Spending time in Rome is a blast. No city on earth feels quite like it. It’s vibrant and full of life. It’s home to some of the world’s most delicious food and has museums upon museums that you can wander through. You’ll find piazzas, fountains, ancient architecture, baroque architecture, and some of the world’s most stunning cathedrals and chapels. Of course, traveling to Rome is still traveling, and this means that there are things you can do in advance to help ensure that you enjoy the trip. With that in mind, the following will explore a few things you might want to get done before you head to Rome so that you have more time to enjoy the wonder of the eternal city.
Rome is home to some of the world’s most famous monuments, and each of them is well worth your time. What might not be worth your time is waiting in long lines in the sun in order to get your tickets. Many venues and locals allow tickets to be purchased ahead of time so that you can skip this step when you’re in the city. Figure out what sights you want to see on what days and then look for tickets online; you can find Rome colosseum ticket, Vatican city tour ticket, and museum passes in advance. Those extra few hours you save will really add up and allow you to spend more time absorbing the magic of Rome. Of course, make sure that you’re purchasing tickets from a trusted travel company or from the venues themselves. You don’t want to show up with a fake ticket only to realize that you’ve wasted some money.
Research The History
Rome is massive and full to the brim with wonder. It’s easy to get caught up in a research rabbit hole when you’re looking up things to do for the day. Try to make sure that these research rabbit holes are fallen into before you arrive in the city. If you know the history and other information that interests you before you arrive, you’ll be better equipped to make decisions throughout your days. You’ll also find that everything you witness is embued with extra pizazz if you’ve done your research ahead of time. Rome has a past full of horror, adventure, comedy, tragedy, shock value, awe, and moments in proportion to Game of Thrones plots and sequences. Knowing a little about it will enrich the entire travel experience and might even turn you onto cool sights that are less traveled.
Save And Budget
Nothing can dampen a trip faster than running out of money, and given the insane amount of delicious food available at every turn, that’s a pretty easy thing to do in Rome. Figure out how much money you need per day in Rome to afford accommodations, meals, and entrance to sites, and then add however much you would like to spend in addition to that (shopping in Rome is off the charts). Multiply this number by the number of days you’re spending in Rome, add the cost of transportation and insurance as well as any pre-trip purchases you need to make like new sunglasses and a sturdy water bottle and then you’ll have an idea of how much the trip will cost; save up the money and then pay attention to your spending while you’re there. Give yourself an average daily limit so that you know you have enough to get you through the trip. If you underspend on a given day, you know that you have a little extra to spend on one of the following days. This is especially important if you plan on drinking while there, as it’s all too easy to spend more money than you should while drinking. Rome is not the sort of place you want to be without money; there’s too much to do and see and enjoy.
Get A Checkup
If you have any health concerns, have them looked at by a trusted healthcare provider before you leave. Make sure that all your prescriptions are fully stocked for the duration of your trip, and pay attention to symptoms like fatigue or headaches. You don’t want to spend precious time in Rome running around looking for a doctor who speaks the same language you do. It’s a good idea to get travelers insurance that will allow you to return home in the event of a health emergency as well.
Download Travel Apps Onto Your Phone
There are a ton of travel apps, and chances are you’re going to want at least a few of them. If you’re a vegan, you might want an app that allows you to find vegan options (you’ll notice that in Europe, veganism is rare, so extra effort is sometimes needed to find a good meal option). There are apps for finding and booking hostels if you like to give yourself more freedom when you travel as well as apps for oddities like dog-friendly venues and the best hiking locations. There are gym-finding apps if you’re someone who wants to maintain their exercise regime while abroad and apps for comparing transport costs like trains versus buses. Many travel companies also have apps that can recommend travel itineraries and brilliant stops you might have otherwise missed.
Clear Space On Your Phone
Once you’ve got your new apps set up, why not spend a bit of time clearing space on your phone? You’re going to want to take lots of pictures and maybe even videos, so it’s a good idea to make that easy. When your phone is full, it can be time-consuming to scroll through and delete duplicate photos. You might also have a thousand pictures of your dog that you don’t want to delete but rather move onto another device. Do that now rather than sitting in a hotel in Rome missing out on gelato.
The above information should give you an idea of a couple of things you can do before you get to Rome to help make the whole trip easier. The goal is to be able to enjoy the magic of the city without unnecessary interruptions, waits, and distractions. Make sure that if you have any personal needs that aren’t mentioned on this list, you ensure those can be met ahead of time as well. Finally, before you go, it’s a good idea to check your government’s travel advisories. Rome is generally considered a very safe vacation spot, but dramatic events like superstorms or political issues can arise quickly.