If you are planning a trip to the Eternal City, you might as well enjoy with all the know-how of a local. Here are the tips for a proper Roman holiday:
1. Where to eat – It is not very easy to find good restaurants in Rome, maybe it sounds crazy but it’s true, most of the restaurants you bump in and think they are top of the class local restaurants eventually tell a different story, they seem to be just a trap for the tourists that are about 100 000 a day that go through Rome every day. The good restaurants can be found, but only the locals know the best places with the best value for the money. Visit Fish Market, Via di Pietralata, La Camilluccia, Via Mario Fani, 113 (corner of Via Stresa), Enoteca Cul de Sac, Piazza di Pasquino, 73, Pierluigi, Piazza de’ Ricci, 144, Maccheroni, Piazza delle Coppelle, 44, Forno dei Campo dei Fiori, Enoteca Corsi or L’Asino d’Oro to get the real taste of Rome.
3. Skip the lines in front of the Coliseum – Rome’s most popular attraction was opened to the public after 2 years of restoration worth 30 million dollars.
Although this amphitheater has impressed the crowds for 2.000 years, it does not mean you have to wait for ages to get your tickets. It is best to buy them in the Palatine, down Via di San Gregorio 30, the €12 ticket you purchase there includes admission to the Colosseum, or go to the Roman Forum, a couple of hundred yards down Via dei Fori Imperiali on your left. Long lines, goodbye!
2. Visit Vatican like a local – Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Vatican Museums and one of the largest collections of artwork in the world, no wonder that the Vatican museums are crowded during the day. If you want a night visit, you’ll have to pay well for it. Still, every Friday between 3rd May and 26th July and between 6th September and 25th October there is a significant discount on the entrance tickets.
4. Do not eat ice cream at the Spanish Steps – Of course, the Italian ice cream is the best in the world, but if you decide to enjoy it at some of the landmark site, you might be fined. Namely, since last year, the mayor of Rome banned eating in the streets and many have reported that have been fined for not being aware of that new ban.