Tickets must be reserved in advance for slotted times. Meander south toward Piazza del Popolo. Starting at Piazza del Popolo , three main roads form a trident leading toward Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum. Take your time and do as the Romans do—this is what la dolce vita is all about. Take a mid-afternoon break and have coffee at the Illy kiosk at the Galleria Alberto Sordi. For designer boutiques, walk along Via Condotti and the surrounding streets. For vintage and Italian heritage brands, stroll through the Campo Marzio.
When in Rome, you must drink espresso. First, cappuccinos are only drunk at breakfast. Try them both and see which you prefer. After work, Romans love to meet for aperitivo , the Italian happy hour. An Aperol Spritz is the classic Roman aperitivo, but Fragolino—a sweet sparkling wine that tastes like strawberries—comes in at a close second. Shopping for fresh fruit and vegetables at the mercato is a way of life for many Romans.
Lots of neighborhoods have their own markets, and the produce tends to be very high quality—perfect for preparing salads and sandwiches for a picnic. Rome has no shortage of excellent gelaterias, and many Romans are steadfastly loyal to their favorite. A small cone gets you two flavors plus whipped cream. But ignore all that and focus on the panoramic vistas. From up here, you can see all the most important monuments: From the Renaissance until the nineteenth century, its gates were locked after sunset.
Today it still feels distinct from other neighborhoods because of its concentration of Jewish restaurants, shops, and bakeries. Travellers from countries like the UK and the US will need an adapter, and US travellers need to check their equipment supports the v standard — it will be written clearly on the power adapter. Rome is a part of the Eurozone, meaning the currency is the Euro.
We suggest using a credit card where you can — just ensure it has no foreign currency transaction fee. You can also pick up local SIM cards if you have an unlocked phone. For more options on getting online when travelling, check out our guide to getting online when travelling to help you figure out the best options.
The water in the taps is safe to drink, although many locals prefer the taste of bottled water. You can also drink the water that comes out of the taps in the fountains, so just carry a drinking water bottle with you and hydrate as you go. Many of the attractions in Rome are holy places, and you need to be dressed appropriately. There are big signs up explaining what you should wear, but generally, you need to have clothing that covers your knees and shoulders.
This can be an issue with warm weather clothing choices, particularly in summer, so we advise that if you choose to wear tank tops or shorts to keep items to cover your shoulders and knees with you like shawls, scarfs, long skirts, or pants that convert into shorts. If you decide to do this, then you may find that a Roma Pass is going to be better value than the Omnia Rome and Vatican Card.
Another excellent Rome tour they offer is their Rome in a Day tour , which covers many of the highlights of the city in one day, which is a great way to see the sights in Rome and not worry too much about skip the line tickets and queues. We also did tours with Context Travel, who offer very small group tours for the intellectually curious. These were fairly specialised tours, one focusing on Rome, the Grand Tour and the Romantic Poets , and the other on the history of the Popes and Rome political power.
There are of course other options for tours in Rome, including all the tours on this page , which offers a variety of things to do from different providers. So definitely check out the options to figure out what is best for you! Having read all the above, I hope everything is clear. I admit, Rome is a wonderful city to visit, but planning in all the attractions and avoiding those dreaded queues might feel a little overwhelming.
Well, that was a lot of content to help you plan your trip to Rome! Between this post and these resources, you should be able to put together the perfect trip to Rome! And that sums up our idea of how to spend the perfect three days exploring Rome!
We hope you found this itinerary useful. Are you planning a trip to Rome? What do you want to see when you do? Let us know in the comments below! Just a quick question what do the ladies normally wear out there? Im more of a short person however, a lot of websites so not to wear them. So for the religious buildings like St. My sisters and I went to Paris this spring and we bought a pass as that was the least expensive way to do it. Would it still be cost effective to purchase a pass?
Also, because we will be staying outside of the central city because we do have some meetings to attend, we will be renting a car. I think we will use it mostly use it outside of the city and then when we go sight seeing, we will park somewhere and use public transit. Would it still be worth us buying a pass for public transit?
Thanks again for the wonderful tips. Instead, you should just be sure to book your individual tickets in advance to skip the ticket lines. My husband and I are going to Rome in February half term Im a teacher so can only go then so this has given us loads of great ideas. Is the Sistine Chapel extra if you have paid the entrance fee to the Vatican museums? Castel Saint Angelo — worth a visit? Some people say just lots of fancy rooms…maybe just a visit from the front? Sorry, I know thats a lot of questions. When I have a holiday project I go a bit all out.
