15 Practical Travel Tips For Rome Italy
I always enjoy receiving a guest post from other seasoned travelers who can offer some helpful tips and advice for specific travel destinations. Rome is one of the most visited cities in the world, with millions of travelers visiting throughout the year. My guest author offers some useful Travel Tips For Rome Italy, that may be helpful for your visit.
Our family had the pleasure of visiting Rome and other parts of Italy just a few ago while on our amazing NCL Western Mediterranean Cruise. The crowds and lines are horrendous, and believe me, it’s best to do a little homework before arriving in the city.
Prepare and book your tickets to the main tourist attractions early, especially if you’re planning to visit in the summer peak season.
I hope you enjoy her post!
Tips For First Time Visitors To Rome Italy
Rome is certainly one of the most photogenic and the most visited cities in the world. More than just ruins, culture and history, Rome offers a heady mixture of vibrant street life, awe-inspiring art, vivacious nightlife, mouthwatering gastronomy and reminiscent sights.
From the nearly 2,000 year old Colosseum, to the stunning paintings and frescoes on the ceilings of the Sistine Chapel, Rome will always leave you awe inspired and eyes wide open.
Just like any other tourist destinations around the world, there are also a few scams and tourist traps emerging around Rome. No matter how enthralling Rome can be, there are still a couple of things that one should always keep in mind when visiting the Eternal City.
To help you make your trip to Rome a memorable one, below are a few practical tips that are good to know.
Book Popular Tourist Attractions Well In Advance
Travel Tips For Rome Italy #1
To avoid very long queues in most of the major attractions in the Eternal City, be sure to book your admission tickets early, even well before you fly to Rome. This is where the Benefits Of Booking With A Travel Agent back at home to book your travels and reservations can be well worth it!
You can also purchase a Roma Pass or bundle tickets perhaps to save time and money. For instance, if you intend to visit the Roman Colosseum and Roman Forum, you can buy a bundle ticket for the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Colosseum all at once.
A knowledgeable travel agent working for you, can help save you a ton of money!
For those who choose to book tickets on there own, you can start at the Roman Forum where you can buy the bundle ticket. After visiting the Forum, then head on over to the Roman Colosseum and finally to the Palatine Hill.
Dress Accordingly For Saint Peter’s Basilica
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When visiting the churches in Rome, especially in Saint Peter’s Basilica, be respectful and do try not to wear skimpy clothing. If you happen to visit Rome in the summer or when the weather is warm, there are a few things to note.
Women wearing short pants and sleeveless blouses, may also want to bring a light cover scarf for entering. You can use the scarf to cover your shoulders and knees when entering the church.
Men should try to wear a collared shirt, especially if attending any service.
Book Hotel Accommodations Well In Advance
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Rome is such a hectic city all year round, so do expect a huge influx of tourists all the time. Hotels and other forms of accommodation may very well be fully booked year round. Don’t get left out in the cold, be sure you have your room reservations complete before arriving in the city!
Be sure to check out my post on How To Book A Room With Airbnb. We have used Airbnb for many years traveling throughout the world. An excellent alternative when looking for affordable rooms, and for a more personal local experience.
Beware Of Common Tourist Travel Scams In The City
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When visiting the Colosseum, be warned not to approach uniformed men posting like Gladiators for a photograph, without asking for the price first. Yes, taking photographs of and with the Gladiator uniformed men will cost you some euros.
Be sure to ask for the price per photo first before clicking your camera to avoid being surprised with the high rate these men may ask from you.
If you want to take a picture of them without having to pay anything, do so from a distance. Just be careful not to be too obvious or you will be asked to pay for their picture.
Dine Away From The Tourist Hot Spots
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When dining, try to stay away from the restaurants, pizzerias and cafeterias located nearby the major sightseeing spots, streets and squares. Unless of course, your not concerned about pricing or you’re not following a strict budget.
Most of the establishments around these areas for obvious reasons, escalate their prices dramatically!
Just walk down the street a bit, away from the tourist zone and you’re sure to find the same gastronomy with similar menu and taste, but at a much more considerable price. 🙂
Do you want to grab a cone of gelato? Well then, it’s best to attend a nearby authentic gelato shop. As with the restaurants, try to avoid buying your gelato or ice cream from street vendors. They also typically charge a relatively higher price for a scoop of this delicious treat.
When ordering coffee, avoid asking for caffe if you’re not into strong and black coffee. In Rome, caffe means strong coffee in a small cup. If you want a regular coffee in a typical size cup, simply order a caffe Americano.
If you’re looking for a quick coffee break, it’s always best if you order your coffee take out. Not sitting in the restaurant will drop the price of your coffee down to almost half the price, if you’re looking to save money.
Be Prepared To Walk A Lot In Rome
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Rome is a huge open air museum in itself, and most of the major attractions are located nearby one another and within walking distance. Prepare yourself accordingly for a day of frequent walking.
Choose the right walking gear and clothing for the weather that you are most comfortable wearing throughout the day.
Using ATM Kiosks Or Currency Exchange Outlets
Travel Tips For Rome Italy #7
Have your bills exchanged at authorized money exchange shops, bank automated teller machines or at your hotel if you can. There are a number of fraudulent transactions recorded along the streets and at the airport concerning currency changing matters.
Do not exchange your currency with someone on the street or elsewhere. Use reputable, well recognized currency exchange establishments only!
Always Carry Your Identification
Travel Tips For Rome Italy #8
It’s always good to have some form of identification on your person at all times in case of emergency. This especially the case if you’re traveling solo. It’s also a great idea to take photos of your identification with your cellphone. Also email it to yourself for safe keeping!
I try to always carry our hotel business card with me, or the address of where I’m staying as well. The photo above is the back of a hotel business card, where we stayed on our visit to Bangkok a few years back.
Hats off to the hotel for doing this on their cards!
Learn A Few Basic Italian Phrases
Travel Tips For Rome Italy #9
It’s always good to familiarize yourself with a few basic Italian words. For instance;
Saying hello, thank you, please, how much, and so on. It also shows a sign of respect wherever you may be traveling to in the world. 🙂
Use A Metered Taxi In The City
Travel Tips For Rome Italy #10
Avoid taxi drivers who are asking you to pay a fixed price, as they will charge you two to three times the actual amount you may need to pay for a metered taxi.
Avoid being a taxi scam victim by picking the right taxi cab. Choose the cab that has a working meter and has an official label. More often than not, the officially recognized taxis in Rome are white with official decals on the doors.
Visiting Rome is a wonderful experience and a city not to be missed when traveling to Italy. Below, I’ve included a link to an excellent Rome Travel Guide website. It’s filled with excellent information for planning your trip to the Ancient City of Rome!
Contributing Author To This Post:
Angie van Kemenade is the owner of romesightseeing.net, a website offering sightseeing information and more on popular attractions in Rome. Angie loves traveling and Rome is her family’s favorite holiday destination.
Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂
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