Rome has an amazingly rich history that goes all the way back to the very first days of the Roman Empire. However, the city is now a modern European metropolis with a wide range of activities and festivals you cannot miss if you want to discover what modern life in the Italian capital is like.
Festivals are an amazing way to discover the busy and energetic life in Rome. The rich religious heritage of the city can be felt during Easter. If you travel to Rome in March or April, you will witness Easter processions and get to attend Sunday service at St. Peter's Basilica. St. Peter and Paul's Day on June 29th is another occasion to celebrate the city's religious heritage by honouring the two patrons of the city. On June 2nd, visitors can witness the military parades and other traditional events organised to celebrate the National Holiday. If you are a sports fan, don't miss out the Maratona della Citta di Roma, or the Rome Marathon. The Marathon is usually scheduled on a Sunday in March. Rome also hosts a number of musical festivals. The Rock in Roma festival takes place between June and August and features famous performers from all over the world. If you are not a fan of rock music, the Casa del Jazz Festival takes place every Summer.
Rome is a safe city for tourists but there are a few things to be aware of. Pickpockets and purse-snatchers are a real problem in the city. Do not carry valuable items in plain sight and do your best to blend in. You will notice that there are many beggars in Rome. Beggars are not dangerous but can be persisting and follow you around if you start a conversation with them. You will also come across sellers who carry clothes or accessories and sell them around the city. Your best option is to ignore the sellers if you do not want to purchase anything. If you decide to rent a car to drive around Rome, be very careful. Drivers tend to speed and disregard rules.
There are many affordable options if you want comfortable accommodation in Rome. The most affordable options are hostels, which cost around 15 euros for a night. You can also find three start hotel rooms for as little as 36 euros a night.
Travelling around the city is very affordable thanks to the public transportation system, also known as ATAC. You can ride the metro, bus, tram or trains to go anywhere in the city or around it. You can buy a one week pass for 24 euros. Taxis are fairly affordable since they cost around 7 euros for three kilometres but traffic makes taxis a slower option.