Rome loves its ancient reputation as the capital of the world, and rightfully so. For more than two and half millennia, the Eternal City has accumulated innumerable and incredible antiquities, and extraordinary and endless galleries of Renaissance and Baroque art. An open-air museum, the city has an ever-growing list of spectacular archaeological sites and monuments, gilded churches filled with paintings by Italy’s top master artists, exquisitely sculpted fountains, and beautifully manicured public parks.
But you don’t get to be the Eternal City without keeping some pace with the modern world. Sure, the warmest of the European capitals has plenty of UNESCO World Heritage Sites—the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Sistine Chapel—but when you visit Rome, the most irresistible quality may be how its modern-day trattorias and sleek coffee bars happily co-exist with ancient treasures, and how even hallowed spots like the Pantheon come to life with chatter and espresso drinkers at all hours.
We started our trip by booking an incredible cheap ticket with https://www.ryanair.com/, one of Europe's best low cost airlines, and also booked out room on https://www.couchsurfing.com/. Couchsurfing is a global community of over 12 million travel enthusiasts in 230,000 cities that gained a lot of momentum in Europe. The only way to describe it is if you imagine facebook and airbnb merged in to one fun app. We found our amazing Italian hosts very quickly and we were lucky to learn that they leaved in the downtown area, approximately 10 minutes by foot from the Colosseum. Couchsurfing if free of charge so our entire trip including airplane tickets costed around 250 euros (280 dollars). Romans are some of the friendliest people in all of Italy, and why shouldn’t they be?
The lifestyle is relaxed but cosmopolitan—socializing and leisure time are valued highly here, and the city provides a gorgeous backdrop for spending time with friends. As depicted in films like La Dolce Vita, Roman Holiday, and To Rome With Love, the city’s most palpable characteristic is the magic of possibility—it seems like anything could happen here. When you’re ready for a Roman holiday of your own, feel free to drop me a line and ill try to send across more tips.
I'm a walker and I love exploring Rome on foot, losing myself in the tangled lanes of the historic center and neighborhoods like Trastevere and Monti. I love the aroma of freshly ground coffee that comes out of the cafes and sharing a carafe of local wine over lunch in a trattoria. I enjoy the gruff humor of the locals and the way they have an opinion on everything. My lovely friend Mira and I enjoyed our time so much that we almost missed our morning flight few days later.
Once in Rome, do like the Romans do! Make sure to have a quick espresso while exploring this magical town, eat at the neighborhood family-owned small trattorias, go shopping at the vibrant downtown district and most definitely engage the locals and you wont regret it.
Top 10 things to visit while in Rome:
1. Vatican - (Read more here: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/rome/sights/museums-galleries/vatican-museums)
2. Colosseum - (Read more here: http://romancolosseum.org/)
3. Pantheon - (Read more here: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/rome/sights/religious/pantheon)
4. Trevi Fountain - (Read more here: http://www.italylogue.com/things-to-do/trevi-fountain-history-legend.html)
5. Campo dei Fiori Markets - (Read more here: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g187791-d190988-Reviews-Campo_de_Fiori-Rome_Lazio.html)
6. Spanish Steps - (Read more here: http://www.italylogue.com/things-to-do/spanish-steps-in-rome.html)
7. St. Peter's Basilica - (Read more here: http://travel.usnews.com/Rome_Italy/Things_To_Do/St_Peter_s_Basilica_Basilica_di_San_Pietro_33532/)
8. Trastevere - (Read more here: http://www.fodors.com/world/europe/italy/rome/experiences/trastevere-the-village-within-the-city-117945260)
9. Galleria Alberto Sordi - (Read more here: http://www.galleriaalbertosordi.it/?lingua=eng)
10. Testaccio - (Read more here: http://www.romeing.it/testaccio-neighbourhood-rome/)
We can't wait to be back and rediscover Rome once again!