City Guide Rome, Italy

Visiting Rome

If this is your first trip to the ‘Eternal City’, it’s probably a good idea to start planning your next one already because with over four hundred churches as well as numerous other sights, your promise to return will not be made lightly.

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Hidden Rome

Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Francesco Galluzzi, a tour guide in Rome, about some of the city's less known attractions.

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10 Things You Need To Know About Rome

Find out hidden attractions in Rome, where to go at night, what not to miss and more.

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Rome City Reviews

  • 50%


    great place

    great location, close to food and main train/bus/metro station! place was clean, people were fun and friendly and the price was ok.

    Insider Tip:buy ONE bottled water and just keep refilling it on the streets. there is plenty of great, clean, cool water you can refill all throughout the street.

  • 80%


    Magic Rome

    If you go to Rome, before visiting places, save your time to get to know people. Anyone: staff, passers-by, someone reading a book at a train station. People are really really warm, helpful and interested in you. Italians are so unique. Anyway, save your time to visit the Vatican, the Collosseum and the Borghese Gardens. These are highlights and, despite the (sometimes inconvenient) tourists, it pays off every single minute you are there.

    Insider Tip:Be aware of pickpockets.

  • 80%


    3 days of intense sightseeing in Rome

    Rome has 3000 years of history. If that's not enough to attract you, then you are a lost cause. It's a museum city where almost every building has a story and every other painting or fresco or statue is a work of a world-renown artist. It's also packed with amazing food and shops. Rome is cheaper than most European cities - it's a walking city, most sites, such as piazzas and churches are free and food is very affordable if you know where to go. It's preety safe if you are careful.

    Insider Tip:Stay in or close to the centre, Prati district is perfect. Then you can walk everywhere. Plan the time of visit carefully- Rome is packed always but might be less so from October to May. Avoid going in summer beacuse it's too damn hot. Buy tickets for the Vatican museums online - the extra 4€ you pay can save you a whole day of waiting in line. Go to Vatican at 7am or midnight to actually get to view and appreciate it. For any kind of meals just walk a few blocks away from the main roads. Walk in Trasteve

  • 70%


    Incredible city!

    So much to see and do, Rome is such a beautiful city with so much history. Like any major city, bars and restaurants in the centre can be expensive but head out a little way and you'll be surprised by the quality you can get for far less money!

    Insider Tip:Don't bother with the Trevi fountain, it's closed for refurbishment until at least late autumn 2015 instead visit Fontana dell'Acqua Paola, it's just as pretty and has a lovely view of Rome.

  • 90%


    Beautiful and charming in it's own way!

    Cons: The city is old and dusty, you might even say it's dirty. Traffic is ridiculous. Pros: It's Rome! The monuments are beautiful and easily accessible by foot. Many are free to see. The food is amazing as is the local culture. There is something to do literally everywhere!

    Insider Tip:1. Get lost. Get off the main roads and visit the small cafes and shops in the alleys. 2. Street signs and signs pointing you to monuments are carved into the building stones and are sometimes 20 feet above your head. 3. There's lots of old water fountains dripping water at the side of the road. It's drinkable. Fill up a bottle or better yet, stop the flow with your palm and the water will come out a special hole for drinking. 4. Many people speak English, but sometimes they are shy.

Italy: Itinerary

The only other European city which is on par with Rome in terms of history is Athens. While the Greek capital is home to the Gods, the Italian capital is home to the Emperors, most notably Julius Caesar. The city is fascinating as right beside some of the most beautiful landmarks in the world, Romans fly about the place going about their day to day business.

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