Rome Travel Tips

Getting There

Getting Around Rome

Most of the major sights are in the centro storico (historic center), which is pretty walkable. That being said, here are some references for public transit...note that as with Naples, you should be very wary of pickpockets on public transit, especially in touristy areas.

You probably do not want to drive in Rome. If you're comfortable driving in downtown Naples, you can probably handle it, but in most cases it's hard to park and much of the historic center is a "ZTL" (zona traffico limitato) that charges you €100 or more if enter without a permit (Google Map of ZTL "varco" or gates). A car makes more sense if you're staying in/visiting outlying neighborhoods outside of the historic center.

My Rome Apartment has a pretty comprehensive page breaking down all the transportation options

I've got a separate page with tips for traveling in Rome with children

Probably not, but read a detailed breakdown of the Roma Pass here.

Major Sites

Since Rome was arguably the most important city in Western civilization, there are hundreds of places worth visiting.  Here are some of the most famous and recommended:

The following are recommended places to eat; also see a longer list of restaurants organized by neighborhood:


All of the following are highly recommended (***) places for gelato:



There are hundreds of hotels, B&Bs, and other places to stay in Rome, at nearly every budget. See Places to Stay in Rome for notes and advice.

Travel Tips

Tour groups

A number of groups offer guided tours of various sites; they are especially useful for skipping the line at the Vatican Museums or Coliseum. (Note that you can also skip the line for Coliseum tours by getting a Rome pass or buying your ticket at Palatine Hill.)

Events, Information, and Resources