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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Rome Videos

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 Pocket Guide

Rome Pocket Guide

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Rome City Reviews

  • 40%


    Rich in history and churches, just this.

    Rome is good for see museums and churches, but I don't liked....The streets are dirty, the traffic of cars are confused, the city has plenty tourism, very full and is very disorganized.

  • 50%



    Guys go to Rome only with your girlfriends..It doesn't deserve for fun!.. There are not nightclubs and bars like the other cities in Europe. The food is not good,unfortunately... Go only for shopping and monuments....nothing else..!! And important..Be careful,Italian are thieves,don't speak English and live to their world..:)

  • 80%



    Wonderful city to explore with the possibility for use a 'hub' to do day trips to places like cinca terra and pompeii. Basically a must see in Italy. It did have the highest city tax of the places I stayed at in Italy, with a charge of 3.50 Euro per night (this is not included in accomodation costs!). Only takes 1 hour to walk from one side of the city centre to the other although it's not flat terrain in most cases.

    Insider Tip:If you're going to the Vatican museum PREORDER YOUR TICKETS ONLINE so you can 'skip the line' (The 2 1/2 hour wait is not worth it). Not an issue at the Colosseum (just get your ticket at the roman forum first - only 10 minute line) Easy enough to walk everywhere though affordable metro (1.50 Euro) Meals can be expensive particularly being that menus are structured in a 'starter, first course, second course, side dishes etc. manner with no overlap (ie.ordering a steak is ONLY a steak) preresearch is usef

  • 20%


    Stay Away

    While it would be cool to see Ancient Rome, it would be better to not have to worry about stepping in poop or urine when you are walking around. The people of Rome do not seem to care one bit about there City. We say people peeing in the street, and poop on the sidewalks. The city smells like garbage and urine in most areas and lets be honest, the Italian food was better in Germany.

    Insider Tip:If Ancient Rome is something you must see, stay somewhere else and do a day trip to Rome. I surely will never go back.

  • 70%


    Rome, expensive but worth it.

    Rome is great, but expect to pay big bucks and expect crowds. If possible avoid. The summer and cross the river to get away from the tourists.

    Insider Tip:Avoid 2014 and 2015. They are renovating most monuments and all you see is scaffolding!

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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