Want to get in as much as possible we normally do a lot of visits whenever we are on holiday — most people think what we do is excessive but we love the fast paced hols. Pleased you like it! And you are welcome to ask questions of course. February should be a fairly quiet month. We definitely learnt a lot more with the tour than we did on our own, obviously, plus they know the fastest ways to the main highlights. Peters Basilica is free to enter, but as the lines especially in summer can get very very long, you can pay a premium for fast track entry.
You do have to book this in advance. Alternatively, you can book a tour like the Pristine Sistine tour I mention in the post. Group tours have a special route they are allowed to use, which takes them directly from The Vatican Museums into St Peters Basilica. So if you were planning to take a tour, definitely take one that includes both the Vatican and St. Peters as this will save you time. So if you wanted to save money you could skip this. Thanks so much for this; you certainly know your stuff!
Completely forgot to check this site for the answers so sorry its taken some time for me to reply. Just wondering about a switch round then of the Vatican and St Peters. Was going to do it that way round but if St Peters is open at 7am then may do that first and then the Vatican. If we did it that way, would we need a skip the queue for the Vatican for 9am when it opens do you think? Also, can you recommend a roman bath experience. In late Feb I think some heat and relaxation would be quite nice. That would certainly make sense to switch them round.
Although just bear in mind that many of the tour groups do go 8. It can also be a bit cooler, especially at night and in the morning, so bringing some warm layers is advised. As a result we picked the most of the important aspect from your plans which were a big help. We decided not to use the discount cards due to the weather which worked out cheaper but if the weather was better then I feel that it would have been more worthwhile for us. We decided to spend a little more on the Colosseum and do a moonlight tour to avoid the crowds and this was the hightlight for our holiday.
Hi Laurence and Jessica, What a good blog about Rome travel. I will be following your trip for my Mid September visit to Rome. I am reaching Rome from New York around Also do you suggest to buy Omnia and Vatican card or Roma card? I actually had a similar question by e-mail recently. I think this is possible, but you may have to juggle the itinerary a little bit. My suggestion would be to do the Vatican on the day you arrive. You might also be able to fit in St. You may also have to adjust when you visit the Pantheon as that has opening times.
For the trip, we would recommend the Omnia and Vatican card if you plan on seeing everything on the itinerary, as it will let you pre-book your Vatican entry and get skip the line access to the Vatican and St. Thnaks for the detailed explanation Laurence. I would like to do Vetican part of Rome without rush so planning to go there on Thursday. I was thinking to do Day 3 of your itinerary on the day I arrive in Rome as it have less places and not the ones which are must see in my list.
Is that sounds good? Absolutely Trinetra, that makes sense. I bought card and proceeded to book Vatican Museum Are they very strict about timings? I hope this helps — it should mean that as long as your ticket is for that day, you should be fine! Thank you so much for a very well planned and written itinerary! We are staying in Rome for 4 nights in September, so your 3 day itinerary is perfect. We plan to follow your 3 day itinerary exactly from day 2 of our stay.
This being the case, what would you recommend we do for the first half day on the day of our arrival? One other question — does the hop-on bus go to most of the locations listed in the 1st two days of this itinerary? We are also planning to visit Rome Italy only for 3 — 4 days it will be our first time and I like your suggestions of places to visit Can you reach these sites through their local transportation , Taxis or rental car?
Do you have a recommendation of hotel accommodation as well. And you can reach all the attractions by public transport, or you can take a taxi if you want. Thank you for this wonderful guide! One of the days would be a Monday though, so how is this going to affect our itinerary? Are these locations accessible with a stroller? Also do you have an idea on how is the weather in Nov? Your advice would be much appreciated. For the itinerary, my suggestion is to check the opening times for the various attractions, seeing what is open, and then adjusting the itinerary to suit.
First, congratulations on your anniversary. We our truly thankful for your brilliant advice, we have had such a Fab time. Hi Laurence, Great guide. I saved it and I keep checking it every now and then while planning my trip: Booked Vatican museum successfully at 10am but for the basilica, Wednesdays are always unavailable even 5 months from now and other days timings are only 9am and 4pm. Do you have any information about that? Ideally I should book around 1pm to give Vatican museum and Sistine chapel 3 hours.
St Peters is an open ticket so as long as they have a booking confirmation they will not need to go at the time of the confirmation. Hi, this blog is very informative and great read. Me and my husband will be visiting Rome next year and it will be our first time there. May i know what is the nearest airport to the Day 1 Itinerary?
