Without a shadow of a doubt, Rome is one of the most stunning cities in the world, a city full of architecture and history, it is no wonder it is one of the most popular cities to visit by tourists. I have been twice now and I am already planning another visit back, alongside my love affair with Italian food, the city just makes me happy, and each time I go I learn new things, which is why I wanted to create a post on handy things to know when visiting Rome.
First time in Rome? Be sure to check out this post to ensure you visit all the main attractions.
Tips for visiting Rome:
Getting to the city centre from Rome Fiumicino Airport:
A taxi to the city centre is going to set you back around €50 (Uber is also available in Rome, but will be around the same price), so unless you are travelling in a group, it will probably work out more cost effective to get the train. A single Leonardo Express train journey (30 minutes) costs €14 and runs every 15 minutes into Termini station. If you are looking to further reduce costs, you can hop on a bus (45 minutes) for €6 (buy a ticket to Termini Coach station).
Getting to the city centre from Rome Ciampino Airport:
A taxi from this airport to the city centre will set you back €30, however again there is an airport shuttle bus which costs just €6 per journey and will take roughly 45 minutes.
Visiting the Vatican
When planning your trip be aware the museums of the Vatican are closed on Sundays, apart from the last Sunday of the month when admission is free- however, it tends to be very busy on that day for this reason. When visiting the Vatican ensure you dress appropriately with shoulders and legs (past knees) covered to avoid not being allowed entry.
Save the planet and money
Avoid spending wasted money at the same time as reducing your plastic consumption, free fresh water taps are located all over the city – essential for staying hydrated in the heat of the summer. Be sure to pack an eco-bottle to keep topped up on your city break!
Be sure to try REAL Gelato
The lovely Katie from the Hostel Girl taught me this one. You know the shop that sells that large mountains of totally Instagrammable ‘Gelato’? Sorry to disappoint but it is not actually real traditional Gelato, be sure to look out for the parlours where the Gelato is not on display, but instead hidden under metal lids – this means it was made traditional and fresh that very day.
Jump on a city tour
Rome is big, so if you are on a limited time scale, be sure to book a city tour to maximise what you see during your visit to Rome. Book on one run by a local for authenticity and to find out the hidden gems and secrets of the city, numerous people have recommended the Roman Guy tours to me, so head there first to see if any of the tours match your style.
Don’t overpay for pizza
Chances are if you are heading to Rome you are going to want to indulge in some traditional Italian pizza ( Hey fellow pizza friends!) but don’t be ripped off, the average price you should be paying for pizza is around €5, €10 being the max. Closer to the tourist attractions it is, of course, going to be more expensive, but don’t be dragged in, head only slightly further back and you will find better prices and the majority of the time, better pizza.
Keep your valuables safe
As with every major city, keep your wits about you, pickpockets are around – especially in the more confined areas such as the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. However, do not worry about feeling unsafe, Rome is a friendly, busy city, act sensibly and you will be fine.
Don’t get lost in the lingo
Don’t speak Italian? Sadly me neither. In order to avoid any confusion when travelling around Rome, be sure to download the Google Translate app for Apple and Android. Whenever you need to translate anything, simple point the apps over the text and it will magically transform to your language before your eyes – this is a lifesaver if you are visiting one of the more local restaurants that may not cater to tourists as much.
Do you have any other tips for visiting the Eternal city of Rome? Help others by sharing them in the comments below.
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