Visiting Rome? Here’s Everything You Need To Know Before Your Trip

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Thinking about visiting Rome?

There are not many reasons not to visit. Rome is one of the most visited cities in the world.

There are not many places that have that much history in one spot.

You should go to Rome at least once in your lifetime.

If you’re looking for how to plan your visit…

You’re in the right place!

In this post, we’re going to go over:

  • Getting around Rome
  • Top Things To Do When Visiting Rome
  • Where To Stay When Visiting Rome
  • Best Time To Visit Rome

So if you want to learn more about planning a trip to Rome…

Keep on reading below!

Getting Around Rome

Rome is a huge city…

And you can get lost easily! (Trust me, it happened to us!)

Make sure you have a map before you start exploring. And don’t plan on walking from attraction to attraction.

Currency

Rome currently uses the Euro as its form of currency. Make sure you check the exchange rate before you leave for your trip.

Get The Rome Pass

Buying the Rome Pass can help you save some money on your trip. The city offers a 78 hours pass and a 48-hour pass.

The benefits of the pass include:

  • Free admission to at least one museum
  • Unlimited access to the city’s metro, buses, and trams
  • Discounts at other attractions in the city

Depending on how long your visit is…

And what activities you plan on doing…

The Rome Pass might make the most sense for your trip.

We recommend getting the pass over purchasing separate metro and tram tickets.

Traveling From The Airport?

There are two main airports for Rome:

Fiumicino Airport is the international airport where international carriers fly in overseas. It’s about 25 miles outside of Rome.

Ciampino Airport is for smaller airlines and charter flights. It’s about 15 miles outside of Rome.

The best way to reach the city is by taxi or shuttle buses from the airports.

Some taxis have a fixed rate into town. I believe I paid 30 Euros the last time I was in Rome.

And that was for transportation to Termini Station.

The shuttle buses at the airport will also drop you off at Termini Station.

Termini Station

Termini Station is the main train station in Rome. It’s pretty large and it’s pretty confusing!

There are also a lot of scammers waiting to trick tourists.

If anyone comes up to you and asks you if you need information…

DO NOT TRUST THAT PERSON.

Only get information from people that work at the train station.

Ask someone in uniform!

Top Things To Do In Rome

Roman Forum

The Roman Forum is the ruins of the ancient buildings that once stood in Ancient Rome. It has government buildings, shrines, and monuments.

Roman arches helped the Romans build bridges, sewers, temples, and palaces.

When you visit you will find a vast area of ruins to tour. An audio tour will help you find your way around and understand the complex history.

Popular structures include the Temple of Saturn and the Arch of Titus.

 

Colosseum

The Colosseum is arguably the most recognized landmark in Rome. Built-in 80 A.D., the Colosseum held many gladiator fights and competitions.

Thousands of Romans used to fill up the amphitheater to watch deathmatches.

It’s an amazing architectural structure that used to hold between 50,000 and 80,000 people. A restoration in 1990 improved the amphitheater with many stone columns.

There are always long ticket lines to get into the Colosseum. You should buy your tickets at the much shorter lines at the Roman Forum.

Restoration in the 1990s improved this large amphitheater with many stone columns.

 

Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps is a grand staircase that links the Trinita de Monti Church to the Spanish Square.

It’s a steep climb of 135 steps that are over 200 years old!

The Spanish Square is very long and shaped like a triangle. The unique design of the step attracts many creative people.

At the bottom to the steps, you’ll find a baroque fountain shaped like a ship sinking. At the foot of the steps are shops, diverse restaurants, and a tearoom.

 

Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

The Vatican Museum has one of the largest collections of religious art in the world.

Whether you’re an art and history buff or not…

This is one of the most amazing museums in the world!

We recommend doing a guided tour or an audio tour because the museum is enormous!

Something that many people don’t realize is…

The Sistine Chapel is a part of the Vatican Museum…

And the only way to get in is with your admission to the Vatican Museum.

Don’t forget to see Michelangelo’s most famous piece of art! There’s nothing else like it!

Important: The Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel are not open on Sundays!

