When in Rome, my favourite city in Italy



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12 days in Rome wasn't enough. I love Rome and its easily one of my favourite city in the world! If you are planning to visit Rome, you are in for a TREAT & I am jealous! There are so many free things to do in Rome and that is the best part! Free arts everywhere, yes we are talking about Roman Ruins, Indulge yourself with the variety of food, the fresh pastas! Here are some information and highlights of my stay in Rome!

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WHAT TO WEAR IN ROME

1. If you are wearing heels all the time like me, it will be quite a challenge as Rome is old and so their tiles are usually wide uneven cobblestones. Therefore I would recommend wearing thicker heels instead of pointy one.
2. Leather is widely appreciated in Italy, so wear it like the Romans. But, It can be really hot wearing it in the day though perfect in the evening. In May, it was about 39degrees!

WHAT TO BE AWARE OF IN ROME

1.BEWARE OF TEENAGERS! Most of them walk in a group or just as a couple and they will attempt to steal from you! I encountered this thrice and it was so scary because they did it openly and were very bold! I was actually walking around Termini Station with my handbag zipped, this couple came beside me and I felt her hand unzipping my bag and I shouted "Hey what are you doing?!" the couple stopped & the guy actually demanded why I shouted at his gf. He said I was trying to pick a fight despite me explaining that she tried to steal from me! HORRENDOUS!

2. Italian men are over friendly! haha! Sometimes its nice to get attention from guys telling you how beautiful you are. But Romans are not shy & can be very persistent. There was once a Roman guy insisted for a kiss on the lips after He helped carried my luggage up the stairs, it was awkward as I thought He was joking !

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BUDGET IN ROME
Italy is expensive compared to Spain and especially in Florence and Rome.
I stuck to the 60euros/day budget and it was enough for Transportation,  Decent Meals & some souvenirs? Any remaining balance will be rollover to the next 60 euros or cut down if overspent.

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*IMPORTANT! TRANSPORTATION IN ROME

The most complex system compared to any other countries!! You actually buy your bus/train tickets at any "TABACCHI" which is literally Tobacco shops that sells cigarets & magazines. Sometimes, they can even run out of tickets and theres no way you can buy one!!! SO RIDICULOUS. At times, I entered the bus without a ticket, it was a gamble as I may get a fined when caught but I did it many times. Because you don't even show your ticket to the driver, you simply have to get it stamped inside the bus with this little machine. NO ONE GIVES A FUCK BUT WHEN YOU GET CAUGHT YOU ARE IN TROUBLE.

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FREE CRAZY PARTIES , NIGHTLIFE IN ROME

We had so much fun partying the nights in rome! Their clubs are so lively and people are always dancing , music is great! Lots of international people as most of them are exchanged students too.
Go to AFROMA for guest list & enter club for free! We really enjoyed Shari Vari because of the crowd! You can easily signed up for Guestlist on their website or FB page so you can get in for free

BE WARNED OF PATROLLING POLICE ON THEIR HIGH HORSES!  
They are friendly and usually willing to have a conversation with you. You can even get to know the lovely horses!




ROME-ING AROUND VATICAN CITY

Obviously you cannot miss the Vatican City while in Rome. It is so huge and the museum is incredible! Though I would highly recommend to book your tickets online as the queue there is insane! I waited about 2 hours in line! It is interesting to see international worshippers gathered here and also the amazing architecture. Set aside about 3-5 hours to explore this place as it is definitely a must visit!
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BEAUTIFUL ROSE GARDEN
The most beautiful things in life comes for free; like this beautiful garden filled with all kinds of roses! Summer in Italy means blossoming roses everywhere and this special garden is filled with over 50 different kinds of roses! Grab a drink and a slice of pizza while enjoying the aromatic ambiance this place has to offer!


CRAZY OVER THE COLOSSEUM 
How can you not visit THE most iconic monument of Italy, known worldwide, adorn by the Italians, admired by travellers and photographers! Its so stunning from the outside you don't necessarily have to pay to see the inside unless you want to


THE TREVI FOUNTAIN OF ROME
This one is a very crowded but beautiful fountain, yet another popular icon of Rome. The amount of tourists here is INSANE! You can't enjoy much except to flip a coin, make a wish, snap a picture and leave asap!


THE PANTHEON , WHAT A NICE PLACE
A must see not only because of its architecture but also the neighbourhood is pretty awesome! In the day, filled with gelato and food! In the night, its the place you want to be because it is alive and cool bars scattered everywhere


EXPLORE THE WONDERS OF ROMAN FORUM AND PIAZZA NAVONA
Great for strolling and picture taking. Best to understand and imagine how ROME was like and this may take hours to just a few minutes all depending on how far you want to walk. It is a breathtaking stroll especially when you can see beauty in all the ruins.

Theres just too many things to do in Rome, you can choose any path and you'll get to a beautiful destination with many interesting stops. I would strongly suggest staying at least 4 days in Rome.

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