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Photo Essay and Travel Guide in One: Roma, Italy

Roma, or Rome, Italy, is literally a city unlike any other you will experience in Europe. The architecture and sculptures are bold and seem to be from another time period (maybe because they are) and every build and piece of art that you pass seems to jump out at you. I would recommend experiencing the cities delicious foods and cultural attractions, parks, and art during the day, and at night going to one of the many bars and clubs Roma has to offer, as there is a lively party scene here.

Nightlife

Trastevere is a really good nightlife area, with lots of street performers and clubs and bars to choose from. If you want dance clubs, head over to the Testacchio area where you will find a street lined with different clubs and an array of music choices. Just don’t go before midnight as nobody will be there. If you’re looking for the more rowdy college scene, the Campo de Fiore area is your best bet. 

If you’re looking for an Irish Pub type-feel, check out the Druid’s Pubs with multiple locations. I also went to Scholars Lounge Irish Pub and Club and had a blast playing drinking games and listening to a rock n’ roll cover band. For a more alternative nighttime experience with art shows, rare music concerts, photography exhibits, and book readings, visit Hobo ArtClub which is located near Termini Station and serves drinks every night until 2 AM.  Do you want to experience the finer side of Roma through its array of wines? Visit Wine Time, with specials such as free dinner for people who order a glass of wine and wine tasting classes.

Another option (and my favorite) is also to grab some beer, wine, and sharable foods (cheese, crackers, fruit) and head over to one of the many piazzas and find people to socialize with (and maybe trade snacks!).

Accommodation 

If you’re a backpacker there is only one place you should stay, at that is at The Yellow. This is unofficially known as the greatest hostel in Roma among backpackers, due to the social atmosphere and extremely friendly staff. The owner loves to get to know the people who stay there and is extremely helpful. One place not to stay? MJ Place. While it wasn’t the worst hostel I’ve ever seen, there were definitely a lot of cons. It smells, it is hot, and the staff are not all that friendly. They also overcharged some friends of mine and then refused to pay them back.

Things to Do – I’ll leave this section up to the photos:

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One of the many beautiful buildings you will see wandering Roma.

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Go into one of the many local mom and pop type restaurants and you can get homemade, inexpensive meals such as this Eggplant Parm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Once again, skip the touristy restaurants! The lesser-known eateries have the freshest, most authentic ingredients! And remember, Italian bread drizzled in balsamic is a slice of heaven.

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Ceiling at the Vatican. Buy your tickets online in advance to skip the line for the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. If you don't, you could literally be waiting all day to get inside.

 

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Gardens at the Vatican

 

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View of Roma from the Borghese Gardens near the Spanish Steps. Really relaxing spot to chill out in Roma.

 

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The Spanish Steps

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Inside the Colosseum. Buy your tickets online in advance for this to skip the long lines!

 

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Outside the Colosseum

 

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The Roman Forum, which is included in your admission to the Colosseum.

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Wandering the streets of Italy at night. Check out the crowd!

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Trevi Fountain- Bring coins to make a wish!

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