Rome is one of the cities that has managed to be in the center of not only Europe but also the world since ancient times. This city, which was the capital of the Roman Empire, is among the centers of European culture today. You can find surprises that will appeal to everyone in the narrow streets of the city, where Renaissance masterpieces, modern architecture and structures are scattered in harmony.
If one is going to one of the European cities, he should go to Rome first. This is the heart of Western civilization. Every time I see it, I get excited like it’s the first time. For those who want to get to know Europe, I would say go to Rome first. It’s impossible not to fall in love with Rome. Already when you read the name of the city, you encounter a surprise; ‘Amor’ means love.
Built on seven hills on the Tiber River, Rome is undoubtedly one of the most special cities in the world. Rome is one of the most visited cities both in Europe and in the world, with its 3000 years of history, lively squares with traces of the Middle Ages, Baroque and Renaissance, and world-famous buildings that do not compromise on their splendor.
Rome is a city that combines its historical texture with daily life, and that the Romans are passionate about life despite being a tourist attraction.
It is a magnificent city that fascinates people with its history, art, aesthetics, flavors and romance. If you are going abroad for the first time and your first choice is Rome, this is both beautiful and risky. The fascinating atmosphere of the city affects you so deeply that you will inevitably compare all the cities you visit with Rome. The probability of you not liking it is very high.
Rome Travel Guide
According to legend, it was founded in 753 BC in the region between the Tiber and Aniane Rivers, where the first settlement started in Rome, 1000 BC. The foundation of Rome, which is said to have taken its name from the two brothers who founded the city, Romulus and Romus, is based on a legend.
According to legend, the twin brothers Romulus and Remus are the children of Mars, the god of war, and Rhea Silvia. Silvia is the sister of the King of Albologna, who was deposed by her brother. Silvia, who was imprisoned in a temple so that she could not have children, became pregnant from Mars, the god of war.
The children born thereupon are released into the river, and a she-wolf saves them and nurses them. Afterwards, Romulus kills his brother Remus and takes the throne alone, and Rome is established. This is where the story of the she-wolf statues nursing two small children, as a symbol of Rome, comes from almost everywhere in the city.
Rome enjoyed periods of prosperity between the 5th century BC and the 5th century AD, during the time of the Roman Empire. Many important historical buildings that you will see in Rome were also built between these periods. At the end of the Migration of Tribes, it entered a period of decline with the Roman Empire, which was divided into two as Western Rome and Eastern Rome (Byzantine).
Dark times began for the city when natural disasters such as plague epidemics and earthquakes broke out in Rome. The revival of the city, which remained in ruins until almost the 11th century, became possible with the arrival of the Renaissance. In this revival, the Papal authority, which started to gain strength, played a major role. During this period, the path of many Renaissance artists passes through Rome. Many new buildings are being added to the city and restorations are being made.
The city passes into the war period after the 15th century. Both the wars between the Italian states and the Napoleonic and Habsburg occupations cause the city to experience a constant war environment. Eventually, the Italian union was established and in 1871 Rome was chosen as the capital of Italy.
Even before becoming the capital of the Italian Republic, Rome played a pivotal role in the history of Italy as well as Europe. The ‘Caput Mundi (Capital of the World)’ in Roman times, later the home of the papacy and the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, has always had an international level of political, cultural and spiritual influence.
On the way from the Roman Empire to various Italian city-states and the capital of today’s modern Italy, Rome bears the important traces of these three periods. The cool thing is that unlike most historic European cities, history is still a part of everyday life. It is just a customary moment in Roman daily life for a woman on her Vespa to go to work, passing under a historical arch and leaving ancient columns behind.
Throughout Italy, the currency Euro (€) is used. Convert TL to Euro from Turkey and go on your trip. If you don’t have any Euros with you when you arrive in Rome, you can withdraw money in Euros directly from ATMs at the airport.
It is a good option to start your trip from Ancient Rome to see the cultural and historical heritage of Rome, the most important city of Italy, that affects all of Europe . The Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill can be visited as a single region as Ancient Rome. When you use your Roma Pass, your first free museum right here, the same ticket is valid for the Palatine Hill for 24 hours.
The city’s public transportation system is very easy, and the metro provides access to all touristic areas. If you are staying for more than 3 days, I recommend getting a 3-day Roma Pass. If you have a shorter stay, buy a daily ticket valid until midnight.
