Everybody should go to Rome at least once in their lifetime. It's an amazing city, full of life, history, and beauty at every corner. In Rome you will never run out of things to see or do. I've been there twice and I didn't get tired yet, there are so many places I have not seen yet.
Just Arrived in Rome!
I love to travel with my daughter, who always amazes me at the ease in which she finds the best accomodations and flight deals. She's like my personal travel agent and assistant all in one. Through her I learned that you don't have to stay in an expensive hotel, confined to a tiny room when you can book a whole apartment, which comes with one or more bedroom, fully equippedl kitchen, and large living room. It's cheaper, too, because you don't have to spend money on restaurants, which can raise your expenses considerably, especially if you travel with two or more people.
The Colisseum, at last!
On our second trip to Rome we stayed in Trastevere, one of Rome's less touristy sections. We wanted to see the real Rome, how regular people lived, and we were not disappointed. It was a wonderful experience. Again, we rented an apartment, and every day we explored the city by public transportation, which is abundant and very efficient. Trams and buses were our favorite mode of transportation, but we took a taxi occasionally, if we were in a hurry to get somewhere or back to our apartment.
Piazza San Pietro
What's good about Rome other than the sights? The FOOD, of course! It's good, no matter where you go, even in the most modest restaurants and even "rosticcerie", sort of fast food restaurants, you can find amazing food. And don't forget the gelati (ice cream). You must have at least one a day (we had two a day!) with so many flavors, you go for it again and again.