Rome Italy travel guide – Tips for first-time visitors

Rome Italy travel guide – Tips for first-time visitors


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 are April, May, and late September through October. In the height of summer, the heat and the 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 the 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 the city. A train station is located right inside and you can travel straight to Termini 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 to have a hired car 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 racecar driver. Roman drivers are somewhat exuberant and Roman traffic is often
chaotic to plunge fully into the essence a 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 Avrohom and confine yourself to hotels that are
Easter the Taiba River and West have 10 mini-station also be
aware that distances on a map might not be as close
as they appear I once dated a hotel in the fashionable
the event at our area thinking that it would be fairly close
to all the major attractions but in reality took nearly half an hour to reach
anything at all from there on foot despite the fact that it looked at polls
so close on paper the most vibrant area to stay in is the half-mile stretch between Piazza
Navona and get somebody some rooms here a pricey but you’ll also
find plenty of small family run hotels nearby guidebooks 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
dot I T and you’ll contribute to publishing
future guides like this one and did 0 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 as Fulham and the Maison 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 veal 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 della Rotonda
contains several cafes which face the Pantheon and Piazza
Navona is completely encircled by restaurants
which offer views of its numerous fountains I’ll for the younger folks we suggest
and evening sipping beer and got said the company fury near the Pantheon or in picturesque trust David typical hangouts on for
young Romans 0 a few dining tips first 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 way to real ever meet in Rome speaks English germans and other European tourists
communicate with Italian waiters and English because it’s the more common language
some useful phrases for dining are schools E or a mall or denied a which
means excuse me would like to order or you can
ask for the check by saying be condo paid for it and if the food was
good in 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 dreams take out that handy map a row again now draw a diamond shape with the
Spanish Steps at the top ceremonies station to the right the
Aventine hill at the bottom and Piazza Navona 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 up several notable sites like outside
the diamond shape including the vatican another full day
destination Castel Sant’Angelo and the Villa
Borghese it Rome subway system can come in handy
when you’re traveling to these locations look for the big red M at the entrance
to each station and a one way ticket costs less than a
dollar but there are also tourist tickets called biet or CIS good for unlimited rides be ID be yet door to Reese to go in to
get out on is a three-day ticket valid until
midnight on the third day on which the ticket is validated the CIS character into got a city man
Ali is a weekly one both the be it. NCIS
tickets grandeur unlimited rides on at doc orkut crowd
buses subways and some local trains there’s also a ticket called but Roma
pass- which offers you transport and two museums free of charge as well as reductions for all other
museums in major events in Rome for a three-day pass the Roma passes
available in all museums and the tourist information points and role as a city that is best savored slowly like a glass
a robust red wine allow yourself the
chance to see it properly by formulating a touring plan before you
arrive choose one small section of the city to
explore each day leaving yourself ample time to lounge
over a cup cappuccino at an outdoor cafe or a scoop of gelato at one of the
dozens of ice cream shop so find I another hint is to save the
attractions closest to your hotel for last you may be tempted to do just
the opposite but these will be the easiest sites to
visit if time starts to run short if the worst-case scenario happens and
you’re unable to see everything in one trip just toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain
before you leave and as legend has it you’ll be
guaranteed another visit in the future the new I’m if you like this podcast and there
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100 Comments

  • Andurriante Blog

    April 1, 2016

    We love Rome! Watch our short video of this astonishing city in our YT channel! 😉

    Reply
  • John Santos

    May 29, 2016

    Excellent

    Reply
  • Wilbert de Graaff

    June 4, 2016

    🇮🇹 Rome is so nice! I spent the weekend with my girlfriend in Rome. 😍 Check my edit here: https://youtu.be/wtYI4F0QHHE

    Reply
  • Lottechan

    July 2, 2016

    I've just visited Rome in June and it was absolutely fantastic! I made a short travel vlog for the trip and some recommendations as well! Will really mean a lot if you guys can check it 🙂

