posted 4 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
4497 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Have you been to Naples before? I only ask because I have never met anyone that has been to Naples and liked it (unless their family was originally from there or they were visiting for a very specific reason).

I have been to Rome a few times and I LOVE it. I highly recommend visiting Al Duello – it is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in all of Italy.

Post # 4
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

There are many hotels in the “hotel district” near the Spanish Steps area.  I would pick a 4 star (3 star might be ok).  5 stars are too expensive for me, but maybe since you are going off season it won’t be so bad.

Be careful with pick pockets in Naples especially.

Try getting tickets to see the Vatican and museums early.  You can reserve in advance online and get tickets so that you don’t have to wait on line.

Post # 6
4497 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MASPA:  I think the Pantheon area is very nice, though on the pricer side. I love Trastevere, but its kind of a long walk to most sights. The Pantheon area is much more accessible to most things IMO.

The last time I was in Rome we stayed at the Hotel Ponte Sisto. It was a great location and we literally walked everywhere. Though it is more of a modern hotel and doesn’t have that old world charm that you can so easily find in Italy. With this hotel you are definitely paying for location.

For a day trip what about Pompeii?

Post # 8
2251 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

When my husband and I were there we did normal tourist things; visted Vatican City, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum/Roman Forum, and the Pantheon. In between these things we did a lot of just wandering and getting lost. We ended up happening across the mayor of Rome who was riding a lay-down bicycle in circles while filming himself on a GoPro (I still don’t know what that was about), finding a wonderful local farmer’s market and eating the best berries ever, and also a local restaurant that we probably wouldn’t have gone to if we weren’t just wandering around. There we had the best bottle of wine I’ve ever had (I really wish I took a picture of the label!) and visited with another couple who were visiting from Chile. My favorite part about visiting new places is getting lost. So that’s what I recommend doing. 🙂

ETA: Make sure your SO carries his wallet in his FRONT pocket. Someone attempted to pick-pocket my husband in the Vatican entry. Even though I brought an anti-theft purse on our Europe trip I didn’t feel comfortable carrying it in Rome. It is so crowded and notorious for robbing tourists. Also if you have a larger camera you should get an anti-theft strap for it and carry it across your body, not around your neck.

Have a wonderful time! Rome is truly one of a kind! Laughing

Post # 9
2972 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

We were there 2 months ago…our hotel was AWESOME!! It was right by the Spanish steps, and walking distance to a ton of places. It was called the Spagna Royal Suites. So unique, very small, and the staff was the most helpful of anywhere I’d ever stayed. Even booked tours and made restaurant reservations for us! I really recommend it.

Post # 11
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Last time I was there I stayed around piazza Navona and I couldn’t have been happier with the location because many things were a very quick walk away including restaurants and nightlife.  We stayed at the Hotel Raphael and it was by far my favorite hotel of our two week trip.

Post # 12
127 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MASPA:  I was in Italy in September of 2011, and I stayed in Rome for a few nights and then traveled down the Amalfi Coast. I also stayed in Rome before flying out again. We stayed at the Hotel Nazionale near the parliament building. We were able to literally walk EVERYWHERE – to see the Pantheon, Vatican City, the Trevi fountain, Spanish Steps. The hotel was clean and nice. Also – I left a pair of diamond earrings my mother had given me on a nightstand in the hotel during the beginning of the trip. I emailed the hotel once we arrived in Sorrento and realized I left them. The housekeepers held them, and gave them to me when I checked in again on my way back to the States. I thought that was really sweet and honest!

I agree with a couple PP’s and the mention of Naples. I live in a large city, I travel a lot, and I rarely feel unsafe. Naples made me feel unsafe, and I was only passing through there. We had to switch trains in Naples coming from Rome to Sorrento and back, and it was not fun, so be careful! My recommendation? Go to Naples and take a boat out to Ischia and go to one of their mineral spas. We went to Poseidon Gardens and it was amazing and beautiful and so relaxing.

Post # 13
14064 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You will have zero problems getting around Rome wtih just English.  We stayed near Termini station and thought that was a pretty good central location to walk everywhere.  The only thing we took public transit to was the Vatican (cause we had to be there early in the day), but then walked back.  We didn’t stay near Trevi or Pantheon cause I thought it was too far north and made it too far to walk to the Colesseum.

Here’s a snip of my vacation recap about Rome: 3 days would be minimum to do the main attractions in Rome.  1-fountains/pantheon/spanish steps, 2-vatican, 3-ancient rome.  4 days was a nice relaxing pace for us.  The Roma Pass is a must and well worth it.  For 30 Euros, you get admission to 2 sites and use of public transport.  Coloseum is $15 entrance by itself & you skip the VERY long line.


Post # 14
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@MASPA:  I don’t have hotel recommendations for Rome but I can assure you that English is no problem!  I didn’t speak a word of Italian when I went— but I did learn how to say thank you properly in Italian 🙂

Post # 15
229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

One of my favorite memories of Rome was in the evening when the sun was going down and things were cooling off.  I believe we were close to the Piazza Navona, all the cruise ships had left by then so it was way less crowded.  Still people around but things were just much more relaxed. The lights were coming on in the buildings and fountains, so we just walked around for a bit, watched some buskers and looked at some paintings for sale.  Later we went to one of the outdoor restaurants and just really enjoyed the rest of the night.  It was one of my most favorite days of our trip.  Rome is so beautiful 

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