Using couchsurfing.org to travel Italy was a memorable experience. Personally we owe the great experience to an Italian family whom we met through couchsurfing.org
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To start with, we were a little apprehensive about using couchsurfing.org due to crunch time and insecurity but eventually experienced the best travel experience ever. We got in touch with an Italian family in a village ‘Tivoli’ that is about an hours distance from Tiburtina in Rome. The Italian family also had similar concerns about security and authenticity but our Facebook profiles helped them figure out that we were genuine and were backpacking Europe. (Which made us think that merging Facebook profiles, might be of help for decision making)
Highlights of travel in Rome:
We got to experience rich Italian hospitality. A stay at a lovely country-side bungalow, variety of delicious Pastas with different types of Cheese, Sausages and of course how could it be complete without the famous Italian Cafe!
Our first destination was ‘The Colloseum’.
It is monumental. If one wants to time travel low budget, without any risks then a walk from the Colloseo to the Vatican City and back to Metro station is a good option. Some of us mark it as one of the most memorable walks, ever!
The detailed map/info-graphic of Colloseo that tells about its topography.
The Romanesque architecture with the unique trees (The leaves of these trees do not obey gravity for some reason, they point upwards) .
A kilometer away is Pantheon which is world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome that was built in 126 AD.
We traveled with our Italian friends and participated in social gatherings
Rome is full of cheap roadside outlets for food; especially awesome Pizzas, Crepes and Gelataria. One can really plan a cheap trip except for accommodation in Rome.
We made many friends whom we would otherwise not meet and interact with; the travel experience was wholesome and made us feel that other experiences we had while staying at Youth Hostels or Hotels in other countries, were quite incomplete. Since then Couchsurfing is our first option for international travel for short trips and most importantly, we host couchsurfers at our residence in Mumbai on a regular basis, big ups to Couchsurfing!