Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you certainly can’t see it all in one either. However, there is a lot that you can see in a short amount of time without having to drop a ton of money in the process. As always, I recommend checking Airbnb for unique and affordable accommodations. It’s a friendly culture, and you may miss out on some of this by staying in a hotel. Hosts know the neighborhoods better than anyone. Our last stay was a few blocks from Roma Centrale train terminal and overlooked a park. It was also within walking distance to just about any attraction you could hope to see.
So what exactly should you see? In my humble opinion, I highly recommend seeing the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain. While it is a little disappointing to see these surrounded by nothing by tourists, they are two of the most iconic stops anywhere in Italy, and it would be a shame to miss out on them. While you’re at it, check out the Pantheon. Originally commissioned by Roman Emperor Augustus (27BC – 14AD) has remained in use for roughly 2,000 years and is still the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world. A notable feature is the hole in the top of the dome allows for natural light inside the rotunda. It is definitely worth the stop. If you are religious, hit up Vatican City, I hear it’s nice.
Rome isn’t all about old buildings, it’s wonderland of pasta and gelato. It is imperative that you find a local restaurant and get some authentic Italian food. If you are staying in an Airbnb, your host will fill you in on local favorites. Gelato is one of the best things to happen to the earth since spaghetti. Again, ask around for the best place to go. Seek and ye shall find.
Some advice I will give is to get away from the crowds. Walk around the back streets eat at a different restaurant each meal if you can. Don’t feel obligated to give money to people peddling items at historical landmarks. No is a pretty universal phrase and if you repeat it enough, they will leave you alone.I hate paying for transportation, but a taxi ride will give you a taste of what it’s like to live in a busy Italian city. Oh, and take pictures. We were there for such a short period of time, most of it at night, and I feel like I didn’t capture the experience quite as well as I could have.