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Top Rome Tips - Your Insider Tips for Rome

    The Eternal City, otherwise known as Rome, is often described as one big outdoor museum. At every corner you’ll find another ancient ruin or iconic artwork. We asked you over on our Facebook page for your top Rome tips. Here's what you told us...



    Villa Borghese

    Kayleigh Jo Galvin says:

    Go to Villa Borghese! It's an amazing park with great activities for all ages! Watching the sun set over the city is breathtaking!

    Tessica Avgerou Wheeler says:

    Spend a day in the Villa Borghese and bring a picnic. It is a great place to escape the hot sun, visit a wonderful zoo, go for a row on a lake or take a segway ride!



    Walk, walk, walk!

    Christina Ceballos says:

    Walk everywhere! Get wrapped up and lost in the beauty and splendour Rome has to offer. Rome is small enough that it can be done, and you're never really lost, enjoy the small things - una vita bella.

    Nicolas Synnott says:

    Get lost and walk for hours.

    Sheila Castilho says:

    Walk it!

    Grog Hill says:

    Walk everywhere and take your time.

    Diana Alves says:

    Don't take any transport, just walk around the city. I did it for 3 days without using metro or bus. My feet were hurt for several days but it was worth it. You'll find amazing places.



    Visit the Capuchin Crypt

    Joseph AlMalah says:

    Chiesa di Santa Maria della Concezione - without a doubt. The most underrated ‘attraction' in Rome. Hidden away in a little crypt in a normal looking church, it really strikes a chord and stops us tourists in our tracks to make us contemplate mortality (plus it's only 1 euro!)

    Jim Park says:

    Crypt of the Capuchin Monks near the top of the Spanish Steps.



    Watch where you eat

    Austin M. Taylor says:

    Never eat at a restaurant where you can see a major monument from your seat. Go one street over, and the price will be at least half what it was at the first place! Plus the food's usually better there too.

    Lauren Riley says:

    Don't eat beside the train station and expect top notch Italian food. Learned from my mistake!

    Iva Musa says:

    Avoid restaurants at the popular touristic places (Piazza Navona, Vatican, etc.). Instead of that, find small trattorias/osterias at Trastevere or Jewish quarter.

    Jose Roca says:

    Leave yourself time to get lost through the city and skip the restaurants/pizzerias near the main attractions and go for the hidden osterias/trattorias/enotecas in the nearby streets..



    Take a trip to Ostia Antica

    Pete Ware says:

    Ostia Antica - Pompei without having to go all the way there.



    Explore the many piazza’s

    Berkan Huyuk says:

    Piazza Navona & Piazza della Repubblica

    Paloma Fagil says:

    Campo dei Fiori.





    Avoid spending a lot of money on water

    Travel With NOMADness says:

    Buy water at the local market and keep in your hostel and daypack. I spent 6US once for a water near the Trevi Fountain.



    Sit out on the Spanish Steps

    Maja Lipovac says:

    Get a bottle of wine and spend your late evening at the Spanish Steps with nice company, or meet new people there!



    Check out Trastevere

    Stuart Martin says:

    Visit a part of Rome called Trastevere! It's amazing.

    Pablo Vázquez Iglesias says:

    My top tip in Rome is having dinner at a trattoria in the Trastevere, and then enjoy the summer night in the streets and the local bars. You won't regret it!

    Juliana Mazoco says:

    Trastevere at night. So beautiful!



    Sample the gelato

    Chuchu Chang says:

    Ice cream, ice cream, ice cream!

    Aqeel Maqbool says:

    Oh yes....Gelato....a lot of it

    Aqeel Maqbool says:

    If you really want to eat excellent ice cream and more excellent yogurt with smarties, strawberries, amarena and whatever u want - just go to Piazza delle Province. I don't have to tell u the name of this gelateria... You will see a lot of people there and you’ll understand!



    Take the hop-on, hop-off tour

    Jennifer Dickinson says:

    Take the hop-on hop-off bus! It'll save your feet but still allow you to see all of the major sites!



    Transport tips

    Cristina Koen says:

    Rent a Vespa for the day and visit Rome like a local!

    Aqeel Maqbool says:

    If you see a subway train full and you wait to get the next one, you might end up staying at station the whole day... the trains are crowded... ALWAYS!



    See the view from the Knights of Malta keyhole

    Ana Badilas says:

    Top tip for Rome: Knights of Malta keyhole view of St. Peter's! It s a must!



    See Rome by night

    Mirella Santana says:

    Roma at night! Just do it - it's amazing! Just you and Rome no traffic no crowds!

    Charlene Flocke says:

    Walk the streets in the middle of the night. It's beautiful and quiet.