One of the best ways to visit Rome, one of the most important cities in the world since ancient times, is to join the Hop On-Hop Off bus tours.
Hop On – Hop Off Bus tours operate in two regions: Ancient Rome and General Rome Tour. Ancient Rome Tour departs on the route of Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum, Circus Maximus, Domus Area, Trojan’s Market, Torajan’s Column and Arch of Titus. The General Rome Tour tours around the touristic spots of the city on the lines of S.Maria Maggiore, Colosseo, Circo Massimo, Piazza Venezia, Vaticano, Fontana di Trevi and Piazza Barberini.
To see the cultural and historical heritage of Rome, which is the most important city of Italy, that affects all of Europe, it may be a good option to start your trip from Ancient Rome. I shared the list in a much more extensive and detailed way in my blog post on Places to Visit in Rome .
Rome Travel Guide
- Constantine Jewelry
- Roman Forum, Ancient Rome
- Palatine Hill, Ancient Rome
- Domus Aurea
- Trajan Forum
- Trajan’s Column
- Belt of Titus
- Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore
- Piazza Venezia
- Trevi Fountain
- Spanish Steps – Spagna Square
- Barberini Square
- Piazza Del Popolo
- Sant’Angelo Castle
- Piazza Navona
- Borghese Gardens
- Vatican City
When I think of Rome, the first thing that comes to my mind is the Colleseum , probably due to the movies I watched. Even if I hadn’t seen it in the movies, when I saw this magnificent building, which was completed in 80 AD and has a capacity of 55 thousand people, when I think of Rome, this place would come first.
One of the most important historical heritages of Italy, the Colosseum, or Flavianus Amphitheater, is the largest amphitheater built during the Roman Period. Its construction began in the middle of Rome between 70-72 AD and was completed in 80 AD during the reign of Vespasion’s son, Emperor Titus. Over 5 thousand animals and hundreds of people were sacrificed in the opening games that lasted 100 days and nights.
The place where gladiators once fought, is now the city symbol of Rome and the most popular travel stop. It is the product of a unique architecture that survives even after thousands of years.
The Colosseum, from January 1 to February 15, 08.30-16.30, from February 16 to March 15, 08.30-17.00, from March 16 to the last Saturday of March 08.30-17.30, from the last Sunday of March to August 31, 08.30-19.15, It is open to visitors between 08.30-19.00 on 1-30 September and 08.30-18.30 on 1 October – 31 December. The entrance fee to the Colosseum is 12 €, and the fast track ticket, which allows you to enter without waiting in line, is 16 €.
2. Constantine Jewelry
The Arch of Constantine , a second century structure, was built to celebrate the victory of the first Christian Emperor Constantine. The building, located between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill, is the only surviving arch in Rome. The impressive reliefs on it depict the victories of Roman soldiers and describe previous emperors.
3. Roman Forum, Ancient Rome
The Roman Forum , built on the Palatine Hill, one of the 7 hills of Rome, is also close to the Colosseum. When you see this place, it is easy to understand why Rome is called an open-air museum. Originally called Forum Romanum, this place is where the ancient Roman civilization rose.
The Roman Forum, the city center of the ancient Roman period, is a complex structure where justice is provided and commercial activities are carried out, political, economic and religious matters are decided, in short, state affairs are carried out collectively. The story of the Roman Forum’s growth and development actually dates back to 3000 years ago.
The glorious period of the region started with the drying of the swamp here in the 1st century BC. The fact that General Jules Caesar started to create the Roman Forum in 46 BC inspired the rulers of that period and the emperors who came after. The Forum lived its most glorious days during the reign of Emperor Augustus.
The Forum continued to be the center of the city in every sense until the collapse of the empire. The monuments and 2,000-year-old ruins in this place, where the commanders, soldiers and shopkeepers once lived, reveal the legacy of Ancient Rome.
The Triumphal Arch of Septimius Severus, the Temple of Vesta and the House of the Vestal Virgins, the Curia, the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the Triumphal Arch of Titus, the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine, the Temple of Vespasian, the Temple of Saturn, the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina are among the important sections in the forum.
The Roman Forum can be visited free of charge between 09.00-16.30 in winter and 09.00-19.30 in summer.
