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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

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    Amazing city

    Rome is truly an amazing city no matter your gender, age, or interests. I've been three times now - first time on a study trip, second time on my own, and the previous time with my husband and toddler. Every single time there was something new to see and experience because the city really offers a great variety of, well, everything.

    Insider Tip:If you're worried that it's not a kid-friendly city... don't! Our son just turned 2 and we had no trouble having him around with us; it was easy enough to get the stroller around, everyone was smiling and talking to him, and he enjoyed experiencing new things and trying new food.

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    Rome !

    It was one of my boyhood dreams to visit Rome, and it completely lived up to my expectations! There are ruines and beautiful buildings around every corner. The colosseum is really great, the Pantheon is great and the people are great. I am definitely going back and would recommend Rome to everybody. We also did the colosseum pub crawl, something you must have done if you are between 18 and 30 I think.

    Insider Tip:Buy a ticket for the ruines with the palatino museum behind the colosseum, this ticket will also give you acces to the colosseum, but at the entrance of the ruines where you buy the tickets there is no line at all. So when you arive at the colosseum youcan skip a line of about 1 to 3 ours depending on the day..

  • 80%

    LiamIvo

    Rome stole my feet

    i walk everywhere and didnt use the buses. the buses looked full and boiling anyways. Rome is a lovely city with alot to do, from sight seeing, to food eating and wine drinking. there is a clear divide between the catholic side and the main city which is nice, and a lovely place to go and visit

    Insider Tip:LikEAT. seriously good. especially paninni Anna. Walk! getting lost in the streets provided me with some of the best resteraunts i have ever been to.

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    A bit dissapointing

    I was a bit dissapointed by Rome. I had heard some amazing things about it from friends, but unfortunatly it didn't live up to my expectations. I'm glad I went, but I can't imagine ever returning there, it didn't leave much of an impression.. Honestly I was glad to leave and travel to another city..

    Insider Tip:Get your tickets to the Colosseum at the entrance of the Palatino, there no line and you get to visit both Palatino and the Colosseum. Check if you can't get a disscount, if you're under 24 and citizen you can get up to 50% discount.

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Rome is great!

    Rome really is a nice city with an amazing history. People speak english poorly but that did not bother me so much. the prices are high in the summer, especially if you want to sit outside on the terase. the tourist sites are very transparently and well marked. the people are friendly. beware of the street-salesmen.

    Insider Tip:in the summer: book the tickets in advance to avoid the crowds, have your hat and suncream with you, beware of the pickpockets and street-salesmen, there are taps with drinkable water on almost every corner so you can re-fill your bottles

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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