Piazza del Popolo – photo by Jesse Andrews
There is no doubt that Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The cradle of western civilization and remarkable it seems at almost every corner, the city is known as the Eternal City for good reason. It is constantly revealing itself to you.
However, Rome can seem very overwhelming for first time visitors and even to those who have been here before because it seems so huge and like there are so very many things to see. In a way it is true that there are so many things to see in Rome, and we know that you don’t have a life time to spend here., however we do hope that you take a few suggestions for how to get the most out of your time in Rome. We recommend at least 3 nights/4 days in Rome and to consider the following tips:
OUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR TIME IN ROME.
1) Divide your time accordingly between Ancient Rome – Vatican City – and the monuments of Rome and if possible, dedicate a day to enjoying the beautiful parks that far to few people visiting Rome ever get a chance to see.
At least 1/2 a day should be devoted to Vatican city.
If you have less than 4 people in your party, we do not recommend doing a private tour of Vatican City, however if you have more than 4 in your party – doing a private tour would be in your interest. You can have a look at the Private Tour of Vatican City we offer here:
Private Vatican: http://www.italyvacationspecialists.com/tours/private-vatican-tour.htm
Or our Elite, small group walking tour, where we can include pick up at your hotel, here:
Vatican Elite Small Group: http://www.italyvacationspecialists.com/tours/vatican-walking-small-group.htm
A full day should be devoted to enjoying the Colosseum and Ancient Rome, including the Roman Forum which is enormous.
It’s a great idea to do a tour of Ancient Rome, whether small group or private. The reason is because a lot of the time there are enormous lines to get into these areas and with our tours you get the VIP tickets to get into these sites without having to wait in line.
You can see our small group tour of Ancient Rome here:
Or, you can see our Private Tour of Ancient Rome , here:
Monumental Rome: Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Del Popolo, Pantheon, Trinita Del Monti, Piazza Barberini, Piazza Repubblica
The city of Rome is filled with beautiful squares and neighborhoods all over the city and while you may not have time to cover all of these places, there are some monuments here in Rome which you really shouldn’t miss.
A great way to discover these sites is on foot… since a lot of the buses – like the Open Tour of Rome, can never access these places.
On your first day in Rome, a great tour to consider would be our Discovering Rome walking tour, which does bring you to many of some of the city’s greatest monuments and gives you a little bit of information about the history of the sites.
You can consider our Discovering Rome walking tour, as seen here:
Or you can do a private tour of Rome – half day or full day, such as the 2 examples as seen below:
Private Half Day Tour of Rome:
Full Day Tour of Historic Rome:
Finally – after all these historic and beautiful squares, get into the Green in Rome! Experience the beautiful parks and rivers within the incredible city of Rome!
Rome has some of the most beautiful parks in Europe including the Villa Pamphilli and Villa Borghese. “Villa” in Italian literally means “the land” or “estate” with a manor house and each of these parks have homes that use to belong to wealthy families. In each park you can experience the park-land, the mansions themselves and some fantastic Italian gardens.
These parks are massive and beautiful, however most visiting Rome don’t get a chance to visit them or experience how beautiful and green the city of Rome is.
These are but of a few of our suggestions for Rome! We also have many restaurant recommendations, hotel recommendations in the best neighborhoods here in Rome.
When I first moved to Rome, I was scared! I was intimidated by how very large it was and found it chaotic, but now that I live here and have experienced so very much of the city, the true beauty of it, I absolutely LOVE Rome and I hope that we can share our knowledge of this place with you!
Wishing you a great trip in Rome – me and the entire team wish you a great time here in this great city!
Owner and President