Updated: Nov 23, 2018
If you’re a well seasoned traveler or if you at least have access to wifi you’ve heard from just about every travel source available all the secret tips, tricks and local hotspots you need to know before you board your flight to your dream destination.
For a lot of people that dream destination means Rome or in other words, “The Eternal City”. A city so ancient and with such rich history there are over 4 million tourists* who come each year to see Vatican City and the Colosseum alone. That doesn’t include the number of people who come here to live, study and finally, those who call themselves true Romans.
In some ways, Rome’s history can work against it. There are so many stories to tell and so many monuments to see it can feel overwhelming if you have no clue what you want to do first. So, you may end up doing what everyone else does… you’ll follow your itinerary and hit all the big tourist spots like the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and Piazza Navona always keeping your Frommer’s travel guide handy. Then if you have enough time left you’ll try to check out those local hotspots you read about in Rick Steve’s ‘Off the Beaten Path’ only to realize there’s fucking tourists everywhere and not a local in sight!!
Well, here’s a true secret about Rome, so pay attention cause this is key. There is no off the beaten path, because every path has already been beaten!
There are literally billions of people who have passed through this city and guess what, they’ve all been there done that. They've all walked the same streets as Cary Grant in Roman Holiday, they’ve all thrown coins in the Trevi Fountain like in that Lizzie McGuire Movie, and they’ve all loved and lost and experienced life in this city.
If you want to know how the locals live you have to get out there and talk to them because here in Roma you’ll learn that word of mouth is KING (they call it Italian style), a good friend in Rome is Cesar, and a tour guide on speed dial is Romulus.
Here in Rome, you have to make your own path. Step out of your comfort zone, stumble around in your shitty Italian (trust me someone will appreciate it), and understand that nothing here is new but it’s always new when you do it your own way then everyday is different.
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