Rome wasn’t built in a day | Rome, Italy

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Location | Rome, Italy

If I had to choose one city in Europe to live in, I really think I’d choose Rome. Like every other city in Europe it has it’s terrace lined cobblestone streets with bikes casually leant up against marble walls, but there is just some extra sort of magic about Rome that I instantly connected with. After we spent a few day wandering around doing the main tourist things – The Colosseum & Forum, Vatican City (send a postcard!), Spanish steps, many many church’s & grand buildings we took a few days just to chill out and actually see the city.

Here are our top suggestions for this magical, magical city;

1. You can have a seriously good night out in an area called Travesterre. It’s across the river and full of locals (yes, lots of Italian boys) and the odd tourist aka us. It’s pretty grungy, the bars sprawl out onto the street and everyone hangs out on the stairs.

2. The shopping is good and never-ending on Via del Coroso.

3. Google tells you that Piazza Navona is a cool area, don’t believe it. It’s not the actual square like it suggests, it’s a one way lane called Via del Governo Vecchio. You’ll find it just below the Piazza and it’s full of vintage shops and cool small cocktail bars.

4. Number one tip for the Colosseum – buy your ticket at the forum across the street because there is no line and it’s the same ticket for both.

5. Get lost! You’ll find the cheapest and most delicious food on the back streets in small restaurants that are family run.

Words and photos by Riley, M

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