The first time I came to Rome I was 18. I bought a bunch of subway tickets and quickly discovered everything was super close together so I didn’t need them. I stayed in hostels and made friends with the other hostel dwellers. It was awesome!! I even met some extremely kind friends who accompanied me to the train station late at night so I’d be safe. It wasn’t a quick jaunt either. I think they were from Australia. As it was summer down under I met a few from there. #fun in January 1994 Many years later, I brought my parents here for their first and likely only trip to the eternal city. They are slowing down a lot these days. Everyone should see it at least once if they get the chance. This time, the hostel was exchanged for a luxury hotel earned from a promo with SPG and business travel. Traveling with kids is hard so luxuries along the way make it doable. A lovely day of discovering the city on foot and a dip in a pool made for a great non-traditional Thanksgiving.