When visiting the bigger, more popular destinations, like Rome, it is all too easy to be drawn towards the tourist traps. There are some things everyone seems to do. If you stick to doing those only you are going to be missing out, big time. As you will see there is a lot more to Rome than the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, the Forum and St Paul´s Basilica. Of course, they are all worth a visit, but as you will see there are a lot more ways to experience Roma.
A night of opera
Rome Opera Tickets are relatively inexpensive and the venues are interesting too. During the summer one of the city´s biggest opera companies performs outdoors. There really is nothing quite like seeing a performance of something like La Traviata in the ruins of the ancient Baths of Caracalla.
Going to the opera in Rome is certainly not a stuffy affair. Apart from opening nights, when you will be expected to wear a suit, smart casual attire is usually acceptable. But, to be on the safe side, always check when you book your tickets.
Take a tour of the city´s street art
There is quite a bit of street art to enjoy while you are in Rome. By far the best area to go for this is Ostiense. It is also a great place to go to if you enjoy sipping a drink and people watching.
Take advantage of the 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off river cruise service
Rome is a fairly easy city to get around. It has a very comprehensive bus transit service that runs around the clock. But, that is a bit of a boring way to travel. The river service is a lot more interesting and fun. It also runs 24/7 and is a particularly good way to get to places like Piazza Venezia, Piazza Di Spagna and the Castel S. Angelo. It is designed primarily for tourists, so there is a commentary for you to enjoy in one of six languages. It is a good way to make sure that you do not miss any of the sights that are dotted alongside your route.
Drop by the House of the Owls
Rome is home to a lot of mavericks, who over the decades have built some very quirky houses. A great example is The House of the Owls. It is only a little place but it is nonetheless interesting and has a lovely surreal feel.
Visit the cats
Every city is home to stray animals. It is a sad fact of life, but in Rome, there is a place that they gather, which is actually quite nice.
In 1929, the Torre Argentina area was excavated and the ruins of four ancient temples and a theatre began to be uncovered. These excavations were quite deep and inadvertently created an area in which local cats began to set up home.
Over the decades a series of cat-ladies fed and kept them alive. During the past 30 years, this work has become more formally organised. Today, cats are still attracted to the area and spend their days lounging around the ruins. But, most of them have been caught and sterilised. As a result, the population is currently under control. The cats themselves have become something of a tourist attraction. If you want to while away a couple of hours enjoying the ruins and the company of these feline beauties, I suggest you take a look at this in-depth article. Doing so will provide you with a better understanding of what you can expect.