Enjoy Rome: how to live La Dolce Vita
Five tips on how to enjoy Rome sweet life
Yes, Rome is overwhelming. So many things to see, so many experiences to live. How can you fit everything in one or few private tours? RomeSpotter will make sure to design a customised itinerary for your journey and try to fit in some of the roman beauties but Rome is the city that you can visit and revisit, and every time you will discover something new…..
The savvy urban traveler will come to terms early on that it’s simply impossible to see every monument or great building in Rome. However, no matter how few days you stay or how limited your budget, you can enjoy Rome and embrace La Dolce Vita to the fullest. The term La Dolce Vita, or the sweet life, has become synonymous with the Italian lifestyle and for good reason– it’s not about expense, it’s about appreciation, it’s not about quantity it’s about quality, and it is most certainly not about rushing.
So make time to do nothing but stroll, discover, linger, converse, and enjoy Rome–otherwise you’ll miss the most beautiful thing that this eternal city has to offer: pleasure.
Here are 5 simple tips for that:
Embrace the Beauty in the Everyday: The art of living beautifully is something that the Italians do better than anyone. However, beauty doesn’t mean indulging in luxury or frivolously wasting time, it means appreciating the small things, the shared moments, the sweet flavors, from the way the light hits a bridge at dusk, to the neat rows of pastel colored gelato. Since service, delays, lines, hold-ups and a general Italian disinterest in maintaining any kind of a schedule may provide you with more “in between” time than you’d anticipated, take the opportunity to converse with your fellow travelers, look up and enjoy the elegance of the mismatched roofs, the perfection in a simple tomato salad, and most importantly the opportunities that arise when things don’t go as planned.
Make time to do nothing at all or Dolce fare niente: After the private tour, lunch, shopping, and gelato – take a break! Make a point to do absolutely nothing. Find a café, any café, perhaps one overlooking a pretty fountain or a bustling piazza. Sit. Stay. It may not be yoga or transcendental meditation, but simply taking a deep breath, embracing the moment, and allowing the moment to wash over you… and you will discover that immensely beneficial feeling of doing nothing- Dolce fare niente.
Be prepared to wait for Waiters: When you finally sit down to rest, be ready for the Mediterranean efficiency. One may glimpse their waiter shortly after sitting down, but it may be several more minutes before your apron-clad server makes it tableside. After you’ve ordered your first course, you may wonder if the poor lad or lady has fallen ill, or worse forgotten all about you? Don’t fret, they haven’t, they are simply smoking around back or having a conversation with some other table’s missing server, but they aren’t being rude. They expect that you’ll flag them down if you need something, instead they are simply letting you converse, digest, and in their opinion, giving you the gift of leisure–what could be nicer?
Walk and enjoy your freedom: It’s hard not to walk in Rome, the buses and subways are not always the most convenient mode of transportation and often walking is the only way to pass through the narrow side streets. Luckily the city center is cozy and easy to navigate on foot, and walking allows the curious traveler to appreciate life on the street, and experience the locals outside of the confines of a museum or shop. So pick a direction, any direction and start walking. If you prefer to know where you are going, we will be happy to suggest a walking itinerary. But regardless if you’re following a map or an uncertain path, allow Rome to surprise you and you will stumble onto hidden piazzas, small churches, and unexpected treasures.
Learn to enjoy the details and dress the part: The Italians care about how they look and no one would dare leave the house in sweatpants, unless of course they were tailored and made by Valentino, but that’s beside the point. From behind their cool sunglasses, a near mandatory accessory in the boot, they are judging your flip-flops, t-shirts and most of all your running shoes. Though snazzy sneakers are acceptable and jeans have become common place, put in a little extra effort, after all looking good goes hand-in-hand with feeling good, and that brings pleasure. And remember Anche l’occhio vuole la sua parte (The eye wants its share) – Italians look for aesthetics in every dimension of their life.