Like most of you know already, we’ve been to Rome during the holidays.
I’d never been to Rome before and I can tell you, a good preparation is kind of necessary.
There is so much to see, so much to do, and so many places to eat and stay.
Guided in Rome by FarmersinStyle
We were staying in a really nice Bed&Breakfast. It was the first time I’ve ever stayed in a B&B and I would definitely try one again.
Only one thing we should have checked before we booked (and this could happen anywhere you go) is the so said 5 minute walk from our B&B to the Spanish steps, which was actually 30 minutes.
I’m not a Rome expert just yet, but I can tell you what to expect from my own experience.
So it starts at the Airport. There are three ways to get to your hotel. Public transportation, airport shuttle, or a taxi.
Public transportation is cheap, but I always hate to take PT, while dragging suitcases etc. I think it is kind of a hassle. And the system is different in every city, which I have to figure out that very moment.
But to get somewhere in Rome I will tell you it is actually very easy. You can buy your ticket before you get into the bus, tram or subway. There are ticket machines all over Rome or you can buy one at a Tabacchi shop. In this shop, and several other ticket points, you can also buy a Roma Pass for 48 hours or three days. With this pass you can travel with all public transportation, you get a map, the first two museums/cultural sights are for free, the rest is with discount and there are skip-the-line offers. It feels like I’m writing a commercial for the Roma Pass, but this card has so many privileges.
The bus was my favourite transportation and especially line 62. This bus travels to all the important sights or at least near to it. They only have 2,5 subway lines. The A, B and C. Every square meter of Rome they discover new archaeological things, so it’s kind of hard to build a subway line in a short period of time.
In the city centre of Rome, the place to be, are not so many trams. So you have to work with the two transportations above.
Airport shuttle is a van you share with other people for about €45,-. They take everyone in the van to the front door of their hotel. Just hope you’re not the last one..
And last but not least. The easiness of taxi wins most of the time. It’s the most expensive one. But in Rome it costs you only €3,- more than the airport shuttle. You must know, the rates in Rome are lower than we are used to in the Netherlands.
When you visit Italy more often you already know, that Rome has a kind of siesta from 15.00 to 18.00. Lots of restaurants are closed or nowadays they serve a buffet. We made the mistake when finally landed, not to eat anything on the airport. So make sure you have eaten something before.
I hadn’t had the time to arrange some guided tours or even know where to start in Rome. They have a top 10 of things you really need to see (check the link to lonely planet). But there are like 100 amazing and interesting scenes from ancient times.
So a friend tipped us of. He said: “go to www.getyourguide.com” and it saved my holiday completely!
Not only for Rome there are guided tours, but all around the world. We’ve booked two guided tours from our room and you can show your ticket from the screen of your phone. No prints needed. The genius part of these tours are ‘skip-the-line’. Hundreds of people are waiting in line for more than 3 hours(!) and you just walk pass them..
Our first tour was the Vatican museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s. St. Peter was closed that day, so check special days before you go there. The second tour was a walking tour from Colosseum, Roman Forum through ancient Rome. If you’re fit enough this last tour is one I really recommend.
I think it’s more then enough information for now. Hope you’ve been guided well by us. Rome will never be forgotten and I will definitely get back there to see the rest of this beautiful city.