Here is a travel guide for those who want to learn more about Rome.
How To Get To Rome?
It is quite easy to go to Rome as it is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with its historical and cultural background and is at the center of all the transportation networks of Italy.
Transportation by Airway: Plane flights are the most convenient mode of transportation for those who will depart from Turkey. There are 3 airports used for civil air transportation to Rome.
Fiumicino - Leonardo da Vinci is the largest and busiest of these facilities, while Ciampino is the oldest, with charter flights. In addition to these airports, Rome-Urbe, which has low traffic density, operates about 6 kilometers north of the city center.
Flights from Turkey to Rome take an average of 2.5 hours. While direct flights are arranged from Istanbul, flights with departure points to Izmir or Ankara are made with connecting flights.
Transportation by Train: For those who want to go to the city from other European capitals or Italian cities, train transportation is the most comfortable and practical solution.
The Italian national railway company Trenitalia provides transportation from other major cities in the country in a short time through Frecciabianca trains, which have been modernized with high-speed Frecciargento and Frecciarossa.
The trains that terminate their journeys in Termini, which is the main train station of Rome, can travel with prices starting from 19.90 Euros.
Trains arrive from Venice in 3 hours and 45 minutes, from Milan in 2 hours 55 minutes, from Florence to Rome in 1 hour and 32 minutes.
From European cities, those who want to reach Rome by train have to settle for a transit journey. You can travel to the capital Rome, one of the other popular tourist destinations of the continent such as London, Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam, with such a journey that you will take both by watching the natural beauties of Southern Europe and benefiting from the privileges offered by railway companies.
When to Go to Rome?
Another important issue in our Rome travel guide article is the time to go to Rome. The mild Mediterranean climate prevails in Rome.
Although this situation makes the city a destination that can be traveled for 4 seasons, the majority of travelers prefer the period from the beginning of June to the end of August to go to Rome.
While the air temperatures at average values starting from the middle of spring allow the comprehensive travel plans to be implemented easily, in September and October the city takes on a romantic atmosphere. If you want to have a holiday in the capital of Italy, which stands out with its history, with a limited budget, you can go to the city in the winter months when temperatures are around 7 ° C.
One of the biggest factors in the influx of tourists to the city from May to the end of August is the cultural events organized. The most important events organized in this period are the horse races and the tennis championship organized in May every year. In the same month, the city hosts the Rome Fair as well as these big organizations, both of which are held in the international category.
The biggest cultural event you can witness with your own eyes during your Roman holiday is the Estate Romana Musica, which covers the months of July and August.
In addition to this festival with the theme of cinema, music, and opera, an 8-day Noantri Festival is held at the end of July, which takes Trastevere at its center. The foundation of the city is celebrated on April 21st.
Where to Stay in Rome?
Thanks to over 10 thousand active facilities, Rome is one of the cities that delight travelers in terms of accommodation. Due to the high number of facilities, you can easily find accommodation facilities that are suitable for your budget and expectations and close to the city's attractions.
Rome Central Station, or Termini, as it was originally called, is the most popular accommodation area in the city. Hundreds of facilities with above-average service quality provide service around the station, which is the center of many urban and intercity transportation options.
Among the hotels near Roma Termini, which attract holidaymakers with their affordable prices, there are options such as 3 ★ Hotel Impero, 4 ★ Hotel Quirinale, and 5 ★ Boscolo Exedra Roma.
One of the indispensable spots in the city for shopping enthusiasts, Via Veneto Street and its surroundings, is another area where you can search for quality hotel options close to Termini.
On your travel route, you can stay in hotels in the historical city center of Rome, which offers safe and luxurious options to its guests.
Although Centro Storico seems a little disadvantageous in terms of transportation, its location within walking distance to popular areas such as the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Coliseum, Roman Forum, and Spanish Steps closes this gap.
If you choose this region for accommodation, you can prioritize facilities such as 3 ★ Infinity Hotel, 4 ★ Hotel Mozart, and 5 ★ Hotel Raphael - Relais & Chateaux in your hotel search. You can also focus on the Rione I Monti District for accommodation options close to Rome's historical sites.
The last area I can recommend to you for accommodation is Trastevere, located in the south of the Vatican. Popular with its vibrant nightlife as well as the urban texture, the region is a little further away from the city center than others. However, with its unique structure, it offers different opportunities to travelers that they will not forget for a long time.
What to Do in Rome?
The historical areas of Rome are actually small enough to be visited on foot. In this triangle, the corners of the Coliseum, Campe de Fiori, and the Vatican, you will walk between the two furthest points at most in half an hour. So if you are going to Rome for the first time, leave certain points aside first.
