Rome, the capital city of Italy, is well known for its ancient history that dates back to well before the Roman Empires’ eras. However, even though its far-reaching history is the focus for many visitors, Roam is also a fast-paced, modern, and important city, with friendly hotels, designer stores, famous restaurants, and historic places to visit. One of the best cities in Europe for museum and art lovers, history enthusiasts, shopping and food lovers. There are day trip locations in Southern and northern Italy that worth exploring as well.

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Best Time To Visit

Best Time To Visit – I’d recommend visiting Italy anytime between February – May when the temps are manageable and tourists haven’t completely swarmed the city. Plus, hotel rooms should be cheaper (besides Easter). Peak season traditionally runs from June to August. 

Summer is hot and sunny, water is warm perfect for the beach enthusiast that brings crowds to the vacation destinations like Amalfi. Also, schools are closed between the 1st week of June to mid-September, so expect to pay a higher price for accommodations and other travel-related activities. Beaches, ferries, trains, and tourist attractions are usually crowded. 

How To Get There

The best way to get there is by air or by road from neighboring countries.

By Air to Rome

Getting There – Most flights will arrive in Rome’s Fiumicino Airport (Leonardo da Vinci), the main international airport. But in recent years, Ciampino Airport has become a hub for many of the low-cost airlines. All things being said, both are about 30-40 minutes from Rome’s city center.

How to get to Rome from Amalfi Coast via Naples

There is no direct train from Sorrento or Amalfi Coast to Rome. Therefore you need to take the Circumvesuviana train from Sorrento to Naples (Napoli Centrale) and transfer to Rome bound train to Roma Termini Station. The intercity trains take about 2 hours to get to Roma Termini station from Naples. Buying tickets online or checking the schedule is easy. 

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Getting Around in Rome

Many of the best attractions are close together in a traffic-free zone, therefore exploring them on foot is the best option. However, few of the sites, like Vatican City, are a little far from the center of the historic district, can be easily accessed by the metro or a taxi.

From the Airport Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) you can take an express train to the Roma Termini Station in a little more than 30 minutes. A one-way ticket cost 14 euros (about $17) at the time of this writing. Then transfer to a metro A (orange) or B (blue) line based on your final destinations.


The metro in Rome is not as modern as those in Frankfurt or London, but it’s the faster alternative to move around the city. Most of the tourist attractions can be accessed by metro line A (Orange) or B (Blue). Line A has stops near sights, such as the Vatican Museums, the Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon among many others. Whereas, line B will take you to Colosseum and Roman Forum. You can buy tickets from convenience stores throughout the city or metro stations. A one-way ticket will cost you 1.5 euros, a 24-hour card for 7 euros, and a 48-hour card for 12.50 euros.

Rental Car/Self Driving

Stay away from renting a car in Rome or if you driving to Rome I would suggest parking it soon you enter the city limits. It is extremely difficult driving around in jam-packed traffic conditions in Rome, you will simply waste your valuable time and get agitated and stressed instead of enjoying your vacation.

Be aware of pickpockets inside the metro as well as inside the station, and watch out for scam artists trying to sell something just ignore them.


Taxi is expensive in Rome, but sometimes it helps to move around the city. Hotel concierge or any restaurant can call a taxi for you. Uber is available in Rome so all you need is access to the internet to book your ride.

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Visa Requirement

Citizens of many countries may obtain visas on arrival at the airport. Most of the countries, Canada, Brunei, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, and a few more, do not need visa. Currently, US citizens do not need a visa to visit Italy for less than 90 days.

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Check Out Vatican City

St. Peter’s Square

Piazza San Pietro or St. Peter’s Square, located in Vatican City, is most likely one of the world’s prominent squares and definitely most popular among visitors. The majestic view of the beautiful columns and pillars, the statues of saints, and the 25 meters high obelisk is spectacular.

Visit St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City is one of the holiest temples of Christendom and one of the largest churches in the world.
Inside the Basilica, visiter will find extraordinary art pieces, one of the most impressive is the dome. Its design was started by Michelangelo and continued by Giacomo Della Porta. Carlo Maderno finished the dome in 1614. Visiting St Peter’s Basilica is an unforgettable experience when staying in Rome.
You definitely need to climb to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica for a magnificent view over the Vatican and Rome. The stairs are comparatively medium-hard to climb. Keep some cash handy that you may need for the ticket.

St Peters Square, Vatican
St Peters Square, Vatican

Vatican Museums

Pope Julius II established the Vatican Museum during the 16th-century, which houses thousands of works of art. One of the most popular attractions in Rome. The line to enter the Vatican Museums is enormous, to avoid the long wait it is advisable to avoid weekends, holy week, also the last Sunday of the month.

Sistine Chapel

Regarded as Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina) is a jaw-dropping attraction you must see at least once in your lifetime.  

The Sistine Chapel is one of the attractions you must experience at least once in your lifetime. The jaw-dropping masterpiece of Michelangelo, Botticelli, Perugino, and Luca is one of the greatest treasures of the Sistine Chapel.

