Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Matthew, who follows up Monday’s tip on eating in Rome with some insight from a recent Italy trip:
“This reminded me of something a Rome tour guide told me when I visited earlier this year. From the title of your article I thought you were going to say don’t eat at restaurants near the monuments. This is what a tour guide said to me when I struck up some conversation with him:
He told me his ‘Rule of 3s.’ When looking to eat in Rome:
- 3 blocks (walk three blocks away from any major site)
- 3 times better (the food is better at these restaurants)
- 3 Euros less (the food is less expensive)
He followed this up by also saying to look for Italians eating at the restaurant you’re thinking of eating at and don’t eat at restaurants that have pictures on the menu. Restaurants located nearer to the monuments are targeting tourists and their quality of food is inferior because frankly they are not concerned with return costumers. Getting away from the touristy areas will get you to restaurants that cater to the locals and thus have much better food, generally without the “tourist tax” added on to them. I tried his advice and in general it was true!”
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