Pros and cons of visiting Rome.
Rome, the capital of Italy, is the fourth most populous city in Europe.
Located in the southern Europe, the weather is often warm, and it is a well-known and very well-visited city.
Rome is famous for many different things. To name a few: Colosseum, Forum Roman, Pantheon, Vatican state, the Pope, gladiators, Michelangelo, and on it goes.
Italy's capital is a city of culture and history. And a lot of good food.
Here is a few good reasons to visit.
And a few reasons why not to.
WHY you should visit Rome
- The food.
I am well aware that not all people are into Italian food, but if you want good italian food then Rome is one of the great places to get it.
Dive into plates of lasagna, bowls of spaghetti and to-die-for pizzas, filled with all you could imagine. The wine and beer of Italy/Rome is also more than drinkable.
I am sure that a lot of people go to Rome each year, just to see the Colosseum.
But fear not, that is definitely not the only cultural place to visit in Rome!
Rome is filled with culture, and while a lot of it is definitely old, it is also beautiful.
And the culture is a big part of the soul of Rome.
Go see the Spanish steps, Roman forum, St Peters square and the Pantheon.
Rome is actually not too expensive.
Who would have thought?
Cheap flights are often available, and the prices of food and accommodation is also payable. And because of the good weather, it can often be a good idea to go here off-season.
The nightlife of Rome is great. Lots of cozy bars, and also lots of clubs. Beer can be bought in most stores in 1L bottles, and it is not very expensive.
Rome is a city for going shopping crazy.
This city has shopping for everyone, ranging from lots of cheap vintage shops to the high class stores at Via del Corso.
Lots of museums and lots of art.
Some of Europe's most famous art is italian, and in Rome you'll be able to find a big variety. Don't miss the art of Rome!
Why you SHOULDN'T go to Rome
The traffic of Rome is horrible. Some of the worst I have ever experienced. There is no rules, and don't expect to have the cars stop for you at the crosswalks.
The best thing to do is to just go for it, when traffic seems to be slowed down for a bit, and then hope that the cars won't hit you. Not on purpose, at least.
- Termini, the area around the Central station of Rome
This area sucks. And unfortunately, a lot of hotels are placed in this area.
It is not uncommon for the areas around the Central stations of bigger cities, to be kind of dodgy, but Termini takes the price.
I didn't find it a problem, to live in this area while in Rome, but take your precautions before wandering around at night.
- Lots of beggars, thieves, and people trying to sell you stuff
This is also pretty normal for almost every European city, and not just a problem for Rome alone.
Just keep your bags close to your body (and be sure to have the ziplocks as close to you as possible, where you'll have a bigger chance of noticing anything unusual), and be able to say a firm "no" when people get too close or uncomfortable.
Rome is a beautiful city.
It is fun and exiting, and there is lots of things to do.
Yes, there is a few down-sides to Rome, but nothing compared to all the good reasons why you should go.
And, as said so perfectly by Robert Browning "Everyone sooner or later comes round by Rome", so you might as well just go for it now and be ready for having a great time in a fabulous city.