Rome is up there as one of Europe’s most popular short break cities and welcomes millions of visitors every year, but with so much to offer it’s no surprise there are quite a few questions travellers tend to have. To make your next visit to Rome a little easier, we’ve listed some of the most frequently asked questions about visiting the city with some helpful tips and answers…
HOW DO I GET AROUND ROME USING PUBLIC TRANSPORT?
Rome’s bus system is very extensive, meaning hopping on and off wherever you need to be is really easy. A Biglietto per 3 Giorni B.T.I. (3-days tourist integrated ticket) costs just 11 euros! The Metro system a bit less efficient, but is still one of the easiest and quickest ways of getting around town. Hailing a taxi isn’t a common practice in Rome, but there are many ranks that will be happy to book for you. If you do need to ‘hail a cab’, look for the ones with their lights lit on the roof as these are free.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE VATICAN AND SISTINE CHAPEL?
Unfortunately, everybody wants to visit The Vatican and Sistine Chapel just as much as you do, so queuing is one of life’s inevitability. If you want to reduce the wait you should get there early, ideally during weekdays. There are more visitors during the weekends, especially on a Sunday for obvious reasons. At The Vatican, you can expect to wait on average 30 minutes to get through the security, and another 30 minutes to get to the top of St. Peter’s Dome.
WHERE ARE THE BEST PLACES TO SHOP IN ROME?
Rome is a shopper’s paradise! You can find great shopping at Via del Corso and Via Condotti, as well as in surrounding areas. If you love designer clothes then Via Condotti is the place for you, while Via del Corso is more for bargain shoppers.
HOW MUCH DOES A MEAL OUT USUALLY COST?
One of the greatest things about any Italian city is that portion sizes tend to be on the larger side, so you’re always getting good value for money. For a meal for two in Rome including a bottle of wine, you can expect to pay between 30-40 euros for a tasty pasta dish or pizza and house red. As with all places, there are plenty of opportunities to push the boat out, though. Head to La Pergola in the Rome Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where you can dine in style or really splash the cash, with meals of £300+ available!
WHEN’S THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT ROME?
Like the rest of Europe, tourists flock to Rome during the summer months meaning it can get very crowded. Most travellers would recommend paying a visit in the spring and autumn so you can take in the landmarks at your own pace. Late September tends to see the crowds dwindling, plus the weather can still get to very high temperatures. Avoid during Easter time unless you’re visiting for religious purposes.
WHERE CAN I GET THE BEST PIZZA AND GELATO?
Easy answer – everywhere! Rome is full to the brim with incredible food and many debate which is ‘the best’, but one of the most highly recommended pizzerias in the city is Sforno. With thick, elastic-like dough and deep, dense toppings, it’s one of the tastiest pizzas you’ll ever eat. You can read about our Kirstie’s visit to Rome to find out all about the range of gelatos!
WHAT IS THE DRESS CODES FOR RELIGIOUS BUILDINGS?
One of the highlights of visiting Rome is the chance to see some of the most remarkable and influential buildings of religious note. However, with that honour comes a very strict and proper way to act when you visit these places. All major churches require you to have your knees and shoulders covered and many have guards on the door to enforce these rules. Although these rules may have been slightly relaxed over the years, it’s better to stick to them rather than risk getting turned away. So, no shorts and vests on the day you visit The Vatican, St Peter’s Basilica or The Sistine Chapel!
WHERE CAN WE HIRE A BIKE FROM IN ROME?
Hiring a bike is one of the best ways of discovering the city. You can tour around Rome wherever and whenever you like, meaning you have your very own memories just for you. The best place to grab a cycle from is the Top Bike Rental shop where you can hire from just 18 euros for 24 hours. Over recent years, Rome has got much safer and more accommodating for cyclists in the city, so give it a go on your next visit. If you fancy a planned tour rather than going off on your own, you can book these cycling trips in advance so it’s all sorted before you go. (Book with Superbreak and simply add them onto the end of your booking!)
If you have any more questions or even some helpful tips to share, feel free to comment below!