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

  • 60%


    Apart from the actual isolated historic sites which are incredible, Rome as a city was very disappointing actually. The city is filthy: there's graffiti everywhere, cracks and pot holes in the foot paths and roads, rubbish everywhere and piss smell in many area's/streets, the river front where the Castel Sant'Angelo is just outright disgraceful.. The local people have a bad attitude and lastly, the food is expensive for what it is, like given it's just mostly pasta and or bread as it's base.

    Insider Tip:Don't spend more than 3 full days in Rome, be organized, so make your plan to quickly trek around and see the historic sites and icons and then get the fuck out of there... not worth your money.

  • 90%


    Lovely (hope pickpocketers were not there)

    Lovely city with lot of historical places to see. Metro is relatively good. I want to share my experience- I went on my own alone Woman to Trevi fountain, while returning at Barberini metro, there was sudden crowd so I didnt get into train immediately, five adolescence boys/ girls (pickpocketers) came out of train and pushed me with shoulder and spit back at me. Thankfully train stood for a while, in a split of second I decided to get into the train and it moved. It was very scary.(22.11.2015)

    Insider Tip:I hope these pickpocketers are controlled by government or some agency, especially from attacking agrressively like pushing, spitting on tourist.

  • 80%


    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!

  • 80%


    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.

  • 50%


    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.

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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