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The second time I was there for six days, allowing time to relax, people-watch, and soak up the essence of the city. Rome is a huge city with no building taller than St. Peters. So it has that ancient feel, even with the bustling of the modern day residents. If you don't like noise, vespas, people or cars...don't go. But if you thrive on activity, or can even just tolerate it for a few days, Rome is a special treat.
On my 2nd visit, my friends and I discovered Trastavere. It is a wonderful, out of the way neighborhood with shops and outdoor vendors and just a bit of funkiness. The food there is probably the best in the city and there are always musicians to entertain for tips.
Rick Steves' 2013 Rome By Steves, Rick/ Openshaw, Gene (Google Affiliate Ad)