4. Palatine Hill, Ancient Rome
Built on seven hills, Rome’s Palatine Hill (Palatino Hill) with a view of the Forum has a special place in Roman mythology. It is believed that the brothers Romulus and Remus, believed to be the founders of Rome, were found by a she-wolf in a cave on this hill, and the wolf fed the children to ensure their survival.
On the Palatine Hill, which was the residence of the emperors as well as the Roman nobility, there are the ruins of the Palaces of Augustus, Tiberius and Domitian, a gathering place for mass entertainment and the Circus Maximus , an ancient hippodrome with a capacity of 270 thousand people .
Circus Maximus, an ancient hippodrome, is located in the valley between the Aventine and Palatine Hills. In the arena, which is 600 meters long, 80 meters wide and has a capacity of 250 thousand spectators, a triumphal arch with three eyes was built in honor of Emperor Titus in 81.
Palatine Hill can be visited between 09.00-16.30 in winter and 09.00-19.30 in summer. Palatine Hill entrance fee is 18€, free for 24 hours if you used Roma Pass for Colosseum.
5. Domus Aurea
Domus Aurea , which means ‘Golden House’ in Latin, is a large area built villa that emerged after the burning of aristocrats’ houses as a result of the great Roman fire that took place in Rome in 64.
Spread over a large area at the foot of the Esquiline Hill, the house was built by the Roman Emperor Nero. It can only be visited on Saturdays and Sundays between 09:15 and 16:15. Entrance fee is 14€, discounted ticket is 10€.
6. Trajan Forum
The Forum of Trajan is a large complex located on the Via dei Fori Imperiali, opposite the Colosseum, on the ruins of the Ancient city. The structures built as an integral part of Trajan’s Forum and surviving provide clues about the life model of the imperial period and Ancient Roman architecture.
Trajan’s Forum can be visited 7 days a week between 09.30 and 19.30. It is closed on January 1 and December 25. It is open between 09:30 and 13:00 on 1 May, 24 and 31 December. The ticket office closes at 18.30. The Trajan Forum entrance fee is €15.50. The entrance fee includes the skip-the-line ticket, the Museum of the Imperial Forums and Trajan’s Forum.
7. Trajan’s Column
Trajan’s Column , the monument built by the Roman emperor Trajan in the Trajanus Forum, which also bears his name, was built in the Roman style Doric order. The inside of the monument, which reaches 38 meters in height with its pedestal and contains a burial chamber belonging to Trajan, is also carved. The monument, which contains reliefs describing the Dacian war of Trajan in a spiral upward spiraling strip, is made of marble.
8. Belt of Titus
The Arch of Titus, located in Via Sacra in the Roman Forum , is one of the most important arches of Rome, also known as the Arch of Titus. It was built by Emperor Domitian to commemorate Titus’ victory in Judah.
Also known as Titus and MS. Titus Flavius Vespasianus, a successful general who suppressed the Jewish uprising in 70, is known for his arrangements in Rome’s public spaces, and the healing of two major disasters such as the eruption of Vesuvius and the Roman fire.
9. Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore
Santa Maria Maggiore , the largest church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was built by Pope Liberus in the 4th century after the Virgin Mary appeared to him in his dreams. The fine workmanship of Santa Maria Maggiore, a magnificent structure decorated with gold, mosaic and marbles, where different architectural styles are used together, is also quite impressive.
However, the most impressive aspect is the Romanesque bell tower, which is in the shape of a pyramid at the top of the church. The basilica is open to visitors every day between 07.00-18.00 in winter, 07.00-19.00 in summer, and between 09.30-12.00 on Sundays. Admission to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is free.
10. Piazza Venezia
Piazza Venezia , which means Venice Square , is one of the most famous squares in the city. There is a huge monument in the middle of the square. On the street to the right of the very crowded and lively square with many restaurants and cafes around, St. There is the Basilica of Maria Maggiore. Tourist groups come with night tours to the square, which has a different charm, especially at night, accompanied by lighting.
11. Trevi Fountain
There is an indispensable place for those who go to Italy; Is the famous baroque fountain Fontana Di Trevi or as we know it the Fountain of Love . However, its name is Trevi Fountain, only we call it Fountain of Love.