    Check out Janiculum

    Srdjan Nikic says:

    Take a walk to Janiculum, Garibaldi monument, very peaceful place with a beautiful view.



  • Try out some of the following suggestions...

    Bill Binder says:

    If you go to the Colosseum bring LOTS of bottled water. In the spring and summer it's like a huge clay pot. Buy your tickets online or pick-up a combo ticket at the Forum or Palanite Hill (you'll want to go to both anyway) because the lines are shorter than at the Colosseum.

    Josipa Komljenovi? s says:

    Walk around all Ancient ruins – that’s a must! If going in spring/summer watch out for the mosquitoes AND the high sun – there’s not much shade around ruins! Equip yourself with bottles of water and snacks - your new best friends and good pair of shoes - then go see whatever your heart desires. And don’t go much with public transportation, there’s an awful lot to see everywhere you turn! For laid-back day choose parks of Vila Borghese, its huge, very beautiful and has many additional activities. Stay in hostels and don’t miss eating pasta/pizza (look for the little places outside the centre) and going out!

    Julia Leeftink says:

    Rome... About everything! I'd recommend staying in the 'Old Rome' district. Start your day with a nice espresso near Campo di Fiori and buy yourself some breakfast at the market. Go see the Pantheon and eat some ice cream at the gelato bar with the most flavours of Rome there. Try to get tickets to the Borghese Gallery and the Vatican museums. Further you need to see the Roman Forum (if you like to wait in line for hours you can go see the Colosseum from inside), the ceiling of the Il Gesu church, the cat sanctuary, Piazza Navona, the smallest churches you've ever seen: San Carlo and Sant'Andrea al Quirinale. Also the Santa Maria Maggiore is worth seeing, not only because Bernini's grave is there. I probably missed about a million things to see and to do in my list, but you get the picture, right? When you're all exhausted of walking all day, keep going on! Have some pizza at one of the thousand pizzeria's and have yourself a drink afterwards at a cocktail bar. Only then you are allowed to sleep!

    Barbara R. Cano Gonzalez says:

    Walk through the city WITHOUT a map! You will find something to admire in every single corner: a small fountain, a little hidden church, a quiet park! Live the city with your senses and STOP reading the map to find the hot spots, you will find them anyway and instead you will discover a thousand more!

    Chantelle Wallace says:

    Embrace the chaos, drink coffee with the locals and explore all the divine side streets and laneways.

  • Hopefully these top Rome tips will help you make to most of your visit to Rome.


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    The Eternal City, otherwise known as Rome, is often described as one big outdoor museum. At every corner you’ll find another ancient ruin or iconic artwork. We asked you over on our Facebook page for your top Rome tips. Here's what you told us...



    Villa Borghese

    Kayleigh Jo Galvin says:

    Go to Villa Borghese! It's an amazing park with great activities for all ages! Watching the sun set over the city is breathtaking!

    Tessica Avgerou Wheeler says:

    Spend a day in the Villa Borghese and bring a picnic. It is a great place to escape the hot sun, visit a wonderful zoo, go for a row on a lake or take a segway ride!



    Walk, walk, walk!

    Christina Ceballos says:

    Walk everywhere! Get wrapped up and lost in the beauty and splendour Rome has to offer. Rome is small enough that it can be done, and you're never really lost, enjoy the small things - una vita bella.

    Nicolas Synnott says:

    Get lost and walk for hours.

    Sheila Castilho says:

    Walk it!

    Grog Hill says:

    Walk everywhere and take your time.

    Diana Alves says:

    Don't take any transport, just walk around the city. I did it for 3 days without using metro or bus. My feet were hurt for several days but it was worth it. You'll find amazing places.



    Visit the Capuchin Crypt

    Joseph AlMalah says:

    Chiesa di Santa Maria della Concezione - without a doubt. The most underrated ‘attraction' in Rome. Hidden away in a little crypt in a normal looking church, it really strikes a chord and stops us tourists in our tracks to make us contemplate mortality (plus it's only 1 euro!)

    Jim Park says:

    Crypt of the Capuchin Monks near the top of the Spanish Steps.



    Watch where you eat

    Austin M. Taylor says:

    Never eat at a restaurant where you can see a major monument from your seat. Go one street over, and the price will be at least half what it was at the first place! Plus the food's usually better there too.

    Lauren Riley says:

    Don't eat beside the train station and expect top notch Italian food. Learned from my mistake!

    Iva Musa says:

    Avoid restaurants at the popular touristic places (Piazza Navona, Vatican, etc.). Instead of that, find small trattorias/osterias at Trastevere or Jewish quarter.

    Jose Roca says:

    Leave yourself time to get lost through the city and skip the restaurants/pizzerias near the main attractions and go for the hidden osterias/trattorias/enotecas in the nearby streets..



