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Pros and cons of visiting Rome.

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Rome, the capital of Italy, is the fourth most populous city in Europe.
Located in the southern Europe, the weather is often warm, and it is a well-known and very well-visited city.
Rome is famous for many different things. To name a few: Colosseum, Forum Roman, Pantheon, Vatican state, the Pope, gladiators, Michelangelo, and on it goes.

Italy's capital is a city of culture and history. And a lot of good food.

Here is a few good reasons to visit.
And a few reasons why not to.

Pizza, an italian speciality

Pizza, an italian speciality

WHY you should visit Rome

  • The food.
    I am well aware that not all people are into Italian food, but if you want good italian food then Rome is one of the great places to get it.
    Dive into plates of lasagna, bowls of spaghetti and to-die-for pizzas, filled with all you could imagine. The wine and beer of Italy/Rome is also more than drinkable.
  • Culture
    I am sure that a lot of people go to Rome each year, just to see the Colosseum.
    But fear not, that is definitely not the only cultural place to visit in Rome!
    Rome is filled with culture, and while a lot of it is definitely old, it is also beautiful.
    And the culture is a big part of the soul of Rome.
    Go see the Spanish steps, Roman forum, St Peters square and the Pantheon.
  • Money
    Rome is actually not too expensive.
    Who would have thought?
    Cheap flights are often available, and the prices of food and accommodation is also payable. And because of the good weather, it can often be a good idea to go here off-season.
  • Nightlife
    The nightlife of Rome is great. Lots of cozy bars, and also lots of clubs. Beer can be bought in most stores in 1L bottles, and it is not very expensive.
  • Shopping
    Rome is a city for going shopping crazy.
    This city has shopping for everyone, ranging from lots of cheap vintage shops to the high class stores at Via del Corso.
  • Art
    Lots of museums and lots of art.
    Some of Europe's most famous art is italian, and in Rome you'll be able to find a big variety. Don't miss the art of Rome!

Why you SHOULDN'T go to Rome

  • Traffic
    The traffic of Rome is horrible. Some of the worst I have ever experienced. There is no rules, and don't expect to have the cars stop for you at the crosswalks.
    The best thing to do is to just go for it, when traffic seems to be slowed down for a bit, and then hope that the cars won't hit you. Not on purpose, at least.
  • Termini, the area around the Central station of Rome
    This area sucks. And unfortunately, a lot of hotels are placed in this area.
    It is not uncommon for the areas around the Central stations of bigger cities, to be kind of dodgy, but Termini takes the price.
    I didn't find it a problem, to live in this area while in Rome, but take your precautions before wandering around at night.
  • Lots of beggars, thieves, and people trying to sell you stuff
    This is also pretty normal for almost every European city, and not just a problem for Rome alone.
    Just keep your bags close to your body (and be sure to have the ziplocks as close to you as possible, where you'll have a bigger chance of noticing anything unusual), and be able to say a firm "no" when people get too close or uncomfortable.


Rome is a beautiful city.
It is fun and exiting, and there is lots of things to do.
Yes, there is a few down-sides to Rome, but nothing compared to all the good reasons why you should go.
And, as said so perfectly by Robert Browning "Everyone sooner or later comes round by Rome", so you might as well just go for it now and be ready for having a great time in a fabulous city.


C (author) from Denmark on February 04, 2013:

Oh, Rome has beggars. But I don't find that it ruins the city or anything :)

Thanks for the comment!

C (author) from Denmark on February 04, 2013:

Yup, that's true. We don't have that many beggars in my city, and while I am used to traveling, i still get a bit annoyed by it. But you just have to practice ignoring it, I think.

John D Nathan from Dallas, Texas. USA on January 30, 2013:

Oh yes. Rome has beggars, pickpockets, and panhandlers. And there's quite a lot of them. Unless you're from New York, London, or some major city it's difficult to successfully ignore them.

idigwebsites from United States on January 30, 2013:

I am surprised to find the word "cons" in the title of your hub. I thought that Rome is a lovely city, but as I'm reading your hub I find out that it's not perfect (I never imagined Rome has beggars, hehehehe)

Thanks for sharing your Roman experiences. Up, interesting and a following. :)

Riviera Rose from South of France on January 29, 2013:

I spent almost a year in Rome in the early 90s and had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the place. The love side most definitely included the food - beautiful crisp pizzas, pasta with mushrooms, rocket and parmesan salads... I adored all that. But the hassle factor when sitting outside at a restaurant was immense - everyone bugging you with music, things to buy, begging etc. It can be quite a tough town, despite its beauty.

C (author) from Denmark on January 28, 2013:

Thank you for the comment, rajan rolly :)

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Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 28, 2013:

Very interesting. Now you made me want to visit Rome. Voted up.

C (author) from Denmark on January 28, 2013:

Thanks for the tip johndnathan! Will definitely keep in mind! (:

John D Nathan from Dallas, Texas. USA on January 28, 2013:

To potential travelers Eagle Creek makes a product called an "Undercover Hidden Pocket". You can get this at any Bag N' Baggage store. Basically it's a zippered compartment with a belt loop that you put underneath your pants. I'd recommend keeping your valuables in this, and also having a cheap fake wallet with practically nothing in it to keep in your front pants pocket for easy access to a little bit of cash and in case you need something to throw at the thug in case you get robbed at knifepoint.

C (author) from Denmark on January 28, 2013:

Thank you!

Hope you get to visit Rome someday, it is a great great city :)

C (author) from Denmark on January 28, 2013:

Thanks for the feedback!

It sounds like you had a bit of a rough time in Rome, but happy to know that you had a great time still!

The hotel I stayed at in Rome was AWFUL, to say the least, but it didn't ruin the trip at all :) Although I would choose different the next time.

And yes, the traffic is absolutely crazy! Can't believe that so many people actually survive it. :)

Catherine Taylor from Canada on January 28, 2013:

Interesting hub with some useful tips. I would love to visit Rome and am pleased to see it is not as expensive as I thought. Thanks for the caution about Termini.

John D Nathan from Dallas, Texas. USA on January 28, 2013:

Nice hub. I went to Rome in 2000 with my father. I liked the scenery and culture.

Our hotel room had a bowl next to the toilet. It was basically a sink at toilet bowl level. My best guess is it was a footwash basin.

Right next to our hotel was the George Washington cafe, named after American General George Washington.

We went to the Vatican and I felt like we were being shuffled around like cattle.

There's stray cats everywhere, but please don't pet them. There were dumb American tourists there that learned that by example.

Despite the plethora of good food we kept finding restaurants with mediocre food.

I got pickpocketed on the train. Thief ran off with 12,000 Lire ($6 american).

My father got pickpocketed when he was swarmed by gypsy beggars. He also got his carry-on bag stolen in a different occasion; of course the thief was immediately caught.

We almost got ran over by tiny Italian cars three times while trying to cross the street. They don't stop for anyone!

I had a great time, and I'd like to go back.

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