Vatican Museum
Vatican Museum, Rome

See the Roman Forum

Roman Forum, located between Colosseum and Piazza Venezia, was where political, religious, and social activities occurred during the Roman era. However, after the fall of the Empire, it was buried under the earth until excavation started in the 20th century. Alongside the famous temples such as Venus, Saturn, Vesta, and Romulus, other points of interest are worth noticing. Here is a list:

  • Via Sacra is the main street that linked the Colosseum with the Piazza del Campidoglio in ancient times.
  • The Arch of Titus is a triumphal arch that was built to glorify Rome’s victory over Jerusalem. 
  • The Arch of Septimius Severus was built in 203 A.D. to celebrate the third anniversary of the Roman Emperor Lucius Septimius Severus. 
  • The Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine is believed to be the most important building in Roman Forum.
  • The Curia is where the Senate met and made administrative decisions on the Roman government.
  • The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina is the best-preserved temple in Roman Forum.
  • The Column of Phocas was built in 608 A.D. in honor of the Emperor of Byzantium. 
Roman Forum in Rome
Roman Forum in Rome, Italy

Altar of the Fatherland (Altare della Patria)

Altare della Patria is an impressive building located at Piazza Venezia, also referred to as the Altar of the Fatherland. The beautiful white marble structure houses the tomb of the unknown soldier and a museum. Most importantly, for an unparallel view of the city, take the glass elevator to the rooftop, and definitely worth it. The best time to visit is in the evening, especially during the sunset.

A view of the Altar of the Fatherland in Rome Italy

Wander around the Colosseum

The Colosseum is the iconic symbol of Rome. The impressive structure of over 2000 years of history will take you back in time to discover the way life used to be in ancient Rome. It provided over 50,000 people to enjoy the shows during and after the Roman Empire. Shows such as gladiator fights, executions, execution of prisoners, and exhibitions of exotic animals kept the Roman people entertained for years.

Colosseum, Rome
Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Piazza di Spagna & the Spanish Steps

The Piazza di Spagna also called the Square of Spain, is one of the famous squares in Rome. For a beautiful view of Rome, climb the steps from Piazza del Popolo to the top of Pincian Hill.

The Spanish Steps and the square is a meeting place, great for hanging out in Rome, especially in the evening. The 135 steps that connect the Church of Trinit dei Monti and the square are favorite spots for photographers and tourists.

The Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna, one of the most famous squares in Rome

Visiting Piazza Navona and the Fountains

The Baroque-style Piazza Navona is one of the popular squares in Rome. The most attractive part of the Piazza is the fountains.

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi is in the center of the plaza, designed by Bernini in 1651. The four statues represent the most important rivers of the continents where Christianity had spread; the Danube, Ganges, the Nile, and Rio de la Plata. In the middle of the fountain, there is a 52 ft obelisk that makes it most unique among all others. In the southern part of the plaza, you will find Fontana del Moro, also known as the ‘Seashell Fountain’. The fountain in the northern part is called Fontana del Nettuno (fountain of Neptune).

Piazza Navona, the famous square of Rome, a reference point for every tourist visiting the Italian capital. On the left Palazzo Pamphilj (1650) and the Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone. In the foreground, the Fountain del Moro (1654).

Castel Sant’Angelo

Not that far away from Vatican City, Castel Sant’Angelo, also known as Hadrian’s Tomb, is a fortress located on the bank of the Tiber river. In 1277 an 800 meters fortified corridor was built that connected the castle with the Vatican City so that the Pope could escape if he were in danger.

Rome, Italy. Bridge and Castel Sant Angelo and Tiber River. Built by Hadrian emperor as mausoleum in 123AD ancient Roman Empire landmark.

Explore the Pantheon

The Pantheon of Agrippa, also known as the Roman Pantheon, is one of the best-preserved architectural masterpieces of ancient Rome. The Pantheon is located right in Piazza della Rotonda, a beautiful square in the heart of Rome. Definitely worth a visit during your stay in Rome.

The Pantheon, Rome
The Pantheon, Rome

Enjoy the best views of Rome 

Parco Savello or the Orange Garden is one pretty amazing viewpoint to see the city of Rome. We headed here with our Withlocals host where we got to see the sunset over the city itself.

Navona fountain
Navona fountain, Rome

See the Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain is one of the largest and most beautiful fountains in Rome. Less than a mile, about 10 minutes walk from the Pantheon. The fountain area is usually crowded, and you will always find people throwing coins into the water.

Why are there always people in the fountain throwing coins into the water and taking photos of themselves?
The saga began with the movie ‘Three Coins in the Fountain.’ If you throw one coin with your right hand over your left shoulder, you will return to Rome; you will fall in love with an attractive Italian if you through two coins and marry the person you met if you through three.

Trevi Fountain, Rome
Trevi Fountain, Rome

Scenic Views of Rome

Originally Rome was built on seven hills, and the best way to capture unforgettable scenic views is from a few viewpoints. However, the city becomes even more beautiful during sunset when evening lights spread in glowing reds and oranges. In addition to The Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica and Piazza Venezia here are a few lovely spots to enjoy the picturesque view of Rome.

  • Pincio Terrace (Terrazza del Pincio)
  • Orange Gardens on Aventine Hill
Pincian Hill
Rome from in Pincian Hill
Aventine Hill
Rome from Aventine Hill, Italy

The food we tried during Italy Trip

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Where to stay in Rome

Navona Colors Hotel

The Navona Colors Hotel is in the Baroque area of the historic center of Rome, 650 feet from Piazza Navona. A sweet Italian breakfast is served daily. The staff can assist you with tourist and travel info. Located in the heart of Rome.

Hotel Nazionale

Set next to the Italian Parliament in the famous pedestrian square of Piazza Montecitorio, Hotel Nazionale offers elegant rooms with a flat-screen TV and free WiFi throughout. The Pantheon is 1,150 feet away. Hotel Nazionale is set in a renovated building of the 18th century, within walking distance of the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. The imposing Pantheon is just around the corner.

My Opinion and Last Word

Have you been to Rome, Italy? Any cool tips to share?

I loved being in Italy, and want to go back again. I hope my story has motivated you to visit Rome.

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