A couple of weeks ago, I went on a short break to Rome with my family. It was my first trip to Italy and I loved it! I was astounded by the scenery and of course the food and I can’t wait to go back.
We stayed in an apartment that we rented via Airbnb (which I highly recommend) it was in Monti which is a bohemian residential neighbourhood and just a short walk to the Colosseum. Monti is a great place to stay if you are looking for quiet cobbled streets, buzzing restaurants and really, really nice gelato, although that description is applicable to just about anywhere in Rome!
We saw the main attractions, such as the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican city and the Pantheon but a good way to really get a feel for the city is by avoiding public transport and walking to and from the main places of interest. That way you discover hidden gems in the complex web of side streets which provides a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the busy roads.
If you are visiting Rome, I would recommend making an intinerary to make sure you don’t miss anything. Researching in advance also gives you more of an idea of when is best to visit the top sites, to do this I used a lonely planet guide which you can buy here.
My favourite thing about Rome was how it was bursting with culture and history. There are so many things to see to see which makes it a great trip for anyone and everyone. It is quite incredible to see the modern day Romans going about their business seemingly oblivious to the ancient monuments and towering landmarks where Romans 2000 years ago were also carrying out their lives.
I hope this gives you an insight into Roman culture or inspires you to visit the city. If the Trevi Fountain legend is true, hopefully I will be back in Rome sometime soon.