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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.

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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. 

Best budget restaurants?
Taverna Le Coppelle (gluten free options) and just near by,  Gelateria Della Palma –  which has 150 flavours of gelati to choose from!

Insider tips?
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.

Budget estimate?
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.

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  • gianfrancogrande
    Posted at 00:40h, 08 March Reply

    You are so wrong about seeing Rome in 3-4 days.

    • cherisejoelle
      Posted at 05:35h, 08 March Reply

      How many days do you suggest?! It’s just my a personal opinion 🙂

      • gianfrancogrande
        Posted at 06:28h, 08 March Reply

        First of all I am sorry, I came across too…strong. It was not my intention, please accept my apologies.
        Rome, is a state of mind. The only city in the world that has represented in it every ages, from the classics, to middle age, to renaissance, baroque, liberty, and contemporary.
        40 per cent of the entire arts production of the western world is there. In the historic downtown there are more than 1500 churches…and I could go on and on; so maybe a life time?
        Seriously, 4-5 days is a good start. But maybe a month could give you a general idea.
        Or you can simply go back every once in a while and see more and more.

  • cherisejoelle
    Posted at 07:40h, 08 March Reply

    I totally agree and am interested in your comments, so don’t feel bad!
    While I was writing this, I focused on tourists and travellers who generally have limited time and want to see the most of Italy and/or Europe 🙂 So in my opinion 3-4 days is enough to get a taste of Rome, then they can come back for more time as they wish!
    But yes, there is so much to see and do in Rome, you could spend a lifetime there – I have quickly learnt this just from living in Florence just how much Italian cities have to offer.

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