So, I recently came back from a short but sweet trip to Rome, and now it’s time to put it all in writing and make a little Rome travel guide for you guys! We stayed in Rome for five days and I think that’s plenty of time to see all to important stuff. Well at least if you’re a bit more lucky than we were and rain doesn’t cross your plans. We managed to see most of planned stuff, but also spend lot’s of time hidden somewhere waiting for rain to stop… Usually in a bar with good and expensive wine in front of us. It’s almost impossible to avoid expensive drinks if you take a seat right next to some major attractions, but rain made us do it. You can also get a perfectly reasonable priced meal and drinks in Rome, just wander off a bit and don’t fall for tourist traps.
YOU MUST SEE…
🍕COLLOSEUM AND PALENTINE HILL
🍕CASTEL ST. ANGELO
🍕FIND A ROOFTOP BAR!
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK?
First night of our trip we decided to grab a dinner in a charming neighbourhood called Trastevere, and we loved it so much that we spend all of our evenings there. The restaurant I loved the most was Aristocampo, where we spent the most lovely evening with lot’s of food, loooooot’s of wine and heavenly dessert. The price was reasonable and at the end we even got a pack of spaghetti as a gift!
HOW TO GET AROUND ROME?
We bought Roma pass which included 3 day of public transport and entrance to first 2 museums. We decided to use it on Colosseum and Palentine hill which counts as one and Castle St. Angelo. The rest of the days we just walked or bought tickets for one ride. Be careful as you have to validate the ticket when you go on the bus.
ITALIAN WORDS TO LEARN
Unfortunately I don’t speak Italian, but since it’s located just next to Slovenia and we get quite a few tourists from Italy I understand it un poco! In my experience Italians are the worst when it comes to speaking English, but I was pleasantly surprised because we didn’t have any trouble finding English speaking locals in Rome. But still, here are some words you can learn before your trip, so you’ll know what they mean when they’ll yell Ciao Bella to you at the street!
Hello – Ciao
Goodbye: Ciao /Arrivederci (ARNOLD ŠVARCI GIF VSTAVI)
Good morning: Buongiorno
Good evening: Buonasera
Please: Per favore
Thank you: Grazie
Beautiful: Bella Well: Bene
I love you: Ti amo
WE STAYED AT…
Looking for affordable places to stay on Booking was a nightmare. Even though Booking always is the first (and usually the only) place I check, I decided to try Airbnb and we found the cutest little apartment for a very good price. It was not a perfect location, but it had good public transport connection nearby!
Lot’s of people are gonna try to sell you stuff. Everything from umbrellas, powerbanks, bracelets, flowers… They put stuff on your table and if you don’t want it just ignore it. Our experience was that they figured out we are not interested pretty fast, and then left us alone.
Become an early riser to avoid the crowds. I’ve learned my lesson when we came to Vatican around 12PM and naively thought we’re gonna go to St. Peter’s churcs to climb on the top of the cupola. We were warmly welcomed by a 5 hour waiting line for entrance. We waved to the pope and continued to the next spot.
If you feel that you can survive an evening without pasta in a restaurant, explore aperitivo bars. They serve lot’s of (usually) free food with your wine or cocktail, so you can get full, a bit tipsy and save some money in the process! Perfetto!
Cabs..I don’t have any pro tips on how to avoid scams but my tip is to just be really careful as it feels lot’s of cab drivers want to scam you. Ask for the total price before putting all your luggage in to the cab. Talking from experience here haha. There should be a fixed price about 30 EUR from Ciampino airport, but the guy wanted 60 EUR from us, so we just took a 5 EUR/person bus instead
Have you been to Rome before? What are your top spots to visit? Let me know in comments!
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