“You need a lifetime to truly experience Rome.”
This is what my Airbnb host Alyson told me the day I arrived in Rome. I visited the city before when I was younger, but only for a chaotic day where I tried to see as many of Rome’s historical sites as possible. I didn’t feel in touch with the city enough then, so I always wanted to come back for a longer period of time.
That’s exactly what I did. I freed my schedule for a week, booked my flight and rented an Airbnb just minutes away from the Colosseum.
It’s crazy how much tourism has taken over Rome. At basically every corner there are people trying to sell you selfie-sticks, scarfs, or an exclusive tour through the city. Rome is the definition of a chaotic, yet energetic city. No matter what time it is, the streets are always filled with people, Vespas crossing your path, and street artists performing. When I first arrived this was pretty overwhelming, but after a while you really learn to love it. Eventually I entered a “Roman state of mind”, where the city’s vitality inspired me.
When you leave the touristy areas and enter neighborhoods such as Trastevere, San Lorenzo, and Monti, you will be able to experience a different side of Rome. A calmer, but definitely not less inspiring side. These neighborhoods stand out through their narrow and angled streets, their beautiful squares and parks, and their small cafés and bars. The culture here is vibrant and alternative, definitely not ancient Rome.
Even though I have seen a lot of Rome on this trip, I am convinced that there is so much more to see and that you truly need a lifetime to experience Rome.
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Things to do and see in Rome:
You should definitely visit these classical Roman sites: the St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican museums with the Sistine Chapel, the highest church Giovanni in Laterano, the Spanish Steps, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Vittorio Emmanuele, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and the Trevi Fountain
Trastevere, San Lorenzo and Monti are cool “hipster” neighboorhoods with a great amount of bars, cafés and restaurants that you should check out. It was also fun to just grab a bottle of wine and hang out at some of the beautiful squares with other locals. There are also lots of shopping opportunities in the area.
Other fun things to do are: Enjoy a great view over the city at the Pincio Terrace, Go to the market at Campo di Fiori, pet cats at the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary (oh, also it just so happens to be the place where Julius Caesar was stabbed to death).
Food has been a huge part of my trip, so make sure to take a look at the food section of my blog! (click here)