Rome is a city of museums, ancient monuments, churches, and piazzas. But it’s not all a concrete and stone jungle out there – Rome also has some gorgeous green spaces worth exploring, especially if you need a break from the city. One lovely garden to visit is the Rome Rose Garden.
Chances are good that you know some things about Rome. It’s a famous city, and it’s been written about by countless people over the years. But it’s also a good bet there are some things about the city that would surprise you.
Let’s be honest – one day in Rome is not enough. Even if you accept that you won’t see everything or do everything that’s on your list, one day is still only going to give you the smallest taste of one of the world’s most fascinating cities. If one day is all you have, however, then that’s absolutely better than not seeing Rome at all.
Summer in Rome means, for the most part, higher prices, higher temperatures, and larger crowds. The tourist high season in Rome doesn’t actually correspond to just the three months of summer – the high season now lasts from May through September, and even experiences a bit of a dip in August. But despite the drawbacks of a summer trip to Rome, it’s generally the easiest time for people to travel (especially those with kids), and remains the most popular time of year to visit Italy.
Rome is a city that certainly likes to have a good time. That famous Italian penchant for “la dolce vita” – the sweet life – applies to just about every facet of life, no matter the time of day. Romans like to let their hair down in the evenings, but don’t make the mistake of thinking “nightlife” always means “raucous party.”
Most of us have relatively trouble-free holidays – there are blisters, wrong turns, and hand-gesture conversations, but that’s usually about all that goes wrong. Tourists are, however, extremely appealing targets for pickpockets and petty thieves. We’re in unfamiliar locations, we’re carrying expensive cameras and lots of cash, and we’re distracted by monuments. This is especially true in heavily touristed cities like Rome. You may not be able to safeguard against every theft possibility, but here are some things you can do both before you leave home and when you’re traveling to make your chances of being a victim of pickpocketing slim.
Shoppers headed to Rome may find something interesting in just about any boutique in the city – the ability to say, “I bought this in Rome!” is always appealing – but serious fashionistas should make a beeline for Via Veneto. Of course, you’ll need to be prepared for the designer prices to go along with the designer goods, but if you’re unwilling to part with that kind of money you can always enjoy the window shopping, which is completely free.
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Just as Dan Brown’s thriller “The Da Vinci Code” led readers on a race against time around Europe, so did his “Angels & Demons” draw a route for visitors to follow around Rome. Fans of the book were checking off sites from the story long before the movie came out, and interest in the setting got even stronger after the film. You can still find people tracing Robert Langdon’s steps through Rome as he solves riddle after riddle – and the good news is that when you’re visiting the “Angels & Demons” sites you don’t have to worry about a ticking time bomb.