So, tomorrow is the day I go back to my favourite city in the world, Rome. I had such an amazing time when I last went two years ago that I couldn’t resist going again. From the ancient ruins scattered about the city to the stunning artwork and architecture, Rome is full of breathtaking culture and beauty.
This was my first true travel holiday in the sense that there wasn’t a beach and every moment was planned to experience all the history and sightseeing the famous city has to offer. Truth be told, it’s the destination where I got bitten by the travel bug. It kicked off my desire to experience other destinations and what led me to visit Barcelona the year after. I learned so much on this trip that when I decided to go back, I felt good knowing I had that past experience and knew what to expect when it came to packing for my long weekend away.
There are so many things to see and do, it is essential that you wear comfortable footwear otherwise you run the risk of ruining your trip with painful feet. Luckily, I won’t be going during the summer this time so I can pack some trainers and ankle boots without my feet overheating and getting sore. I can’t stress enough how important it is to take appropriate footwear, there is so much to do in Rome that you are guaranteed to be on your feet throughout your trip.
How else are you going to carry a camera, map, money, water, tickets to landmarks (I could go on and on with this but you get the idea) with you all day? Having a day bag is ideal for when you are spending the entire day out and about. Make sure you get a bag that is either a backpack or across the shoulder so that it makes it harder for thieves to grab it from your person. From going to Rome previously, we were warned of gangs snatching bags and other possessions from your body whilst in crowded areas. This doesn’t scare me too much as there will be thieves wherever you go, it’s something that you can’t control. But I’d make sure to keep your bag on your person at all times and any across the shoulder bag rests at the front of your body within easy reaching distance.
Of course this is a must and one we don’t even think about packing, because we just do. If you have a professional camera then great, but I’m a trusty IPhone kinda gal so I’ll be all over that portrait mode. I mean have you really even gone if you haven’t captured all the amazing architecture, historical sights and cultural atmosphere Rome has to offer? It is by far the best tourist holiday I have been on and I cannot wait to go back and recapture all of the cities Italian magic.
I know this is one you wouldn’t normally necessarily think of, especially in summer months. But if you wish to visit religious places like the Vatican, then they require you to cover your shoulders as a sign of respect. Taking a light cardigan rather than a heavy one or a long sleeved shirt means that you can easily take it off and fold it into your bag when it is not needed. I bought a cheap one from Primark for about £6 as I knew I wouldn’t need to wear it again.
This item is particularly for summer months when the cities heat temperature reaches an average 32 degrees. When I went last, it reached 36 degrees and let me tell you, walking around all day in a city with no clouds or breeze, it is easy to forget to protect your head from painful sunburn. My mistake was that I underestimated the heat and didn’t cover up or put on any sunscreen. I mean there was no beach so why would I? Rookie mistake and one I won’t be making again, so even if it is February, I don’t have much faith in the weather and will be packing one as an extra precaution.
Yep that’s right, you better pack your appetite and prepare your stomach for all those delicious Italian treats you’ll be eating. Italian food is my ultimate favourite cuisine, so you know I’ll be taking any chance I can get at experiencing all the country has to offer. From stone cooked pizza to a creamy gelato, you definitely have to pack your appetite in order to appreciate all the Italian goodness that is their food. Seriously, when it comes time to fly home, they’ll be rolling me onto that plane.
So there you go. Of course you’ll be packing more than this on your trip, y’know like money and what not. But from experience, these are the essentials I’d recommend taking from my previous visit and I’ll be taking my own advice by taking them again.
What are your travel essentials? Have you been to Rome?
Let me know in the comments!