Trevi means ‘three ways’ in Italian. Pope Clement 12 had it built by sculptor Nicola Salvi. There is a statue of Neptune in the middle of the fountain, Ceres on the left and Salus on the right. Everyone who comes here turns their back to the fountain to come back to Rome and throws money into the fountain with their right hand over their left shoulder.
It is said that tossing a coin into the fountain indicates that one day one will return to Rome, tossing two coins indicates falling in love with a beautiful Roman girl, and tossing three coins indicates that one will marry someone in Rome.
Head to San Crispino on the street right next to the Trevi Fountain and taste the most delicious gelato you’ve ever had. The best gelato in Italy is here.
12. Spanish Steps – Spagna Square
My other stop here was the Spanish Steps , where almost every tourist coming to Rome goes, sits on the steps, rests and watches the square . It was built to connect the Trinita dei Monti Church, which was under the auspices of the King of France, and the Spanish Square.
Known as the Trinita dei Monti, the Spanish Steps were opened in 1725. It is still standing as it was when it was built for 300 years. There are exactly 135 steps to climb. When you climb the stairs exactly, you reach Villa Medici.
Spagna Square is located at the bottom of the Spanish Steps. Another of Rome’s famous fountains, the boat-shaped Fontana della Barcaccia adorns the square. Let me remind you that it is forbidden to eat or drink on the Spanish Steps. Even sitting on the stairs is prohibited with the latest decision.
13. Barberini Square
Bernini’s Tritone Fountain is located in the middle of Barberini Square , a baroque square close to the famous Via Veneto . The statue of the fountain in this square, which was built in the name of the Barberini family in the 17th century, features Triton, the mighty sea god, on four dolphins surrounding the papal crown. The Barberini Palace in the square hosts one of the important oil painting exhibitions, Galleria Nazionale.
Another magnificent architectural structure inherited from Rome from the Roman period is the Pantheon . He calls it the Temple of the Gods. It was built by Augustus’ son-in-law Agrippa to give thanks to the gods. It is an architectural masterpiece with its 43-meter dome.
The Pantheon, which was built as a temple dedicated to Roman gods in the early days, started to be used as a church from the 7th century AD. The Pantheon can be visited between 09:00 and 19:00 from Monday to Saturday, and between 09:00 and 18:00 on Sundays. Closed on public holidays. Admission to the Pantheon is free.
15. Piazza Del Popolo
Popolo Square (Piazza del Popolo) , one of the largest squares in Rome, is located at the northern entrance of the city. It was given its original shape by the French-Roman architect Giuseppe Valadier between 1809-1816. Considered one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, the square takes its name from the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo and means ‘People’s Square’. The Neptune Fountain and the Obelisk Fountain adorn the square.
16. Sant’Angelo Castle
The Sant’Angelo Castle or Hadrian’s Mausoleum is a cylindrical building located in Adriano Park. Castel Sant Angelo (Castle of the Holy Angel), one of the important historical buildings of Rome , according to legend, the archangel Michael appeared on the mausoleum while sheathing his sword and ended the great plague epidemic of those years.
There are two statues of Michael in the castle, which is named after him. It has also been used as a prison, dungeon and a torture center in history. The castle is also the location of the movie Angels and Demons. After leaving the castle, you walk along the banks of the Tevere River in the direction of Campo de Fiori Square, this walk with a beautiful view will take you to Fiori Square. You can take a rest break in this square or shop at the established market.
The castle can be visited between 09:00 and 19:30, 6 days a week except Mondays. Castel Sant Angelo (Castle of the Holy Angel) entrance fee is 15€, 18-24 years old 7€.
17. Piazza Navona
It is priceless to sit in Piazza Navona , one of the most vibrant places in Rome’s life, and watch the street artists and the fountain designed that will leave the people who work around it open-mouthed. In fact, when we look at the history of the square, it is mentioned as a place where jousts were held on horseback in the Middle Ages, but today, painters, musicians and cartoonists are concentrated in the square.
In the middle of the square, there is the 4 River Fountain (Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi) by Bernini, which symbolizes 4 rivers in four different continents (Rio de la Plata in America, Danube in Europe, Ganges in Asia and Nile in Africa). And of course, there are great cafes. You can even stop by just to relax here.
