Rome is one of the destinations that are part of our imagination, after all, after years of studying the history of this iconic place, it is difficult to resist and not want to visit such an important city. As you know, I love to share with you some tips that make life easier in destination and with Rome it would be no different.
Knowing at least the basics of the place you are going to travel to is essential, so I will tell you some tips about the Italian capital. Although Italy is a destination well suited for tourists and does not require a visa, it is worth knowing a few things before planning your trip.
When to go
The summer in Italy is very hot and its peak is in August. If you don’t like being under a hot sun all day and don’t like the stuffy feeling either, avoid going to Rome at this time of year. In addition to the heat, it’s high season thereThis means that prices get higher and the city busier because of tourists. Not to mention that August is a holiday month there, so you still run the risk of finding some closed shops.
Winter is not very harsh, but it rains a lot, which can hinder some walks. The best times for you to go to the city are autumn and spring. April, May, September and October are the ideal months. The temperatures are pleasant and the city is not so crowded. Ah, but always be prepared for a little rain, because this is very unpredictable 😉
Choosing where to stay is extremely important. Often people want to save as much as they can at the hotel and end up being too far from the center, having to spend more on transportation. So it is necessary to think carefully where to stay and which hotel to choose!
One of the coolest areas to stay in Rome is the historic center, which has everything from simple hotels to super luxurious options. Other neighborhoods that are among the most sought after by tourists are Trastevere and Monti. All of these areas are close to most of the sights and you can do most of the tours around Rome on foot.
Getting around the city
You won’t need a car to get around Rome, as the city is small and most routes are very short – especially if you’re staying close to the center. The traffic in the city can be quite chaotic and you don’t want to stress out on a vacation. In summary, the idea of car rental is not one of the best and I only recommend it to those who are going to travel to other nearby cities.
Rome’s public transport is great – both buses and the metro – and takes you to most of the sights! As the most visited places in the city tend to be close to each other, one of the best ways to get to know the city is by walking. The streets of Rome are charming and I recommend that you walk there aimlessly, because a simple walk can become surprising.
This is one of my favorite topics, no matter where I travel. Typical Italian cuisine is delicious and well diversified. I think it is impossible to meet someone who does not like at least one typical Italian dish, after all, they are pasta, gelato, pizza, cheese, wine … I, for example, am passionate about ice cream, and in Rome the tradition of this dessert is very common. If you want a good gelato, Fatamorgana is one of the best known ice cream parlors.
Ah, one of the things that will save you there is water. Rome is full of fountains with drinking water and that means you don’t have to buy several bottles along the way. As long as you have at least one bottle, just fill it up whenever you need it in some of the fountains or taps around the city.
As I already told you, most of the sights are very close to each other. Even so, the ideal is that you don’t try to get to know everything in just a day or two, because they are very incredible places to be visited in a hurry. As much as you go to Rome in low season, book tickets for the attractions you want to visit in advance. In addition to guaranteeing your entry, you also avoid queues while traveling!
The most famous places there are the Colosseum, the Fontana Di Trevi, the Pantheon and the Basilica of San Pedro. Soon I will post more information about them here on the site! Despite the numerous tourist spots, visit places that are not so common among tourists. Most of them you get to know as you walk through the city 🙂
Roma Pass and Omnia Card
As in Amsterdam, Rome has two types of passes that are great for tourists. The first is the Omnia Card, which has two versions: one valid for 24 hours and the other valid for 72 hours. In the first option, it allows entry to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and also the entrance to the Open Bus. The second option, which in my view is already much better, offers the same things and entitles you to a 72h Roma Pass.
The Roma Pass 72h gives “free” access to two tourist spots and discounts on the others. In addition, it can also be used in public transport on the trip as many times as you want in the 72 hour period. These types of cards are great for those who want to know almost all the sights of the city without spending a lot and without wasting so much time in the queues!
Visit to the Vatican
The Vatican is located in Rome and is the seat of the Catholic Church, where the Pope’s residence is also located. Despite occupying a small space in Rome, this region is extremely culturally rich. There you find, for example, the Sistine Chapel, which is nothing more than an art gallery within a sacred space.
This is a mandatory stop for those who like to appreciate art and see up close the famous frescoes by Michelangelo, Rafael, Bernini and Botticelli. The architecture of the museums and the chapel is also charming. For you to enjoy this tour, without having unforeseen circumstances, do not go to the Vatican in shorts or with your shoulders showing, because they are very strict about it!
These are the main things you need to know about Rome! If you have any other very important and cool tips, comment here muitos Many other posts about the city have already entered, after all, it would be impossible to talk about Rome on so few topics.