A juxtaposition of dramatic historical architecture and manic modern European city, Rome is full on. Crammed with tourists mingling with elegant Roman residents (easy to tell apart as the Romans were usually slender, poised and elegantly dressed whereas the tourists were usually fat and spoke with American accents) the defining feature once away from the architecture was the traffic.
Despite appearing to be 'out of control manic' the Italians are remarkable drivers, without exception using a sliding scale of vulnerability where pedestrians are accorded absolute priority, followed by two wheeled vehicles and then four wheeled vehicles according to size. Drivers would frequently not just pull slightly over to allow a traffic splitting scooter to slip through, but even reverse or move forward to make a gap big enough. The only caveat to keeping one's sanity was that as a rider of a scooter, you had to be fast, aiming for and negotiating traffic snarl-ups with confidence. If you didn't, a horde of scooter-borne locals would thrash past on either side, looking for the front of the queue to get away from the lights first. If you've been a dispatch rider, you'll love it, if not you'll be overwhelmed, but fear not, the Italians will take care of even the most inept as long as you remember not to swerve about as you go in case an overtaking bike clips you from behind. This is my third stay in Rome and fourth time I've used two wheels in Italy and the awareness and care afforded to other road users is universal. Drivers seem to very very chilled. I think because one can ride a 125cc scooter on a car license there so car drivers HAVE a choice of whether drive or ride, and those that use a car expect the traffic jams and do not resent two wheeled riders. oh, one more thing, the black square cobbled roads around the old part ore horrible on a scooter, pummelling the rider and bike like a MIRA proving track.
Ancient Rome has a rich history - the monuments are highly additive and fascinating; Beware of street beggars and pickpockets - lots of Italians and its refugees are jobless with or without the economic recession; Visit all monuments / places of interest as early as possible to make full use of your time while in Rome.
Watch out for the con artists at the Spanish steps. One rotten mongrel conned my husband into paying for some roses, I chased after him and got some of the money back, but that was the only thing to spoil it for us.
Ancient city with plenty of place of interest to visit. Recommend to buy museum/queue pass online and must book in advance (even with pass and tickets purchased), especially for Vatican and Borghese Gallery.
Rome is really easy to get around on foot, but beware of tours to the Vatican and Colosseum as these can take hours to get around so may need to get a taxi to and from depending on where your hotel is.
There are so many types of places to eat so restaurants don't mean the food is better than tratorias or pizzerias, just more expensive but depends on what you are looking for too.
Have been to Rome a few times now. Loved staying out a little, at Tolonia this time. Having seen the main beautiful tourist places before we opted for the parkland areas and local eateries and bars.
Local churches are intimate and buildings are naturally historical. Different side of Rome and really enjoyable.
You can do this city in one day. Colleseum in the morning, Vatican/Sistine chapel/St Peters in the afternoon, throw in an evening food tour if you like, then head to one of the other major cities.
It is very beautiful city with many heritage building collection. Vatican is very impresive and St. Peter Bassilica is the best and beautiful building that i have ever seen.
People in Rome is little bit rough and not polite. The safety for traveler is poor. There's many case of stealing happen there. Overall the city is very beautiful and one of the best place to be visited.
Rome is lovely. It has plenty of good restaurants, historical sites and of course, a lot of cathedrals and churches that revives your sense of spirituality.
Rome is one of the best cities in the world, you can lose yourself in it - it is wonderful to stroll in the ancient streets, particularly at night.
Every time it reveals itself with something new. In this city you must take things slowly...Excellent shopping, with independent craftsmen, look out for hand made gloves and hats
Beautiful city, some what overwhelming. Be prepared to queue for cultural sights or pay for guided tours in advance as we did and skip the queues.
Alfedo's is a good place to eat.
It is sometimes difficult to know exactly where you are in Rome as the street names are not always present and sometimes half way down a block.
The underground is not well signposted. There are not many seats in the squares which makes it hard for elderly folk like us to linger and admire the buildings. I find the discarding of cigarette butts a real issue in Rome and they must cause huge pollution problems. There should be butt disposal bins and an anti smoking campaign. Smoking in restaurants should be banned.
