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A Mini Travel Guide to Visiting Rome

Rome is a must-travel to destination, within the country that is famous for romance, the beautiful city has much to offer any traveller. Whether you are a backpacker, having a holiday or even a weekend break; Rome is a place for everyone. The art and architecture in Rome are masterpieces and all hold historic memories and stories within them.

First-time visitors will fall in love with this city quickly – it attracts millions of tourists every year, and there are reasons for that. Italians are known for their great cuisine, friendly mentality and are happy to help any tourists with tips of where to go and what to see in the gorgeous city of Rome.

Here is a list of travel tips and must-see landmarks in Rome.

Planning Your Trip

Rome is a beautiful and popular destination amongst many travelers alike. Planning your trip is essential to getting the best experience whilst visiting the glorious city.

What Time of Year to Go?

Rome is busy all year round, however within the summer holidays is the peak of travel to this city. Rome has a lot of offer for families, summer holidays is the best time to go for families who don’t mind the fact that the city will be lit up with tourists from all over. However, if you are looking for a more relaxing and unwinding trip – June, autumn and Christmas time are also great times to visit; the queues for the famous must-see landmarks are better when out of the summer holiday time.

Travelling Around Rome

Rome has great public transport links with the bus and underground/metro system, making travelling around the city easier. However, if you are planning to go further afield and get to see a lot of Rome and Italy, renting a car is a great option!

Don’t forget about the excess on car hire insurance, you may get a big sting from the excess fee if you find yourself having to make a claim. Protect yourself by taking out car rental excess insurance on your car rental in Rome.

Cuisine in Rome

The Italians are famous for their delicious cuisine, a choice of beautiful traditionally pizza, pasta, salad, fish and meat dishes are all over the city. Do some research on restaurants before your visit and make a list of some must-try places, to get the full Italian cuisine experience.

Must-see Landmarks and Attractions

The attractions around Rome are masterpieces in themselves, from historic architecture to beautiful art – Rome has some must-see landmarks and attractions for everyone.

The Colosseum

The Colosseum in Rome is the biggest amphitheatre ever built and is a famous symbol of imperial Rome. The stadium was home to gladiatorial combats, lions that would fight to the death with gladiators for peoples’ amusement and it was once covered in marble. The crumbling Colosseum is open to visitors to stroll through to imagine the roaring crowds, the fights that took place and the historic moments that were made.

 

The Pantheon

The Pantheon is an ancient Roman template which was devoted to ‘all the Gods’ and is one of the best-preserved architectural buildings from ancient Rome. It brags the biggest dome in the world and was built by Emperor Hadrian in 125 AD – which inspires visitors to this very day.

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Rome is home to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. The museums are across 54 galleries, courtyards and hallways – which are home to the largest and most important art collections in the world. The collection began as a collection of ancient sculpture by Pope Julius II in 1503 and has been added to ever since.

The Sistine Chapel is home to the world’s most famous frescoes (a painting done rapidly in watercolour on wet plaster on a wall or ceiling). The museums and chapel are must-see attractions for all art and history lovers.

Whether you are going to visit Rome for a few days, a two-week break or you are planning to travel Italy for a while, all the above attractions should be on everyone’s bucket list.