Tips on avoiding the tourist traps in Rome

Street of Rome: Via Urbana
The whole street is very joyful, thanks to the light-colored houses and the green plants all around

As Rome is one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations, it can present a bit of a headache for anyone wishing to get a taste of the real Rome.

So once you’ve seen the essential sites like the Colosseum and the Pantheon, why not check out some of the places that the locals love to go to?

 

Any visitor to Rome knows that the locals care passionately about football. And seeing one of the city’s biggest teams like Roma or Lazio in action is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. What’s handy is that both sides play at the massive Stadio Olimpico, and if the prospect of being amongst 70,000 fans is slightly scary, then check out this guide on how to make the most of this intense sporting spectacle.

But although Rome’s natives are sporting crazy, there are still those who like to take their entertainment at the gaming tables. And whilst it can be odd to find that there aren’t any casinos in the capital city, there are plenty of fun bingo halls like Sala Bingo that’ll provide plenty of fun! But if you’re feeling a little unsure of your Italian language skills, a far more convenient alternative is to use your smartphone to access the casino games at the Betway gaming website.

 

Whilst Rome might be short on casinos, it more than makes up for it in dazzling shopping

opportunities. The area around the bottom of the Spanish Steps might attract the wealthier foreign tourist, but if you’re looking to hunt down some great local curiosities, then head to the Via Sannio flea market which will give you the incredible experience of attempting to haggle with some of Rome’s best street traders!

 

If that sounds a little intense, then fear not, as trendy areas like Pigneto are packed full of cute independent shops that so that you can pick up some records, buy a chic outfit or even just grab a coffee without too much hassle.

 

 

And what better way to round off your day shopping and celebrating your casino win than by exploring Rome’s vibrant bar culture? Once again, the Pigneto area provides some of the best local drinking establishments with the likes of Bar Necci delivering awesome cocktails and some very indulgent local food.

Whereas if you’re looking to head a bit further afield to get a taste of true Rome life, then the Enoteca Carso bar in the northern Prati neighbourhood is a good bet. With a huge range of sumptuous Italian wines to enjoy, and plenty of local colour, it’s just another reason why there’s no city quite like Rome!

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