(Closed) Just booked a trip to Rome! Reccommendations?

posted 5 years ago in Holidays
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

EAT ALL the FOOD!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@peonyinlove:  Congrats! I would watch Eat, Pray, Love to get myself in the mood! I’ve never been but I hear it’s amazing!! 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Bristol zoo

I don’t know if you’re wanting to spend money on holiday clothes. But next week, if you can get down there, Debenhams is having a mega week, so everything is on average 20% off. Try flowy dresses, definitely look up how warm it’ll be, if it’s sunny get a big sun hat. Bright colours! Red herring in Debenhams do really nice summer beach wear. Anyway good luck! (sorry if I sound a bit like an advert lol).

 

Rome has the coliseum right? Definitely go there πŸ™‚ (all my knowledge of Italy comes from assassin’s creed lol – brotherhood is set in Rome XD) 

 

Not sure I’ve been very helpful XD but hope it’s awesome! 

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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Lucky you! I went to Rome with my fiance a few years ago and it really was the best holiday of my life. I remember we found a good area to eat out – I think it was called the Trevestere (??) district. It was outside the main tourist area (but still fairly busy and felt safe) and the food was delicious and much more reasonable than central Rome. Beware of the food/drink prices anywhere near the Colosseum.

As for places to visit, I’m afraid we stuck mostly to the well-known places so I can’t really help with any off-beat recommendations. We loved the Trevi Fountain (I don’t know why because it’s actually quite ugly) but there was something magical about it. There’s one thing I heard about afterwards that I wish we’d seen – the La Bocca della Verità which I think appeared in the film Roman Holiday. I think the legend is that if a liar puts their hand in the mouth of the sculpture it will be bitten off!

Hope you have a fantastic time!!Smile

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Just wander around and get lost (which is easy to do as the street names change every block or two) little gelato places on back alleys are always awesome! The house wine is usually cheaper than a coke.  If you are up for something morbid but really cool check this place out: Cimitero dei Cappuchins Via Veneto 27.  It is a crypt made of human bones and is just incredible, I think it was my favorite place in Rome.  If you are going to be visiting churchs and Cathedrals many have rules about having your shoulders covered or wearing skirts even just to tour, people sell shalls on the church steps for this reason, so be prepared and pack a scarf shall or small sweater in your bag just in case.  Hope this helps

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

If you want to do a lot of touristy stuff, get a Rome Pass (they are widely available). Allows you to cut the queues which are massive! It was so worth it when we went to the colosseum and just walked straight past the queue. It is quite expensive though so it will only make sense if you want to do a few of the things which are included.

If you don’t buy a Rome Pass, buy your tickets for the Colosseum + Forum at the Forum, not the Colosseum. Seriously. They are right next door, the ticket includes both, and you will save yourself an hour’s queuing time.

Check what days the Vatican is open – we missed it because we were there over a Catholic holiday so the Vatican was closed. But don’t go on a Wednesday because that is when the Pope speaks to the masses, so it will be very busy.

Have fun! Rome is great.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I spent a few days in Rome on a solo trip a few years ago. I have a few tips for you!

1. Eat the street food! Pizza, gelato and especially “suppli al telefono”- they are rice balls with mozz inside, breaded and fried and oh my goodness they are so yummy. And cheap! A travelers dream. Also, you may already know this, but the gelato vendors expect you to choose at least 2 flavors per servings. So go crazy with the combos! My fav was hazlenut with pistachio.

2. Learn the buses. They are not hard but some tourists are intimidated. You have to buy the token before you get in the bus- and if you get caught on a public bus without paying there are huuuuge fines, so be warned. But the bus system will get you everywhere you want to go.

3. Go to Trastevere. It literally translates to “across the river” and thats exactly what it is. Trastevere is a much quieter neighborhood in Rome, and to me was much more quintissential italy than a lot of Rome proper. The restaurants there are also amazing- go to Sale e Pepe’s and  get the pizza. 

4. im all for living like a local, but make sure to hit up all the history too! Its so beautiful and aw inspiring. The Colusseum, Palantine Hill (the most peaceful spot in Rome), the Pantheon, Trevi fountain, Castel Santangelo, and Vatican city, to name a few.

Enjoy!!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Depending what you’re into and when you go – you can go to a mass at St Peters Basilica with the pope – even if you’re not religious this can be an interesting experience.  I always try to catch a sporting event, check the schedules when you’re in the city.  I second the cimiterio de capucines.  Just wander and eat.  The Borghese Gardens are beautiful for a relaxing afternoon in the sun.

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