Trastevere , located on the other side of the Tiber River , reflects the old Roman life with its cobblestones, restaurants serving local food, cute cafes and the warmth of its local people; On the other hand, it is an extremely cool and touristic area with its book cafes, intellectual environments and boutiques. If you happen to be on a Sunday, don’t leave without checking the flea market stalls.
19. Borghese Gardens
Villa Borghese (Borghese Gardens), located in Borghese, a Roman district located in the northeast of the city, named after the Borghese Family, is a huge park that is peaceful, relaxing and happy. There are 87 places worth seeing in the huge 1700-acre park. There is also a temple in the park. Its name is the Temple of Asclepius . Made for the god of health and healing. Asklepios, with his serpent staff, is considered the son of Apollo in Greek mythology.
8 of them are museums and Galeria Borghese is the most magnificent. Even if you want to watch the sunset in Villa Borghese, where you can spend the whole day without getting bored, you can see the Roman town square from the top and capture beautiful photo frames against the view.
A limited number of visitors are allowed at the Galleria Borghese during certain hours. A maximum of 360 people are allowed to enter at a time. You can visit the museum, where a limited number of people are allowed to visit, between 09.00-11.00, 11.00-13.00, 15.00-17.00, 17.00-19.00.
When you buy tickets from the box office, tickets are issued only a few days later. I recommend buying tickets online 1 week in advance. Backpacks are left in custody. You don’t understand how time flies. Closed on Mondays. It’s free on the first Sunday of every month, but you still need to make a reservation.
20. Vatican City
Then change your route to the Vatican, to San Pietro square. Vatican City , or Vatican City State with its official name, is the administrative center of the Catholic sect of Christianity in Rome, Italy. On the other hand, it is the city with the highest number of tourists per square meter in the world. Inside Rome, surrounded by high walls, the Vatican is home to some of the world’s most valuable museums and works of art.
The Vatican, the religious center of the Catholics, St. Peter’s Square, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and Vatican Gardens, each of which is a work of art, is a special area where every square centimeter is kneaded with art and artists. It is guarded by a small 100-strong army of traditional guards, also known as the Swiss Guard.
St. Peter’s Square : One of the most magnificent squares I have ever seen. San Pietro, the main square of the Vatican, was designed by Bernini between 1656-1667. It is surrounded by 284 columns. Here you breathe the mystical texture of Rome.
In the middle of the square is an Egyptian obelisk 25.5 meters high, erected by Pope Sixtus V. This is a fascinating place with the magnificence of the churches, their decorations, and the Swiss Vatican Guardians in their interesting colorful outfits.
St. Peter’s Basilica : One of the 4 largest basilicas in Rome and the center of the Catholic faith, St. Peter’s Basilica is the largest church of Christianity with a capacity of 60,000 people. It is one of the most important religious buildings in the list of places to visit in Rome.
St. Peter’s Basilica was built between 1506 and 1626 at the place where Peter, one of the apostles of Jesus, is believed to be buried, and was named after him. Michelangelo’s lifeless body of the crucified Christ lying in the arms of Mary, the mother of the important statue is located in the first chapel.
The basilica can be visited between 07.00 and 18.30 between October 1 and March 31, and between 07.00 and 19.00 between April 1 and September 30. There is no charge to enter the sanctuary section of St. Peter’s Basilica. The treasury section can be visited between 19.00-18.15 (October-March 17.15, entrance fee), Vatican Grottoes 07.00-18.00 (October-March 17.00), and the dome can be visited every day between 08.00-17.00 (Entry € 7).
Vatican Museums : One of the largest museums in the world, the Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) is an important building built by the Roman Catholic Church during the Renaissance period and hosts the most important sculptures of the world.
The museum community, which consists of 54 galleries together with the Sistine Chapel, is a fascinating place with carpets like paintings used by the popes in the Vatican, gold leaf on the ceilings and different paintings and sculptures in each section separated by centuries.
Sistine Chapel : A chapel where the world’s most valuable works of art are housed. It hosts many works such as Michelangelo’s “Creation”. It is forbidden to take photos and videos, speak loudly and make noise inside the chapel. Officers are constantly alerting visitors by walking around. In order to enter the Sistine Chapel, you must not wear short shorts.
The museum is open to visitors 6 days a week, from Monday to Saturday, between 08:45 and 16:45. The entrance to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel is free between 09:00 and 14:00 on the last Sunday of every month. The last entry time to the chapel is 12.30. The days when the chapel is closed are 1 and 6 January, 11 February, 19 and 31 March, 1 April, 1 May, 29 June, 14-15 August, 1 November, 25-26 December.
