Sunday, 11 December 2016

When in Rome.

Here's six things that the guidebook doesn't tell you about Rome. Thank me later. 

1. The food portions aren't that big. So, you're looking forward to eating your body weight in pasta and mopping up the leftover sauce with a slice of pizza and then bam - the waiter pops a plate with four pieces of ravioli on it in front of you. Four! I'm still not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. On one hand you may be disappointed that your bowl of penne arrabiata doesn't quite fill you up. On the other hand, if you're anything like me, you'll use it as an excuse to get a starter and a dessert as well. Hello bruschetta... 

2. The pick pockets are everywhere. Ok, so I don't actually know if they are everywhere but we had one bad experience which has coloured my view of Rome and well, that's that. When sat outside a restaurant just round the corner from the Trevi Fountain, my friends bag got nicked from next to her seat despite being in the enclosed restaurant area. Someone must have stealthily reached between the plant pots enclosing the space and grabbed her bag. Beware! 

3. It's a ten mile hike from the front of the Vatican to the visitor entrance. We headed for St. Peter's Basilica for 10:30 a.m. - our allotted ticket time only to find we had a 15 minute walk to the other side of the Vatican to get in. 

4. The Pantheon is by far the best attraction. Ok, so this is only my opinion but it really was amazing. It is surrounded by a beautiful square full of bars and restaurants where you can chill in the sun, drink wine and drink in the amazing views of this grand structure. 

5. The airport taxi's are a rip off. This is not my opinion. This is fact. 95 Euro's we were charged by a legit airport taxi firm to get from the airport to the hotel, only to find that the hotel could book our return transfer for a mere 50 Euro's - almost half the price. 

6. The Trevi Fountain is beautiful. Once you've pushed and shoved through the 20 deep crowd to have a 5 second glimpse at it. 

Just realised, I sound like a right negative Nancy in this post. I do apologise - there are also some really, truly, amazing things about Rome too, mainly to do with food and wine, but I'll leave those for the guidebooks... 

What do you think? Have you ever been to Rome? See my post about our amazing hotel in Rome here.


  1. Haha I love that your first point is about the portion of the food size! Got your priorities right ;) xo

    1. Haha food is always my number one priority :') xx