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

Rome Pocket Guide

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Rome City Reviews

  • 80%


    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%


    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%


    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

  • 50%


    Really hot and beautiful city

    Its an amazing city with a lot of beautiful things to sightsee. Its not very walkable since there are certain things a bit far and you have to take the metro.

    Insider Tip:Bring sunblock, dont go to expensive restaurants. You can find pasta for 5-6 euros in small places.

  • 80%


    When in Rome..

    ..do everything!! There is so much to see and do in Rome it's overwhelming, ensure you have an understanding of everything you want to see prior to your visit and take into account queue times for better time management. Rome is a beautiful city to wander around at night too and it's much cooler, I'd definitely recommend doing so (please be aware that the attractions aren't open to visit at night).

    Insider Tip:Get a 24/48/72 hour public transport ticket as you will definitely be thankful for it over your final few days, as your feet will definitely hurt! Also, if you live in the EU and you're between 16 - 25, make sure you take your driving licence/passport to get half price discount at all major tourist/historic sites, however, if visiting the Sistine Chapel, you must have an international student ID card to qualify for the discount (it is one of the dearest tourist 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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