Rome was a bit of a mixed bag of things – the ancient Roman architecture was grand and amazing but the city itself was a bit of a mess (i.e. dirt & graffiti everywhere) even though it contains some of the most expensive designer shops in the world.
Notes on Rome: Rome Termini railway station crawls with unsavoury characters (both old and young) looking to take advantage of unsuspecting tourists – take care of anything you might be carrying and empty your pockets before arrival (or someone might empty them for you!). If you visit the Vatican Museum students get in half-price just don’t forget ID. The Colosseum also has half-price entry if you’re under 25 but unfortunately, this only applies to European citizens.