1. Explore the historic Roman streets.
Take a walk in this historical triangle, looking carefully around you, enjoying the streets and squares. So you can decide where you want to see in more detail and where you want to pass. Which takes no more than 3 hours to do this walk.
2. Visit the Colosseum.
The Pantheon, one of the important temples of the Christian world, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the giant gladiator arena, the Spanish Steps, the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, and the Farnese Palace are among the places worth seeing both in terms of architecture and with the artworks it contains.
However, if there was one place where I could say "Don't come back without seeing," it would be the Colosseum.
This gigantic arena, dating back to 72 AD, was built primarily for gladiator fights and wild animal fights but is also used for various shows and celebrations over time, is one of the landmarks of Rome.
The entrance fee of the Colosseum is 16 Euros for adults on the website and 14 Euros at the box office (2019). However, the ticket queue at the box office is very long; it is good to know.
3. Go to the Opera.
I also recommend you to go to the opera show in the country where classical music giants such as Vivaldi, Puccini, Bellini, and Paganini grew up.
The ideal address for this in Rome is Teatro dell 'Opera di Roma'. By purchasing your ticket online in advance, you also eliminate the risk of not being able to find tickets at important shows.
4. Make wishes at the Trevi Fountain.
Probably the most famous fountain in the world, Trevi is a mix of Classical and Baroque architecture and a spot visited by every tourist who goes to Rome.
There are various rumors about it. While some say that lovers who go here together will never leave, others claim that the person who throws money in the pool and makes a wish will definitely come back to Rome.
I think you can make a wish of your own, just go to the fountain and turn your back, make a wish while throwing the money you hold with your right hand into the pool over your left shoulder.
5. Rest for a few hours with coffee or wine in the squares.
You will pass through most of the squares called Piazza in Italian. I recommend you to visit and see those who have not passed.
The restaurants lined up around the square, the artists performing their art, the musicians you can see sometimes at sunset, the sculptures, and the extraordinary atmosphere that brings the classical Italian aesthetics together with the tourist crowd are the places you must see.
The main ones are Piazza Navona, Piazza Spagna, Piazza Fontana di Trevi, Piazza Venezia, Piazza Campo dei Fiori, Piazza del Campidoglio, Piazza San Pietro, Piazza del Popolo, Piazza del Pantheon, Piazza Barberini, Piazza di Siena.
Sit in a cafe in one of these squares and watch yourself by ordering a glass of wine or a cup of cappuccino and you will enjoy the 1-2 hours you will spend.
6.Taste the flavors of Italian Cuisine.
Coffee, pizza, pasta, ice cream, tiramisu, and more.
Yes, we can eat these delicacies without going to Rome. However, it is quite different to taste them in their own homeland. After eating pizza in Rome, you might even say, "Actually, I've never had pizza before!."
Here is some street food that you will probably encounter in the streets of Rome:
Panini, which is actually a sandwich, can be made with meat-containing ingredients, vegetables, or cheese. It is a very nutritious and easy alternative, as it allows you to save time and choose its content as you wish while visiting Rome as a tourist.
The specialty of Italian Panini is that they are not prepared in advance, stocked, and sold like our cold sandwiches. If you want to eat a good panini, you should choose places that prepare it for you and serve it hot.
The two best options I can recommend for panini in the city are;
Duecentogradi, Piazza del Risorgimento 3, 00192 Roma
Panini Divino, Via Dei Gracchi 11/a | Angolo Via Ottaviano, 00192 Roma
Another popular snack you can find in Rome is Suppli, which we can also describe as fried rice balls.
Suppli, which usually includes tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, is a cheap, tasty, and fast-food street food for travelers.
You can eat the most delicious Suppli at Suppli, which you can immediately recognize from the long queue in front of it.
Address: Via di San Francesco a Ripa 137, 00153 Roma
Mortazza, which you can eat on pizza or choose as a snack, is an extraordinary snack for those who do not hesitate to eat meat.
You can taste the most delicious Mortazza in Rome at Pizza & Mortazza.
Address: Via del Casale Giuliani, 29, 00141 Roma
The last street food I will talk about in this article on what to eat in Rome is Tigelle.
It can be sweet as well as salty options. Tigelle, which is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, is another cheap and delicious snack you can find in the streets of Rome.
General Information on Eating and Drinking in Rome
There is a saying about Italy's food culture "Food in Italy is a blessed activity twice because it is a combination of two arts".
Of course, I can guess that some readers reading this article will focus on eating and shopping quickly in the city they go as tourists, but some readers are also interested in the traditional food culture of the city.
