and greet people in the local language first. If travelling through the rural areas, Italian predominantly prevails.
You have to change your eating habits, particularly the timing while holidaying in Rome. The Romans prefer having dinner late till 8.30 in the evening. Hence, the cafes and restaurants often open up late and if you feel the hunger pangs by 6 or 7 pm, try an aperitivo. This is what most Italians do. Aperitivo is a great fun food experience. It is comprised of a pre-dinner drink accompanied by salty snacks.
If your travel dates fall on the first Sunday of a month (any month), you would not want to miss out on this opportunity to visit archaeological sites and museums without paying the entrance fee. Wondering which sites? Some of them would be the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, Colosseum, Baths of Caracalla and Galleria Borghese.
Given the popularity of places like the Vatican City, the Colosseum and other popular Roman sites, we strongly advise you to go with a Rome travel and tour operator. It will help you cut the line, thus saving hours because skipping-the-line-tours is a splurge worth the money.
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