Top 10 things you should know before you visit Rome as a tourist
Rome is an amazing city to visit. I did, and here are my top 10 things you should know before you visit Rome as a tourist.
- Get out of Rome
So many things to see just outside of Rome. Monasteries, old small fortified cities, you name it.
- Rent a car
Not expensive, not that bad to drive in Rome. Do get cover, ’cause when the park, they park rough.
- Street parking is not too bad
1-2E / hr
- Use electric bicycles
Rent it on the spot to avoid having to walk walk and walk. Jump (by Uber) is available in Rome, as are others.
- Select your district first
North of old town is shops, old town is touristy trap restaurants, cool bars is Trasteverne, Central station is convenient for public transport.
- Check the opening hours
No standard, so check before you go. The Forum closes at 15:30…
- Book some things ahead of time
Day one in Rome, book the most common attractions to avoid lines.
- Find something to do at night in winter
Stuff closes a lot, too cold to sit outside in winter.
- The toilets are different
Bit hard to find, not too clean, sometimes no lock, paper in a basket, foot pedal to flush or water.
- Skip some things
So many old beautiful things to see, you might have to skip some.
- Food is not fantastic everywhere
Even when you try your best, there is plenty of average food to be had. Lots of places beg for 5 star reviews, which screws up Tripadvisor even more. House wines, coffee and street pizza usually is darn good though.
- Standard ‘learn some of the language’ and ‘follow the kids for cheap good food’