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Being a tourist in Rome

Behaving like a local in Rome is cool, but there are some touristic hotspots you just cannot skip before leaving. The capital of Italy was once the center of Old Europe – if not: the entire world. Emperors of the Ancient Times gave us some impressive buildings to discover under the burning Roman sun.

To make us look even more like tourists, we decided to rent a Vespa. We didn’t cause accidents, but I’m still wondering how we survived the Italian roads. Those Italians drive like crazy (or maybe it was our fault?). We went to MyVespa, but there are plenty others in the city center too.

The Colosseum is a must-do in Rome. It’s impressive and wonderfull at the same time, but I’ve already showed you more about this architectural miracle in my other blogpost. The Trevi fountain was the next spot on our Roman bucket list. It’s beautiful – if not the most impressive fountain I’ve ever seen. However, not a recommendation if you’re suffering from claustrophobia. If you’re panicking when too much people enter your public space, head off to Giolitti. It’s only a few streets away and the best spot for real Italian ice cream. It was that good, we went back three days in a row. Cheatdays don’t count when on holiday!

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“Cheatdays don’t count when on holiday!”

If you’re not really into ice cream – if that’s even possible –, Italy has some great pastry. In most of the breakfast bars and bakeries, you can find croissants filled with Nutella, white chocolate of pistaccio cream. Not easy to eat, but worth it!

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For dinner, we went to Chianti at the Via del Lavatore (Next to the Trevi Fountain). A central located restaurant, but food at local prices. The toughest choice I needed to make that day was deciding between pasta or pizza. The latter one, won the battle.

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If you can’t wait to eat pizza, because it’s still 2 hours until lunch or dinner, don’t worry. In every street of Rome, you’ll find a great pizzeria to get some slices to go. Even underneath our AirBnB was a pizzeria, that was difficult to resist when entering the building.

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Pictures by me & Matthias Geerts

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