Quite simply, it’s a paradise for tourists. However, Rome is about far more than just old buildings and catacombs. Of course, you should go and see the most famous of these (for example the Vatican, The Forum and The Colosseum), which can be covered in a single day, although you may have to queue! Therefore, we suggest that the best way to do the traditional sights is to join a tour that has priority access as this will allow you to avoid losing time queuing.
A proper Italian meal
Italian food is fantastic, but not if you eat in the tourist traps. Do that and you are likely to miss out on some of the delights which can be found by delving a little further into the city.
A far better way to experience real Italian food is to learn how to read a menu in the local language and frequent the restaurants a few streets away from the tourist destinations. Wait until after 8pm and look for a restaurant full of locales. If everyone is speaking Italian and the menu is not in five languages you are good to go.! Do the same with the bars to get the best tapas and avoid paying extortionate prices for your drinks.
Stay in an apartment rather than a hotel
If you stay in an apartment, you are more likely to experience the real Rome. It is great getting up and going to your local bar for a breakfast of cornetto (croissant) and coffee.
Visit during April
April is a relatively quiet month for tourism in Rome, but it is also the month of the most important local fiesta which celebrates the foundation of Rome. It’s a fantastic time to visit the city and experience the real Rome. Many of the celebrations take place around the ancient Temple of Hercules.
The best way to get the inside track on Rome
Without a doubt, bespoke Rome tours are the best way to experience the city. They allow you to see the parts of Rome that interest you the most and to experience the sights that will provide you with the best possible memories of the city.
It’s also a chance to learn about the Rome that most tourists do not get to see. Most of the guides who offer private tours live locally and as they take you around the city, they will point out to you some of the best places to eat and drink as well as tell you about some of the city’s best nightspots. By spending a relatively small amount on a private tour you will get access to the inside track, making your visit all the more special!
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Article written by Julie