Rome Travel Guide for 2020

Rome Travel Guide for 2020

Rome is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe. Their ancient city offers great attractions and activities. Here the styles of art are different, it is fascinating and mighty. And also, Rome is the most important city of the western antiquity and the cradle of the European civilization, where the past and the present are blended in perfect harmony. 

The most unique features of this an old-world city such as the magnificent thrill of centuries of turbulent history, natural occurrence, architectural jewelry from history's greatest artists make a traveler in love with Rome.

In this Article we’ll cover all you need to know before traveling to Rome, like where all the major attractions, what’s the best time to visit, where to stay, how to use public transportation, how much things cost, travel adapters, best apps to use in Rome, the best views of the city and many other practical information.
There are our 18 essential tips you should know before visiting Rome.

#18 about the city

Rome is the capital of Italy and with a population of around 3 million it is also the largest city although. the official founding of Rome has estimated around 753 BC the area was inhabited long before that and is considered one of the oldest inhabited areas in Europe, as a result, Rome’s city center feels like one big open-air Museum that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Rome was built on seven hills and the legend says that it was founded by Romulus who killed his twin brother Remus after the two of them have been raised by a she-wolf because of its relatively small historic center culture-rich architecture and history and great food Rome is considered to be one of the best romantic travel destinations located within the city of Rome lies the world’s smallest independent country the seat of Roman Catholic Church Vatican City.

#17 Map of Rome

Rome is located in central Italy on the Tiber River about 15 miles or 26 kilometers from the Mediterranean coast. most of its famous attractions are located east of the Tiber River. for orientation. let’s start with the Colosseum which is located more or less centrally right next to the famous Roman Forum and Altare Della Patria south of the Colosseum you will find for example Circus Maximus ancient Chariot Racing stadium and the ruins of Caracalla.

Ancient Roman baths Termini Rome’s main train station is located northeast of the Colosseum if you go northwest of the Colosseum you will find Trevi fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo and Villa Borghese Gardens right above the square. towards the west, you can find Pantheon and Piazza Navona, and when you cross one of the beautiful bridges there you will first see the famous castle San Angelo and finally Vatican City.

The impressive Via Appia Antica Park with an over 2,000 years old road featuring an assembly of Catacombe villas and other archaeological gems is located southeast, to get a better sense of the distance a 1.1 mile or 1.8-kilometer long walk from their mini train station to Colosseum takes about 20 minutes or approximately the same distance to get from the Colosseum to from Trevi Fountain.

#16 Weather and climate

Rome has Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot and humid summers. 

Temperatures in winter typically range between 32 and 53 Fahrenheit or 0 to 12 degrees Celsius. rain is common in winter especially in the summer which is also the wettest and most humid month.

Weather in the spring is unpredictable and average temperatures range between 41 and 73 Fahrenheit or five to 23 Celsius.

Summers are hot and humid the humidity is typically around 70% with little rain and the temperatures usually range between 60- and 90-degrees Fahrenheit or 15 to 32 degrees Celsius. 

Fall is generally nice and still warm and dry from 44 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit or 7 to 26 degrees Celsius, however, these are just averaging and weather can be different when it travels so make sure to check the weather forecast before traveling.

#15 Best time to visit

Best time to visit Rome is between April and May in the spring and September to November in fall when the weather is cooler it is still pleasant to walk outside and the hurts of tourists are gone you can usually only wear a light jacket probably the least convenient time to visit Rome is in August when it can get extremely hot and humid and there are crowds everywhere in any case if you’re traveling to Rome in summer don’t forget to bring a hat and how to figure out when it’s the best day and hour to see the attractions just check Google to see how crowded a specific location is in a certain time of day.

# 14 Where to stay and price of the accommodation

Since Rome is a relatively small city most of the tourist attractions are in the walking a distance of each other to stay close to major attractions we recommend that you stay somewhere between the Tiber River and the train station this way you will be surrounded by famous attractions best restaurants and traditional Roman Atmosphere.

