SLIDESHOW: When in Rome, go here, not there
By Katie Borman
If you’re ever lucky enough to visit the eternal city, or have the opportunity to live inside the ancient city walls it’s almost guaranteed that you won’t be disappointed by all the things this world-class city has to offer. However, waiting in mile-long lines filled with tourists and paying hefty admissions fees to see the sites will be disappointing, especially if you are on a tight schedule or budget.
According to a Bank of Italy report, 77 million tourists visited Rome in 2012 alone, and generated roughly 10 billion dollars in revenue for the city. To avoid the tourist traps and get the authentic, intimate experience that everyone craves when they think of Rome, think like a local. As Dean Martin so wisely sang, “…In Rome, do as the Romans do.”
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For the best museum: visit the Capitoline Museum, NOT the Vatican Museum. Although the Vatican has one of the most impressive art collections in world, its size and international draw can be overwhelming. Because the Vatican does not limit how many visitors can enter the museum each day, massive crowds form lengthy lines and wait times. Instead of navigating these overly congested collections, head to the Capitoline Museum conveniently located next to the Roman Forum. For under $20, you can get access to the world’s second largest collection of ancient art. (Piazza del Campidoglio, 1, Roma, Italia)
- written by Catherine Borman on October 20th, 2013
- posted in Edit