    Reply
  • cappapagoooo

    August 20, 2016

    "don't forget to leave a good tip" …except tipping isn't a thing in Italy (I'm italian) or most european countries. oh well you'll at least put a smile on the server's face lol

    Reply
  • Physics_ Mate

    August 29, 2016

    Pedro like y

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  • Timothy Edward

    September 4, 2016

    I just got back from Rome, idk why but it feels like home…. and I wanted to stay 😶

    Reply
  • Bhuvan joshi

    October 7, 2016

    I will never ever be able to travel to rome😇

    Reply
  • aaron kong

    October 8, 2016

    Is Roma S.pietro a good area to stay?

    Reply
  • George Febish

    October 31, 2016

    We love Rome it is both an ancient and modern city. We live in both Florida and southern Italy. I have a passion for everything Italy. I do a VLOG on places we love: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfOOQbPa1IcoJZUOxagMbdc7zmaUOvuxI

    Reply
  • Live Bradford

    December 9, 2016

    Brilliant video

    Reply
  • Tristan Voros

    December 15, 2016

    I made a very structured and informative video on travelling Rome on my channel. Check it out if you need in depth info

    Reply
  • joolsner

    December 22, 2016

    Just come back from a trip to Rome, awe inspiring city. But dirty and many pickpockets.

    Reply
  • William

    December 27, 2016

    Odio quando gli americani vengono a Roma. Noi di solito fare scherzi su di loro.

    Reply
  • Chintan Desai

    January 6, 2017

    I love ROME. Thanks for this info.

    Reply
  • Agatha

    January 8, 2017

    Anybody could please tell me where 9:05 place is? Thank You!

    Reply
  • EJBTravels

    January 9, 2017

    Thank you so much for posting this beautiful, inspired, and inspiring video! It brings back and reinforces great memories of my first solo spring break in the city:)

    Reply
  • Madjid.V

    January 15, 2017

    I'm going to Rome in March, this was very helpful and informative grazie 😄

    Reply
  • Hicham roma

    January 18, 2017

    bella roma

    Reply
  • Saint Louis

    January 20, 2017

    Behind the glory of ancient Rome, that it projects to this day, is a gruesome history of killings and slavery. Descendants of peoples of countries enslaved those years should be able to see them for free, not to remind them of dark history, but to see the great achievements their forefathers have done for Rome.

    Reply
  • The Official Saif

    January 31, 2017

    That's cool!

    Reply
  • avi slutsky

    February 18, 2017

    so I didn't get the location where to stay in rome what's the best location

    Reply
  • Matt Bewers

    February 18, 2017

    This is a great guide, I wanna go to see Rome now!

    Reply
  • Chiseled Buff Daddy

    February 18, 2017

    I can't help but to wonder if my facination with Italy is in my DNA. When I see images of the landscape — I feel as though I once lived there. I'm Black, but I'm sure most of us are direct descendants of Europeans that lived there over the past 2000 years.

    Reply
  • ANTHEYA

    March 1, 2017

    Can't wait!

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  • VIVABELLAVIVAHERMANO

    March 5, 2017

    i am an African, the more i have learnt about the Roman Empire the more i have wanted to visit Rome, The Engineering and Mathematics behind the Colosseum damn!!!

    Reply
  • FROM NOTHING TO SOMETHING

    March 20, 2017

    7:00 We don't give tips, because we are Jews, and we don't believe in that.

    Greetings from Israel

    Reply
  • FROM NOTHING TO SOMETHING

    March 20, 2017

    This was the greatest Video I'ver ever seen. Well Done Mister

    Reply
  • RiccoCapri2

    April 1, 2017

    I've been to Rome several times for at least a week each time and still find there's a lifetime of things still to see. Rome is the most fascinating city in the world! If you get the chance to go, don't pass it by, grab it and I bet you'll want to go again and again! Enjoy Rome, enjoy Italy and remember – be nice to the people there and they most surely will reciprocate the same to you. ciao!

