Rome Travel Tips
It's hard to say what you'll find most breathtaking about the Eternal City - the Vatican, the Forum, the top speed of a Fiat Bambino, the Colosseum, or the bill for your caffe latte.
Make like the locals and souse your senses in the pleasures the city has to offer, from the grandiose thrill of feeling centuries of turbulent history under your feet to the small but potent intoxication of eating chestnut gelati on a hot day. Browse all things to do in Rome or check out some highlights below.
Written by Jessica, USA, August 2012
Never mind that the Vatican is across town or that Italy is an overwhelmingly Catholic country – there’s an enormous festival called Gay Village that sets up in Rome for 2.5 months every year. ...
Written by Jessica, USA, March 2013
If St. Peter’s Basilica is the main draw of a trip to Vatican City, then St. Peter’s Square is the welcoming embrace inviting you in. The huge piazza in front of the enormous church is oval in ...
Many are familiar with “Boxing Day,” the holiday that follows Christmas Day in many countries, but you might not have heard of St. Stephen’s Day. This holiday is also on December 26th, and is widely ...
Music lovers planning a trip to Rome would be smart to check out the schedule for the city’s opera house, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. The 19th century concert hall, originally called Teatro ...
When in Rome, do as the Romans. And since the Aventine Keyhole is where the locals bring their friends to marvel over the splendor of Rome, you should not miss out. It’s just a little bit off the ...
Written by Jessica, USA, January 2013
The Vatican Museums are so immense that it’s been said that even if you spent a solid week inside you still wouldn’t see everything. Even the exquisite Raphael Rooms sometimes get short shrift ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, January 2012
Some people find it macabre and some find it a celebration of life on earth. The Capuchin order of Franciscan monks (whose crypt it is) consider it a homage and reminder of the swift passage of life ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, October 2011
What do you do if you were passed over for Pope? Five times! You build a the Villa d’Este gardens of course, channeling all your frustrations into making one of the world’s best gardens and creating ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, March 2012
One of my all time favorite buildings in Rome is the Pantheon .
It’s not huge, it’s not flashy or complicated, it’s basically just one
big round room, but there is something about it that ...
For a tiny country, Vatican City certainly packs in an enormous list of things to see and do. Part of the reason for this is that some of their attractions are on top of other attractions – including ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, August 2011
Gracefully designed and good for a rest and people watching, I admit I was not overwhelmed by the Spanish Steps the first time I saw them. There seemed to be a lot of traffic, a lot of chaos, and ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, September 2011
We travel to Rome to be amazed by a city where at one time audiences of 50,000 filled the Colosseum to watch gladiators live in action, and to see mock sea battles, animal hunts and dramas based ...
When you visit Vatican City you expect to be wowed by the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica .
You’d probably also guess that there’s a relatively heavy guarded
presence around for the ...
Rome might be at its most popular in the summer months when the weather is conducive to spending long hours outside, but savvy travelers know that visiting touristy cities in the off season has major ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, May 2011
Anyone heading to Rome for the first time knows they have to go to the Trevi Fountain and throw in a coin. It means you will return to the city. Clearly Rome has such a mythological power over us all ...
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Doing what: Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, ...