Last February (2017) we spent 12 days in Rome. This was not our first time there, so we got the chance to make sure what is the best way to visit this breathtaking city.
Well, do you know the best way to visit Rome?
Some will be surprised, others not so much.
The best way to visit Rome costs virtually nothing.
Well, if you said the best way to visit Rome is walking, you got it!
We walked a lot, and everywhere. Hands down this is the best way to get to know – and feel – the city, afterall, behind each corner there is an amazing building or street!
Sometimes we did take the subway, when we wanted to cross town faster. We used the bus as well. With large windows, it lets you really appreciate the views – and Rome is full of them 🙂
To rest from so much walking we stopped for coffee, tiramisu or ice cream (even with temperatures around 12C – 53F). This was one of the ways to stop Isabella from complaining. The other? The cell phone to catch Pokémons, with a super power bank and an unlimited data plan! Sometimes she even asked NOT use the subway or bus 🙂
Most of the time we went with no pre defined route. To get somewhere, we looked at the map where to go and, if a street seemed nicer, we adjusted the route and so on.
We found some charming little streets. Some squares that were only a fountain in the middle of street crossings. And we have no idea of how to get back to most of them!
When we got hungry we looked for places where locals seemed to be in a larger number, but we ended up in touristic restaurants as well (in front of the Ronan Forum) and the food was excellent! To save some money, you could go to places that sell pizza by the slice. You’ll find good (very good!) pizza!
We think it’s impossible to have a bad meal in Rome!!
The bus and subway ticket costs 1.50 euros per trip and can be used up to 100 minutes after validation (including bus-bus or subway-subway changes – no subway-bus or bus-subway changes permitted). Do not forget to validate it upon embarking (on buses). We did see people checking for non-validated tickets.
If you travel with children under 10 years-old you are lucky because children under 10 do not pay for bus or subway fare if traveling with an adult!
You can buy individual tickets or passes (24h, 48h e 72h and weekly) that might be a good deal if you plan to use a lot buses and subway (more information at the Rome transport authority: ATAC).
And to know which bus to take, Google Maps is fantastic – we had an umlimited data plan on our cell phone.
But we did walk a lot!
Sometimes even at night, with no destination set.
Have you ever been to Rome? Do you agree this is the best way to visit this incredible city?
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