I’m in my early twenties and so The Lizzie McGuire series was an integral part of my adolescent development. When it culminated with The Lizzie McGuire movie set in Rome, I immediately fell in love! I watched the Lizzie McGuire movie everyday. Those were the pre-Netflix, pre-Hulu days when people still bought DVDs. I knew I wanted to make a wish at the Trevi Fountain that would result in a whirlwind adventure with a dark-haired, green eyed charming, handsome Italian guy that I could eat the finest Italian carbs with. I wanted to do cartwheels on the Spanish steps, dressed in Versace with freshly manicured nails. I saw myself riding on the back of a vespa without agenda!
My imagination led me on and to be honest it’s like the city of Rome bought every incandescent bulb in Europe to create its romantic ambiance. Also, the street performers softly and soothingly playing classical music lend a hand in the way your stomach flutters and the way your heart longs to love another.
Anyway, yes, I know what you’re thinking and you’re right- That’s definitely NOT how it went! I did however complete my detailed to-do list within 3 days, 2 nights, wake up at 5:30 to have a wishful, hassle free experience at the Trevi Fountain, eat a freshly dipped in milk chocolate sprinkled with nuts and drizzled with more chocolate Magnum way too late at night and eat a lot of carbohydrates. All I do is win!
Where to stay?
Hotel Cosmopolita- all the major attractions are within walking distance and I loved that.
Things to do?
- Visit the Trevi Fountain- The Trevi is closed every Monday from 9-12 for cleaning
- Visit the Colosseum
- Do cartwheels on the Spanish steps
- Visit Vatican City- The smallest country in the world! I hate organized tours but any opportunity to skip the lines at the Vatican should be welcomed.
- Visit the Pantheon
- Eat all the pasta, bread and gelato you want & worry about it later.
Also it’s important when you arrive at the airport to only take authorized taxis to avoid being overcharged.
Cut to the chase with Cara:
- Commuting- based on ease of access, reliability, safety.
- Communication- How easy is it to traverse the country as an English speaker?
- Cuisine-the cost and availability of native cuisine
- Culture- Every country has its own unique amazing culture but how willing are the natives to let you in on it or how easily accessible was it.
- Climate- how was the weather during your stay?
*Rating based on my humble opinion and experience! Feel free to invite me along with you next time if you’d like to change it.
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