Therefore, I will talk about both the information you may need as a tourist and the food culture of the city in the Rome travel guide article.
Let's start with the restaurant culture first. Actually, we can divide the restaurants into three in Rome. I would like to mention these briefly.
Ristorante: They are classic, middle, and upper-middle level, maybe little formal restaurants.
Trattoria: They are more informal restaurants serving local food at more affordable prices.
Osteria: They are extremely affordable, often family-run, informal restaurants with local delicacies. In Osteria, meals are also home-type.
Opening Hours: Restaurants in Rome usually open for lunch, then reopen for dinner, taking a few hours break. Although it varies according to the establishment, if I need to give an approximate time, lunch is served between 12:00 and 15:00 and dinner between 19:00 and 23:00.
Apart from that, restaurants are closed once a week. This is usually Sunday or Monday, depending on the business preference.
Tip: Service charges in Rome are usually included in meal prices. So there is no further responsibility to give a tip. However, where you are very satisfied, you can leave a tip of around 5% or 10% if you wish.
7. Visit Cinecitta
Do you like Italian cinema? Whatever your personal opinion is, Italian Cinema is a culture that is appreciated in the world.
If there is Hollywood in America, Yeşilçam in Turkey, and Bollywood in India, Italy has its own Cinecitta. You can visit the Cinecitta, where cult movies such as La Dolce Vita, Cleopatra, Roman Holiday were shot, and many details about the scenes, decorations, costumes, and the film industry, as well as participate in guided tours.
The entrance fee for Cinecitta, which is open between 09:30 and 18:30 every day except Tuesday, is 15 Euros.
8. Visit the Vatican.
Located within the borders of Rome but being a completely different country, the Vatican is also the place of administration of the Catholic Sect. I say country, but there are no border crossings and no visa is required.
The Vatican, the official residence of the Papacy, is St. It also hosts thousands of works of art in countless temples and chapels, especially Pietro Basilica. Apart from the Basilica of San Pietro, the Sistine Chapel, the Holy Angel Castle, the Apostolic Palace, the Vatican Gardens and the Necropolis are among the things you can see in the Vatican, which I recommend you to spend one day.
I would only recommend you to buy your tickets in advance because even if it moves fast, there are queues of hundreds of meters in front of the Basilica of San Pietro where you will enter the city.
Shopping in Rome:
Shopping is perhaps the most enjoyable of the topics I will tell you in the scope of the Rome travel guide. Especially if you are in the city during the discounts that start on the first Saturday of July and January, each lasting for about 2 months, you can buy the products you desire at much more attractive prices.
In fact, if your shopping amount exceeds 155 Euros during these periods, you can benefit from tax deductions and increase your profit even more.
In the center of the shopping culture in the city, there are streets full of shops and boutiques on both sides. Via Condotti, Via Borgognona, and Via delle Carrozze are the leading streets where the products of world-famous brands such as Hermés, Bvlgari, Gucci, Prada, Cimmy Choo, Emilio Pucci, Roberto Cavalli, Ermenegildo Zegna, Malo are sold.
Of course, the products you will come across while strolling in the shopping streets are not limited to the fashion category. The city also has a variety that will satisfy gastronomy enthusiasts.
You can find sweets and candies, cheese varieties, olive oil, and wines, especially Italian pastas, in the shops on the street.
Nightlife in Rome:
Thanks to its historical venues, Rome offers unique experiences to its guests during the day, and at night it takes on a completely different beauty. The lighting system prepared with care has a great share in the occurrence of this situation. Because the already magnificent buildings and squares become much more eye-catching thanks to the lighting.
If you go to the Navona Square or near the Spanish Steps in the evening, as the majority of travelers do, you can witness the splendor of the city with your own eyes. Of course, all you can do at night is not just visiting the places whose beauty is enhanced with light games.
You can go to entertainment venues, most of which open their doors after 22:00, and leave yourself to the rhythm of the music playing, and you can relieve stress by dancing with DJ performances.
Most of the nightclubs in the city are concentrated in the Testaccio Region. In addition, Trastevere and Piazza Tilussa and San Lorenzo, which are preferred by the youth, are waiting for you.
If you like to listen to jazz, you can also spend time in Alexanderplatz, the oldest venue in the city. If you like Irish-style pubs, Fiddler’s Elbow, if you are looking for entertainment that lasts until sunrise, Les Affiches Roma can provide the environment you are looking for.
I hope this travel guide has been a productive resource for you.
You can reach further information about Rome by the following link: https://www.rome.net/