If you've not been to Rome yet, then you may already feel like you have been. It is such a popular city and has been documented widely on the internet. I would say it is one of the most Instagrammable city in Italy. Before we visited we knew of all of the major sites. The Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the city is packed with iconic landmarks. Some people sigh and think 'ahh Rome it is soooo touristy'. Well, yes and no.
Firstly, you need to be selective about the time of year you visit. We recommend mid Autumn and Spring. Winter is too cold and Summer, well, good luck with the crowds! Secondly, it helps to have a local to show you around. Wait, you don't have one of those? Well you're lucky because we did and we're about to show you how to visit Rome with a local.
I often visit places because I like the concept of them, or I have seen or heard that they are pretty or interesting. Quite often this results in seeing a sight or place that is amazing, but perhaps limited in its beauty, or has one interesting thing to do, but the surrounds aren’t quite so great. When it came to Tuscany, I did wonder if there would just be a few rolling hills with the rest mundane plains, but it turns out that Tuscany is just plain stunning, and no matter where you look, you’ll be impressed.
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