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

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    Wasn't expecting much from Rome, but definitively it's a very impressive city. Very cultural, very historical.

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    A week in Rome

    Rome was fantastic seen all the major sights visited Pompeii one day & a day trip to a pair of villas one of which was Hadrian's. There is plenty to see in Rome for for more than a week however. Also when visiting the Vatican if you would like to avoid queues simply go to a nearby ticket office and ask when the next tour is in English (or whatever language you need) this while expensive skips the queue for Sistine Chapel which has a back door 2 St.Peters for tours, avoiding the queue for St.P

    Insider Tip:-Do go to the palatine hill / forum and buy a pass for Colosseum/palatine hill/forum as opposed to queuing at the Colosseum if you already have the ticket you can simply waltz passed the long line. -Avoid the men dressed as ancient Roman soldiers there are not official employees they are simply men who get photos taken with families and mainly children then proceed to charge a small fortune -Use the metro it was 1.50 euros for 100 minutes ticket while I was there While visiting the vatica

  • 70%


    Couple exploring Rome!

    Lots to do and see. Metro is the best way to navigate the town. Rented a moped which may have been a mistake. Unless mapping first a scooter tends to be a tricky task.

    Insider Tip:Waking up early makes for multiple sights to be seen extremely easily. Make sure prior to purchasing tour passes the tour takes you INSIDE the attraction. As a few tours we were approached by only took you outside the attraction. Purchasing the 24 hour metro pass is only good until 24:00 not a full 24 hours. Scooter tends to be a bad idea because streets go in all directions, never have stop signs and people drive like maniacs!

  • 90%



    Ah, Rome. The eternal city. There is so much to say about it, yet so little to write it on. If I could summarize, I would say that this is a must see city in your lifetime. The colosseum, pantheon, museums, and most of all, the vatican, should be on everyone's must see list. The locals are very friendly as well, and you wouldn't have much trouble communicating with them. Overall, an amazing, clean city.

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    Artificial and costly experience

    I went to Rome with really high expectations and ended up quite disappointed. In general, I felt it was too artificial, as if someone scripted the experience beforehand. It was too warm the whole time and I needed to take breaks and constantly drink water the whole time not to faint. There are indeed quite beautiful places to visit, but there are countless cities in Europe like that as well. The prices are crazy! Everything is overly expensive, but the services are mediocre in general.

    Insider Tip:Do not get the Roma Pass! It is a scam! You will never be able to return your investment! You don't need public transportation at all and you will never be able to visit enough places in 3 days to make it worth! There are many churches you can visit for free and that are quite beautiful!

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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