Exploring Rome is always exciting but doing it with a local is much better. Discover why you should do it!
1. Your stay is going to be more efficient
No one knows a city better than locals and this is valid especially for Rome. People who raised in the Eternal City always have their bearings and can suggest the best way to walk towards a point. If a visitor suddenly changes his mind and decides that wants to go to a different place than planned, a local is quickly capable of saying if it’s worth it. Do you want to avoid losing time during your trip due to simple mistakes? Ask a local.
2. It’s actually cool to get to know another culture
Do you want to be a tourist or a traveler? If you really want to join the spirit of the traveler, then you have to explore the local culture, trying to understand the traditions of the place and why people act in different ways than in your country. In advance, it’s quite difficult to eat authentic Italian food and not get interested in the stories behind traditional food. “Almost” everything happened for a reason! Nevertheless, getting closer to local culture enriches your trip and your memories, adding a different taste to your experience.
3. Locals really know where to go eat
Speaking of food, Italians are second to none. Still, in Rome especially, there are plenty of tourist traps that a visitor should avoid to really understand what local food means in the Eternal City. Walkable Rome strongly thinks that Rome’s visitors should eat at restaurants attended by locals, to dive into the local atmosphere. You know meals are almost sacred in Italy...
4. Locals are up-to-date with events in Rome
When in Rome, do you really want to spend 1 hour in front of your PC or smartphone to find an interesting event to attend or a club where to spend the night? You should ask a local, because he could tell you where his friends are going, and even know some people that organize events in the Italian capital. Rome is full of cultural events and among them there are many for English speakers, you just have to know where to go!
5. Native Romans know the best Bars attended by locals
Would you visit a place in the world and spend time only with people coming from abroad? You could, but you wouldn’t get in contact with the culture of the visited place and you wouldn’t experience the place from a real local standpoint. In Rome there are many cool bars, many of them attended only by locals, but it’s also full of bars for tourists where the quality of cocktails is lower and their price still high. Now you start to think that you may save some money too…