    Take a trip to Ostia Antica

    Pete Ware says:

    Ostia Antica - Pompei without having to go all the way there.



    Explore the many piazza’s

    Berkan Huyuk says:

    Piazza Navona & Piazza della Repubblica

    Paloma Fagil says:

    Campo dei Fiori.





    Avoid spending a lot of money on water

    Travel With NOMADness says:

    Buy water at the local market and keep in your hostel and daypack. I spent 6US once for a water near the Trevi Fountain.



    Sit out on the Spanish Steps

    Maja Lipovac says:

    Get a bottle of wine and spend your late evening at the Spanish Steps with nice company, or meet new people there!



    Check out Trastevere

    Stuart Martin says:

    Visit a part of Rome called Trastevere! It's amazing.

    Pablo Vázquez Iglesias says:

    My top tip in Rome is having dinner at a trattoria in the Trastevere, and then enjoy the summer night in the streets and the local bars. You won't regret it!

    Juliana Mazoco says:

    Trastevere at night. So beautiful!



    Sample the gelato

    Chuchu Chang says:

    Ice cream, ice cream, ice cream!

    Aqeel Maqbool says:

    Oh yes....Gelato....a lot of it

    Aqeel Maqbool says:

    If you really want to eat excellent ice cream and more excellent yogurt with smarties, strawberries, amarena and whatever u want - just go to Piazza delle Province. I don't have to tell u the name of this gelateria... You will see a lot of people there and you’ll understand!



    Take the hop-on, hop-off tour

    Jennifer Dickinson says:

    Take the hop-on hop-off bus! It'll save your feet but still allow you to see all of the major sites!



    Transport tips

    Cristina Koen says:

    Rent a Vespa for the day and visit Rome like a local!

    Aqeel Maqbool says:

    If you see a subway train full and you wait to get the next one, you might end up staying at station the whole day... the trains are crowded... ALWAYS!



    See the view from the Knights of Malta keyhole

    Ana Badilas says:

    Top tip for Rome: Knights of Malta keyhole view of St. Peter's! It s a must!



    See Rome by night

    Mirella Santana says:

    Roma at night! Just do it - it's amazing! Just you and Rome no traffic no crowds!

    Charlene Flocke says:

    Walk the streets in the middle of the night. It's beautiful and quiet.



    Check out Janiculum

    Srdjan Nikic says:

    Take a walk to Janiculum, Garibaldi monument, very peaceful place with a beautiful view.



  • Try out some of the following suggestions...

    Bill Binder says:

    If you go to the Colosseum bring LOTS of bottled water. In the spring and summer it's like a huge clay pot. Buy your tickets online or pick-up a combo ticket at the Forum or Palanite Hill (you'll want to go to both anyway) because the lines are shorter than at the Colosseum.

    Josipa Komljenovi? s says:

    Walk around all Ancient ruins – that’s a must! If going in spring/summer watch out for the mosquitoes AND the high sun – there’s not much shade around ruins! Equip yourself with bottles of water and snacks - your new best friends and good pair of shoes - then go see whatever your heart desires. And don’t go much with public transportation, there’s an awful lot to see everywhere you turn! For laid-back day choose parks of Vila Borghese, its huge, very beautiful and has many additional activities. Stay in hostels and don’t miss eating pasta/pizza (look for the little places outside the centre) and going out!

    Julia Leeftink says:

    Rome... About everything! I'd recommend staying in the 'Old Rome' district. Start your day with a nice espresso near Campo di Fiori and buy yourself some breakfast at the market. Go see the Pantheon and eat some ice cream at the gelato bar with the most flavours of Rome there. Try to get tickets to the Borghese Gallery and the Vatican museums. Further you need to see the Roman Forum (if you like to wait in line for hours you can go see the Colosseum from inside), the ceiling of the Il Gesu church, the cat sanctuary, Piazza Navona, the smallest churches you've ever seen: San Carlo and Sant'Andrea al Quirinale. Also the Santa Maria Maggiore is worth seeing, not only because Bernini's grave is there. I probably missed about a million things to see and to do in my list, but you get the picture, right? When you're all exhausted of walking all day, keep going on! Have some pizza at one of the thousand pizzeria's and have yourself a drink afterwards at a cocktail bar. Only then you are allowed to sleep!

    Barbara R. Cano Gonzalez says:

    Walk through the city WITHOUT a map! You will find something to admire in every single corner: a small fountain, a little hidden church, a quiet park! Live the city with your senses and STOP reading the map to find the hot spots, you will find them anyway and instead you will discover a thousand more!

    Chantelle Wallace says:

    Embrace the chaos, drink coffee with the locals and explore all the divine side streets and laneways.

  • Hopefully these top Rome tips will help you make to most of your visit to Rome.


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