Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 104
lead to rome,
and I know because I've seen the tour buses.
Along Via della Conciliazione outside
the Vatican, and anywhere within selfie
distance of the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain,
or Spanish Steps, the constant unloading of
eager visitors has you questioning at times
why you left home in the first place. Simply
waiting for the toilette inside the Colosseum
on a busy, sweltering afternoon renews the
meaning of the "Eternal City."
But hope is not lost, as I discovered last
summer. With creative advance work, and,
in my case, the aid of a savvy travel advisor,
Rome's wonders and romance open like the
colonnades around Saint Peter's Square.
When you're visiting in ultra-high season -
such as the late-June trip I took with my
wife and teenage son - some clever adjustments can make the difference between a
veritable logjam and la dolce vita.
"Everybody loves Rome, but that means
everybody wants to be there," says Virtuoso travel advisor Adamarie King, who
splits her time between Mexico and Italy.
She restored a house in an Umbrian hamlet
three decades ago and visits Rome three to
four times a year. "You need to know how to
beat the lines so you can feel like a local and
not lose your mind."
Here's how to do as the Romans do, even
at the tourist peak.
Clockwise from top left:
The Colosseum; MAXXI, the
National Museum of 21st
Century Art; Trevi Fountain;
and Saint Peter's Square.
Our four days in Rome began with a tactical
plan as exacting as Caesar's crossing of the
Rubicon. June through August is notorious
for heat and tourist throngs, so we knew to
book early and find a hotel that felt like a
haven. The Rome Cavalieri, a Waldorf Astoria property, is set far from the commotion
amid gardens and pools on the city's highest
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