After a few days spent in Rome full of emotions and discovery I felt the need to share with you my experience in order to give you the tips you need to know for a smooth and peaceful stay.
Before the trip I did my research like anyone else when you go visit an unknown destination : housing, to-do visits, restaurants, pricing etc…
And in spite of a flawless organisation if I do say so myself, I admit that I didn’t excpect to be surprised even less to have my perception of the city change completely.
I visited in winter, at the end of January, the weather was warm enough for us with an average temperature of 13C° during the day and plenty of sun.
This period of the year is pretty interesting as the price for housing are at their lowest. There are many tourists all year round, but winter is the most relaxing bit.
So don’t hesitate to visit the Eternal City !
Here are some few advices :
Where to chose my housing ?
I would say it depends on what you intend to do there, if you are with your family, with kids or teenagers, in couple, etc…
If you especially wish to visit the Vatican, I would advise you to stay no far, because it is a must to wake up early and be there as quick as possible to avoid the crowd.
On the other hand, if you are there for a broader purpose, I advise you my favorite area of the town, the Trastevere with its many charming alleys…
It’s area which haven’t been invaded by tourists, generic shops or trafic yet ! The Trastevere is a authentic and a genuine borrow, you will feel well in this simple but yet hyped place of the town.
The ghetto, the Tiberine Island and the Cestio Bridge offer an ideal route to access the Transtevere, you will be struck by its charm !
You will also be able to visit the Villa Farnesina, the Corsini Palazzo and the Santa Maria Church in this fantastic borrow.
Bars and restaurants are very well priced and very diverse. Here are some addresses you might chose for having lunch or diner.
- Da Teo à Piazza dei Ponziani in west Tratevere
- Paneteria Romana e Spaccio di Paste à via della Lungaretta 28/31.
Finally, you’ll be able to stroll and have a good time in this borrow in and reach the Vatican through a carefree balad far from the main roads and busy streets.
Another borrow which is rarely mentionned but that I think deserve to be more visited and is very intessesting to stay at is the Sait-John-of-Lateran situated next to the Coliseum but far from the crowd and offering cheaper prices.
If you are close from the Villa Borghese or the Piazza del Popolo go have a coffee or capuccino in the Villa Medici, you’ll love it.
Rome is a living museum, so don’t feel like you have to buy every ticket for every attraction proposed, chose a handful of those and the rest might as well be apreciated from the outside, like the Partoe antique, so go ahead and discover this wonderful city !