Trip to rome
Posted on Jun 26, 2013 by ADMIN
My husband and I are just wrapping up a year's stay in Rome. We selected Rome because it has enough all by itself to keep a person enthralled for year, but is also a good jumping off place for travels in and outside of Italy. We traveled mostly by train within Italy but rented a car sometimes too. Yes, you can find housing online, but it's pretty expensive because it's geared for short term rentals of 1 to 4 weeks. Or that's what we found in Rome anyway. But you can try Vacation Rentals by Owner and other places on the web that rent long term. Home swapping sites also have homes that will just rent, rather than swap. Winter is much cheaper and it's easier to find places for rent in nice areas. Depending on how long you are planning to stay in Italy, I would suggest the following things. They can be irrelevant if you are staying just a few weeks, but very important if you are staying 6 to 12 months. We had been to Italy several times before (once for 8 weeks) and found that living here is very different from visiting. Some thoughts on living in Italy: - learn as much Italian as possible because it changes your experience of the people dramatically if you can talk with them. - if at all possible, take a trip to look at several identified and pre-screened properties in person before deciding on a rental. Pictures on the web are nice, but they can be (even involuntarily) deceiving. - get neighborhood suggestions from someone who knows your selected city. Noise, proximity to the train station for frequent trips, safety, and cost are a few issues you want to get right. - in Europe, you need only a few black pieces of clothing, with an occasional grey or white piece and a few scarves and a bit of jewelry, to go anywhere. I've found taking 3 "bottoms" and 6 "tops" is sufficient for a 2 week stay. I hand wash when necessary and I carry a "weekender" suitcase and I'm very happy with the method :-) Good walking shoes are THE most important thing in my book. - look into visa and other requirements. ie in Italy you are supposed to have a Permesso di Soggiorno (a permission to stay) if you're here over 8 days. There's much controversy around this. - start using to see what "issues" people are finding and how they're dealing with them. You can also ask this group questions. I hope this helps. My husband's early blog entries discuss much of our preparation for our year here, and there are various (hopefully well titled) entries in both our blogs on our trips during the year both inside and outside of Italy. My blog, then Tony's blog: a_year_ in_rome We have absolutely loved the year here.