Sparks Notes When in Rome — Live Like A Local

I stumbled upon this travel guide last weekend when I popped into a Barnes and Noble for some coffee. Having never seen this guide before, I picked it up and decided to take it home so that I could read it more carefully.

This guide is for college students who plan on studying abroad and spending a large amount of time in Rome. While the guide is geared to toward the student, I think that anyone living in Rome or planning to spend a decent amount of time there (longer than your average vacation) would find this book useful.

The book really address things that are off the beaten track that someone who plans to spend a lot of time in Rome can really explore, enjoy and experience. Along with the more unusual things to do, the guide also has a list of many of the standard tourist attractions along with hours, addresses and costs of entry.

The best chapter of the book (Chapter 2) is the profile of the various neighborhoods of Rome, with a short introduction on the neighborhood and a sample of places and things to do see and do. There are also chapters on some of the more practical aspects of living in Rome — such as all the “red tape” (Chapter1) as well as what to do in case of emergencies (Chapter 18).

The book has an abundant list of restaurants and eateries, so if you’re looking for a place to grab lunch or you’re out late and are looking for a late night snack, this book has some pretty good recommendations. There’s also an abundant list of things to do at night — from clubs, pubs, discos, and more.

I like how this book really steers you away from the typical tourist experience of Rome. If you’ve never been to Rome and are looking for some authenticity for the trip, ignore the sections geared only for college students and pick and choose the chapters that are relevant to you. If you plan on studying abroad in Rome and plan to live there for longer than three months, this will be an invaluable tool for you. Having just been recently published, this book is up-to-date with all of the latest and most accurate information.