When planning a trip to Rome, I found myself asking the question of whether we should invest the extra money on a guided tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum?
An afternoon in Paris. Sounds delightful, oui? We managed to see the Notre Dame, the Pont Neuf, the Louvre, the Jardin Des Tuileries, the Champs Elysée, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. We had walked over 18k steps and 16 kilometres, all in 6 hours. Yeah, we know how to make the most of our time.
I have finally unlocked the secret to finding the true essence of a city: food tours. My new mission, and I choose to accept it, is to explore food tours in each city I visit. I want to find the true essence of the city in this way.
I’ve come to realize that in order to get the best experience of a destination, you need to embark on a food tour. Especially when it’s guided by a local. Not only do you learn about the gestational habits, but you also learn more about the community and its unique history.
Rome is a crazy city. It’s ‘in your face’ at every turn. It’s fast paced. It’s crowded. It’s gritty.
Really. There’s nothing like it. Tourists and locals meld together where you hear a constant melting pot of accents. Locals gesture vividly as they speak, just as you would expect. Scooters zoom through the narrow lanes, fighting for their place amongst the zippy cars in the dense traffic.
All of these things make Rome fabulous.
Rome is very much an ‘in your face’ city. Everything is loud and brash. The streets are insanely crowded. Vendors incessantly harass walkers on the sidewalks, despite your emphatic shake of the head or polite ‘no’.
I can’t necessarily blame the Romans. I just have to wonder if some of the kindness found in other Italian cities can be brought to Rome as well someday?