07 Mar One Day Guide: Rome, Italy
How many days should I stay?
3 to 4 days in Rome is enough to see all of the monuments. During my stay in Rome we stayed for two days and for us, this was enough as we saw about 2-3 monuments and museums each day.
Where should I stay?
Hotel Giuliana is a budget hotel that is centrally located near Termini station. It is clean and includes a free breakfast. Note: If you stay in Hotel Giuliana, only go to recommended dinner places, there are a lot of terrible-tourist-trap restaurants in this area. Otherwise if you prefer hostels check out Hostel Lodi which is fair priced and well rated with breakfast included too.
What should I see?
This is your personal choice, but I highly recommend seeing Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Vatican City – bring your own lunch or buy lunch in the city, around the Vatican there are so many terrible tourist trap restaurants, Spanish Steps, Piazza del Poppolo (this is my favourite piazza in Italy!), Campo del Marte.
What mode of transport is best to use in this city?
On foot is easiest, but if you get tired of walking – the metro. Otherwise you can by a ticket for 20€ for 24hours on the go-see bus, which takes you to all monuments.
Best bars in Rome?
Rumours have it that Cul De Sac – just near the Pantheon is one of the better wine bars in Rome, check it out while you are there, otherwise there’s Il Piccolo or Enocentrico Music and Happy Bar which are more club like, both wine and cocktail bars. Note: I haven’t been to these bars, so let me know what you think! Or if you have any other suggestions.
Go to the collesseum after 2-3pm because the line is much smaller in the afternoon. Book your vatican tickets online so that you skip the line and beware of scams outside both monuments for guided tours, or men dressed as gladiators who will take a photo with you, then charge you for it. Get BusShuttle to the city NOT a taxi as it is a 40 minute drive, a taxi will cost over 40 €, yet the shuttle service is only 6 € per person.
Airport transfer 6€ with BusShuttle, Accom 45 €/night.
Food: lunch and dinner for one 30-40 €, activities 12 € average per activity + 1.50 €/ metro ticket each way.