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If you've been to Rome before you know, there's only two main places to look, the sights and the food. I love history but having family from Italy myself a large amount of my attention was on the food, naturally. You can get pizza from the corner store, its cheap and everywhere. I know I gained 1-2 kilos only staying 3 nights.
Like I said we only stayed 3 nights but if that's all you can afford its a no brainer, YOU HAVE TO GO!
I love Rome, even though it is busy, noisy and oversized, but hey what big city isn't? If you're flying in to Rome airport, i'd suggest staying in the city like we did, it is 26 km (16 miles) away from Fiumicino but it is the most convenient thing to do. Centrale train station is very close to the Colosseum, and other landmarks and i'd say the easiest and cheapest way of getting from the city to the airport. We stayed around the corner (literally) from Centrale train station and couldn't have chosen better!
Our Airbnb was small but it was perfect for the two of us. It had a kitchen (if you've read any of my other Airbnb stays you know this for me is a must) and separate bedroom. It was nice to have an extra area if we wanted some alone time. The kitchen was used at least twice a day because we didn't want to eat out all the time, it could get expensive and carbs weren't (still aren't) my best friend!
An average full house Airbnb in Rome will cost you between $80-$250 AUD a night depending how luxurious you decide to go, ours was $160 AUD per night, so $80 AUD each per night.
In respect to where to stay its hard to say. If I went again I'll be sure to stay near Termini Central (main train station), its very convenient and easy to get around whether your coming from the airport, intercity or from landmarks around the city. The atmosphere is very good, it's not loud but filled during the day with commuters and travellers. It has access to food, shopping and basic things you may need during your stay.
When visiting the sights, you'll need to book a tour, or have a transport card. These can be bought ONLY with cash at the train stations, bars, bus stops (sometimes), and corner shops. They do have a validity limit, between 24, 48, 72 hours or 7 day long passes available. It's fairly cheap starting at 7 Euro for 24 hours unlimited public transport. For more information check out this page: www.rometoolkit.com/transport/rome_travel_pass.htm.
My all time favourite thing to do when traveling besides exploring and eating is Shopping! Rome is fabulous for it. It has various shopping villages, and shops that line the streets. If you're interested in cheap sunglasses and items there are so many single table stalls that line the tourist areas. Some are expensive than others given their location so be smart and shop around a little, don't be afraid to bargain a little bit with them.
When it comes to the food, each Italian city is known for a different meal. Rome is more famous for pasta as apose to pizza so don't be afraid to try something new in the land of carbs. Most Italian dishes are coated with the same or similar herbs so the sauce is usually the only difference in flavour. I love a form of meat with my pastas, being bacon, or mince. If you're vegetarian they do amazing red and white sauce vegetable dishes. Their seafood is unbelievable as well. I'd suggest before planning anywhere to eat, check it out on Trip Advisor or Instagram geotags. It will give you a good idea on quality and/or price.
I hope you enojy/ed Rome as much as I did. Make sure to tag me in your posts using the hashtag #thetravellingnanny for a like!