If you’re looking to experience something that you won’t soon forget, the capital city of Italy is probably the answer. With its cobble-stoned streets, ancient buildings and magnificent landmarks, Rome is one of the most historical cities in the world. It’s a beautiful place, but like all areas, it also has its share of both positives and negative aspects. This review will explore some of my experiences in Rome, so that you can be prepared for the good, the bad and everything in between.
Before I go into detail about how amazing Rome is, I should advise you to be careful of pickpockets and gypsies. These types of people are abundant in Rome, and they have absolutely no shame in trying to steal your belongings. You should travel with a bag that has a secure zipper and a short strap so that you can keep it close to your body at all times. You shouldn’t leave your bag open, nor should you let it out of your sight.
You may think that citizens are being friendly when offering their assistance (don’t get me wrong — sometimes they are), but you need to be wary. Often, people will help you with things, such as giving directions and carrying your luggage, but they might expect to be paid for their help. A lot of them do this for a living, and if you refuse to pay them, they probably won’t take it well. This was a new experience for me, as Australian culture is very different.
In my opinion, Rome is home to some of the best food in the world. If you enjoy pizza, pasta and sauce, you can’t go wrong when dining out in Rome. Most restaurant staff have basic English speaking skills, so it’s quite easy to communicate with them. Admittedly, there were a few restaurants that gave me the incorrect meal due to my poor grasp of the Italian language, but fortunately, I enjoyed the meal anyway. Even though it’s always best to learn the native language, you can easily get by without knowing how to speak Italian.
When it comes to sightseeing, the Colosseum is an absolute must. It has stunning ancient architecture, and it carries so much history that it’s impossible not to be impressed. The Vatican, which is the home of the Pope, is also an extremely worthy destination. It has breathtaking art, which you’re free to observe at your leisure. There’s a lot of walking involved, and these destinations are always crowded, so make sure that you’re prepared for an array of different circumstances. Other popular tourist destinations include the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and more. You should do some research about what attractions you’re likely to find enjoyable before booking anything.
For those who enjoy a bit of shopping, Rome is definitely for you. Rome is known for providing excellent qualities of fashion, and most shopping facilities are reputable. Rome boasts all kinds of shopping resources, and it caters towards people of all different tastes, so there’s something for everyone. You can visit quaint markets, wander around designer stores, shop for luxurious handbags and perfume, or even try your luck bartering at local shopping areas. It’s a good idea to make sure that you have an understanding of Euros, which is the Italian currency, in comparison to your own country’s currency. Some shopkeepers in Rome have been known to take advantage of tourists’ vulnerability.
Rome is one of the most historical cities in the world. It has a lot of public transport available, including trains, buses and taxis, so you should find it relatively easy to navigate around. You can even explore outside the city, as it’s quite close to several other popular cities and towns.
If you’re adequately prepared for all of the above circumstances, you should have a once in a lifetime experience. Don’t let the negative aspects deter you, but learn from them so that you don’t repeat them.