Welcome to Rome!
Rome, Italy, is a legendary European capital with thousands of years of history behind it. Everywhere you turn in the city you’ll be greeted with something beautiful, whether it’s the people, the food, or the architecture. From the coffee to the Colosseum, Rome is truly a city that has captured the imaginations of people worldwide. Explore the narrow, bustling streets, the wander old Roman ruins, and discover the city known as the “Capital of the World.”
Clusters of tourists that gather at the city’s most well-known attractions will always visit, filling up the hotels in Rome, but a worldwide local knows how to get the most out of it.
Of course, anyone traveling to Rome is probably familiar with the best things the Italians gave to the world--their food. Locals know where to go to get the most out their dining experience, and it is not with the tourists. The Piazza del Popolo is a central square in the city and a beautiful area that you should check out. Dining here, however, might cost you an arm or a leg. Instead, head to the nearby Piazza San Lorenzo. Here you’ll find one of the best Rome restaurants, Ciampini--it’s a great place to hang out and the clientele is made up of locals. It might be a little pricey, but the servers are uninformed and they allegedly serve some of the best gelato in the city.
Worldwide Local Tip: If you’re looking to pick up some fresh food, head to the Testaccio food market. The area was once a working-class neighborhood, and the market is nearly 100% catered to locals. Food is a lot more affordable here, but be aware that many vendors don’t speak English.
Rome is over 28 centuries old. The city was not built for the use of cars and, as a result, the narrow, winding streets of this old city are not car-friendly. Locals know that traffic is a problem, so if you’re planning on getting around the city, look for options that don’t involve a car. The metro system is likely your best bet for getting around town, especially if you’re going to famous landmarks. Tourists will all want to visit the iconic landmarks, but a worldwide local gets there smarter. Utilize public transport and plan ahead before you go out, and you’ll have an easier time in Rome.
Worldwide Local Tip: If you’re looking for a more fun way to get around town on your own accord, consider renting a bike or Vespa. The iconically Italian method of getting around town is fun, easy to operate, and will help you navigate the narrow streets. Rentals typically start at around 25 Euros a day, making it affordable to enjoy one of the most fun things to do in Rome.
Roman Living: Piazzas
A lot of the tourist-centric areas around the city are near Piazzas. Piazza Navona is one of them. The Baroque buildings in the area are absolutely beautiful, and the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi is a spectacular work of art. But the truth is, four out of five people are tourists, making the area a tourist trap. Locals hang out at the Piazza della Madonna dei Monti. The area is a great hangout space, mostly with young people in their 20s and 30s. Best of all, this is where you’ll find a reasonably priced coffee.
Worldwide Local Tip: The Rome weather is beautiful from May through to October. On a Friday or Saturday night, this area is full of locals drinking, eating, and chatting. Wear something stylish, bring some money, and make a few new Roman friends. It’s a great non-touristy way to rub shoulders with the locals.
Shopping in Rome
Rome is home to some of the best shopping on the continent. Italians are known for their style and flair, and a worldwide local knows what to do to fit in. The Via del Corso is the main shopping area of Rome, but it’s filled with stores like the Gap, H&M, and everything else you can find back home. Instead, head to the Via del Boschetto and explore its side streets. The area is full of boutiques, artisans, and places where you can pick up vintage pieces for cheap.
Worldwide Local Tip: If you’re looking for antiques and things for your home, check out Porta Portese. Its a flea market event where you can find just about anything. It opens every Sunday from dawn until 2 pm. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, it probably doesn’t exist.
Enjoy Your Visit!
The allure of Rome has been portrayed in movies, music, and literature for hundreds of years. The city has stood the test of time, and now it’s there for you to discover as well. Make sure to visit all the iconic landmarks and monuments, but always visit them as a worldwide local would. After all, when in Rome...