If you want a truly authentic experience and don’t mind spending a little more you can stay close to piazza Navona, Trevi fountain, Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Barberini. if you want to save some money you can stay a little further away from the center however be sure to check if there’s an underground station nearby so that you can easily reach the city center the average price of a hotel room in Rome is around 130 euros or 150 dollars however with a little research online you can easily get a better deal especially if your dates are flexible.

 #13 Lines & Crowds

Rome is a popular tourist destination in year-round and it can get very crowded especially around major attractions such as the Colosseum so be prepared to wait in line or buy a skip the line ticket or Rome City Pass if you’re willing to pay more

#12 Currency

The currency used in Rome is Euro, used in most European countries including Italy, while most hotels stores and restaurants in Rome accept major credit cards like Visa or MasterCard it is always wise to have some euros in your wallet.

#11 Language  & Expressions

The language spoken in Rome is, of course, Italian specifically the Romanesco direct while they do not speak or understand English everywhere most tourist-oriented places such as restaurants shops and major attractions will have people who speak English and sometimes even other major languages some Italian words that always come in handy besides the famous ciao is Buongiorno,  or good morning or good day, Grazie or thank you noncapisco or I don’t understand mi scusi or excuse me or sorry find more useful Italian words and expressions before you go.

#10 Time zone

Time zone in Rome and Italy is Central European summer time or GMT+2, this time zone is used in most countries in continental Europe.

#9 Transportation

  • From and to the airport

Rome has two major airports Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, AKA Fiumicino located approximately 19 miles for 30 kilometres from Rome city center and Ciampino located approximately 9 miles or 15 kilometres from the city center to get to Rome from either Fiumicino or Ciampino Airport you can choose amongst the following options: train bus shuttle or a transfer service where the driver will wait for you at the airport taxi or car rental however if you’re only traveling to Rome you will probably not need a car to drive around plus many hotels in Rome charge extra for car parking and some even don’t have parking spaces so we only recommend this option if you’re planning to drive to other parts of Italy - keep in mind that there are no ubers or lifts in Rome except for more expensive uber black uber locks and uber van.

  • Arriving by train

If you are arriving in Rome by train you will normally arrive at their mini railway the station which is conveniently located in a city center depending on your final destination in Rome you can check if your train also stops at one of the other major train stations in Rome.

  • Arriving by car

If you’re arriving in Rome by car consider renting a hotel or an apartment with a parking space or garage nearby parking in garages around the city center costs from 1 to 3 Euros per hour and approximately 18 euros per day on average you can get a parking space on the street for approximately 1euro per hour we’ve been to Rome by a car several times and while it might seem hectic at first you will eventually, get used to round traffic.

  • Getting around the city

While Rome is relatively well covered with public transportation certain central areas are at least about a 10-minute walk away from the first underground station and since central Rome is not too big walking will probably be a part of your daily routine so bring some comfortable shoes while some areas are not covered with underground it is still a popular form of transportation in Rome. one-way ticket or 100 minutes on all buses cost 150 24-hour ticket costs 7 euros 48 hour ticket is 12 euros 50 and you can get a weekly ticket for 24 euros you can use the ticket machine to purchase tickets bus and tram are also part of the public transportation you can use Google Maps or a similar app which includes public transportation in Rome.

Taxi: there are many other forms of transportation in Rome such as hop on hop off buses bikes and other interesting vehicles

#8 General information

here are somethings you should know before traveling to Rome to make your experience nice and easy:

  • Drinking water

it is perfectly safe to drink tap water in Rome additionally there are a lot of free and safe water fountains spread out across the city and yes some drinking fountains even offer free sparkling water will cover apps to find fountains in Rome later.

  • Toilets

there are only seven public toilets in Rome however if you’re visiting a museum or another attraction there’s usually toilets available there Rome is also full of bars while you cannot just walk into a bar or a restaurant and ask them to use a toilet you can order an espresso or cappuccino which will usually only cost you from one to two euros and use the toilet in the bar.