    Reply
  • J L

    April 6, 2017

    Nice one!

    Reply
  • Martin Kent

    April 12, 2017

    A Roma, molti dei genitori ignora le legge del traffic e molti di questi genitori sono dipendenti pubblici. Gioventu in Italia meritano rispettosi della legge, etiche e coscienziosi funzion ari loro futuro in realta dipende da esso. Raddoppiamo multe per il traffic in citta capitali e attesa da tempo di orologio, adulti erispettosi della legge strade compaiono a Roma!!

    Reply
  • Martin Kent

    April 12, 2017

    In Rome, many of the parents ignore traffic laws with their children and many of these parent are civil servants. Youth in Italy deserve law-abiding, ethical and conscientious civil servants, their future actually depends upon it. Let's double traffic fines in capital cities and watch long overdue, law-abiding streets and adults appear, in Rome!!

    Reply
  • Braschi Giovanni Angelo

    April 21, 2017

    for anglo speakers: remember that ''ciao'' in approaching people, may be ''offensive'' for older men couse sounds too unformal; remember that Italians/Romans are not all pizzamakers or plumbers or your waiters or retarded guys that gesture. You're in a city of more than 2.500 years.

    Reply
  • JW Z

    April 22, 2017

    beautiful

    Reply
  • OrionoftheStar

    April 27, 2017

    Romanes eunt domus!

    Oh. Uh… I guess you're already there.
    Carry on, then!

    Reply
  • Acostas on the Go

    May 4, 2017

    This guide was super helpful to watch right before our big trip to Rome, Venice and Positano!

    Reply
  • Tgernos

    May 8, 2017

    cool video, can't wait to see rome in a week 🙂

    Reply
  • Daniel Battle

    May 12, 2017

    My wife Tracy and I are going to experience the Eternal City for the first time in a couple of years. Did you know many films like Angels and Demons The Lizzie McGuire Movie and Roman Holiday are shot in Rome?

    Reply
  • RJ Russell

    May 13, 2017

    I can tell that guy in the background speaking is italian

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  • LOADING...

    May 21, 2017

    Going there in two weeks.

    Reply
  • daniël Crisafulli

    June 1, 2017

    I learn on school with history that Jeanne d'Arc say that the people they com outsiders in Italy come and wanne take your country. Is that real ? And a lot off childen in the Netherlands in problem or in the place where I live

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  • Jorge

    June 30, 2017

    I saw Rome in a day lol and I was calm going from place to place

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  • Slothasaurus Tex

    July 3, 2017

    I'm going for my honeymoon next March! I cannot wait.

    Reply
  • Katia Barretto

    July 6, 2017

    so helpful thanks

    Reply
  • Ilay Ben shimon

    July 8, 2017

    great guide ! very helpful

    Reply
  • xxDeLaCoronaxx

    July 26, 2017

    THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD !!! SPQR

    Reply
  • Bee Mee Tan

    August 20, 2017

    Thank you for an awesome beginner's guide!

    Reply
  • Lynne Henderson

    September 5, 2017

    Has to be seen at least once. Remarkable.

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  • Elizabeth Marchini

    September 16, 2017

    The first hotel we stayed at was near Pantheon we went out walking around 9 pm and managed by accident to see many of the historical sites such as Trevi fountain. It was not nearly as crowded and later went back during day to things that were closed. The third hotel we stayed at next to Spanish Steps we booked standard room last minute and they upgraded us for free at no request to penthouse with private chef. It helped as well to explore Italy with Italian friends who lived there. I loved Rome but Santa Margarita and Portofino were my favorite along Italian Riveria. We enjoyed Venice, Milan and Genoa as well. I can't wait to go back and explore more.

    Reply
  • Abhay Chauhan

    October 6, 2017

    Nice video. just a suggestion – you can also post your travel recommendations on your First Fate app profile. That way your followers can see WHAT, WHY, WHEN of your recommended travel/hangout spots, without having to scroll through stuff.

