• Carrie

There's No Place Like Rome

Rome is not like any other city. It's a big museum, a living room that shall be crossed on one's toes" - Alberto Sordi

Rome was a lot of firsts for me:

  • My first trip to Europe

  • My first flight crossing the Atlantic Ocean

  • My first place to somewhere I didn't speak the language

I was excited but I was terrified. I did so much research ahead of time. I had everything booked. We landed in Rome with my itinerary mapping out basically every hour of our trip. That's probably what I needed for that first trip but it was pretty excessive. To be honest, it was exhausting! But I was determined to see everything I could possibly see!

But Rome wasn't built in a day - and it can't be fully explored in a week.

The Colosseum at night.

We utilized a lot of helpful hints I had read about to try to get the most out of our trip with only a short time - and I think we did well.

1. Buy tickets on a Hop On - Hop Off bus. We used Big Bus Rome. There were stops all over the city and it was very convenient. Rome was very easy to walk around in and the only form of "public transportation" we used was the Big Bus. It made getting from place to place a little bit quicker.

2. Buy skip-the-line passes! The last thing you want to do with your precious time is spend it standing in line! We used the OMNIA Vatican and Rome Card for many of the attractions that we wanted to see. One price allowed us free entry into a number of museums, free access to public transportation, and priority entry at the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel.

3. Book a food tour! We chose Secret Food Tours and were extremely happy with our guide! We had already been in Rome for a week and our guide, Thomas, took us to

places that we had completely missed! I'm a pretty picky eater, and I did skip out on a

few things, but I definitely expanded my horizons and tried some new things!

The fruit at the farmers market we stopped at on our tour was so fresh!

4. Take a cooking class! We looked into lots of different classes and ultimately decided on Pasta International Academy The class was about 3 hours long and included making several different types of pasta (while drinking Prosecco!) and then eating what we made! Our teacher, Emanuele, was friendly, helpful, and entertaining! We were also given a copy of the recipe to take home!

5. Eat ALL the pizza, pasta, and gelato! Some of our favorite places to eat and drink in Rome were The Yellow Bar, Ristorante Donati, Ristorante de Nazzareno, and Benso.

What has been your favorite memory of Rome? We will definitely be back someday because seven nights wasn't nearly enough! What should I make sure not to miss next time?

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