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

  • 90%


    So far, Rome is certainly my favourite city in Europe. I intended to spend 4 days there, but ended up spending 12.... and I am still not done. I would love to go back as soon as I can and redo everything I did and do everything I missed.

    Insider Tip:Check out the world's smallest movie theater, Cinema dei Piccoli, in Villa Borghese. If you are a film buff, catch an old movie at Casa Della Cinema at the hall right next to it. Try the Tramitzini.

  • 50%


    The ancient place, but not "The Eternal City"

    I always have dreamed about Rome. It has beautiful ancient historical places all around. So important in cultural aspect for mankind. It's itself the origin of the western culture. But unlike other cities in Italy, it's unstable, uncomfortable city. First of all, it should settle the security problem.And should come up with transportation issue. The Metro has only two lines. Also it's not easy to take a bus for the travelers. There's minority of official tourist center, but hard to find.

  • 80%


    Very beautifull city its a must see ! Should have 3-4 days we were there for 2 days and end up running a lot and missed a lot of things.

    Insider Tip:Buy online ticket for vatican line up can be up to 3hr-4hr. Be ready for line up.

  • 70%


    Do as the Romans do

    Great to see all the ancient roman buildings/artifacts/relics. If you love history: Roman Forum, Art/Religion: Vatican City, Sports: Colosseum, Food/Wine:EVERYWHERE! There is a lot to see and definitely takes some time to do it all. Come for the sights, stay for the culture!

    Insider Tip:Suck it up and skip the lines!(Colosseum/Vatican). Those people with badges and companies that say skip the line aren't trying to make a quick buck (euro). These are great! pay some money, skip the sometimes 2/3 hour line PLUS get a guided tour from someone who knows what you are looking at. Also you can find good wine for cheap in grocery stores, like 3 euros and taste good! (not like a 50 euro wine but comparable to the 10/15 euro they charge at small markets).

  • 100%


    The charm of history and the sympathy of Roman's people

    Rome deserves the nickname Eternal City, in its alleys you can smell the scent of history and good food and people of Rome is nice and friendly.

    Insider Tip:Baia Chia and Vecchia Roma restaurants not to be missed !

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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