6 Tips for First Time Travelers to Rome: Everything you Need to Know

As someone who lives in Rome, I’m always asked how to get the best experience as a first time traveler to the city of external love. And, because Rome is always packed with tourists almost everyday, traveling here might be something to tick off your bucket list.

Planning a trip can be both exciting and stressful, that’s why this guide helps to ensure you’re up-to-date with everything you need to know about visiting the beautiful Roma.

If you’re a first time traveler, Rome is a beautiful city worth exploring… that’s why I have these 6 tips to make the journey easier for you.

Exploring Rome#1. Book a tourist bus to take you around

If you don’t know this already, Rome is pretty big, and if you don’t want to have painful feet, you might want to book a tourist bus to hop on and off on. It also makes your traveling so much easier because you get to see the city faster than walking.

Even though I live in Rome, I know how tiring it can be trying to get from the Colosseum to Piazza di Spagna for instance. Plus, if you’re only in Rome for a few days, you’d want to see as much as possible.

Also, don’t forget to bring some comfy shoes. Rome’s roads aren’t the best, so high heeled shoes wouldn’t be a very good idea.

#2. Visit Rome during the summer months

One amazing thing about living or visiting Rome is the great weather throughout the summer. From May until September is a perfect time to come and visit because you’re guaranteed clear blue skies. So, you don’t need to pack super warm clothes during your stay.

But, if you visit during the winter, your experience might not be as pleasant as you may have anticipated. Rome does get chilly, and the frequent rain doesn’t help either.

St. Peter Square Rome#3. Visit popular places later in the afternoon

The large crowds of tourists on a daily basis can make sightseeing a hassle, and quite honestly, it can be tiring trying to navigate your way around a lot of people.

That’s why visiting popular places such as the St. Peter Square (which as you’ve guessed it, can be terribly crowded) is better done later in the afternoon. But, it’s certainly not guaranteed since people tend to stay there for a longer period of time.

The great news is that if you’re worried about the sun setting before you take some amazing photography, not to worry. The sun doesn’t set until about 9pm during the summer months here in Rome.

#4. Modesty is key when visiting churches

One thing Romans don’t joke about is how respectful you’re dressed when visiting their churches (especially St. Peter). I can’t begin to tell you how often I’ve seen tourists refused entry into churches because their clothing was above their knees.

So, if you can, try and wear something modest on days you’d be visiting the church. It would certainly reduce any embarrassment or inconvenience you might experience.

#5. Book accommodation and flights in advance

While traveling to Rome can be exciting, accommodation and flight costs is a different story. That’s why it’s important to book your hotel and flight way in advance to enjoy a discount during your stay.

During peak season, hotel and flight prices sky rocket tremendously, and the last thing you’d want to do is pay 3 times the price you would’ve payed had you booked earlier.

carry-on luggageAlso, you can pack a few items in a carry-on luggage to save up on the cost of paying for large luggage. This only works if you’re staying for a few days though.

It’s also important to note that which hotel you book can make your travel experience better or worse. It’s a given that booking a hotel in the city centre is way more expensive than in Termini (a district in Rome). A lot of tourists prefer lodging in Termini because it’s close to the railway station and central to just about anything you need.

#6. Avoid taxi’s and stick to public transport

One thing I love about Rome is that getting around is fairly easy to do, especially from the Termini station. If you’re coming from the airport, you can save some money and opt for a train instead. From Fiumicino airport to Termini, for instance, a train ride costs 14 Euro currently per person and drops you right at the station.

Taking a bus is even cheaper, but takes much longer to get to your destination. Remember, trains do have a closing time which is usually right before mid-night. If you’d be landing very late, you might just have to take a taxi (which is not less than 50-60 Euros).

About Author

Rachel is a travel enthusiast at The Stylish Travel who loves to explore new places in style and learn about different cultures and food. Besides finding the best deals for travel, she loves photography and anything health and beauty related.

The Top 5 Gadgets to Take When Travelling

Ah yes, it’s that momentous time again when you pack your bags, wave your consistent life goodbye for a while, and go on vacation. You can go to Las Vegas or Sri Lanka, by plane or by foot. However, despite your idea of a vacation, being world’s apart from the next person’s, one thing is for sure: you saved room in your bags for a few gadgets.

Gadgets to Take When TravellingHonestly, why wouldn’t you? We’re living amidst the technical revolution, and our lives revolve around technology. There is one problem though; packaging constraints force you to only take along a few gadgets with you. So, what should you pack? How about something from our list of the top five gadgets to bring when traveling.

