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Rome . . . a city of Treasures

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If you have never been there, this guide will help you learn enough about Rome so that you feel at ease and at home when you arrive in the Eternal City for your first visit. After more than eight trips to Rome, my wife and I now feel as though we are back in a hometown as soon as we arrive. It is my hope, that you will enjoy this guide and find it useful. Enjoy your trip to a wonderful and magnificent city.

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  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
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  • Like a Local

8 Places

7 City Tips

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8 Places

Colosseum

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Trevi Fountain

Fountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Pantheon

Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Spanish Steps

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Palatine Hill

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Piazza Navona

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II

Monuments & Statues

Circus Maximus

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

TomRossAtlanta's City Tips

  • You won't need to know a word of Italian to enjoy your trip. However, learning a few key words and phrases will be fun, helpful, and sometimes make you a little more appreciated.
  • As with any trip, you are wise to do a little research before you leave for Italy and Rome. Then, make a list of things you would like to do and places you want to visit.
  • When dining at a restaurant in Italy, once you are seated at a table, that table is yours for as long as you care to stay. No need to rush through a meal. Relax and enjoy.
  • Learn the names of the staff at your hotel and use those names as often as possible. These are key relationships that can also be extremely beneficial to you in Italy.
  • Email your hotel in advance of your arrival and let them know you are coming and how excited you are to visit their hotel. Creating a warm relationship can be very beneficial.
  • You can get into the city by train, taxi, or private limousine. The train is approximately 10 euros, taxis and limousines can range from 45 to 85 euros . . . or more.
  • When you arrive at the Rome airport (FCO), make sure you know how you will get into the city. The trip takes approximately 30-45 minutes by car, depending on traffic.
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    Colosseum
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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    TomRossAtlanta Says:

    You haven't been to Rome if you haven't stood before the Colosseum and enjoyed its existence. It is certainly worth your time and the visit. You can tour inside the Colosseum and learn first hand about the workings of this architectural wonder as well as its roll in Roman history and heritage.

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    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Lines can be very long, so you are wise to buy tickets in advance or visit early in the morning. You will likely be able buy tickets through your hotel concierge or front desk.
    • Note that if you want your picture taken with one of the costumed Centurions that you will see walking around the Colosseum, he will expect to be paid. So, ask if he charges.
    • If you have the opportunity to visit more than once, try to visit both night and day. The Colosseum can seem almost magical at night. The night and Rome time
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1,865 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth to visit, day and night 18/11/2017
    • Impressivive but not Spectacular 18/11/2017
    • Colosseum
    Address:
    Piazza del Colosseo
    00184 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    (+39) 06 39967700
    Other:
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    Trevi Fountain
    Fountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    TomRossAtlanta Says:

    Trevi Fountain is a beautiful iconic part of Rome that you don't want to miss. Whatever drew you to Italy will certainly whisper to you when you visit Trevi. If you haven't already, you will certainly see Trevi Fountain as a main character or background in a television show or movie one day. The fountain and the electricity in the atmosphere around it is almost magical. If you don't have Trevi on your list of "Must See" attractions in Rome, add it now. My wife and I go there every time we're in Rome. It is certainly a gift from the many involved in it's creation. This amazing fountain is tucked into s surprisingly small piazza that you can expect to be crowded with tourists from around the world. Despite the crowds that may be there, Trevi Fountain is well worth the time and effort. And . . . there are ways to do it right.

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    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • When planning your excursion to Trevi Fountain, schedule your visit for around either lunchtime or dinnertime. Trevi Fountain is magnificent and absolutely captivating.
    • Find a table at one of the nearby small outdoor cafes, have a snack, and soak in the ambiance the surrounds the fountain. And . . . don't forget to throw a coin in the fountain.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 1,865 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful but crowded 18/11/2017
    • Impressive and a Must See 18/11/2017
    • Trevi Fountain
    Address:
    Piazza di Trevi
    00187 Rome
    Italy
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 00:00
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    Pantheon
    Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    TomRossAtlanta Says:

    My wife and I feel like we are home again as soon as we walk into the small piazza where you will find the Patheon. You should plan to visit at either lunchtime or dinnertime so that you can enjoy the atmosphere in the piazza. You should definitely consider dinnertime for your visit if you are romantically inclined. The Pantheon itself is an architectural marvel, but it also holds some of the world's most magnificent artwork. The Pantheon is an absolute "Must See" and the piazza is an excellent place to rest and plan your path to the next of Rome's many treasures. If we are in the piazza at lunch/snack time, we simply sit at one of several outdoor cafes and watch people coming and going. If we are there in the evening, we enjoy watching the street salesmen trying to sell all manner of glow-in-the-dark objects to tourists while playing cat and mouse with the local police (carabinieri). Evidently, selling in the piazza is not welcomed. There are several hotels, restaurants, and shops around the Pantheon and it is centrally located near many of other places you will want to visit. So, you may want to stay in this area, but you will certainly want to visit.

