When visiting Rome, you walk in the footsteps of a long history, surrounded by monumental structures, architecture, and art every step of the way. Forget the itinerary. You can stroll the city streets and come across wonders of the ancient world; you can step into one of hundreds of churches in the city and possibly see the work of the Renaissance greats without any lines. The skyline is magnificent wherever you go; the iconic Coliseum, the exotic, flat-topped trees lining the streets, the eerily lit archeological digs on an evening walk. Find the best views, not only the one at the top of the Spanish Steps. Sure, there are a few things on your ‘must see’ list, but these five recommendations will help make it feel more like a Roman holiday than every other tourist.
5Stay with locals
Forget the American hotel chains and stay with a local – live like a modern Roman! A simple Google search for ‘Rome accommodations’ will yield all kinds of options to rent an apartment or room in a private home. Scroll past the initial few listings – these will be the usual Expedia or other typical travel booking sites – and you find a map with the local accommodations available. The rates are competetive, and the benefits are many. You have the opportunity to mingle with the locals, learning what it’s truly like to live in Rome.
If you’re lucky, you might end up with a beautiful, lush, full-length deck off a fully-stocked apartment right acrosss the street from the metro.
Beware hard beds, they don’t seem to like the pillow-tops. American chains would be a better choice if that’s your priority. But if you want to feel like you belong in the old neighborhood in the Old Country, try something a little different.