Thursday, November 15, 2012

Why you should extend your trip to Rome

With a history dating back over two thousand years, Rome is piled high (literally) with world class attractions for every type of visitor. Whether you're interested in art, food, shopping, museums, or a religious experience, the Eternal City will exceed your wildest expectations. A classic overachiever, Rome's lesser known sites rival those boasted about by other cities. 

Overlooking the city on a sunny afternoon

For first time visitors, like myself, it's easy to underestimate how much there is to do in Rome, however after just one day in the city I was glad Travis talked me into adding a fifth day to our visit while crafting our itinerary. Unfortunately this miscalculation, and the draw of Italy's many other stunning locales, means that visits to Rome are often limited to only a couple of days. 

Furthering the misconception that Rome can be covered in as little as two or three days are a plethora of sample itineraries online and in guidebooks focusing solely on the big three attractions (the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and Pantheon) and the Vatican. Regrettably, visitors interested only in checking these items off their to-do lists before moving on are limiting their travel experience and selling the city short. 

Viewpoints from Palatine Hill

Ruins around almost every corner

Although we would have liked to have another day in Rome, we managed to fit a lot into our five days and visit a few "off the beaten path" sites as well as the main attractions. We've found that these lesser known sites always add something special to our trip and make us feel more connected to the city and less like tourists. Tomorrow we'll share three must see sites that you may not have heard of; as for today, if you're planning a trip to Rome, consider adding an extra day to your visit, you won't regret it!

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