Chances are good that you know some things about Rome. It’s a famous city, and it’s been written about by countless people over the years. But it’s also a good bet there are some things about the city that would surprise you.
Category: Travel Tips
May 6, 2013
Let’s be honest – one day in Rome is not enough. Even if you accept that you won’t see everything or do everything that’s on your list, one day is still only going to give you the smallest taste of one of the world’s most fascinating cities. If one day is all you have, however, then that’s absolutely better than not seeing Rome at all.
April 29, 2013
Summer in Rome means, for the most part, higher prices, higher temperatures, and larger crowds. The tourist high season in Rome doesn’t actually correspond to just the three months of summer – the high season now lasts from May through September, and even experiences a bit of a dip in August. But despite the drawbacks of a summer trip to Rome, it’s generally the easiest time for people to travel (especially those with kids), and remains the most popular time of year to visit Italy.
April 16, 2013
Most of us have relatively trouble-free holidays – there are blisters, wrong turns, and hand-gesture conversations, but that’s usually about all that goes wrong. Tourists are, however, extremely appealing targets for pickpockets and petty thieves. We’re in unfamiliar locations, we’re carrying expensive cameras and lots of cash, and we’re distracted by monuments. This is especially true in heavily touristed cities like Rome. You may not be able to safeguard against every theft possibility, but here are some things you can do both before you leave home and when you’re traveling to make your chances of being a victim of pickpocketing slim.
April 3, 2013
The Vatican may be a part of Rome, but did you know this independent country issues its own passports and has its own army? Learn more about Vatican City and Pope Francis.
March 25, 2013
For all the justifiable reasons that people love Rome, there’s one thing that surprises many visitors – this is a city that wears you out. There are large and sprawling cities in other parts of Italy (Naples, anyone?) as well as Europe, but in other places either you can focus on just one small part of the city so as not to get overwhelmed, or public transportation is convenient and easy to use. In Rome, the major sights are spread out all over the city, so you’ll need to get well-acquainted with the public transit options in Rome before you walk yourself to exhaustion.
March 21, 2013
The Italian capital city of Rome is not always easy on the wallet, but luckily you can eat quite well in Rome without spending a fortune. Sometimes all this requires is a sense of adventure, sometimes it means shifting your dining habits a bit, and it may even involve cooking. Here are some tips to help you eat on a budget in Rome.
March 18, 2013
Savvy travelers know that the shoulder seasons are usually the best times to visit popular places – and that’s also true in Rome. The city is never really “empty” of visitors, since it’s so incredibly popular, but visiting Rome in the Spring can be a good way to experience a slightly less crowded city that also is neither roasting hot or bitterly cold. Here are some ideas of things to do in Rome in the Spring.
March 7, 2013
One of the biggest tourist attractions in Rome is also among the most popular sights in the entire country – the Colosseum. This iconic Roman theater is a must-see when you’re in the Italian capital. Unfortunately, one of the things visitors to the Colosseum also see are the long lines snaking out from the entry doors around the curved walls. The lines are especially bad in the high season, as you’d expect, but even in the height of summer there are ways you can avoid waiting in hours-long lines just to get in to see the Colosseum.
February 18, 2013
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 benefits. During the winter months, Rome’s weather is certainly colder, but those months also offer seasonal attractions and treats that aren’t around in the summer. Not only that, you’ll find that things like airfare and hotel rates are cheaper in the winter, often by quite a bit.