How to Survive Rome

In a blog I recently published on my website, I made an itinerary for people traveling to Rome for a few days. When planning a trip to Rome, making a schedule is just as important as planning when you will be traveling and what you should pack. This past summer I traveled to Italy. I spent just three days in Rome, and there were many things that I wish I knew before flying halfway across the world to a foreign country.

Around nine million international tourists visit Rome each year, ranking it among the most visited city destinations in Europe, according to the Statista Research Department. There’s no doubt that Rome is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. A common question people have is, what is the best time to travel to Rome? Summer is peak season for Rome, which means hot temperatures, crowded streets, and long lines for attractions. U.S. News Travel says that “the best time to visit Rome is from October to April when most of the tourist crowds have dissipated and room rates are lower.”

You should pack clothes according to when you will be traveling and what you plan on doing. Bringing clothes to layer is a smart idea. In Summer, you will need to have something to cover your shoulders and knees for when you visit churches, this includes the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. In Spring and Fall, it can be warm during the day but fairly chilly at night. Even during Winter you’d be surprised how warm you get walking around while the sun is overhead, but you’d be even more surprised how quickly the temperature drops as the sun falls.

Since I traveled to Italy in June I packed lots of cute sandals, and this was one of my biggest mistakes. Since you will be walking around a lot I suggest packing comfy sneaks and good walking shoes. Another thing I wish I did before traveling to Rome is learn some Italian! Knowing some simple words like hello, please, thank you, fountain, and bathroom can be very helpful. The last tip I would give future Rome travelers is to bring a refillable water bottle. A refillable water bottle will prevent you from spending an absurd amount of money on water bottles. All over Rome you can find little fountains and spout with fresh drinking water.

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