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

Rome Pocket Guide

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Rome City Reviews

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    Rome, Italy

    Rome is a beautiful city. There is so much history in it that it is hard to see it all. Would recommend a guided tour of the colosseum, Roman forum, and palatine hill. It was very memorable for us!

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    Go for the history

    You know why you want to go to Rome. It's full of rich history and amazing sights. The metro is easy to figure out, or go rent a bike or something. The food is all over the place and delicious. Find somewhere and grab a liter of wine with some friends.

    Insider Tip:If you're an american, remember that most shops close between lunch and dinner. Dinners start later than most americans eat dinner as well, so plan ahead. Also, don't get the ROMA pass! It's convenient, but it's not that great of a deal. Don't forget that the Vatican City is not Rome, so the Roma pass wont work anywhere there.

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    Rome had a lot to offer, but what made it unappealing was that it was too dirty as it was vandalized by the graffiti. There were also too many vendors as well as homeless people on the streets, which sort of made it uncomfortable and unsafe. The city should really do something about that.

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    Rome is getting too expensive

    Colosseum was €6 in 2004 and is now €15.50 in Oct 2015. Sistine Chapel is now €16 with queue and €20 without. Castel Sant Angelo is €10.50. However, there are still a number of impressive religious monuments which remain free of charge.

    Insider Tip:Airport buses from Termini to Fiumicino and Ciampino are still affordable, with romeairportbus.com offering €4 tix on the spot with no online booking needed. Just remember to check the schedules!

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    Renovating Rome

    It was the last week of October 2015, the first week of winter season, and much of the Colosseum is behind building scaffolding. The Trevi fountain was closed, the Spanish steps were hoarded up. However, it is still probably the city with the most number of impressive churches, cathedrals and basilicas. Elsewhere, Rome feels like it's just trying to make do, rather than to excel in what it does, less humane, and some sense of bitterness.

    Insider Tip:October 2015: All the other sights mentioned in Angels and Demons are still open in full view.

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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