That’s right…

We learned the hard way the first time we went..

The last Sunday of each month is the only Sunday the museum is open.

So plan accordingly!

 

Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill is a large hill that overlooks Rome and provides a panoramic view of the city. The top of the hill is full of beautiful wildflowers, trees, grass, and wildlife.

Stop by to see the Faranese Gardens. It’s the beautiful botanical garden on the property.

Tickets to the Palatine Hill include tickets for the Roman Forum and Colosseum. This will help you avoid waiting in long ticket lines at the Colosseum.

 

St Peter’s Basilica

St Peter’s Basilica is the famous basilica in the Vatican City that holds St. Peter’s tomb.

The artwork inside is spectacular!

I don’t think I’ve seen more beauty in one place.

When you take a look around you’ll see the intricate architecture, religious statues, and crypts.

And after you’re done taking in all of the beauty…

We recommend climbing up to the top of the dome.

But it’s a pretty exhausting trip.

There’s a total of 551 steps to the top.

You can pay to take a lift and avoid walking about 230 of those steps.

Just prepare for a workout!

Once you get to the top, you’ll have a panoramic view of the Vatican City and all of Rome.

You’ll get your best pictures of Rome at the top of the dome!

 

Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain is the largest baroque fountain in the world. Made out of travertine stone, the fountain depicts Neptune and his Tritons.

The fountain is from the 1700s, but it was recently renovated in 1998 and 2015.

Millions of tourists visit this famous fountain each year. It’s located in a small square near shops and restaurants.

We recommend visiting the fountain at night…

Because the nighttime lights make the experience even more magical.

Grab some gelato…

Find a place to sit…

And spend a couple hours admiring this incredible man-made structure.

Don’t forget to toss a penny in and make a wish!

 

Pizza Navona

Pizza Navona is a popular public square in Rome known for cafes and street performers. It has historical monuments and is rich in history making it an important stop.

It’s common to see street performers dancing, singing, and playing musical instruments for the crowds that gather at the square.

Make plans to stop by and check out the live entertainment.

 

Where to Stay When Visiting Rome?

Centro Storico

Centro Storico is in the center of the city near many popular tourist attractions. This is one of the busiest areas of Rome and it’s always crowded.

The prices for food and hotels run higher than most neighborhoods.

This is a great neighborhood to try the famous Roman cuisine.

Tridente and Via Vento

Tridente and Via Vento located in the center of Rome is an expensive area. It has pricey shops and hotels. It’s a great place to stay if you enjoy shopping and walking to see the main attractions.

Monti

Monti is a traditional neighborhood with shops. The National Museum of Rome, churches, Italian clothing, and the Appian Way. It has a moderate nightlife and some good restaurants.

Termini Station

If you’re looking for inexpensive hotel options, Termini Station is the place to stay. It’s safe, quiet, and an inexpensive place to stay for the budget minded tourists.

It’s located near the train station and the metro for easy access to transportation.

Celio

Celio is a popular tourist area located near the Colosseum and the Roman Ruins. They offer several tours of the sights 

If you want to stay in a suburban neighborhood…

This is the spot for you!

 

Best Time of Year to Visit Rome

The best time to visit Rome is during the Spring. The Spring offers cooler temperatures and fewer crowds to deal with.

This is also a good time because Rome celebrates its birthday in April.

And that birthday celebration includes concerts, parades, a circus, and other special events!

You also might get lucky and find cheaper hotel rates and cheaper airfare.

The peak travel season is June through August. During this time of year, there are tourists everywhere.

Plan on waiting in lines that are over an hour wait while getting burnt by the sun.

When you’re looking for smaller crowds and lower prices the best time to travel to Rome is fall and winter.

Prices on hotels and airfare will be lower during this time.

And you’ll have more elbow space to enjoy the major attractions!

 

Conclusion

There is no other city like Rome. And you have to go!

Visit the ancient sites…

Eat some good Italian food…

And drink plenty of wine!

You’ll never forget the experience!

Have you visited Rome?

Tell us your favorite things about the city in the Comment Section!

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