In order to get to know a city from the inside, you have to walk it step-by-step, with all your senses at full alert, camera in hand in order to capture moments that may never re-appear in front of you.
One should never stick to the city center and the main tourists’ attractions. You need to be aware and alert. You have to let yourself disappear within the city’s maze of backstreets, wander around its marketplaces, and taste its products.
You have to discover the city’s hot-spots, and really enjoy the surrounding atmosphere. You have to reach out and talk to the locals, especially those who really love the place and care about it a lot.
You need to become a traveler, not just a tourist.