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

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    Rome is by far my least favorite city I have travelled to. It smells like urine on every street, the people are constantly looking to sell you stuff and also some are looking to rip you off. Public transport was standard - nothing great. The food selection is strictly Italian and McDonald's. Way too touristy but I can also attribute that to it being summer. That being said, the buildings and history is extremely cool and worth seeing.

    Insider Tip:Hit the Colosseum mid-day and if there is a massive line, go do something else (Forum is just across the way), and come back, it will die down. Don't buy any of the stuff people are relentlessly trying to sell you. And avoid sketchy people who try and invite you into their restaurants, they typically sense you're a tourist and price gouge you for absurdities like a plate of bread (which was brought to the table not at my request, then charged me 3 euros).

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    Rome made easy

    Rome was my favorite city in Italy because there is so much to do that you are never bored. Plus, the place I stayed was perfect. From Rome, you can make a day trip to many other important places too (like Pompeii)! The hospitality here is so good and I will return as soon as possible. Families, couples, friends, or solo trips are all ready for an experience of a lifetime. The metro is overcrowded and there are creepy people who purposely molest you so be careful of your body and belongs.

    Insider Tip:Book your visit to the Vatican Museum in advance. To get into St. Peter's, arrive a little before it opens so that the line isn't as long or take a chance and go really late (30mins before it closes). Buy your ticket to see the Collosseum at the Roman Forum to save time spent in line. Go on a free walking tour to see all the great places and learn a little! Eat Roman pizza and homemade gelato often. It rains often but just in quick, random bursts. It is a good idea to have an umbrella in your bag just in ca

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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

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    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!

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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