Planning A Trip To Rome – Some Essential Tips

Planning A Trip To Rome – Some Essential Tips

Next month we’re visiting Rome!!!! I’m super excited. This will be my second visit and the first time I have taken my 6-year-old, Aurelia. (Who is equally, if not more excited than me). This time when planning our trip to Rome, I know exactly what to expect. Last year, I had absolutely no clue what I was doing, where I was going and how we were going to travel around this beautiful city. (You can read all about my last visit to Rome here). So with a previous trip under my belt, this time we are infinitely more prepared. If you’re planning to trip Rome for the first time, here are some essential tips you’ll find extremely useful.

Where to Book?

When planning both our trips to Rome, I checked out the prices online. Scouring the internet, I weighed up the cost of booking the trip separately or whether booking the trip as a package (flight and hotel) would be cheaper. I soon discovered that booking the flight and hotel separately would mean the trip would not be ATOL protected. Therefore if anything went wrong with the trip, it would be me doing all the running around for a refund and not the travel company. And in fact, it worked out more expensive to book flights and hotel separately!

I called into my local travel agents and found booking through them took £100 off the cheapest online package holiday price. Last year I booked through a travel agent for precisely the same reason. I had assumed travel agents were a thing of the past but they may, in fact, be the way forward!

Where to Stay?

This all really depends on your budget. You can get hotels right next to the Colosseum or the Vatican for hundreds of pounds per night. But most of us want something reasonably priced and comfortable which isn’t 100 miles away from the city!

The two main attractions in Rome are the Colosseum and the Vatican. The vast amount of other attractions roughly lie in between these two sites. Last year we found the perfect location which lay right in between these two places – Trevi Fountain.

Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain

When looking for accommodation, look for something close to the Trevi Fountain. The hotels in this area are utterly beautiful, yet extremely affordable. This area is filled with shops, restaurants and cafes. The streets are filled with beautifully decorated churches too. Not to mention the Trevi Fountain itself which no one could ever tire of gazing at.

The coliseum is approximately a 20-minute walk away and the Vatican city a mere 40-minute walk. As you walk to each of these locations, you can take in so many more attractions too!

Travel

Walking isn’t for everyone though. At times you may need or want to take some form of transport. Fortunately, Rome has excellent transport services.

When leaving the airport people on our flight headed for the bus stop. Buses run frequently from the two airports in Rome (Ciampino and Fiumicino). Tickets can be purchased from inside the airport for as little as 4 Euros. The bus journey from Ciampino takes around 40 minutes.

However, we wanted to get to the hotel in comfort and enjoy a latte without having to queue for a bus. We opted for a taxi. Taxis have a fixed rate from Ciampino to Rome city centre of 30 Euros (although you should always check with the driver first). This rate applies for up to 4 passengers and their luggage.

We will certainly be using this form of transport to and from the airport again. We arrived in the centre of Rome, at our hotel in 30 minutes.

Once we were in the centre of Rome, we made good use of public transport. The metro enabled us to move between many of the main sites. Single-use metro tickets can be purchased for 1.50 Euros. If you’re planning to make multiple journeys, 24 hours, 48 hours and 72-hour tickets can also be purchased from the metro stations.

Which Attractions to Visit?

The Coliseum

You’re going to want to visit the coliseum when in Rome. I can highly recommend the queue jump tickets. There are many companies which offer these tickets but Co-op Culture offer the best prices. And we used this service before and so can recommend! We walked past huge queues and walked straight to a sperate entrance (with no queue). We scanned the ticket from our phone and headed straight into the Coliseum. Tickets cost 18 Euros for adults, 4 Euros for 18-25-year-olds and under 18s are free.

Planning a Trip to Rome - the Colosseum
The Colosseum

The ticket also includes a visit to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

The Vatican

Again, queue jump tickets for the Vatican are essential. The quietest days to visit the Vatican are Tuesdays and Thursdays so you might want to factor this into your trip.

Entry to the Vatican with a queue jump pass is 17 Euros for adults and 8 Euros for children aged 6 – 18. Children 5 and under can enter the Vatican for free. These tickets include a visit to the Vatican Museums as well as the Sistine Chapel. St Peter’s Basilica is free to visit but does get rather busy. If you would like to visit the Vatican gardens, you will need an additional ticket.

The Vatican
The Vatican

There are hundreds of Churches scattered throughout Rome and these are free to enter. There are numerous other sites to visit including the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon and the Circus Maximus.

My advice would be to consider the attractions you want to visit before you depart and make this an integral part of planning your trip to Rome.

Bring a Map

Last year I often found myself utterly lost in the city. Trying to reach a particular attraction, I seemed to walk miles and miles out of my way. This year, we will be taking a map with us.

I’m using google maps to print out all the walking routes from our hotel to the attractions we will be visiting too. Rome is so vast and for this reason, can be a tad hard to navigate.

If you can’t plan your visits before you leave, make sure you have google maps or similar on your phone when you get there. Use these apps to guide you through the streets of the city to your destination.

Planning a Trip to Rome - the streets of Rome and endless.
Rome

Clothing

Perhaps a simple or an obvious point, but what to wear? I had no idea what the weather would be like in Rome when we first visited and had no idea what to take. Last January, I found the weather to be warmer than here in the UK. So even though it was winter, I walked around in a jacket/jeans type outfit during the day but needed a coat in the evening when the temperature cooled. Other seasons are the same – Spring, Summer and Autumn are warmer and drier than in the UK.

Make sure you bring comfortable footwear. I cannot understate this point. You’ll find yourself embarking on plenty of walks in the Eternal City!