Are there a lot of English speaking people? Rome has two major airports, Ciampino and Fiumicino. The first is smaller, and primarily serves budget airlines, the latter is bigger and handles more of the international traffic. Fiumicino is easier to get to and from, it has a train station and it takes about 30 minutes to get into the city center. There are also regular buses and taxis. Is it doable to go from Florence everyday for three days by fast train to Rome for sight seeing? Or is it going to be very hectic? Leave Florence around 8: But, yes, it could be done. Have a great trip!
Hi I am chaperoning a class trip to Italy on June 29th. I was looking for a suggestion for a day in Rome. We have one free day in Rome. The other day in Rome we are doing a walking tour through the Vatican Museums to reach the Sistine Chapel at the end of a visit to St. Free time is given for lunch and to explore Vatican City. Transfer by bus from the Vatican to the Colosseum for a guided visit 45 followed by a guided walk through the Roman Forum. Note the locations of taxi stands — generally, you cannot hail taxis on the street. Rome's public transportation system, ATAC, has increasingly erratic bus service.
You can waste precious time waiting 20 minutes or more for a bus. If you can, go by foot. The Metro underground runs frequently, but does not serve much of the historic center. There are also hour and 3-day tickets. The Roma Pass is valid for 48 or 72 hours and allows unlimited transportation in the city, plus discounts at various sights, shops and restaurants. See dining suggestions in my Best Food in Rome guide for general dining tips and some specific suggestions for all types of dining. Dress as in any major European city: Even when they're dressed casually, Italians can pull off chic in ways that inspire awe.
Dress code can be very strict in St. Peter's Basilica, even for toddlers. No shorts, sleeveless tops, bare arms, midriffs, or miniskirts. On the bus, tram, or metro, passengers usually offer their seats to parents with babies, pregnant women, the disabled, and the elderly. Cappuccino is consumed at breakfast, but not following lunch or dinner. The preference in churches and elegant restaurants is that visitors do not wear shorts, but they are increasingly tolerated.
Be sure that cell phones are turned off before entering a church or museum. Note that most churches close midday for lunch; closing times vary. In the center most, but not all, shops stay open midday. Ranked 1, of 10, restaurants in Rome. Certificate of Excellence The newly opened rooms of the villas that were once occupied by Augustus and Livia allow you to walk the halls of emperors and see fragments of frescoes.
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Ranked 4 of 2, things to do in Rome. Buy your ticket at the Palatine or Forum, where lines are shorter. For the Ipogeo Hypogeum , best to reserve tickets in advance online. A visitor elevator operates between the ground and upper floors, but to experience the space as the Ancient Romans did, take the stairs.
A gourmet lunch or dinner at Aroma rooftop restaurant atop Palazzo Manfredi offers a stunning view of the Colosseum. Boost your energy with a drink or snack at one of the coffee bars near the tram tracks next to the Colosseum. I usually go to Gran Caffe Rossi Martini. Ranked 3 of 2, things to do in Rome. This museum is in two main palaces. The ticket office and entrance are in Palazzo dei Conservatori, the south palace.
Pick up a map on the way in. Be sure to save time and energy for Palazzo Nuovo, which is where the Dying Gladiator, busts of the emperors, and some of the key gods and goddesses are located. The Caffarelli Terrace has a bar with a splendid view of Rome. Tables outside are served by waiters and have a separate menu and prices than inside, which is self-service. When having lunch or dinner before or after a visit here, La Vecchia Roma restaurant in Piazza Campitelli is just down the hill and very convenient for pleasant outdoor dining.
Ranked 75 of 2, things to do in Rome. Worth it for the views! The Hotel Raphael rooftop terrace restaurant features organic cuisine, mostly vegetarian and fish. The view is splendid and the atmosphere is intimate. Ranked 8 of 2, things to do in Rome. Next door, Centre Saint-Louis offers a program of films and other events at the French cultural center. Ranked 37 of 2, things to do in Rome. The Pantheon is also a church.
During Mass Sundays, holidays certain areas may be off limits. Ranked 2 of 2, things to do in Rome. Stop for ice cream at Gelateria Corona Largo Arenula 27 near the tram tracks. The excellent gelato flavors range from traditional to seasonal specialties. Are you spending too much time looking at art and not enough time creating? Visit Poggi, a wonderland of art supplies for students and professionals since Stroll through the Jewish Ghetto and on to the Forum Boarium, which hosts the Temple of Hercules, among other ancient temples.