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    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you don't have time for meal, you do yourself a favor by taking time to have a snack at one of the small restaurants just outside the Pantheon and simply enjoy being in Rome.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 1,865 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing inside and out 18/11/2017
    • Must not miss this 18/11/2017
    • Pantheon
    Address:
    Piazza della Rotonda
    00186 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 6830 0230
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 18:00
    Mon - Sat
    08:30 - 19:30
    Other:
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    Spanish Steps
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    TomRossAtlanta Says:

    The Spanish Steps are another icon of Rome. I wouldn't place them at the top of your list of things to see and do in Rome and they don't receive 5 bubbles on the Trip Advisor rating scale. However, if they are decorated with flowers, the view is beautiful and worth the trip. And . . . there are lots of great shops to visit.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Spanish Steps will probably be crowded, but you may want (or need) to take a break, sit on the steps with some of the many of the locals, relax and watch the world pass by.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #89 of 1,865 things to do in Rome
    • Historical Beware Street Sellers 18/11/2017
    • Sit Down! 18/11/2017
    • Spanish Steps
    Address:
    Piazza di Spagna
    00187 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 090 8388 1200
    Other:
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    Palatine Hill
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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    TomRossAtlanta Says:

    Palatine Hill is where you go to view the ruins of the Roman Empire. You are given the opportunity to step back in time and imagine what might have been happening here 2000 years ago. Some of the views of Rome are stunning and the ruins are certainly thought provoking and inspiring. One of the best things about Palatine Hill is that it isn't nearly as crowded or noisy as many other places you will visit in Rome. You can actually stop a think about the things you are seeing and feelings you are experiencing. There is a great deal of history in this very special and very old part of the Eternal City,

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    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Buy a map of the area before you go. Knowing where you are and knowing what you're seeing will make your visit more meaningful.
    • If it's a warm day . . . take water.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 1,865 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stand and observe 18/11/2017
    • Palatine HIll - So Much to See 17/11/2017
    • Palatine Hill
    Address:
    Piazza Santa Maria Nova, 53
    00186 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39.06.39967700
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    Piazza Navona
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    TomRossAtlanta Says:

    Piazza Navona is one of our very favorite places to go in Rome and . . . just relax. You can go alone or you can go with your family or entire travel group. There's plenty of room in the piazza for everyone. Typically, the Piazza Navona is a buzz with artists along with small vendors selling all manor of tourist items from one end to the other. Generations of Italian families walk hand-in-hand looking at the varied assortment of tourists. You can look back in comfort from a table at one of the many outdoor restaurants surrounding this beautiful piazza. If your lucky, there will also be two, three, or four musicians in different parts of the piazza playing different instruments of singing opera. Some sell CDs of their music and, after many trips to Rome, we now have a very nice collection of music produced by these street musicians. Piazza Navona is centrally located in old Rome. The Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Fiori, and the Vatican are all within easy walking distance.

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    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Make sure you take your camera. The fountain of the four rivers is absolutely beautiful.
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 1,865 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect for Music Food People 18/11/2017
    • Another Must See When in Rome 18/11/2017
    • Piazza Navona
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
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    Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II
    Monuments & Statues
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    TomRossAtlanta Says:

    This is a stunning monument and it stands as a beautiful boldly white marble landmark in the heart of old Rome. It is topped with two statues of the goddess Victoria, both riding on quadrigas. This huge marble monument is on Capitoline Hill and dominates Piazza Venezia. It was built as a tribute to the first king of what was called united Italy, Victor Emmanuel II. The museum of Italian Unification is located in the base of the monument and there is also a panoramic elevator, allowing visitors to ride up to the roof for 360 degree views of Rome. Whether you go to the top or not, the monument is well worth the visit.

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    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 1,865 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of the best! 18/11/2017
    • Beautifully lighted at night facing a grand traffic circle 16/11/2017
    • Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II
    Address:
    Piazza Venezia
    Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 678 0664
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    09:30 - 17:45
    Fri - Sun
    09:30 - 18:45
    Other:
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    Circus Maximus
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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    TomRossAtlanta Says:

    Circus Maximus . . . there's not a lot to see or do here, but just knowing that you are standing on ground where so much happened in ancient Rome may make the visit worthwhile. It won't take you long to see what's left of Circus Maximus, so no need to schedule much time for your visit.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #177 of 1,865 things to do in Rome
    • Rome letting itself down 11/11/2017
    • Need to imagine it in its heyday! 11/11/2017
    • Circus Maximus
    Phone:
    +39 06 0608
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