The Sistine Chapel entrance fee is 16€. At the same time, it is possible to include St. Peter’s Basilica in your tour by paying 5 € plus 2 hours (34 €) guided tours that provide detailed information. Apart from these, you can also benefit from many tours with different guidance options and Roma Pass.
Vatican Gardens : In the Vatican Gardens (Giardini Vaticani), located in the south and northwest of the Vatican and covering more than half of the country, there are structures such as a garden, a park and Vatican Radio. Twenty-seven gardeners take care of the gardens that the popes use to rest. The Vatican Gardens cannot be visited without a guide, and the tour ticket you buy also gives you access to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums.
The garden is open between 09.00-18.00, 5 days a week, except Sunday and Wednesday. It can only be visited with guided tours. Guided tours are conducted in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish. The whole tour takes 2 hours. The price of the Vatican Gardens guided tour is 34€ for adults, 25€ for a discount ticket.
Another world-known name of Rome, La Dolce Vita means sweet life. This being the case, it is not possible to get rid of Rome’s cultural atmosphere and not drink espresso in cafes, tour shopping venues or not interfere with nightlife… Also, make a reference to Fellini’s Sweet Life, which is identified with Rome.
Although Milan is the main shopping center of Italy, it offers a therapeutic shopping pleasure in Rome. When you think of shopping in Rome , the first places that come to mind are Via del Corso, the streets between Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Venezia.
When you walk from the Spanish Steps to Via Dei Condotti, there are stores where you can find many famous brands, from luxury boutiques with tailor-made tailoring to Gucci and Prada. Prices are more affordable than London and Paris and you can find almost all of them here.
You can find original products, especially in street markets, as well as bargaining opportunities. You can find Renaissance and Baroque figurines, antique products and handmade ceramics at very affordable prices. Roma also prides itself on its concept stores.
Among those available for purchase in Rome are handmade rosaries unique to the Vatican, Italian pasta, olive oil, Limoncello liqueur and pasta sauces with many different flavors.
Via del Governo Vecchio, which is frequently preferred for antique shopping. Euroma2, one of the shopping centers called Grand Magazine, and Porta Portese from the flea markets can be a good choice. You can buy Pecorino Romano cheese, Parma janbon, extra virgin olive oil, dried porcini mushrooms and Italian coffee from shops selling traditional Italian foods called Alimentari. Don’t forget the wine!
On the other hand, for a more authentic and affordable shopping experience in Rome, you can visit Porta Portese, a flea market in Trastevere, and Campo dei’Fiori, a fresh fruit, vegetable and flower market on Piazza Navona Square.
Rome eating and drinking
The Italian cuisine, which has a Mediterranean climate due to its geographical location, is one of the richest and healthiest cuisines in the world, and its history dates back to the 4th century BC. With all the food and beverage alternatives it has, Rome is capable of appealing to all kinds of travelers.
The multicultural culinary approach brought about by being a metropolis on the richness of Italian cuisine makes Rome a city where delicious food meets. Everything is delicious in Rome, from the cheapest to the most expensive, thanks to Italy’s fertile soil.
The world-famous cheeses of Italian cuisine are gorgonzola, mozzarella, parmesan, ricotta; desserts tiramisu, gelato, Zuppa Inglese; their pizzas are pizza marinara and pizza margherita; Their pastas are spaghetti, tagliatelle, penne, fettuccine, pappardelle, fusilli, lasagne, maccheroni, farfalle and orecchiette, alfredo, pesto, bolognese…
When we think of eating and drinking in Rome, most of us think of pizza and ice cream. Indeed, pizza is delicious in Rome. The best choice to eat pizza is Pizzeria Baffetto or Pizzaria da Remo . Pastaficio for pasta .
Moreover, you do not need to go to a restaurant and pay a fortune to taste this delicacy. As in almost every city in Italy, there are corner kiosks in Rome where you can buy pizza by the slice. Thanks to these buffets, you can fill your stomach by giving 3-4 Euros.
