4 Tips for Weekend Trips to Rome
Trips to Rome: With some of the world’s most famous ancient landmarks and its lively, Italian culture, it’s no surprise that Rome is the third most visited city in Europe. If you’re one of those many people getting away from it all on weekend breaks to Rome, you’ll want to know exactly where to go, what to do and what to eat, so take a look at these tips that should answer these questions for you.
1. Be a tourist
There are a few sights in Rome that you have to see before leaving — it’s just mandatory. The Coliseum is the largest amphitheatre built by the Romans, where hordes of people would cheer and jeer at fighting gladiators in the pit. Today its ruins are so well intact that four million visitors pay a visit annually, so make sure you’re one of them. The Pantheon is another remarkable Roman ruin, which was built as a temple for the gods. Another landmark, which attracts 4.2 million visitors a year, is Vatican City. Here you’ll find the outstanding St. Peter’s Basilica and fascinating museums to fill you in on the whole history. Get your cameras at the ready and prepare to take lots of selfies.
2. Be a local
Spend a day getting off the tourist track and head to Coppedè District in the north of the city, where you’ll find a quirky district with buildings inspired by Baroque, Ancient Greek, Art Nouveau and Medieval architecture. Another piece of weird but wonderful architecture is Casina delle Civette (House of Owls). Take a stroll around the nearby park and watch the sun set on this surreal looking building. There are also a couple of fun museums to visit, without the large crowds. The Pasta Museum celebrates the country’s (arguably) best export.
3. Eat like a Roman
Food is a big deal in Italy, so you need to make the right choices to make the most of your stay. Through the day you should stop off at an authentic Italian deli and take your goods to enjoy as a sandwich as you sit on a bench in a piazza. Franchi, Angelo Feroci and Erzinio are all reputable choices. Ice cream, or gelato, is also a must in Rome. Get yours at Il Gelato di San Crispino, as featured inEat, Pray, Love. When night falls it’s all about the pizza. Sforno in the south of the city is great for a deep pan and Forno Campo de’ Fiori in Piazza Campo de’ Fiori serves some of the best thin and crispy bases in town.
4. When in Rome
Unless you are fluent in Italian, “Parli inglese?” is the phrase that will get you through the holiday. Here are a few more phrases that might help along the way too:
Hello/Good day – Ciao/Buongiorno (chou/bwohn-johr-noh)
How are you? (Formal/Informal) – Come sta/stai? (koh-meh stah/stai)
Fine, thank you – Bene, grazie (beh-neh grah-tsee-eh)
Please – Per favore (pehr fah-voh-reh)
Thank you – Grazie (grah-tsee-eh)
Yes – Sì. (see)
No – No (noh)
Enjoy your stay in Rome and test your language skills — they may even think you’re a fellow Italian.
Images by Sergey Gabdurakhmanov, j0sh and Rene Cunningham, used under Creative Commons