1. MACALLY Battery Pack

MACALLY Battery PackTo start you off, let’s talk about something people need. A lot of the time, people neglect to bring along this important item with them on holiday – a battery pack. Sure, you remember to bring the charger for each one of your gadgets, but the truth is they won’t come in handy on every occasion. You might be in a hotel room where the plugs don’t work, or some other place where the power keeps fluctuating and the risk of short circuiting your device is too big to take. I can not put enough stress on the need for packing a battery pack with you while you’re on holiday and what better battery pack than the MACALLY battery pack. This cost-efficient, yet long-lasting battery pack has a 2600mAh battery capacity to fully charge your Apple iPhone in 1.5 hours. This battery pack takes up least space, in fact, you can just use it as hand luggage. Features include an integrated lightning connector to support your iPhone & iPod; built-in battery level LED indicator and a mini USB cable.

2. Fitbit Flex Activity Wristband

While traveling, we sometimes get so immersed in our shift from a consistent life, that we tend to stop focusing for a minute or two. That’s where the Fitbit Flex Activity Wristband comes in handy. Whether it’s how much you walked, how much you eat or how much you slept that day, your Fitbit keeps track of it all.

3. Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise-Cancelling Headphones Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise-Cancelling Headphones

This list revolves around the top gadgets that would put the traveler at ease, and it wouldn’t have been complete without noise canceling headphones. Whether it’s to block out whatever the guy next to you on the plane is saying or to listening to music, one thing’s for sure, you won’t be a nuisance to anyone else, and they definitely won’t be a nuisance to you. The Bose QuietComfort 25 noise-cancelling headphones are our top pick for this category. They’re long-lasting, super efficient and look amazing. Trifecta!

4. Samsung Galaxy S5

The first thing (probably the only thing) you double check to make sure you’ve brought along with you before you locked your apartment, was your phone. For traveling, no phone is better than the Samsung Galaxy S5. You would have to pay full price on T-mobile, but the service plans are tremendously better than those for other United States services. Free texting and data in more than 120 countries by simply turning on your phone and enabling roaming. You won’t be charged for a thing.

5. GoPro Hero 4 Camera GoPro Hero 4 Camera

And finally, something that’ll keep your travels forever. The GoPro Hero 4 camera is a modern alternative to whatever your dad used in the 1980’s. Today, you can use the GoPro anywhere and at anytime to take insanely good videos with. Not only that, but it’s extremely easy to handle and to use. Worth every penny.
And don’t worry plenty more from me, I’m back!

Philosophy and Travel

Philosophy and travel – these are two topics that are rarely put together, but once you do, the result is quite impressive. Most of the philosophers talk about nature and people, but the knowledge of a philosopher should not be bounded.

As the famous saying goes, traveling broadens mind and it is the best source of knowledge which we would never get otherwise.

History as well as future is written all over the world and one can pursue this knowledge only by traveling to these wonderful and sometimes mysterious places. There are numerous stories of history hidden in artifacts that are yet to be revealed and there are so many thoughts that are yet to be pondered.

Listed below are a handful from the long list of places you can visit to broaden your mind.

Taj Mahal
The famous Taj Mahal of India is located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh and was constructed by Shah Jahan, the emperor of the Mugal Empire in the 17th century in honor of his wife.

With a robust pink sandstone base and an enormous white marble dome that reaches 171 meters in height, Taj Mahal represents unique Indian culture which draws many art lovers and historians to this wonderful monument. What draws the attention of the philosophers is how this mausoleum has been able to depict the religious diversity of the country.

Beautiful India you must see it

The finial of the Taj Mahal is a crescent moon, the ultimate symbol of Islam and its horns are pointing upwards which gives the illusion of a triton, the symbol of God Shiva, a powerful Hindu God.

Louvre museum
Built in 1190 as Philippe Auguste’s fortress, Louvre Museum has its own history to cover in addition to 35,000 pieces of important Art of the world that it holds today.

It started displaying royal collections in the 17th century and after the famous French Revolution, the fortress was converted to a formal museum. Currently, it takes care of world famous arts and sculptures including Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, the raft of the medusa, psyche, liberty leading the people, Cy Twombly’s ceiling, Oedipus and the sphinx, Milon de croton and many more.

Princess Diana’s grave
Another popular place of visit for philosophers is the grave of Princess Diana, which is situated in the Spencer family estate in North Hampshire. Some people tend to call her the lady of the lake as her remains are buried in the Round Oval island where four black swans are currently living.

The path to the island is decorated with 36 birch trees, her age when she died.

Stirling Scotland battlegrounds
Stirling battlegrounds of Scotland are another good place to visit for philosophers, which holds monuments from the battle wars of independence. The battlegrounds are located near the River Forth which is said to be chosen by the famous hero, William Wallace in 1297 to attack the English forces and drive them off.

Scotland is a very peaceful place

The National Wallace monument is situated nearby in Abbey Craig and from the top of the tower, the battlefields, as well as the surrounding countryside can be viewed. Another famous hero of Scotland is Robert Bruce, who led the Battle of Bannockburn, and whose battlegrounds are also located in Stirling.