Post # 17
Definitely book a tour for the Colosseum. We booked ours through Viator and we got to go into the underground and to a higher level than you can get to on your own.
We also booked a Viator Roman Countryside bicycle tour which was a lot of fun, but definitely a little strenuous… we were on a bike for something like four hours and it is definitely not flat terrain. We did a Crypts and Catacombs tour as well… Viator has some really great stuff for not a lot of money!
Make sure you get to Castel Sant’Angelo also, when you get up to the top level you have stunning views of the whole city and the Vatican! AND make sure you get skip the line tickets for St Peters!! If you go to the Vatican in the afternoon (like, right after lunch) there is NO LINE (and we went in July!!!) but the line for St Peters went out the square and down the block so we didn’t even bother waiting in it.
Post # 18
I loved Rome!! Book ahead tours for the big tourist sights, otherwise you will stand in line fore hours. Agree about going out at night. If you are on the Capital Hill at night, if you go up the big fancy old stairs, there is an ally between the building that is straight in front of you (huge fountain I want to say of Neptune on the front) and the one on the right and it goes back to this look out over the forum and it’s all spot lit at night. It is INCREDIBLE. Also, eat the gelato. Lots. There are also some day trips out of the city like to Hadrian’s Villa, Pompii or Ostia that are cool if you are a history nerd.
If you are interested in history booking a trip into the catacombs is an amazing thing. Along the Appian way there are all those ancient tombs that are pretty awesome too.
Post # 19
I’ve been!! I’m a very boring traveller, I never go to any of the “must see” places, I just like to hang around “normal” Rome. It was beautiful! I agree with PP’s comment about walking around Rome at night, it’s the best! 🙂
Post # 20
I just want to say HAVE FUN!!!! Rome is soooooooooooo dreamy. Definitely walk around at night; the Trevi Fountain is absolutely breathtaking at night. I also met some wonderful characters at the Spanish Steps a few hours before they closed for the night.
Honey gelato, FTW!
Definitely check out all the top sights on TripAdvisor!
Post # 21
I am not a fan of Dan Brown, but the first time I went to Rome I read Angels and Demons, which is set in Rome. It was fun picking out all the landmarks mentioned in the book.
Post # 22
Rome is one of my three favourite cities in the whole world… the other two are Cambridge (England) and Kuching (Sarawak).
Be prepared to walk a lot on cobbles. Visit as many sites as poossible. The best way to travel around Rome is on foot, so prepare an itinerary which allows you to visit sites in a time effective manner. You may also want to use sites like Trip Advisor to work out where you will eat each day, so that you don’t waste time wandering miles off the beaten track.
Stunning city… you’ll love it!
Post # 23
I thought of something else, buy a guide book like rick Stevens or Frommers. They have lots of info about sites and resturants but also have suggested plans for walking and if you buy recent ones bus and train schedules. It helps show what is close together so you don’t end up like we did on our honeymoon taking a bus to the Vatican and walking across the entire city (it took hours and we walked straight across along the river) to get to the ancient Rome stuff. But we also aren’t used to public transit or Italian which both worked against us.
Post # 24
I second the recommendation of Rick Steves Guidebooks. He is seriously the best and so knowledgable about European travel (especially Italy)! One of the best things we did before going was to download his audio tours.
Also, follow his instructions about buying tickets ahead of time– especially the Rome Pass and for the Vatican. This will save you HOURS of waiting in line.
Post # 25
@AEMalmostK: Is information about the Rome pass in the book?
Post # 26
@lawbride88: Rick Steves “Italy” has all the info on the Rome pass (and everything else you probably want)
Post # 27
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
We went to Rome as part of our first anniversary trip. It was my second time, and both loved it!
I highly recommend scheduling tours with Walks of Italy. We took two, and they were both fantastic. My husband really fell in love with the city through the tales the guides told. The twilight tour is great for your first or second night because it introduces you to Rome and see some of the sights you’ve always heard about but you learn so much more about them.
We stayed on Via Cavour, really close to the Colosseum, and found great restaurants close by. (that weren’t touristy)
Enjoy the shopping district and the restaruant district… they are awesome.
Post # 28
@Mrs. Gremmlin: Good to know. I’ll look it up!
Post # 29
Hi and congrats! My fiancé and I will marry in the states and honeymoon in Rome. Im in the process of looking for a photographers in Rome? I’d love some cool photos of us there but am overwhelmed at the prices I’m finding. Does anyone have any tips?
Post # 30
@Thumbalina2u: thats so smart…honeymoon photos!! Love it! If you find someone can you let me know?