The do's and don’ts of Rome

Published November 14th, 2012

Considering a holiday in the eternal city? While Audrey Hepburn may make a Roman holiday look effortless, there are a few things that Hollywood movies are yet to teach. Like what is an unacceptable amount of gelato (no such thing) and will the locals judge you if you drink too much wine (when in rome). For more travelling tips check out our do's and don’ts of Rome.


The Colosseum

Do: visit the The Colosseum

DO aim to visit the city’s historic icons: As a city that dates back over 14,000 years, Rome has plenty to offer in way of history. At the top of your itinerary should be the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Roman Forum.

DON'T forget to relax: Don’t spend all of your time in Rome going from one tourist attraction to another. Not only will you kill your feet but you’ll also miss out on really experiencing Rome. Allocate a day or two to do some people watching and wandering.


DO toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain – Legend has it, if you throw a coin into the historic fountain you are ensured to return to Rome one day.

DON'T let it fail you – In order for the wish to work you have to book another trip to Rome – durrh!


gelati in Rome

Do: test the limits of gelati consumption

DO eat all of the food – Rome is known for its food for a reason. Be prepared to have your world rocked by a bowl of pasta and piece of wood fired pizza.

DON'T not eat all of the food – Who are you kidding? Put that diet to rest and embrace a holiday heavy on carbs.


DO wear fat pants – Skinny jeans and a big serving of pasta are not good friends.

DON'T make it too obvious – Rome is a stylish city. If the locals discover you're wearing an elasticised waist, you will be judged accordingly.


DO take the train – The metro system in Rome, like most European cities, is quite good and one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get around.

DON'T get pick pocketed – Pickpockets often ride the metro and try their luck on tourists. Hold on to your belongings at all times and beware of people that brush up against you.


DO take a tour of Rome: Whether you’re interested in history, food or shopping, Rome has a wide range of tours to help you get the most out of your holiday. English speaking tours are especially great if you don’t know much Italian.

DON'T expect everyone to know English: You might be able to get away with speaking English in the tourist areas, but good luck trying to order a pizza from little old  nonna’s traditional pizzeria. Avoid having your order mistaken for an anchovy pizza (eewww!)  by downloading a translator app.


Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.