Wanderling Travel's Guide To Rome
Next in this series is a post by Samantha Hendricks, a 26 year old from Texas who works as a Pilate’s Instructor and is also a Dancer, Choreographer, and Travel Enthusiast.
One of my favorite places to visit is Rome. I have had the pleasure of traveling to the Eternal City several times and I lived there for a few months. I was enrolled in a dance company program that was based out of Rome and I had plenty of time to explore the city. I have a lot of information on Rome which at this point feels like another home. I would tell you even if you have something planned during your travels take time to explore and “get lost”. Some of the most beautiful views, cafes, restaurants, and experiences happen when you aren’t worried about a map. Don’t get me wrong you should definitely keep one with you just in case but don’t be afraid to wander. I created my blog Wanderling Travel to give travel tips, inspiration, and insight into the destinations I have been to. I enjoy letting people in on the secret photo spots to get your postcard pictures, what to try and not, cost, experiences, etc.
One of the first things that come to mind when you think about Italy is the food. I am gluten-free so I thought that I would have a hard time finding anything to eat in Rome. I was wrong. There are so many different restaurants that have gluten-free options! My top two are Mama Eats and La Vacca N’Briaca (The Drunken Cow). Mamma Eats has the best pizza and The Drunken Cow has some pretty amazing pasta to choose from. Mama Eats is in the Trastevere neighborhood and The Drunken Cow is in Monti near the Colosseum. If you have time I recommend exploring these beautiful neighborhoods.
While I was in Rome I found the best farmers market, Mercato Campagna Amica al Circo Massimo, also known as Mercato di San Teodoro. The Mercato is next to Palatine Hill which is a beautiful sight to check out as well. The best view and photo opportunity of the Forum is just right around the corner towards Foro Romano. I have an entire blog post on directions to the exact spot. You can get the Forum, Palatine Hill, and Colosseum all in one picture!
With there being so much to see in Rome you want to be efficient in how you spend your time. I took the Metro, buses, and trams all over Rome. Their transit system is pretty easy to follow. There are only two metro lines (in the process of building a third) and most of the stops have the sights you want to see underneath them to make it simple. The stops are announced both in Italian and then in English. As for the bus and trams, it can be a little complicated because there isn’t always a direct route. Just download Rome in your Maps app and it will help you navigate without using data. The Metro has several passes for 24hr, 48hr, and 72hr if you are traveling short-term. For a month or longer, I recommend getting the monthly personal card for only €36 and it can be refilled at any shop with the transit logo in the window.
I hope to travel back to Rome in the future, but next on my list is Southeast Asia. My goal is to visit Thailand, Cambodia, and Bali over a three to four week period. From what I have found they have some beautiful landscapes and a culture I would love to experience.
What a great insight into Rome
To follow Samantha's journey, check her out on Instagram, @wanderlingtravel!