Ranked of 2, things to do in Rome. Budget diners can choose the more informal bistro or even order takeout, from burgers with Jack Daniels sauce to traditional Roman fritti with fried fish and vegetables. Don't forget the wine, a good selection is offered and priced well. Ask Romolo to match his wines with each course. Ranked 6, of 10, restaurants in Rome.
Need a budget option? This neighborhood has plenty of "pizzerie. Ranked of 10, restaurants in Rome. Back in the center, have a night view of the Spanish Steps and a partial view of Trevi Fountain. A canon on the Janiculum Hill that booms at noon daily was once a handy way for Romans to synchronize time. You can hear it in the center, too. Ranked 69 of 2, things to do in Rome. Visit in the morning from about 7am to 1pm. Avoid Sunday, when the regular fruit and vegetable vendors close and touristy stands take their place.
Skip those little bottles of flavored oils and liqueurs as well as the colored pastas on display here. They are not made with quality ingredients and only tourists buy them. Explore the butcher shops, bread bakeries, and fish vendors nearby. The "forno" bakery is a good source for a snack to go. The corner forno sells pizza by the slice: Check the Cinema Farnese schedule to see if they are showing any films in the original language version v.
Buy cakes and other sweets here, too. Handy for birthdays or special celebrations. Buy a chunk of almond paste and use it to make almond milk. The women at the counter will tell you how to do it. Don't miss a drink at the bar, which has small tables along the circular walk, some with window views of the Vatican and Prati. For lunch or a snack, cross the Angel Bridge for a scenic walk to Via del Panico 6, where Boulangerie MP bakes excellent bread and pizza, as well as meat and vegan dishes. Picnic in the park. On summer evenings, temporary food stands are set up outside.
Ranked 10 of 2, things to do in Rome. Great area for an evening stroll!! Book ahead to avoid lines and for tours of the gardens or the evocative Via Triumphalis Necropolis of underground tombs. Allow an extra hour or more for each. Avoid bringing backpacks or large bags inside, as you will be required to check them.
This complex is enormous and backtracking makes it more so.
During peak times, some museum sections may be closed off and security staff can suddenly reroute visitors to control crowd flow. Don't miss the post office for Vatican postage stamps inside the museums as well as in St. Peter's Square , much appreciated by collectors. Talking is not allowed in the Sistine Chapel. Look for posters of the chapel that are posted around the courtyards and corridors to discuss beforehand what you are going to see.
Museum food service has improved in recent years, but for more fun, explore the nearby Prati neighborhood where Romans live and shop. Ranked 3 of 55 things to do in Vatican City. Get an early tour! Climbing the dome is my favorite way to experience the basilica, but adds at least an additional hour. You can climb all steps or take the elevator and then climb steps. Vatican postage stamps can be purchased at the post offices on each side of St. Peter's Square and are much appreciated by collectors.
Ranked 1 of 55 things to do in Vatican City. For a quicker treat, counter service at Romeo offers reasonably priced fresh tasty panini sandwiches. Ranked 3, of 10, restaurants in Rome. For those short on time or on a budget, you can look at the Peace Altar through the windows to see how Meier integrated the building with it and the neighborhood.
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Overpriced small museum - but you get to see an Altar. For a tranquil, green break from city life, climb the Pincio Hill toward Villa Borghese park. Also on the Pincio, visit Villa Medici, the French Academy in Rome, for its noteworthy art exhibits, film programs and concerts. Elegant gardens and upstairs bar. The Piazza del Popolo gate leads toward the Flaminio neighborhood. The Arancia Blu lunch special is a bargain with three gourmet vegetarian or vegan courses, attracting local business clientele. Arancia Blu is a great, affordable spot for wine tasting at lunch, with five or so of Fabio's well chosen wines offered each day.
Italian speakers can book art night dinners, where historian Vittorio De Bonis holds court in his stream of consciousness style. Arancia Blu is a good pre- or post-concert spot, usually open to about midnight or so. Ranked 2, of 10, restaurants in Rome. Fine dining, vegetarian style.
In winter, a pleasant ice rink is set up out front, while in summer there are outdoor concerts. The Amadei chocolate flavor is my favorite. Architecture and sports buffs can walk around the neighborhood to see structures designed and built for Rome's s Olympics. For the evening program, look at "sera" evening and "oggi" today for the screenings, usually at 8 or 8: Cinema dei Piccoli is usually closed on Tuesdays. Phone for the most up-to-date information.