5 Important Facts to Know When Touring Rome

When in Rome: Things to Know Before You Go
Rome is known as “the eternal city,” as it’s foundation is among the very earliest of civilizations. Classic architecture dots this expansive city, inviting all to come and explore what she has to offer. If you are a first time visitor, there are some things you need to know before you go to Rome.

If you plan to indulge in Roman cuisine while sipping a cappuccino, don’t do it. In Rome, cappuccino is a breakfast drink and Romans do not drink them after noon. As for must try foods, it’s always recommended to try real Roman pizza, as well as the commonly known dishes, such as carbonara and creme brulee. Every taste bud will experience a smorgasbord of delight!

Beware Bus 64, the public transit from Rome to the Vatican. This bus is commonly referred to as “the pick pocket express,” for the rampant theft from tourists. Since public transit is nearly mandatory to explore Rome, always keep your valuables close and do not be distracted while traveling. If you are staying in a hotel, the safest option is to keep the majority of your funds locked away as you travel the city by bus. This way, you will only have money needed for the day on your person, and this can be placed discreetly in a sock, or some other less accessible area.

The official travel site of Rome recommends a paying a visit to the Fontana degli innamorati, or the fountain of lovers. While most tourists know about the Trevi fountain, located to it’s right you will find the fountain of lovers. It is said that when a couple drinks from this fountain, it assures they will stay together faithfully forever.

Located just north of Rome’s city center is the Vatican, a tiny country that is home to less than 1,000 people. It’s considered a prerequisite for Roman travel. The main attractions are St. Peter’s Basilica, as well as several museums filled with over two dozen collections. The highlight of the Vatican experience is the world renowned Sistine Chapel.

If your experience in Rome will include children, one of the best things to do in Rome is attend gladiator school! It is something a child is sure to love and a vivid memory they’ll never forget. This two hour class teaches the art of the duel, as well as traditional moves by men dressed as gladiators from history. At the end, the students receive a certificate and are given a gladiator name by the instructors.