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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 Pocket Guide

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Rome City Reviews

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Great city

    Lots of history, food and fun, spend as many days as you can there. I would've stayed longer if I could (5 days looks good to me).

    Insider Tip:Although everything in the city center is pretty close, public transportation is really cheap (1.50) so don't forget to use it.

  • 90%

    karinesuzuki5803

    I had a great time in Rome. There are a lot of things to do and to see. Prepare yourself to walk a lot! The only didn't like the big amount of people offering you the self-stick on the streets. Sometimes it was a little bit annoying because they keeps insisting even after you refuse.

    Insider Tip:I recommend the restaurant La Famiglia - Via Gaeta, 66,00185 Roma,Itália. The food was amazing and the price is good!

  • 80%

    joshuakolash

    Big City

    It's a very big city, too big to aimlessly walk around and see everything. If you need to be somewhere in a timely fashion you'll need to take public transportation. You can get bus tickets at Tobacco shops.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    One of my favorites!

    Rome is one of the best European cities that I have ever visted! I LOVED everything about it and I would love to go back again! The sights in Rome are absolutely incredible! From the ancient ruins to the Renaissance art and architecture to Vatican City; there is so much to see and do! The food is also amazing....but it's great everywhere in Italy! If you're looking for an ancient experience, a Renaissance experience, a modern experience...Rome has everything! It is a MUST GO city!!

    Insider Tip:Reserve for the Coliseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum ahead of time. The lines are much longer for security and ticket window line without the reservation. Also, use Rick Steve's Rome 2016 guidebook and download his Audio Europe app for free tours of a lot of great sights! Roads are a bit crazy too. For some reason, Rome does not have a lot of cross walks with pedestrian lights so people are forced to cross four line boulevards without a light. The metro system is not extensive but it is easy to use!

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    The Most Beautiful City

    As far as weekends away go - frantically rushing around and early mornings, trying to prioritise - this was my HAPPIEST trip away for a long time. This City is pure beauty The people are friendly, the food is yummy, and the ruins are priceless.

    Insider Tip:Stay at B&B La Coorte for a little privacy, great breakfast, good price, and amazing location. Eat at Cannavota - an old, traditional Italian restaurant located opposite St John's Basilica. We were served by the cutest Italian old men dressed in white suits, the food was the best and cheapest we had on our trip. They don't serve pizza but the pasta is incredible! We went on a Sunday and by the end of our meal it was full of Italians! For ice cream go to Giolitti - the first ice cream parlour in Rome.

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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