Do you have any essential tips for those who are planning a trip to Rome? Please share in the comments below.

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38 Comments

  1. Melissa Christine
    January 22, 2020 / 11:32 pm

    Some very help essential tips on planning a trip to Rome! I have always wanted to go here.

    Mel
    http://www.moonlightmel.co.uk

  2. January 23, 2020 / 10:24 am

    I hope you have the best time when you visit again! I had no idea that hotels that central could be affordable, I just assumed they’d be expensive. This is such a helpful post xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    • Lellalee
      Author
      January 23, 2020 / 11:08 pm

      Thank you Hannah xxx

    • Lellalee
      Author
      January 23, 2020 / 11:11 pm

      Thank you lovely xxx

  3. January 23, 2020 / 3:17 pm

    I last visited Rome several years ago and I can imagine that a LOT has changed since then. This is such a great post – your tips about affordable accommodation close to the Trevi Fountain and the Tuesdays/Thursdays for visiting the Vatican are so helpful. You’ve made me feel very nostalgic, I’ll have to see about booking a weekend away this year now! X

    • Lellalee
      Author
      January 23, 2020 / 11:14 pm

      Thank you Lisa! xxx

  4. January 23, 2020 / 9:52 pm

    I hope you have an amazing time! Rome is one of my favourite places I’ve ever been, so many beautiful places to visit. Interesting that it was cheaper to book the two together rather than separately x

    Sophie

    • Lellalee
      Author
      January 23, 2020 / 11:16 pm

      Thank you Sophie xxx

  5. January 23, 2020 / 10:42 pm

    Rome has always fascinated me, and is definitely on my ‘must visit’ list. That being said, I’ll admit that I have done very little research at this point, so this article was a great read! Thank you

    • Lellalee
      Author
      January 23, 2020 / 11:07 pm

      Thank you Britt xxx

  6. January 24, 2020 / 10:31 am

    Thank you for these tips! My boyfriend has been to Rome when he was younger & I would love to go with him one day!
    He visited during the summer & he told me about how hot it was, so I figured it would be warmer.

    • Lellalee
      Author
      January 25, 2020 / 9:35 pm

      I hope you get to go soon xxx

  7. January 24, 2020 / 3:56 pm

    They are very useful tips on planning a trip to Rome! Thank you for sharing!

    • Lellalee
      Author
      January 25, 2020 / 9:35 pm

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  8. January 27, 2020 / 10:49 pm

    Thank you for the insight and advice on planning a trip to Rome. I would love to be able to visit Rome someday. Have a great trip!

    • Lellalee
      Author
      January 31, 2020 / 10:42 am

      Thank you xxx

  9. nortoncharity
    January 31, 2020 / 10:33 am

    Oh wow! I hope you have such a great time! This was a very informative post. I will have to keep this in mind if I ever decide to take a trip to Rome, which I would love to someday!
    -Charity http://www.morningsonmacedonia.com

    • Lellalee
      Author
      January 31, 2020 / 10:51 am

      Thank you Charity xxx

  10. Sarah
    January 31, 2020 / 11:01 am

    What a great post! I’d love to go to Rome someday and this really helped, thank you!

    • Lellalee
      Author
      January 31, 2020 / 11:08 am

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  11. January 31, 2020 / 2:24 pm

    How lovely! You’re going to have a great time! I haven’t been to Rome but it’s on my list!

    • Lellalee
      Author
      February 6, 2020 / 10:17 am

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  12. January 31, 2020 / 2:41 pm

    Hope you have the best trip! I’ve never been to Rome but I’d LOVE to see The Vatican! x

    • Lellalee
      Author
      January 31, 2020 / 6:30 pm

      Thank you Jenny xxx

  13. January 31, 2020 / 3:27 pm

    The photo of the Vatican with that light is STUNNING! I’ve never been to Rome so this has been very useful and makes me want to go now!! xxx

    • Lellalee
      Author
      February 6, 2020 / 10:17 am

      Thank you so much Hanna xxx

    • Lellalee
      Author
      February 6, 2020 / 10:22 am

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  14. January 31, 2020 / 10:58 pm

    Hello Ashley ,
    These are very useful tips on planning a trip to Rome, Italy!
    Thank you for sharing!
    xx Manon (www.bonditobacis.com)

    • Lellalee
      Author
      February 6, 2020 / 10:41 am

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  15. February 1, 2020 / 3:32 pm

    Rome is on my list! Thanks for all the great recommendations. My husband has been, and now it’s my turn πŸ™‚

    • Lellalee
      Author
      February 6, 2020 / 10:38 am

      I hope you get there soon xxx

  16. February 1, 2020 / 7:09 pm

    I loved reading this post!! I’ve always wanted to visit Rome and I loved reading your tips on this beautiful city!!xx

    • Lellalee
      Author
      February 6, 2020 / 10:37 am

      Thank you Hannah xxx

  17. Alyssa
    February 9, 2020 / 5:52 pm

    I am desperate to visit Italy so loved reading this post!!
    It looks so beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing your tips.
    Alyssa
    The Sacred Space AP

    • Lellalee
      Author
      February 10, 2020 / 9:57 am

      Thank you Alyssa xxx

  18. Victoria international expat
    February 20, 2020 / 2:05 pm

    It’s great that you share your experience. I am a novice traveler, and for me your blog is an aid in planning my trip. Thanks for advices!

    • Lellalee
      Author
      February 25, 2020 / 10:05 am

      Thank you for reading! xxx

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