The act of traveling guarantees some ups and downs by its nature. However, we want you to experience the best that Rome has to offer. Read on for a few suggestions on how to enhance your experience in Italy and maximize your precious vacation time.
Get creative with sightseeing
Avoiding the crowds can be challenging since Rome is one of the world’s most popular cities. Over 4 million people visit the Colosseum each year (that’s an average of 11,000 people a day)! We’re not saying skip the Colosseum, but perhaps you might enjoy it more, late in the evening when you’re not distracted by heat and noise. Gain a unique perspective of the city’s main attractions with our midnight walking tour.
Or if you arrive in Italy in the early morning, especially via an overnight flight from North America, don’t assume that you have to lose the first day getting settled. Olive Tree Hill offers unique airport pick-ups. After briefing you on Rome and giving you a map, we’ll drive you from the airport into the city to explore for a few hours while we bring your luggage back to the B&B. This approach helps you gain a day of sightseeing and allows you to adjust to the new time zone more quickly.
Seek non-traditional experiences
The famous sights of Rome are worthwhile, but you will be sharing them with thousands of other people. Spending a day or two visiting lesser known towns can be a breath of fresh air – literally and figuratively. We have a few ideas for day trips outside of Rome to satisfy a variety of interests. Best of all, you’re unlikely to find other tourists in these spots.
If you’re traveling to understand a culture that’s different from your own, immersive activities are a fun way to accomplish this. Instead of simply eating pasta in a restaurant, take a cooking class to learn how to make homemade pasta and other traditional Italian dishes.
Align yourself with the right host
A good host can craft an itinerary that’s tailored to your needs and interests, using a variety of insider tips and contacts. Vacation planning is quite time-consuming. Rather than spending hours researching transportation connections and where to eat, let us assist you with planning your stay in the Rome area. We love to help our guests have the best time possible!