Introduction to Rome
Legend has it that a coin tossed into the Trevi Fountain ensures you will return to Rome. As a result, an estimated €3,000 worth of coins wind up in the fountain each day - a small price that many pay in the hope that they will return for another Roman holiday. And despite it being one of the biggest cities in Europe, Rome can feel very much like a holiday. The combination of history, beauty and a slower pace means that time spent in the city can be both relaxing and invigorating. Your brain will return from Rome inspired, your heart will return feeling warm and your stomach, full of carbs.
One of the best aspects of The Eternal City is that you don't have to venture very far to feel as though you have experienced it. The Italian capital does have its token attractions (the Colosseum, the Vatican, the Capuchin Crypt, to name a few) but for the most part, the streets of Rome are a museum in themselves. Walk up the Spanish Steps on your way to the gardens, shop the historic Campo dei Fiori Markets or simply hang out at the Pantheon.
The joy of Rome is that it offers history and culture to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace, with pizza breaks, coffee stops and siestas in between. Just don't forget to toss a coin in the Trevi on your way out. Some of your best memories of Rome will come from unexpected moments like a scooter ride throught cobblestone streets, the perfect meal in an authentic trattoria, or trying out your Italian on the locals.
Like a topping on an authentic Italian pizza, when it comes to must-dos in Rome, less is more. See the city at a full-throttle pace and you'll miss experiencing it entirely. Instead, slow things down, take time to breathe and explore just a few attractions to their fullest without having to see and do it all.