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8 Rome travel tips you need to know

Updated: Jan 13

Rome, the Eternal City, is one of the most visited cities in the world. In this article, you will find tips for a better experience in this magnificent city.

Tips for a better experience in Rome

1. Wear comfortable shoes

One of the most characteristic aspects of Rome is its parallel streets. Of course, it's not the most comfortable for walking, so to be able to explore the city on foot and be comfortable, take appropriate footwear.

2. Avoid crowds

If you want to visit the city's most popular attractions like the Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum or the Pantheon without big crowds, the best time to go is early in the morning around 7:00-7:30 am. In the below photos, you can see the difference at the Pantheon, respectively, at 3 pm and 7 am.

Rome Pantheon
Rome Pantheon

3. Book attraction tickets in advance

Tickets for the most popular places like the Coliseum and the Vatican Museums usually sell out well in advance so if you want to visit them you should book your tickets online in advance.

4. Don't pay for water

There are drinking fountains all over the city
There are drinking fountains all over the city

All over the city, you can find fountains with drinking water. These fountains are called “nasoni” because of their curved shape. It's perfect for hot summer days! Just bring an empty bottle and you can refill it whenever you want.

5. Tips are not mandatory but are appreciated

The service charge is usually included in the bill but leaving a few extra coins on the table is nice. Depending on the price of the meal, the level of service you received, and the number of people in your group, you can leave 5 to 10% on the table.

6. Where to eat in Rome

Avoid restaurants near major tourist attractions, they don't have the best food, and prices are inflated! One of the restaurants we liked the most was the “Ristorante Carlo Menta” in Trastevere, this pizza cost 4€ and it was delicious.

Ristorante Carlo Menta
Pizza Margheritta

7. Stay in the city center

The best area to stay is close to Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. From here you can visit the entire city without needing to use public transportation.

8. Pay attention to the dress code in churches

All churches in Rome have a dress code that you must follow before entering. Wear modest clothing, avoid wearing shorts, skirts, low-cut blouses, or uncovered shoulders.

Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

Rome is a city full of history and with so much to see! We have prepared a 3-day itinerary in Rome to help you prepare for your trip to the eternal city.


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