How to Travel in Rome – My First Trip

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How to Travel in Rome – My First Trip

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Italy was the start of my wanderlust. It was also the first time that I traveled by plane and I must say, I was really scared, but eventually I started to like it. I love the part when it takes off, amazing sensation. This article is one that’s close to my heart because the memories of the first time you discover a beautiful city stay with you forever.

But to start with the actual article here, I will tell you about the feeling of the first trip and then what I did in Rome, from eating their famous pizza, to visiting their beautiful monument, the Colosseum, and the city-state inside Italy’s capital, Vatican. I will give you tips about where you can find the best food and what to avoid when looking for it, along with what kind of clothes you’ll need to have according to the weather and how the people are. Basically, a full guide on how to travel in Rome.

The Start

This was not my first actual trip abroad, to be honest. I have been with my parents before, when I was a child, in Turkey, Bulgaria and Greece, but this was the moment when I traveled without them and when my lust for getting to know new cultures started.

It was back in february 2016. When I got on the plane, I had an incredible feeling of liberation. But when we started to move, I became panicked a bit. When the plane took off and we were in the air, it was like I drove that plane, I wanted to know and see everything.

Tell me about the first time you’ve been in a plane in the comment section! I would really want to know!

Pizza, Pasta!

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Obviously, I couldn’t wait to try their traditional food. Everyone loves it, that’s why it became international! I will list some advice about where to get it and what to avoid below:

  • Search for a small pizza place, where they prepare big pizzas and you can choose the size of your slices. Every place like this that I’ve tried had delicious food. It must be like this because the owners are locals which put passion into preparing the best things ever!
  • When trying restaurants, definitely check TripAdvisor! Back then, I was blindfolded, I didn’t check any reviews and it was for sure, a mistake.
  • Avoid restaurants that are very close to touristic attractions. Didn’t think I can try a failed pizza in Italy but I did. I have read somewhere about the rule of 3 blocks: basically you should walk 3 blocks away from a touristic attraction in order to find a good inexpensive food place.

What You Need to See

I will tell you what impressed me the most when in Rome. Yes, couldn’t help and used that phrase. After all, it’s a famous one. There are several attractions that you need to see here, like the Colosseum, Vatican City, the Trevi Fountain or Castel Sant’Angelo.

1. Colosseum – Rome’s monument is full of history and is thrilling to see. Prepare for a long queue, but don’t be scared of it, as they actually manage it very well and you don’t need to wait that long.

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2. Fontana di Trevi – There is a myth that if you throw one coin in the fountain, you will return here. If you go for two, you will fall in love with an Italian and if you throw three, you will actually marry that person. Whatever the myths, imagine there will be a lot of money in that fountain. And you know what Italians do with them? They get that money and donate them to charities!

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3. Vatican City – It’s actually another country inside of Italy. You will find here a lot of museums, where you can learn about religion and history, but prepare to spend all your day here! There are several attractions that you must see here, like the St. Peter’s Basilica, where you are able to climb to the very top and see the whole Vatican, or the Sistine Chapel, where you will see Michelangelo’s famous painting.

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4. Castel Sant’Angelo – Is the Mausoleum of Roman Emperor Hadrian. It was later used as a fortress. Take your time and make a lot of pretty pictures here. It is right next to Vatican City, so if you plan to visit them both, you may arrive here at the sunset and witness a breathtaking scenery.

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5. Altare della Patria – This museum is another great way to learn about history and also has a very nice view from its top. You can see the whole city from above.

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The Atmosphere

I have visited the city in February and it felt like spring already. Being in the South of Europe, it is obviously warmer. Prepare your most fashionable spring clothes in order to impress Italians with your style, as we all know they are the nation of fashion.

And speaking of Italians, they are very friendly with tourists. If you get lost, they will guide you. You can learn a few words to impress them, like “Grazie” which is “Thank you” or “Buongiorno!” which is “Have a good day!”.

In the city center, though, you might find a lot of people trying to sell you stuff and sometimes, they can be aggressive. But just ignore them if you don’t want to buy anything and it will be fine, they will leave you alone.

Ciao, Bella!

Rome, which has the reputation of being one of the most popular touristic attractions of all times, gained its right to be so, in my opinion. There are a lot of fascinating places around to see and try.

The weather there is warm, the buildings are impressive and you will find history at every step. Enjoy Italian food, buy souvenirs, learn a few words and take the chance to dress in a fashionable way!

Let me know about your experience in Rome! What else did you do and is not on my list? Tell me your stories!

10 Responses

  1. Jose says:

    When in Rome, do as the Romans do!

    I got to say that I’m a little jealous, in a good way that you were blessed to go to the great city of Rome!

    I will definitely be keeping your tips in mind for I know that I will be needing them in the future!

    I just not too recently got my passport and I’m currently in Mexico; my first time out of the country in 30 years!

    I would love to know what kind of expenses did you face and what kind of planning did you do before going to Italy?

    It would definitely help a guy that will plan to travel the world and do what you do like you do with this awesome website, very informative and very motivating!

    If you’re ever in Rome again, please do throw a coin in the Fontana Di Trevi for me!

    Thank you for having written such a fun and illustrious article, I truly enjoyed it because you ignited an interest in me that I knew I was going to acquire from reading it.

    Bon voyage friend!

    • Stefania says:

      Jose, I am so glad that I inspired you! How’s Mexico? I haven’t been there yet!
      Regarding expenses, I must say that you can survive on a budget, if you visit the most important tourist attractions and walk around the city. With food, it can be pricey if you eat at restaurants, but small shops like I mentioned in the article are cheaper and more delicious!
      The planning was bad, to be honest, being my first trip organized by me, so I only took care of the hotel. But being there I managed to organize myself and cover most of the beautiful spots!
      I will definitely throw a coin for you next time 🙂
      Happy travels!

  2. Duncan Boote says:

    I stayed in a beautiful hotel at the top of the “Spanish Steps”, the atmosphere at night was just stunning. There really is so much to see & do in Rome & you have made me want to back again.

  3. Nick Cooke says:

    This article has come at a perfect time! I’m thinking about going to Rome next year with a few friends! I learned at least 5 things I will carry into my trip, I’m a lover of pizza and the tips on how to find the best pizza place have really resonated with me! Haha! I loved reading your post and I’m returning to your site for sure. As you can probably guess, I’m a passionate traveller, it’s nice to find people who are the same!

    • Stefania says:

      OMG Nick, you will have to tell me about your trip. I am glad that I helped you with the article. Pizza is amazing, one of my favourite food!
      Happy travels, dear!

  4. Evan Cruz says:

    Well, the first time that I was on a plane was when I was 8 years old. Me and my dad were flying on an American Eagle flight from Miami to Memphis to visit Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, aka, the King of Rock and Roll. It was definitely a memorable trip. We toured Graceland, we got to learn many of Elvis’s secrets that you can’t share outside of Graceland, and we also went to Beale Street, the Home of the Blues. It is definitely a place that you cannot miss, or else you’ll be visiting the Heartbreak Hotel very soon! Great post about Rome by the way; it is very detailed and dives into stuff that isn’t necessarily mainstream which is nice. Lots of new stuff learned here indeed! Buongiorno! Sounds a lot like Bonjour right?! The Vernacular languages are definitely tied together!

    • Stefania says:

      Great first trip indeed! I will check this one. I bet it was amazing to learn about Elvis!
      Glad you liked the article! Yes Italian and French are both part of the same family language so they definitely have similarities.
      Happy travels!

  5. Ciara says:

    These photos are beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing- I hope to make it Rome some day, thank you for all of the helpful advice!

    –Ciara

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