Great place to visit. Very hot. We were there in August of 2015. Temps were near 100 degrees F. The open tour buses were hot and uncomfortable.
Taxis were easy to get around in. Great histroical sites. The church of St Maria Maggiore was magnificent. The Colliseum was very cool, as well as dining right across from the Pantheon.
If you love history and sightseeing this city is a must. Around every corner there is something to see - not just the well known things.
We walked everywhere and I think that helps you to see those extra things.
There are a few things to do while in Rome, the main tourist attractions being the Collosseum, Ancient Ruins, The Vatican and chapels.
The beautiful artwork you see in these places are magnificent, photos would not do it justice and you have to just see it with your own eyes. It is quite a busy city compared to Venice for example. If you are after history and culture, Rome is definitely a place to go see.
Good cultural city to visit with many museums easily accessible. Too many pickpockets running around in the city so just be careful.
Totally geared to tourism as you would expect and the taxi drivers and Others will try and rip you off if given half the chance.
Make sure vthe taxi puts the meter on!!! Didnt find the people very friendly even though we tried Italian with them. At our hotel the Desk Manager was rude and abrupt, not what you would expect. The sightseeing is un believable and we are so glad we stayed there apart from a few hiccups.
4th visit and it's still a great city. Very safe, great places to eat, lots of free attractions, lots opportunity to learn.
the city of Rome is amazing! the grand piazzas, the exquisite food, the friendly people make Rome such a beautiful city.
one second you re walking in a really narrow street and then you end up in front of the greatest fountain of all, Fontana Dei trevi! The great Piazza San Pietro & vatican, the Colosseum, all behold some of the greatest history on Earth. Will surely return to this beautiful city and will stay much longer next time!
Beautiful tree lined streets and lots of small quaint shops. Might be a large city but maintains small village charms.
Very clean. Even a streetside beggar helped with directions. Wish we could stay longer.
We had travel a lot and think Rome is one of the most wonderful cities of the world. Is a rich history and culture.
It has sophisticated and elegant places and women tend to dress nicely.Men are handsome. Is Europe at its best
Be aware of the people in Vatican. Just ignore them if they said your ticket does not include St. Peter Basilica.
IT IS FREE TO Go IN THE BASILICA!!!!!
Rome is very romantic city, i love when i was there ... The culture, the building and the history of this city .
... But the people was not very nice .. It was hard for me to make conversation most of them can not speak english ...
Roma just a city with long history, old city with limited development caused can not higher than Vatican tower.
A city with parking problem so you will easily see how people spend 1 hour just looking for parking space.
This is my first time visted in Rome. I was disappointed as this city was quite dirty, messy and unorganised.
Due to summer vacation peak period,all the signseeing places full of tourists. You can see the very long queue in all tourist attraction areas. It take around two to three hours to get in the Chapel at Vantican. Besides, the pick pockets also quite active in Rome Metro stations.A very young Gypsy or Romanian girl was targeting my bag at the beginning however,soon she realised my bag was not easy to picked as got zipped. so she picked another women's wallet from her hand bag. A local women told me this incidents happened all the times. Even the locals feel uneasy. Overall, I have a question, Rome make so much money from the tourism but where the money go? Pretty sure, it doesn't go for maintain the cleanse, tidy,organise and safety in the city.
We loved Rome, just wish we had longer to explore, We did everything we wanted to but it was a bit of a rush.
The shops are fantastic as a women they had everything at reasonable prices. There is so much to see and do. Have a look at Lonley Planet, as I can't list them all. We will be back and staying at the same hotel.
Wonderful city full of culture and unbelievable history. A bit expensive. The sights are out of this world.
Can be a bit cleaner but with such an influx of tourists this might prove difficult.
Rome is a nice place with great food and restaurants. The people are friendly and the weather is nice.
Lots of restaurants have seats outside so you can people watch.
A walking city (literally) so, if you want to truly explore Rome, bring a good pair of walking shoes.
Best gelato - Palazzo del Freddo (10 minutes walk from Manzoni train station). Be prepared for long queue - 3 scoopes for 2 euro.
A nice city with a lot of historical remaining, arts, architect to discover. Shopping is also great.