Rome is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the world every year millions of tourists come from around the world to admire the treasures and masterpieces of Roman art and architecture but a trip to the eternal city can be eternally confusing for first-time visitors.
This guide will make it easier to uncover Rome offering lots of practical advice that will help you discover and enjoy the city in all its glory because Rome is such a huge tourist draw choose the date for your trip carefully.
The best times of the year to visit our April May and late September through October in the height of summer the heat and crowds make the city nearly unbearable. August in particular should be avoided because this is the month all of Italy seems to go on vacation.
Traveling too late or too early in the year can also be risky because the opening hours for many attractions are shorter and some are closed completely.
Airfares typically drop quite a bit when shoulder season begins in early autumn making this the optimal time to visit in my book. The days are still warm the nights are slightly cool and the tour groups and student mobs have mostly disappeared
If you can plan to stay as long as a week you won’t run out of things to do and you’ll still feel like you’re leaving too soon but if your time is limited. Allow at least four days to see all of Rome’s major attractions.
If you try to cram the entire city into a two day span and do nothing but run from place to place furiously snapping. Pictures you’ll only be cheating yourself after all. Rome wasn’t built in a day and it can’t be seen in one either
Rome’s Fiumicino Airport is 19 miles outside of the city a train station is located right inside and you can travel straight determining station near the center of town but you’ll then need to find a way to get to your hotel.
If you’re carrying a lot of luggage or just want to make things easier on yourself take a cab or have your hotel arrange for a hired car to pick you up. Either option will cost more but the no
stress factor makes it worth the extra money renting your own car is always an option but even if you’re planning to tour other parts of Italy I wouldn’t advise driving in or near Rome unless you have nerves of steel and the skills and reflexes of a professional race driver Roman drivers are somewhat exuberant and Roman traffic is often chaotic to plunge fully into the essence of Rome.
I highly recommend staying in a hotel where you can simply walk out your door and into the heart of the city of course the closer to the attractions, you are the more you’ll pay but trust me it’s worth it.
Before you make a reservation look at a map of Rome and confine yourself to hotels that are east of the Tiber River and west of 10 many station also be aware that distances on a map
might not be as close as they appear.
I once stayed at a hotel in the fashionable the event oh area thinking that it would be fairly close to all the major attractions but in reality it took nearly half an hour to reach anything at
all from there on foot despite the fact that it looked oh so close on paper the most vibrant area to stay in is the half-mile stretch between piazza navona and Piazza Barberini. Some rooms here are pricey but you’ll also find plenty of small family-run hotels. nearby guide books are fine for
gathering ideas but hit the internet to get the best deals or if you prefer book a hotel directly with Italy guides . You’ll contribute to publishing future guides like this one going hungry is one thing no traveler should ever worry about while in Rome.
The city is literally overrun with good places to eat the busy area just south of the Spanish Steps is full of them and the maze of intersecting side streets tucked between via del corso and Piazza. Navona contains dozens as well most have outdoor seating and offer similar menus containing pasta pizza vo chicken and a few seafood dishes. The food is typically simple fresh and delicious and even the restaurants that seem to be tourist traps will still feed you well if you have a tough time choosing your best bet is to simply decide what you want to look at while
you’re dining and pick a restaurant based on that for instance the piazza de la rotonda
contains several cafes which face the Pantheon & Piazza Navona is completely
encircled by restaurants which offer views of its numerous fountains for the younger folks we suggest an evening sipping beer and Pat said he come for the fury near the pantheon or in picturesque trust David typical hangout zone for young Romans a few dining tip.
Rome is one of the cities where a restaurant’s house wine is usually excellent. Second although we recommend learning and using at least a few Italian phrases.
Almost every waiter you’ll ever meet in Rome speaks english Germans and other European tourists communicate with Italian waiters in English because it’s the more common language some useful phrases for dining our school z4 amor de which means excuse me we’d like to order or you can ask for the check by saying it cone don’t pay for water and if te food was good and the waiters attentive. Then don’t forget to leave a small tip remember also that especially during summer Roman restaurants will be open.
Until well after ten in the evening take out that handy map of Rome again now draw a diamond shape with the Spanish Steps at the top 10 mini station to the right the Aventine hill at the bottom and pets and ivana to the left.
Seventy-five percent of your sightseeing will probably take place within this area and even though it doesn’t seem that big on the map you’ll need at least two days to see everything within the diamond and three would be better some activities such as touring the ruins of
ancient Rome including the Coliseum can easily occupy an entire day.
Several notable sites lie outside the diamond shape including the Vatican another full day destination Castel Sant’Angelo and the villa borghese Rome subway system can come in
handy when you’re traveling to these locations.