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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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Rome Podcasts

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

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    A beautiful city!

    There's something to see in the city wherever you walk. Great wines, food, pastry, and ofcourse Gelato :D!

    Insider Tip:Don't use the metro inside the city because you'll miss out on a lot! Walk everywhere! and make sure you bargain with the shopkeepers whatever you buy.

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    Rome

    Rome has lots of history, but everything seems very commercialized and touristy. The Capitoline museum was fantastic but the Colosseum was jam-packed, even early in the morning. It is bigger, noisier, dirtier, and harder to get around than Florence. Still, it has so much history you can't skip it.

    Insider Tip:Climb the stairs at the Trevi fountain and continue up past the Medici villa to find a great view of the city from the top of the hill. Plan your visit to the Vatican museum well ahead of time, you don't want to show up only to find out that the museum is closed on your last day in the city.

  • 100%

    ohhannah1608

    loved rome, probably best not to go in summer though as they do building works on most of the popular attractions.

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    Most amazing city I visited

    This city is the most beautiful city I have had the pleasure of visiting. See all you can see! Just walk around and get lost you won´t be let down.

    Insider Tip:The Metro will be your best friend, take it to all of the major site seeing areas that you can! Eat at Meid in Naples! The best pizza I have ever had!

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Great city

    Most of the major sightseeing spots are in walking distance of each other - just take a map and start off. The architecture and the art within (every alternate building seemed to be a church of some sort). Strongly recommend the Basilica di Santa Maria (in addition to Vatican and Colosseum). Great food and relatively cheaper than other western European cities. 4-5 days is ideal

    Insider Tip:1. Online tickets for Vatican Museum and Colosseum available online (at a slight premium) for skipping huge lines 2. St. Peter's Basilica has a free entry and the longest lines - start early for this. From here, you can head on to the Vatican Museum..the Sistine Chapel is worth the hype 3. Take audio guides for Vatican Museum and Colosseum. Take a guided tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill (both next to Colosseum and covered under the same ticket)

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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