The people here play the French game of Petanque. The pension owners, Jim & Ann,…
Ok, so here we are in Rome and unfortunately, only for a little couple of days, but that’s probably the case for many of us when we travel, isn’t it? Usually, we are only in one area for a short amount of time, as we want to squeeze so much in and see as much as we can. After all, we’ve come so far and who knows when we’ll be back! We are cruising on a Seabourn ship with 200 other passengers in the Mediterranean. Of course, sort of wishing we had much more time to explore Rome and to wonder, if we did, what exactly would our choices be?
Would I want to go first to some of the excellent resale home furnishings stores to see the unique European style and decor only found in Italy? I’m quite sure that would certainly be worth doing!
Better yet we could only wander the streets looking for that individual retailer with unbelievable quality and fantastic prices. Since I haven’t the time on this trip, I thought it would be fun to at least give you a head start on the information out there as to where to go to explore design at its best in Rome.
You simply cannot come to Rome, and not obviously want to see the choices for leather goods, jewelry, purses, vintage clothing, shoes and pure amazing fashion at it’s best, right? It’s Italy and Euro or no Euro; there are still the mystic fashion icons waltzing around, the lovely look of the Italian women and men, the gorgeous, sophisticated clothing that we know will be in our stores soon, but already gracing their cobblestone streets with such elegance. As time would allow, we did a bit of shopping for this and that, but certainly not to our hearts content. I mean it’s Italy after all!
If you are headed to Rome soon and will hopefully have much more time there, then here are some fantastic sites to check out for shopping advice:
- Home Furnishings inRomeNow
- 10 Best Shops in Rome by the Guardian
- Beyond the Guidebooks Shopping-InRomeNow
- Shopping for second hand and Vintage Clothes in Rome by RomeRevealed
Now, for sure, if you are like me, and this is your first time to Rome, you are going to want to see the typical tourist attractions such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Vatican, etc. Do by all means, as they are beyond any words that I can come up with to describe the historical and architectural beauty of them. We did get to several major museums, the Vatican and, of course, many of the various sites we could squeeze into a two and one-half day period. Here are several wonderful links with information that is quite helpful and will lead you to the right choices during the time you have for those attractions you want to see:
- Rome Top 10
- 10 Things to See and Do in Rome USA Today
- Ten Places to See in Rome by Global Grasshopper
Now you need to consider your food options in Rome, and there are so many it’s beyond limitless! We didn’t have a bad meal, and although we did get our fill of pasta, it was all extraordinarily delicious.
There are many choices. For example to help you to select your culinary options, especially in the heavily frequented tourist areas.
- Ashley Local Eats – Rome
- 8 Cheap Eats in Rome by Gourmet Chicks
- Best Restaurants near Pantheon and Colosseum and Spanish Steps
If you want to view 100 things to know if you are headed to Italy, this is an excellent read! I only wish I’d read it before our trip. Virtual Tourist does a terrific job of Taking you off the Beaten Track in Rome and helping you find the Rome often only the locals know. So many of us miss this, due to either lack of knowledge or time constraints. I caution you, take the time to read this article, as it is totally worth the read!
The greatest thing about travel is that it’s never final. One can always return, we hope anyway to Rome or any other destination. I plan to return to Rome because when in Rome I simply got lost in the beauty of the magical streets, the people’s faces, the food, the theater of life all around me. Had I possibly been ready with some of this info prior, maybe my decisions would have been different, although not likely, given our time constraints. You may not have similar issues and will have the luxury of a longer stay in this incredible place. If so, hopefully, this will make you smile, get you excited and help you plan a trip of a lifetime!
Happy Trails and remember when in Rome, “Diversity in Vacanza!”