Why I didn’t like Rome
Hello fellow budget hunters,
Today’s post is going to be another controversial one. I’m just going to go out there and say that I didn’t really like Rome.
**Disclaimer, this is my personal opinion based on my experience of the city. This is not meant to offend or upset anyone and should not be taken as fact. **
I was disappointed by Rome definitely, one of my favourite books is Eat Pray Love, so I have this romanticised version of Rome in my head. Eat Pray Love is such a clichéd book, but it came to me at a time where I needed it and it’s journey of self-discovery.
So I thought I would explain a little more about why I wasn’t keen on Rome.
I found Rome very very crowded, we went in July so I expected crowds. But the busy narrow streets in Rome just made everything so much worse.
There was tour groups everywhere, absolutely packed if you were stuck behind a tour group and I just found it suffocating.
I’ve heard other people in other months feel the same way about the city being claustrophobic.
Everyone raves about the food in Rome, but it wasn’t the best Italian food. It’s like comparing London as having the best food in the UK… It doesn’t. Bologna has the best food in my experience and the tourist areas of Rome had such a mixed selection of tourist prices and shocking food.
The best pizza we had was near our accomodation in the south east of the city, in a more local area. However in general, I wasn’t super amazed by the food in Rome.
I wrote about this in my Italian travel mistakes, but there’s currently only two metro lines. These cross once and I just found that difficult to organise and it was limiting to the places we could go without walking.
We didn’t try the buses, but I assume they run like most other buses – sometimes always on time, sometimes late!
Rome has such a big hype about it and how beautiful the city is. My grandmother told me how much she loved it and wanted to go back. However, I kept walking around expecting to fall in love with it and I didn’t.
I kept feeling really underwhelmed by everything. I understood the historical importance and loved the Colosseum/Roman forum and I enjoyed the art in churches/Vatican museum, but I just didn’t get a love for the city.
Lots of people fell for the city, but I just didn’t get that moment of love. In fact I was disappointed, I expected to be in this amazing place full of romance and food. Instead it just felt crowded and uncomfortable.
I’ve been to Morocco, so people trying to sell me things is not unusual at all! In Rome it was frequent, but never anything we wanted (except frozen water bottles).
I just didn’t get on with Rome, and that’s okay… During our trip we went to other Italian cities and I loved some of those.
Some people click with places and others hate them…
I may never return to Rome, but I did try to enjoy my time there as some of my best memories are from people watching and just generally laughing at small things.
Please comment if you found the same in Rome or other cities
Until next time
The Great Ambini
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