It probably goes without saying that I have quite a few pictures to go through from my trip to Italy in early July. Slowly but surely I’m making progress and am happy to share a glimpse from our first stop in Rome. I have some girlfriends heading to a couple of the same places we visited so I included a list of my insights on Rome below in case any of you are planning to visit anytime soon.
-Embrace being a tourist: wear comfy shoes for lots and lots of walking (girls avoid the heels, even the biggest heel lover is wasting precious suitcase space by giving it a try), carry a water bottle, wear a hat, use a map + travel guide. It is such a huge city and there are so many important things to see and do…you will get the most out of it if you are prepared.
-Research the sights before arriving: many of the must see spots have options for reservations or fast pass tickets that will save you time in line, a HUGE perk if you will be in Rome during the hot summer days.
-Rick Steves is your guy: remember when I talked about my love for the Rick Steves podcasts here? Well, I’m telling ya again because they are the BOMB and probably my #1 suggestion if you have a trip planned to Europe. I also highly recommend buying his travel books as they are full of every detail you could ever possibly need to know and very well organized. Plenty to choose from on Amazon here.
-Trastevere is a must: my buddy Rick Steves has a podcast walking tour that will weave you through the magical streets and help you explore this charming and much more quaint part of the city. It also happens to be where we had the best meal of the entire trip. Just trust me and make a reservation to sit outside on the patio at Taverna Trilussa. We got there very late and were lucky to snag a table at all. Also, get the Bucatini all’ Amatriciana. Don’t ask questions, just get it and thank me later.
-The History: spend some time before you go understanding the historical context of what you are seeing. It is such a unique city and the more you know the more special it is to experience because ‘WOOOWWWW I can’t believe what I’m looking at is still standing after all these years’ is just the beginning of how much there is to appreciate.