Rome Pocket Guide

Images Of Rome

There aren't many cities in the world like Roma. No matter which way you turn you set your eyes on imposing monuments, dramatic statues or lavish fountains. Walking around the streets today it is easy to envisage what it would've been like centuries ago when crowds thronged to the Colossuem, Caesar's foot soldiers paroled the streets and everyone was decked in sandals. Once darkness falls it isn't as lively as some other European cities, but if you don't find a bar which gets your pulse racing don't worry - the city looks twice as breathtaking at night.

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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Find out what restaurants are best value for money and what are the local specialties.
  • Don't Miss A list of the best local attractions and places worth visiting whilst in Rome.
  • Budget Tips Insider tips on how to save money or what to do when you don't have any!
  • A day in Rome... Only have one day to spare? We give you our ultimate day in Rome.

Rome City Reviews

  • 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.

  • 70%


    Rome is getting too expensive

    Colosseum was €6 in 2004 and is now €15.50 in Oct 2015. Sistine Chapel is now €16 with queue and €20 without. Castel Sant Angelo is €10.50. However, there are still a number of impressive religious monuments which remain free of charge.

    Insider Tip:Airport buses from Termini to Fiumicino and Ciampino are still affordable, with romeairportbus.com offering €4 tix on the spot with no online booking needed. Just remember to check the schedules!

  • 80%


    Renovating Rome

    It was the last week of October 2015, the first week of winter season, and much of the Colosseum is behind building scaffolding. The Trevi fountain was closed, the Spanish steps were hoarded up. However, it is still probably the city with the most number of impressive churches, cathedrals and basilicas. Elsewhere, Rome feels like it's just trying to make do, rather than to excel in what it does, less humane, and some sense of bitterness.

    Insider Tip:October 2015: All the other sights mentioned in Angels and Demons are still open in full view.

  • 90%



    We walked EVERYWHERE! I have blisters you wouldn't believe, but I wouldn't do a thing differently. You can't turn a corner without finding another ruin. We ended up walking the length of what turned out to be the site of Chariot races, found a crypt decorated with the bones of Capuchin monks, and ate the best suppli ever. There's so much to do! I wish I could stay for longer.

    Insider Tip:Look for the smaller pizzarias in the corners of piazzas if you want the best pizzas. Go for one where they sell pizza by weight instead of by the slice, because you can try some incredible toppings, all in one meal.

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