So I recently took a trip to Rome and it was amazing here is some information which may help if you are thinking of going.
Arriving in Rome (Fiumicino Airport) – The airport is located a little out of the centre so if you don’t already have transfers booked you can get the train right from the airport station to the a station Termini. This is very close to the centre and relatively cheap to get to. However with large cases its important to keep in mind that the metro gets extremely busy.
Where to stay – In my opinion it is important to stay close to the centre of Rome. This is because you will do so much walking that the last thing you want to do in a morning or of an evening is take a long time to travel to the top attractions. That being said the closer to the centre to more expensive so a good alternative to staying near the centre is being very close to a metro station. Its always a good idea to check the map and actual walking distances to help you choose where to stay. Also google maps is great for finding routes on public transport. To save on data roaming charges while you are there, you can always download an offline map to help you get around. I stayed in the Prati district. It had really good transport links, was busy enough during the day but more settled and peaceful at night but still has an atmosphere.
Travel in the city – Before visiting I did a lot of research into various passes and cards you can buy before you stay or pick up while there. Due to the costs and uncertainty of which one to buy I decided to chance it and buy tickets when I was out there. At the local metro to where I was staying I picked up a 72 hour pass for ONLY 18 euros. I was able to use this on the metro, buses and trains. There are no on/off peak on peak times, so no restrictions on what time you can travel and you can get to all of the main attractions (at least from Prati District) by metro and bus. The metro’s run extremely often and I never waited any longer than a minute for one to come along during the day. In the evening it was SLIGHTY slower and the longest time throughout the whole trip was 2.5-3 minutes.
What to do – There is so much to do and see in Rome. The main attractions that I visited were:
Trevi Fountain this is free to visit but extremely busy.
Spanish Steps again this is very busy but a wonderful sight and close to the Trevi Fountain.
The Pantheon this is also in the surrounding area of the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. There was a queue to enter but this was free. Be careful not to accidentally cut the line as you will be called out (oops)
The Colleseum really easy to get to using the metro, of course you can view from the outside but there is a charge to go inside, I would recommend booking in advance to skip the queue as there were so many people.
The Vatican this was also very easy to locate, queue jumps are a must as there were masses of people waiting to enter. Again there is a charge to visit. I would put at least two hours to visiting as there is a lot to see.
There is a lot more to Rome than this though and there are sites on every corner. Although these are the most popular and well known there a few other places I visited that were really interesting.
San Marcello Church – Found somewhere in between the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon.
Alltare Della Patria – Within a 5-10 minute walk from the Colleseum, the biggest building I saw in Rome Throughout the whole trip which you can enter for free.
Ice Club – Again in the area surrounding the colleseum it is down a back street but well worth a visit. (I haven’t forgotten to insert a photo I just didn’t take any with my camera)
How long to stay for – I spent a total of four days in Rome, spending every day and night out, with a couple of hours relaxing in-between at most. Although the transport links are great and really quick because of how much there is to see I would recommend 5 days minimum.
Things to be aware of – There are certain areas where strict dress code apply, most places are quite relaxed however I am aware that in the Sistine Chapel in The Vatican, Shoulders and knees must be covered at all times. There was also a number of places where photos/videos/mobiles phones were forbidden including The Sistine Chapel so it is something to be mindful of.
Hope you found this useful? If you have any questions let me know on here or twitter – @tiffanyp_x
(All photos are my own)