  • Opening hours

Restaurants bars and shops have different opening hours and some of them are even closed during the lunch break, some restaurants are typically closed on Mondays and some even on Tuesdays so always check the opening hours of the attraction restaurant or shop that you plan to visit in advance

  • Italian and national vacation in August

In August many shops closed as many locals go on their vacation, in fact, it is so common that it has its own name Ferragosto which roughly translates to vacation in August

  • Free attractions

Many of the sites in Rome are completely free of charge since Rome is literally an open-air museum many of the famous sites like Trevi Fountain Pantheon Spanish Steps Altare Della Patria, Villa Borghese Gardens, and others are completely free of charge.

#7 For international travelers

If you’re coming from outside Europe or the UK you will probably need a special European travel adapter to charge your phone and other devices, we recommend purchasing a travel adapter before traveling to Rome, in fact, it is worth buying the adapter for the entire world so that you can use it in other countries too.

#6 Safety

Rome is a generally safe destination, so you normally shouldn’t be worried about specific areas to avoid for staying inside at night as long as you’re on the streets in the city center however typical for all major big cities around the world pay attention to pickpockets especially in the crowded areas close to major attractions, for example, the Coliseum use common sense and watch your valuables for emergency services dial 112.

#5 Best apps to use in Rome

Your smart phone can be your best buddy in Rome here is the list of useful apps

  • Wi-Fi map or Wi-Fi finder:

 which helps you find Wi-Fi through Rome.

  • Google Maps or Apple Maps:

For walking public transportation driving etc. Google Maps also lets you download your map which is a great option if you don’t want to use Roaming.

  • Ulmon:  

features maps including information on where to eat drink shop find hotel and sightsee

  • Rome guide CIVITATIS: 

 which includes all the necessary and up-to-date tourist information about Rome like where to eat and other useful information.

  • MIC Roma 

and app allowing users to receive official news and updates in English about current and planned exhibitions events and educational visits taking place at a time for your visit.

  • TAP and I NASONI DI Roma: 

with a map of free and safe water fountains spread out across Rome there are over 2,500 of them so even if you don’t have an app you will likely find one around the corner

  • TripAdvisor and Yelp

For a restaurant hotel Museum.

 #4 Free city tours

walking tours of Rome are organized by professional tour guides who know a great deal about the city’s rich history legends etc. a great way to discover Rome some providers even offer free walking tours.

#3 Rome city Pass

Rome offers the Rome City Pass which is a good option to save money if you are planning to visit several museums and other attractions and want to skip the line at some locations you can even choose a city pass that combines attractions and public transportation including tickets from and to the airport.

#2 Food & drinks

Rome offers some great restaurants we suggest using Yelp or TripAdvisor to find a nearby place with good reviews try to avoid sitting down in the restaurant next to major attractions, many times you can find a much better price-quality ratio restaurants a street or two away from the main locations an average price for coffee is 1 euro for an espresso 1.30 euro for Cappuccino. the average price for an inexpensive to mid-range restaurant meal is 10 to 15 euros for lunch and between 15 and 20 euros for dinner, and you will pay about 2 to 2.5 euros for 2 scoops of amazing Italian gelato there are many great cheap eats in Rome.

Tipping in Rome is not mandatory however some restaurants might add a service charge on top of the bill usually around 10% and some restaurants might bring you bread with the meal and charge you for that too, unlike some other places in Italy the so-called the fever sitting down in the restaurant is illegal in Rome you can also buy something to eat or drink in a grocery store you can use Google Maps for a similar app to locate one near you.

#1 Best FREE views of the city

You can enjoy several amazing views of Rome Altar of the fatherland or Altare Della Patria located in the center of the city with great views in all directions.

Altar of the Fatherland

Terrazza del Pincio a platform stretching directly from the beautiful gardens of Villa Borghese located above Piazza del Popolo, Janiculum-Terrace located on a hill just behind Vatican City.

Terrazza del Pincio

So, If you plan your trip right, then you will have a fantastic time in one of the most fabulous places on the globe. You should consider how to get there and transportation needs, how long your trip will be, hotels and sites to see, and more. Properly planning your itinerary in Rome will ensure an amazing trip.

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