    Reply
  • FeaR

    October 17, 2017

    Totday i returned from Rome, and Im in a deep depression, it was such a beautiful city and really one of the best and greatest cities i’ve ever been to

    Reply
  • kebman

    October 18, 2017

    0:15 the seconds before this are completely unecessary. It's not a Hollywood feature film! It's a helpful YouTube vid.

    Reply
  • Mohamad Luxembourg

    October 24, 2017

    I am going to visit Rome next month, I’m so deeply excited 😍

    Reply
  • Flight Of Spice Blog

    November 12, 2017

    Im so addicted to travel! #Gypset

    Reply
  • Michal Nazimek

    November 25, 2017

    love Italy

    Reply
  • ExclusiveLM

    November 26, 2017

    At 5:39 you can see comedian Amy Poehler on one of her trips to Rome, Italy. Btw, we Italians call Rome Roma.

    Reply
  • Big Small_Travel

    November 29, 2017

    Rome is the beginning of Western Civilization.

    Reply
  • WOUTER JOYCOMPANY.ORG

    December 9, 2017

    CITY GUIDE IK ZAG EN OVERWON ROME DANK JE WEL WOUTER JOHN HENDRICK MAY

    Reply
  • Travelzoom Education

    December 28, 2017

    Really Rome is nice city.!!

    Reply
  • Lenora Fuller-McCall

    January 1, 2018

    Very helpful information. Love Rome and Florence! Gracie!!!

    Reply
  • Sam Will

    January 17, 2018

    Great video, the map is very helpful.

    Reply
  • paris rain

    January 21, 2018

    I LOVE ROME!! You will too !!

    Reply
  • TheFleetFeet

    January 23, 2018

    This guy sounds exactly like Chris Parnell

    Reply
  • UzioPL

    January 24, 2018

    vetu usefull video.. it's helpful to prepare begore journey. greetings from poland

    Reply
  • Salma Yassin

    February 6, 2018

    I was born and raised in Egypt, I think I have nerves of steel and the skills and reflexes of a professional race car driver 😂😂

    Reply
  • Tony Saitta

    March 10, 2018

    Hello everyone, I am a Roman citizen, just some advices to the tourists who visit Rome. During your sightseeing, keep away from anyone who wants to sell you something, especially in Via dei Fori Imperiali (connecting Piazza Venezia to the Colosseum). In the metro stations and at the Roma Termini train station you could meet strangers who offer their help to buy your ticket, keep away from them, nothing dangerous but rather annoying. Every automatic ticket machine has its instructions in English. In Rome you will not be in any dangerous situation, the police are efficient and present throughout the central area. Enjoy Rome.

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  • Gwinnet

    March 28, 2018

    #Best

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  • ᎿᏂᏋ ᏊᎲᎿᏣᏂᏋᖇ

    March 28, 2018

    Assassins Creed- Brotherhood!

    Reply
  • mikefredrck1

    April 2, 2018

    Went to Rome in December 2016 and it was amazing!

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  • LAZY DOG

    April 21, 2018

    Interesting video.

    Reply
  • Bloggers Boyfriend

    May 1, 2018

    Amazing!!!! Going to Rome next!!!! This is very helpful!!

    Reply
  • D B

    May 13, 2018

    https://youtu.be/fp6Awp3U2cg WATCH MY ITALY EXPERIENCE

    Reply
  • ogeid nomar

    May 16, 2018

    Fortunately hotels are located on just about every other street. Most hotels are within a 15-20 minute walking distance from any attraction. Very accessible city, I was only ever confused with the street names being on the building walls and not traffic lights lol.

