Rome is one of the most gorgeous cities in the world and it also has an elaborate history. For this reason, many people visit the city each and every year. However, if you have never been to Rome, the city can be quite overwhelming. This guide was designed to help make it easier for the first time traveller to discover all that the city of Rome has to offer.
Choosing the Right Time to Visit Rome
The first step in visiting Rome is to choose the right time to go. The best months to visit the city are April and May or from late September through October. During the summer months the crowds and the heat can make visiting quite unbearable. Avoid planning a trip to Rome in August as this is the month that many Italians seem to vacation.
If you truly want to see all of Rome’s attractions you will want to plan on spending at least four full days in the city. If you can stay for longer, even better as you will not run out of things to see and do.
Arriving in the City
The Fiumicino Airport is located 19 miles outside of Rome. There is a train station located at the airport and you can catch a train to the center of the city for around $12. If you have a lot of luggage, it is best to hire a cab or arrange for a hired car from your hotel to pick you up. You can also choose to rent a car, but driving in Rome can be tricky and stressful.
Where to Stay in Rome
There are many wonderful hotels in Rome from which to choose. Staying in a hotel that is within walking distance of the attractions of the city is recommended. However, you are going to pay more for these hotels.
When you are looking to make a reservation, look over a map of the city and choose a hotel that is east of the Tiber River and just west of the station Termini. The best area to stay in is between the Piazza Barberini and Piazza Navona. The rooms here can be pricey, but there are many smaller family run hotels in the area as well.
Where to Eat in Rome
One thing that you do not have to worry about while you are in Rome is going hungry. There are many wonderful places to eat all throughout the city. The area south of the Spanish Steps offers many great restaurants and you will also find many great places to eat between Piazza Navona and Via del Corso.
Many of the restaurants offer outdoor seating areas and similar menus. Often the food is going to be fairly simple, quite fresh, and delicious. Simply choose the food that you want and pick a restaurant and you cannot really go wrong.
What to See in Rome
When it comes to visiting Rome it is important to note that most of your sightseeing will be done within a small area between the Aventine Hill on the bottom, the Spanish Steps on the top, and the Station Termini to the right, and the Piazza Navona on the left. While this seems like a fairly small area on the map, seeing everything will take at least two or possibly three days. Touring the Colosseum and other ruins of the city can easily take up an entire day.
Some of the sights that are located outside of this area include the Vatican, Villa Borghese, and Castel Sant’Angelo. When traveling to these locations, using the subway system of the city is the best option.
There is a ticket available called the Roma Pass. This pass provides transportation and entries into 2 museums free of charge and discounts on entry to all museums and any major events taking place in Rome. The Roma Pass is good for three days.
When it comes to visiting the city of Rome, it is important to savor the city slowly. Give yourself the chance to see the city properly by planning out your touring plan before you get there. Choose a small area of the city to visit each day and give yourself enough time to stop by an outdoor cafe for a cup of coffee or a gelato.
It is also a good idea to save the attractions that are closest to your hotel to visit last. While it may be tempting to visit these areas first, the sights near where you are staying will be the easiest to go to if you are running out of time.