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The Big Four of Rome

The Big Four of Rome

Travel Gluten Free Podcast Episode 149 The Big Four of Rome   Welcome to the Travel Gluten Free Podcast, where you can listen in on how to lead a gluten-free lifestyle with more fun and ease! Travel Gluten Free gives you valuable information from...


Travel Gluten Free Podcast

Episode 149

The Big Four of Rome

 

Welcome to the Travel Gluten Free Podcast, where you can listen in on how to lead a gluten-free lifestyle with more fun and ease! Travel Gluten Free gives you valuable information from finding a safe restaurant to knowing what food is safe to eat when you travel; I'll be with you every step of the way on your gluten-free journey. Lead your gluten-free life, don't let being gluten-free lead your life. Enjoy Food, Enjoy Travel, and Enjoy Life with your show host, Elikqitie!If you are looking to experience Italy’s culture, you may want to pass on going to Rome. However, if you don’t mind the tourist crowds and would like to spend a week or two checking out a few of the main attractions in Italy, then Rome is the perfect vacation spot for your next overseas adventure! “If you really like ruins, then Rome would be a fantastic place to vacation!” says Shireen. She suggests spending two days in Rome and spending an additional day visiting the Vatican. 

 

Today I talk with my friend Shireen, another world traveler and culture hound! Shireen shares her experience in Rome, what to see and do when in Rome, and where you can find the tastiest gelato on your travels around Italy! 

 

What to Know When Visiting Rome

 

If you are looking to experience Italy’s culture, you may want to pass on going to Rome. If you don’t mind the tourist crowds and would like to spend a week or two checking out a few of the main attractions in Italy, then Rome is the perfect vacation spot for your next overseas adventure! “If you really like ruins, then Rome would be a fantastic place to vacation!” says Shireen. She suggests spending two days in Rome and spending an additional day to visit the Vatican. 

 

Favorite Way to Travel in Rome

 

Shireen and I are both fans of hop-on and hop-off bus tours around the globe. If you’re wanting to get a great deal on your next hop-on and hop-off adventure, check out my travel deals page on my website. We both agree that getting a deal on a bus tour is the perfect way to quickly see many of the sites. In addition, this is an excellent method to transport yourself around a city, without having to worry about parking and driving in a town you aren’t familiar with.

 

With the bus tour, you can see many of the major attractions quickly. If you have a limited amount of time in a city, this is the perfect way to capture various highlights in just a day or two of your visit. In addition, you can get great pictures of the statues, buildings, and cultural places in the city you are vacationing when you sit in the open-air bus seating.

 

You’ll definitely want to check out the local churches as many of them sell opera tickets for different performances at the local places of worship. Shireen says, “My friend that was with me doesn’t even like opera and she loved it!” You’ll hear the arias - the opera's highlights - which give you a condensed version of an entire opera without missing the best pieces.

 

When in Rome, Eat Gelato!

 

Shireen has the BEST philosophy when it comes to eating gelato: “Once you finish eating gelato, you just get more gelato! It’s a philosophy that’s very easy to live by, and very easy to follow.” I am on board with that philosophy for sure! You can find gelato every 200 yards in Rome, so it’s a great place to test many different flavors and brands of gelato!

 

When to Visit Rome

 

Although the summertime is a good time of the year to visit if you’re looking for fewer crowds, it’s also scorching in Rome during the summertime. Of course, you can visit in the cooler months for better weather, but you will find that it’s more crowded in Rome.

 

Visiting the Colosseum in Rome

 

“There’s so much history around the Colosseum in Rome.” As a lover of history, the Colosseum was the perfect spot for her to visit. You can learn many of the details about the mystery of the Colosseum that you didn’t learn in school. “You also don’t realize how big it is until you are standing right next to it. The Colosseum is massive!.” She says, “There’s something very magical about knowing how many thousands of years old it is, and yet it’s still standing. You’re really standing in history.” 

 

The Pantheon

 

Considered a religious structure, the Pantheon is a sundial that is restricted to the amount of visitors that can walk the steps in an effort to preserve this ancient Roman landmark. When you visit, you’ll need to be covered to your shoulders and down to your knees, similar to when you could visit Notre Dame in Paris.

 

The Infamous Trevi Fountain in Rome

 

This ornate fountain contains many statues of Roman gods, in various poses, with water spouting from the carved stone. Every year, people climb into the fountain, although that is not allowed in Rome. However, Italian police are standing around the fountain, so be warned that you can get caught if you decide to take a dip in the Trevi Fountain!

 

Visiting the Vatican

 

Shireen suggests planning ahead and getting a tour of the Vatican. Not only do you receive a great tour, but you also get to skip the wait! Bypass the line and get into the Vatican with a tour. Once you are in, you can walk about anywhere tourists are allowed to visit inside this ancient building. 

 

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The Guide to Traveling Gluten Free

 

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The Guide to Traveling Gluten Free will walk you through the process of planning and enjoying your next gluten-free travel adventure! Take the guesswork out of how to travel, where to go, and how to eat safely when you follow the information in my guide. Whether you are celiacs or gluten intolerant, my guide will give you handy information to delight in your next vacation experience!

 

Learn how to take a trip safely, what questions to ask when you are at a restaurant and which online tools and apps to utilize to find safe, dedicated gluten-free restaurants and food options. Find out what stores to shop at to purchase gluten-free food, determine if a restaurant is gluten-free or celiac friendly, and when you should walk out of a restaurant. 

 

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