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  • Carlo Defilippi

    May 30, 2018

    Excellent tip: October is definitely the best month to visit Rome, it's what the Romans call "ottobrata" (not really translatable but has a very positive meaning referring to the pleasant climate, among the many amazing things the eternal city has to offer…)

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  • Kathleen Wilson

    May 31, 2018

    Very informative

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  • Franco Tiratore

    June 7, 2018

    Many fail to realize how immense Rome heritage is, as it takes years to study and time to discover it in person. The longest empire human kind has ever seen has shaped the entire world to an extent that any other city looks ridiculous compared to it…well, if you have even a little knowledge about history, art and culture, of course. Enough said.

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  • Jack of the Juli

    June 16, 2018

    as a romaboo who studies roman history. I am so excited to go

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  • rosalie mericanzo

    June 25, 2018

    I was born here but had too move at 4 years old 🙁 I miss bella italia </3

    Reply
  • Aliaksandr Anikovich

    July 12, 2018

    like + subscr

    Reply
  • Foxes on the Go

    July 14, 2018

    I enjoyed watching your video. My family and I recently got back from a 3 week vacation in Europe where we spent time in Rome exploring the sites. It was amazing. We can't wait to go back!

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  • snow blue

    July 16, 2018

    Worth watching historical places.

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  • snow blue

    July 16, 2018

    9:39 which building is this?? I ve seen it in visions..never knew it existed..wow ! 😨 just wow! Been searching it for long time.i drew on paper even..

    Reply
  • Chris N

    July 19, 2018

    Some excellent advice. We visit Rome regularly and stay in Trastevere. An area full of restaurants and nightlife but with quiet side streets with lots of apartments to rent. We shop for food in the shops and market in Piazza di S. Cosimato, cooking for ourselves so we can dine in a really nice restaurant a couple of times a week. A wonderful city with lovely people especially if you try a few words in Italian.

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  • Romio Jain

    July 28, 2018

    The antiquity of the eternal city couldn't be easier to explain verbally. … you have to be there…. feel it on every drop of your time in Rome. ..Remember each stone pieces you see in Rome has its own story to says you. ..

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  • The Murphy Quest

    August 5, 2018

    Rome was amazing! We just went to Rome, and put up a video about it last week.

    Reply
  • O_R

    August 5, 2018

    The intro music is very 'House of cards'

    Reply
  • Dorit Levi

    August 9, 2018

    I was 3 time in Italy and literlly everything there is a piece of art

    Reply
  • Mehreen Asim

    August 26, 2018

    Im from italy and i have been rome soooo many times its such a great city but i would recommend to visit other cities as well💖

    Reply
  • Brandon Dow

    August 31, 2018

    Going to Rome in 3 days and tour Rome Thursday where the temperature is set to be 31 degrees Celsius!! Going to Pompeii Montecassino and Sorrento also

    Reply
  • Al Black

    September 6, 2018

    Ich frage mich, ob sie in Rom Hundekämpfe machen. Wenn ja, wie viel setzen sie auf sie?

    Reply
  • J A S

    September 28, 2018

    Very helpful last time in Rome was 1995…excited to go in Oct

    Reply
  • Daniel Jakes

    October 13, 2018

    "Roman drivers are… exuberant."

    Well, that's an understatement. xD

    Reply
  • Samsuddoha Siddeqi

    November 21, 2018

    I hope i tour Rome !!

    Reply
  • Julie Jackson

    November 23, 2018

    Beautiful!!

    Reply
  • taru570

    December 19, 2018

    I am vising Italy next year mid September. My hotel is in central Rome with all major attractions withing walking distance

    Reply
  • EngaPheniks

    January 12, 2019

    The video which is proof that Rome was indeed not built in a day and all roads lead to it.

    Reply
  • Beau

    January 17, 2019

    Heard Rome is aloted place

    Reply
  • Rose Vasquez

    January 19, 2019

    I’ve been to rome last 2010, will be back in June with my parents…i love Rome so much…im si excited… god willing

    Reply
  • Nel Jay

    January 29, 2019

    I'm coming to Rome in 2 months. I can't wait!

    Reply
  • Henri Hu

    January 30, 2019

    Bob and Evan H are jerks. Probably helped with Y’s

    Reply

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