Are you joining the crowds to feel the Yuletide spirit in the Italian capital? Find out what to do in Rome for Christmas to enjoy the city in the winter festivities. Being the capital of Christendom, it's only normal that for Christmas Rome is very popular among travellers. Christmas markets, lights, events are only some of the things to do in Rome during the winter … [Read more...]
Plan your trip to Rome, essential tips for a perfect Roman holiday
Traveling to Italy and starting to plan your trip to Rome? Feeling overwhelmed by all the thing to see and do, by what to pack and what to wear in summer and winter, by how to get by with the traffic and public transport?
As we've been living in Rome for years, we have experienced pretty much every season so we can give travellers tips any time they decide to visit the Eternal City.
Plan a perfect trip to Rome
Find the best flights
Nowadays, most world airlines fly to Rome.
If you are travelling from another European capital, you might want to check low-cost airlines like Vueling, EasyJet or Ryanair.
If you are travelling from another Continent, you will need to take a bigger airline that sometimes will have a layover in their country's capital.
Some of the best and most popular airlines to travel to Rome are Alitalia, Etihad, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Tap, Lufthansa, Delta, Air China, Singapore Airlines.
Reaching Rome by train
If you are already in Italy, we suggest reaching Rome by train as it's a handy, more affordable as well as more eco-friendly option.
Companies like state-run Trenitalia and privately-owned Italo Treno cover a wide network all throughout the country. Trenitalia reaches and stops also in small villages, while Italo only big cities.
On RailEurope website you can find the routes and the fees for both Trenitalia and Italo Treno.
What to pack for Rome
Depending on the season, you pack different. If you are coming in summer, don't forget sunscreen and sunglasses, while if you are planning to travel in autumn, an umbrella is a must.
For every season, however, there is a general list to keep in mind.
What to see in Rome
With so many things to see and do, making your travel plans can be difficult. Even though we give you all the tools and info to plan a trip to Rome your own, we also suggest some great tours, most of them lasting a couple of hours or one day. These will help you discover sides of Rome you can otherwise neglect, seeing the city in different angles as well as exploring different neighbourhoods.
If you would rather plan your trip your own, we have written a detailed Rome guide as well as a guide outlining how to best visit the Vatican and all its landmarks and also what to do if you are thinking about spending Christmas in the city.
Our eBook "Tasting Rome by Neighbourhood" suggests five daily itineraries to discover as many neighbourhoods with the best restaurants and things to do in the area. You will find out what is new, exciting and different in the Rome food scene with a wide range of different restaurants, eateries, ice cream shops, coffee shops. All styles, preferences and dietary needs are covered with traditional restaurants, contemporary, fusion cuisine, fish and seafood dishes, foreign flavours.
Booking a hotel in Rome
Being Rome so big, often tourists are unsure where to book their hotel to be close enough to the famous landmarks but also in a nice and quiet neighborhood and possibly without spending a fortune. That's why we suggested some of the best areas to book a hotel and what to see nearby.
To make things easier, we have created a section devoted to Rome accommodations.
Where to eat in Rome
Rome is the political as well as culinary capital of Italy. Whether you are looking for traditional Roman cooked in the traditional way or with a contemporary twist, or a pizza Roman-style or the Naples way, a good Chinese, some Indian curry flavours or a vegan meal, in Rome you will find anything.
You just need to know where to look. We suggest you avoid the immediate tourist areas, but we understand that it's not so straightforward to know where to go. Besides, also the city centre boasts some pretty great eateries.
We hear and we decided to sacrifice ourselves for you and review what we consider the best restaurants in the city to give you tips on where to eat.
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With so much to see and do, visiting Rome in a couple of days or even a week is challenging at best. To help you make the most of your trip, we have come up with themed Rome itineraries that you can follow if you want to save time or dig deeper into a specific topic or moment of history. We included a Rome Highlights itinerary, perfect especially for first-timers, but we … [Read more...]
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With thousands of years of civilization under its belt, the eternal city can be overwhelming for first-time visitors, but depending on how much time you can stay, our tips on the things to do in Rome can come in handy to anyone. While even a month is not enough to see everything Italy's capital has to offer, here we will provide you with our best suggestions to enjoy the … [Read more...]
One of the most visited landmarks in Rome, the Vatican City is the world's smallest state. Located in the heart of the Italian capital, it has been shrouded in mystery since its very inception. Small but boasting an overwhelming wealth of artwork, visiting the Vatican City can be intimidating. Here is an extensive and complete guide to the Holy See, what to visit, opening … [Read more...]
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