That’s what I did in Rome, Italy. I landed twice, the first time in 1999, on my way to Perugia to study Italian language at University for Foreignersdi Perugia, as a scholarship holder of the Italian Government.
I landed and I fly off from the Fiumicino Airport. And that’s it.
The second time, in 2011, when I was on my way to Israel, working on a cruise ship. We barely flew from Sofia with Bulgarian Airlines, we barely landed in Rome.
And we landed, no one greeted us (although we were guaranteed that by the agency that hired us, and to which we paid huge sums for the services). We were supposed to be accommodated in Hilton, with a pre-confirmed reservation, but in Hilton, they didn’t even know who we were or where we came from!
Fortunately, I studied Italian before, so I lifted Hilton to his feet, and the room was found! Not in the one where they sent us, but in the other, near the airport.
That Hilton Hotel is beautiful, of course -when one night costs $ 400. But, a single beer in the Hilton cost more than 20euros! And I don’t waste money in Hilton, except when I’m not happy about it.
So, I tell my two colleagues, I’m going to Rome. There is an organized transfer from the hotel every forty minutes, of course – so you can take a walk and not listen to the planes taking off and landing every forty seconds.
Rome (Italian: Roma [ˈroːma], Latin: Rōma) is the capital of Italy, a separate municipality (known as the Comune di Roma Capitale) and the capital of Lazio. With 2,877,215 inhabitants at 1,285.3 km, it is also the largest and most populous city and municipality and the fourth most populous city in the European Union. About four million people live in the Roman city. The city is located in the central – western part of the Italian Peninsula, on the river Tiber within the Lazio region.
The duration of the Roman history is estimated at two and a half thousand years, making it one of the oldest cities in the world that still exists. Rome was the capital of the Kingdom of Rome, the Roman Republic, and the Roman Empire, a dominant power in Western Europe and in the Mediterranean countries for about seven hundred years. The city itself is considered one of the birthplace of Western civilization. From the 1st century AD. – Rome was the seat of the Pope, and after the end of the Byzantine domination, in the 8th century it became the capital of the states ruled by the Pope, a period that lasted until 1870. In 1871 Rome became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, and in 1946 the capital of the Italian Republic.
Rome, in 2010, was ranked as a world city by the Organization of the World’s Most Important Cities, as well as the 28th most important global city. In 2016, Rome was named the 13th most visited city in the world, the 3rd most visited city within the European Union, and the most popular tourist attraction in Italy. This city is one of the most successful European cities. Its historic center is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Monuments and museums such as the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum are among the 50 most visited tourist destinations (Vatican museums with 4.2 million tourists and the Colosseum with 4 million tourists each year).
Rome also hosted the 1960 Summer Olympics.
But all this is just data, facts, figures, praise, and sometimes just fictional tourist attractions, for which the Italians are well known. They can sell you almost everything, convince the whole world that the Bridge of Sighs in Venice will bring you eternal love (although the bridge got its name from the fact that there was a prison on one side and a gallows on the other, so the prisoners let out their last breath. before being hanged).
Or forcing every tourist to throw a euro into the TreviFountain to return to Rome again – from which the city collects an average about 2 million euros a year.
Of course, they would take you to Julia’s terrace in Verona, take pictures and hang a padlock to capture the magic of love, and in fact, this palace was a hotel with a horse stable and the biggest bar during the XVIII and XIX century. Even the balcony, which is now part of the house, was brought from a village house in 1920. It is only built on it.
However, Shakespeare wrote what he wrote, so the Italians sell it perfectly well.
I took another path, crossed the Tiber Bridge, saw the river, the ivy and the churches on all sides, and headed for the cobblestones.
Looking for the Real Rome!
In Trastevere – Bohemian Roman Street – old taverns, Italian oldest restaurants, motorbikes, a bunch of smiling and talkative people.
And I see a little melancholy tavern with red and white sheets, and I say – here! It’s called – AnticaLocanda in Trastevere PAPA RE – cucinatipicaromana – pizzeria! I settled in, and ordered bruschetta with truffle pate and homemade wine.
The owner Giancarlo came, honored me, told me that the place has been owned by his family for three centuries, walked me around the restaurant, introduced me to the staff, we laughed, we drank, he gave me a business card that he signed for me and this morning I barely found it for let me take you right here. To know what real Rome is!
And how and where to eat in Rome! And what to drink.
Have a nice trip through Rome – the eternal city!