It’s impossible not to taste ice cream while you’re in Rome. Remember that the best ice cream shops are near the Pantheon. Giolitti is the ice cream shop that should be kept in mind while tasting the famous Roman ice cream . Bar Gelateria ice cream parlor, just across the Trevi fountain, is a place not to be missed.
Locally produced Italian wines such as amarone, barolo and chianti, as well as liqueurs and cocktails called aperitivi, are among the delicacies to be tasted.
Rome is full of many beautiful and quality restaurants. But there is no strict rule that you can have the best meal in a very stylish place. Although it does not look very promising as a place, some tastes can be tasted in the corners of the coast. The places in the guides are usually popular places with a high price range. It can be difficult to find a place in such places. If you plan to eat in such a place, do not forget to make a reservation in advance.
If you need to price a menu that includes three types of food in general, it is grouped as 60 Euros and more expensive, 30-60 Euros average, 30 Euros and less cheap. These prices generally include three dishes and a bottle of wine. Service charge is not included.
Fortunato al Pantheon on Via del Pantheon Street, Ditirambo on Piazza della Cancelleria Square, Ristorante Le Mille E Una Notte on Via Nomentana Street and Ristorante Bel Poggio on Via del Monte di Casa Street are among the most popular restaurants in Rome.
Rome has a colorful and vibrant nightlife atmosphere. The nightlife of the city is quite active around the districts of Testaccio and Ostiense. Piazza Montevecchio Square, Via Pietro Micca, Viale di Porta Ardeatina and Via di Monte Testaccio streets are home to popular venues of the city.
The city’s top entertainment venues include Goa, Freni e Frizioni, L’Alibi, La Casa del Jazz, Micca and Villaggio Globale.
Rome is a very safe city in general, but like every touristic region, crimes such as pickpocketing and snatching can be observed, especially in crowded touristic sightseeing stops. Termini and the surrounding area are not very safe at night in the city.
If you come to Termini late at night, be careful. Do not walk alone as much as possible. Smuggling and pickpocketing are also common in Rome. Also, do not carry your belongings such as camera and camcorder around your neck unless you use them.
Most of the hotels are around the Colosseum and Forum, and are lined up on Via Cavour and in the side streets of this street. For a luxurious accommodation experience in Rome, you can take a look at the accommodation alternatives located on Piazza Trinita Dei Monti Square, Bocca Di Leone, Boncompagni and Sistina Avenues, and Largo Febo and Della Penna regions.
For more affordable options, check out the hotels and hostels on Carlo Alberto, Marghera, and Via della Cisterna Streets. The most preferred region is Termini and its surroundings. Considering its proximity to the airport, metro, buses and the distance to the sights, it is quite reasonable.
How to get to Rome
Transportation from Fiumicino airport to the center of Rome is done by Express trains that go to Termini Station every 30 minutes and take about 25 minutes. From there, you can go anywhere in the city by metro.
If you are flying with a low-budget airline, you will probably land at Ciampino Airport. A bus departing from the airport connects to line A of the metro and takes you to Termini Station in approximately 30 minutes.
The Rome metro line has a red-blue route that cuts the city on a north-south, west-east axis. In addition, there are stops at many points that you should see. Keep in mind, the metro is open until 02:00 on Friday-Saturday, and until 23.30 on other days.
Buses and trams can also be preferred for urban transportation in terms of ease and cheapness, but peak hours should be taken into account. The bus number 40 is called the ‘tourist bus’. The stops where the bus passes cover many places to visit. Apart from these, it is possible to reach any place you want with the hop on-hop off buses, which are both pleasant and easy.
The price of a ticket valid for 75 minutes, which you can use in all means of transportation in Rome, is 1 Euro. The price of an unlimited ticket valid for all days is 4 Euros, and the price of a 3-day unlimited ticket is 11 Euros.
Roma Pass , on the other hand, allows you to make unlimited use of all metro, buses and trams, and to enter some museums for free or at a discount. It offers free transportation for three days and admission to two museums. Its price is 30 euros. How to get to Rome I have given more information about transportation in Rome in my blog post, check it out👍
Rome , with its thousands of years old ancient ruins, monuments, statues and churches; It is a magnificent city that has a romanticism that feeds the souls with its streets where art and aesthetics are blended, and that connects me deeply to itself. It is a place that should be noted at the top of the list for those who will tour abroad for the first time. Go, see, feel its fascinating atmosphere.