When we travelled to Rome back in March, I thought my travel content would be going crazy, but truth be told I took that many photos I found it difficult to sift through them and actually work out a steady stream of blog posts for you. I’m hoping now I’ve done that, slowly but surely, the posts will start coming through. But before we boarded the plane to the capital city, I had so many pre-conceived ideas about the place, that some of it I just did not expect. So, if you’re thinking of going, have a little read of this post and check out the vlog I created too!
MYTH: IF YOU DON’T GET UP EARLY, YOU’LL QUEUE FOR HOURS
A common myth that you’ll probably hear for all tourist/city destinations. But, despite being warned to get up at the crack of dawn to visit all the sights that Rome had to offer, we never made it out of our room before 10am. And, despite that we only queued for around 10 minutes tops at the Coliseum. Yes, you may benefit from slightly less tourists milling around but other than that you aren’t missing out, except for your holiday lie-in. (Plus, I still managed to make my Instagram look babing!)
MYTH: ROME IS A BIG PLACE
I’ll be honest, I’d gone to Rome with the preconception that Rome was huge and that we wouldn’t be able to find all the famous spots easily, that we would book a hotel too far out and spend hours trailing from one location to another. It was in fact, quite the opposite. We would often find ourselves stumbling upon sightseeing spot after sightseeing spot unintentionally. If you’re booking a hotel, there is no such thing as “being out on a limb” but if I had to suggest a nice, in the middle area, the Via Del Corso is the gateway to pretty much everything you will want to see in Rome. But FYI, still pack a good pair of walking shoes/trainers. City breaks can be hard work.
MYTH: YOU’LL BE BLOWN AWAY BY EVERYTHING YOU SEE IN ROME
Okay, this is a small lie. I literally was blown away by most things (namely the Trevi Fountain and also the vast gelato options. HOLLA.) But the Spanish Steps however, left me feeling a little numb. Stumbling upon on them as we made our way to check in at our hotel, I was a little taken aback at how emotionless it made me feel. Was THAT all Rome had to offer? Luckily, there are other beautiful sights that more than make up for it. Phew.
MYTH: YOU WILL EAT ALL THE CARBS
Rome is synonymous with eating pizza and pasta to the point that you will end up looking like either of those dishes. And yes, that will be all you eat whilst you in are in the Italian capital, but trust me, you won’t eat ten pizza’s the size of ten heads, you won’t make your way through the extensive styles of pasta list either. In reality, you will eat half a 12 incher and bloat to the point where you need to sit down for 5 hours before you can move again. Gelato on the other hand, I ate till it came out of my ears. Indulge and enjoy it though, carbs will be your best friend and worst enemy in the Italian city!
And there you have it. Four myths that were well and truly blown out of the water with Rome. A beautiful city that I very much enjoyed whilst we were there. I can’t wait to bring you a 72 hours guide to Rome in the next couple of weeks.
Have you been to Rome – did you enjoy it?
I'm Bee. 27 year old who is finally starting to understand herself. A Scorpio that's too nice to use that sting in her tail, regularly found searching for holidays or online shopping. Happiest when being fed, travelling & spending time with Mr C.