The heart of the Roman empire, Rome is dubbed Italy’s Eternal City and harks back to a time seldom forgotten in most modern cities, with the Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Pantheon the best examples of ancient Roman life still standing today. Rome is the artist’s mecca, drawing creatives far and wide to sit at the throne of works by the likes of Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini.
Heavy tourist traffic hits Rome during the summer months, meaning lengthy queues for hotspots and busy Rome day tours in humid, sticky weather. We recommend visiting Rome just outside of the summer. Both May and September are great months to experience a more laidback, authentic Rome.
Rome’s city subway runs across just two lines, Line A (marked in red) and Line B (marked in blue) and is simple enough for first-timers to use with ease. A stroll through the rambling lanes and avenues will have you falling head over heels for this ancient city from the get-go.
The best way to explore the eternal city is with a Rome Hop On Hop Off bus tour. To experience the Roman way of life, you must not miss attractions like the Colosseum, Roman Forum, the Vatican City, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Naples, and Pompeii. Also, don’t forget to delve into the city’s vibrant food and drink scene and the culture of people determined to enjoy all the luxuries that life has to offer, gelato included.
Rome is a relatively safe city, but it’s always a good idea to take extra care when traveling to new places. Always look out for pickpockets. For assistance in any emergency, call 113. In the evenings walk in well-lit areas and stay alert and wary of strangers, especially if you are traveling solo.
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