Rome has a legacy of historical landmarks, art and it also covers a myriad of ancient eras due to the fact that nearly 2800 years’ worth of history is expressed in this one city. Think the Colosseum, Pantheon, Sistine Chapel, to mention but a few. The architecture is so rich in art and history that it is difficult to imagine, until you walk those streets yourself.
A large part of the world’s most iconic structures can be seen in the Roman Forum, including the famous Colosseum. The Roman Forum was the focal point of all action in the city amid the time when the Roman Empire ruled the vast majority of Europe and parts of Asia and Africa. Among the structures to see are the Arch of Titus and Circus Maximus, where the unforgettable, although fictional, chariot race from the 1959 motion picture “Ben Hur” played off.
If you are planning to travel to Europe, Rome should be your first choice.
Most of Rome’s historical tourist attractions are relatively close to each other. It is possible to walk to the tourist sites as they are clustered together in a fairly small area of Rome. Make sure you have a good and up-to-date Rome Tourist Map so that you can navigate yourself easily through the streets of Rome.
Below we have made a handy “Rome Tourist Map” (pdf and image format avaible) for your visit. Below you will find the details of the areas in the map.
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Rome Tourist Map: Tickets & Tours Map
Rome Tourist Map: A Few Tips for When You are Visiting Rome
- Book your accommodations in a centrally located place.
- Service is included in hotels and restaurants, but 5-10% of the bill is expected as a tip (mancia). In bars and cafés, service is frequently not included. In such cases, tips are 10-15%. When taking a taxi, round up the amount due.
- For visitors to Rome from the UK and Ireland, there is no quick alternative to flying. By train the best option is Eurostar from London to Paris and an overnight sleeper connection to Rome (booking online: www.raileurope.co.uk). The Euroline buses which connect many European cities have no direct link from London to Rome (the London to Milan route has a journey time of about 25 hours). Arrival by bus or train may be convenient for travellers who are moving on to Rome from other parts of continental Europe. Even then, the journey can take some time: for example, the average overland travel time from Munich to Rome is eleven hours.
- Do not try to see all of Rome in one day. It is impossible to visit every landmark in one, five or even 14 days, plan ahead to make the most of your visit.
- Do research on the time you plan on going on vacation as this will influence your time greatly. In June-July, you might have to deal with huge crowds, but in August you might find the heat unbearable and some stores even closed due to less tourists as well as the heat.
- The centre of Rome is partially closed to private cars or only accessible with a special permit; access to hotels is an exception. Parking spots are in short supply everywhere. For security reasons it is best to leave cars in supervised car parks. Even though the Romans park chaotically, it is imperative to observe no parking signs, since vehicles are towed away.
- Make sure you have enough sunscreen and water while you are walking around the landmarks and museums to avoid severe sunburn and dehydration.
- The Italians are friendly people, if locals see you struggling with a map or even just looking lost, they would most probably stop to assist you.
- Those who wish to bring pets (dogs, cats) to Italy require a new pet pass since 3 July 2004. Among other things, it contains an official veterinary statement of health (no more than 30 days old), a rabies vaccination certificate that is at least 20 days and no more than eleven months old, and a passport photo. In addition, the animal must have a microchip or tattoo. A muzzle and leash are required at all times for dogs.
- You can wear casual clothes for the most part of your trip. Just make sure that you are decently dressed and covered up. Nobody wants unwanted and degrading attention. When you visit the churches, make sure that you, yet again, are dressed appropriately.
- Electricity wise. The mains supply is 220 volts AC. Many travellers, e.g. those from North America and the UK, need an adapter. A standard European plug can only be used if it has narrow contacts.
- For travellers from outside the EU, the following duty-free quantities apply: 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco; also 2 litres of wine and 2 litres of sparkling wine or 1 litre of spirits with an alcohol content of more than 22% vol.; 500g of coffee or 200g of coffee extracts, 100 g of tea or 4l)g of tea extract, 50ml of perfume or 0.25 litres of eau de toilette. Gifts up to a value of €175 are also duty-free.
- You do not travel all the way to Rome without visiting the museums. As soon as you have picked the sights you want to see, find out what their opening and closing times are. Since the opening hours of museums in Italy change unusually often, Opening hours it is not possible to keep this information up-to-date even with the best of efforts. To avoid disappointment, ask locally about changes to the opening hours. Many museums are closed on Mondays. Last admission is usually half an hour before closing. Make sure you know which museums charge a fee and what the fees are so that you can budget accordingly. Some have different rates for children, students and seniors. Churches are free to visit and contain many works of art that you might love.
- Rome offers its younger visitors such a variety of sights and recreational attractions that no child should get bored here. The city’s parks provide plenty of space to run and romp. Children’s theatre, pony rides, bicycles, boat trips etc. provide additional entertainment. Since the Romans like children they give them a lot of attention in restaurants and hotels. Many museums, such as the Museo Nazionale Preistorico with its permanent Africa exhibition and the Museo delle Navi Romane, are also interesting for children. The city of Rome publishes a museum guide with a 30-minute tape for the Capitoline Museums and for the Museo della Civiltà Romana, which is also available in English at the entrance. A visit to the zoo with its near-natural environments for the animals or to the botanical gardens on the Largo Cristina di Svezia 24 with over 3,500 species of plants is well worthwhile.
- Since 2005 it has been illegal to smoke in bars and restaurants in Italy. The fine for disregarding the law, between 25 and 250 euros, is particularly expensive for smoking in the presence of children or pregnant women.
Rome Tours & Tickets for Your Visit:
Rome is the most important tourist destination in the world. Get your ticket in advance to avoid spending time in museum queues. Do not wait long queues to enter the Colosseum and the Vatican.