How to See The Real Rome and Avoiding The Crowds in Rome
Yes, there certainly are a number of ways to Avoid the Crowds in Rome. Ahh … Rome, a city steeped in history, culture and fantastic food! It’s not difficult to see why hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to this Ancient city year after year, particularly when you factor in the glorious weather.
However, those tourists can transform a great city break into a complete nightmare! With the mass of crowds that flock to the city all year long, getting crowded in Rome can become overwhelming. As much as you want to see the Vatican, you probably don’t want to spend all day trying to peek over shoulders to get a glimpse, or queuing in long never ending lines just to get in.
Luckily, we’ve got some tips on avoiding the crowds and seeing the real authentic Rome.
The Best Months to Visit Rome
Ancient Roman Pantheon
A key factor in avoiding the throngs of tourists is to book your trip during the off peak season. Unsurprisingly, June and July are the most popular months to visit, as these months also coincide with school holidays. The beautiful summer weather is certainly big attraction for many visitors to the city, however, avoiding the summer heat just might be a good idea!
Hot temperatures and heavy crowds certainly are not always a great mix!
If you book your trip between October and March, the crowds are pretty much halved from that of summer. As well, you can also benefit from finding vacancies in hotels and restaurants much easier and for a much more affordable price at the same time.
The weather tends to be better between April and May and though there are more people, the crowds still won’t be as huge as they are during the peak season. You decide!
Be Sure to Eat Like a Local when Visiting Rome
Gelato in Rome
There are a huge number of fantastic eateries to enjoy during your stay in Rome. But a couple of food experiences that you really shouldn’t miss out on are the coffee and ice cream shops. Not together though, but I’m sure that’s not half bad either! 🙂
Firstly, make sure that you get yourself some Real Authentic Italian ice cream. Gelateria Giolitti opened its doors in 1900, and throughout its existence has remained family-owned and provides excellent Gelato.
You will definitely kick yourself if you miss a serving of Gelato!
Another must-eat or rather must-drink, is a morning Espresso in a bar, just like the locals do. Or if the weather is especially hot, try a Granita. It’s a semi-frozen coffee-and-sugar delight!
Lastly, if you really want to eat like a local, you can do far worse than one of the food markets. These are the places where most locals shop for their food. At the markets you will find everything from seafood to fruit.
However, there are a few rules you will need to follow;
Don’t touch the food before paying for it;
Bring your own bag;
Do not try to haggle.
The Vatican in Rome
Though the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon are definitely all well worth a visit, they are certainly not the be all and end all of Rome. In fact, you might have a more interesting experience if you focus on visiting other places, especially during peak times of the day.
We visited Rome while on our fantastic Mediterranean Cruise during the summer months. The crowds were intense, but we opted for a guided tour which was a savior. This allowed us to go ahead of the lines forming into the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. I highly recommend taking a professional guided tour!
A Few Attractions in Rome to Consider
If you have time, check out these attractions that most tourists really aren’t aware of:
The Roman Cat Sanctuary
Torre-Argentina Cat Sanctuary
Opened in 1990 and located in the Torre Argentina excavation site, in a bid to help the city’s stray cats (around 300,000 cats live in the city), this sanctuary is run by volunteers and cares for over 400 felines. For cat lovers and history buffs, the Roman Cat Sanctuary, Largo di Torre Argentina is open for tourists every day at 11.00 am.
St. Peter’s Basilica & The Keyhole
Enjoy a fabulous view of Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica through a keyhole on a wooden doorway on a wall located on the Aventine Hill. The wooden door blocks the entrance to the garden of the well protected Priory of the Knights of Malta. Definitely worth a visit to this beautiful gardens in the city!
San Lorenzo District
San Lorenzo District Rome
A great section of Rome to hang out. The area is filled with local bars, pop-up cafes and street activities and shopping. A great place to mix with the locals and experience a touch of Rome!
Church of St. Ignatius Loyola
St. Ignatius Loyola Church
A baroque design and the second Jesuit church ever built in Rome, this building features some marvelous trompe l’oeil paintings from 1685 that are not to be missed!
Just a few tips to help you enjoy your visit in this truly remarkable Ancient City in Italy!
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Did You Know …
Each evening, at least 3,000 Euros are thrown into the Trevi Fountainare.Money is donated to Caritas, which is a catholic charity.