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 City Reviews

  • 70%


    Not as amazing as you may think

    Rome is a place with so much history, but doesn't live up to the hype. There are many attractions to go to, which made me feel like I would spend many days there, but in reality most things are fairly simple and you get over with them fast. It's a city that needs imagination, given that almost everything is broken down and in ruins. Public transportation is alright but usually crowded, especially if you're going to mainstream places (such as the Colosseum and the Vatican). Food is the best.

  • 70%


    Rome - a gigantic museum

    Rome isn't a city. It's a museum. In every corner of every street, you will find a gorgeous building with fascinating history. I'm not a history buff, but Rome makes you one.

    Insider Tip:Let go of the map after a while and just walk aimlessly. Relax. You'll always find your way back home. Enjoy the piazzas in the evening. And MUST take a bottle of wine to the Spanish Steps late in the night. Just sit back and enjoy till sunrise.

  • 90%


    A beautiful city!

    There's something to see in the city wherever you walk. Great wines, food, pastry, and ofcourse Gelato :D!

    Insider Tip:Don't use the metro inside the city because you'll miss out on a lot! Walk everywhere! and make sure you bargain with the shopkeepers whatever you buy.

  • 60%



    Rome has lots of history, but everything seems very commercialized and touristy. The Capitoline museum was fantastic but the Colosseum was jam-packed, even early in the morning. It is bigger, noisier, dirtier, and harder to get around than Florence. Still, it has so much history you can't skip it.

    Insider Tip:Climb the stairs at the Trevi fountain and continue up past the Medici villa to find a great view of the city from the top of the hill. Plan your visit to the Vatican museum well ahead of time, you don't want to show up only to find out that the museum is closed on your last day in the city.

  • 100%


    loved rome, probably best not to go in summer though as they do building works on most of the popular attractions.

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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