Do’s in Rome – with these insider tips, you’ll get a feel for the city and information about important and lesser-known sights.
Important! – the location of the hotel
The location of the hotel is crucial for your vacation. So our first insider tip is: Find a hotel in the center. Being able to immerse yourself in the life of the city at any time of the day or night is priceless! You can walk to most attractions and are not dependent on public transport. We have put together the best zones on our page Hotels in Rome. The hotels at Termini Station, for example, are usually cheaper, but they are quite far from the center.
Get up early
And here is our next insider tip: You should leave early in the morning before sunrise, at 5 or 6 o’clock, for a walk through the narrow streets of the center. You then have the city for you alone. Joggers run from the center in the morning sometimes to the Villa Borghese or rising the Gianicolo up to Villa Pamphili. From 6 o’clock there are already more people around. Especially during the summer heat, you shall have a break in the afternoon and prepare for a nice evening in the city.
Coffee – Gran Caffè
In the Roman bars you will usually find a good coffee. Coffee at the bar counter is very reasonably priced in Rome, while at the table in some bars you can fork out a hefty amount.
There are some famous cafes in Rome – Gran Caffè – the most famous is Sant’Eustachio on the homonymous square between the Senate building and Pantheon, the oldest and for more than two hundred years artists’ meeting point is the Caffè Greco in Via dei Condotti.
No Rome holiday is complete if you have not tried the excellent ice cream carefully prepared in many ice cream parlors made from the finest ingredients. Many ice cream shops in Rome offer very good ice cream from their own production. There are interesting flavor combinations and the good craft shops with their own laboratory use only fresh ingredients and some only organic products. Read on here for the best ice cream parlors in Rome.
Sandwiches – Panini Pizza
In Rome, a scene has developed in the making of variations of sandwiches and pizza. You can find all possible and impossible combinations, even with special ingredients of Roman cuisine. Read on where to get the best panini in Rome under street food and restaurants and you will feel at home in Rome. Where to find the best pizza to go, check out Pizza Street food in Rome.
Try the Roman cuisine
To experience the lifestyle of the Romans, you must get to know the Roman cuisine.
Not in all places, where Roman cuisine is advertised you find it really. Most restaurants serving Roman cuisine are in the ghetto, in the city center, in Monti and in the Testaccio area. In the ghetto you will also find the typical deep fried artichokes “Carciofi alla Giudia”. Rome experts choose typical dishes of Roman cuisine such as pasta “Cacio e Pepe” – pasta with a sauce made from sheep’s cheese and pepper, the “Gricia” – original with exuberant pork cheek and sheep’s cheese, the “Amatriciana” – a “Gricia” with tomatoes, the “Carbonara” – a “Gricia” with egg or the “Pajata” – with gut of the milk calf.
The main traditional Roman dishes are cod, which is usually fried or served with tomato sauce, or Coda alla Vaccinara – the oxtail in tomato sauce, tripe, sweetbread or coratella. As an expert in Rome you know: the places that do not have at least one of these dishes on the menu do not offer Roman cuisine.
Maybe you want to go shopping. On the Via del Corso and the side streets on the right and on the left you will find most brands and trading houses from cheap to expensive. You will find the Nobel marks in Via dei Condotti, which leads from the Via del Corso to the Spanish Steps, and in the streets next to it. You will find art in Via Margutta, antiques in Via dei Coronari. As you stroll through the narrow streets of the city, you will discover many more shops with specialties and curiosities. Other shopping streets are Via Cola di Rienzo near the Vatican and the Via Appia betIen St. John’s Basilica and Piazza Re di Roma. So you can combine the visit of the Basilica of San Giovanni with a small shopping detour. Behind the city walls, in via Sannio, there is a flea market.
You can find more shopping malls in the periphery, but they are not easily reached by public transport.
Have a look into our category shopping in Rome.
Enjoy the nature
If you have time and leisure, you should take time for a walk in the green.
The classic for the Sunday is Via Appia Antica – where you can also visit the catacombs – or the park of the aqueducts. During the week I recommend Villa Borghese or Villa Pamphili – on Sunday, it’s too crowded. In Villa Pamphili, you can stop off at the Vivi Bistrot.
Now to the sights. It depends on how much time you have and what you’re interested in. With a round on the Hop on hop off bus, you’ll get a first overview in less than two hours and drive through the area within the city walls once. However, many sights can only be reached by foot or by bike or Segway.
Places to see from the open bus include the Colosseum, Palatine, Circus Maximus, Bocca della Verità, Teatro Marcello, Capitol, Piazza Venezia, the city center and Castel Sant’Angelo. The Vatican is a short walk from the stop of the Open Buses. Also in the center you can walk to the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo de ‘Fiori, the Ghetto and Trastevere.
If you want to see not only the St. Peter’s Basilica, but also the Vatican Museums, you will need up to a day in total – with guide it takes 3 to 4 hours. Also for the Coliseum with Palatine and Roman Forum and a walk around the area, for example, with Celio, Aventine, Circus Maximus and Capitol, it takes up to a day. For the Coliseum there is also a night opening in the summer, as well as for the Vatican Museums. Also for shopping and sightseeing in the center you should take up to a day. It needs half a day for the Capitoline Museums and two hours for the Borghese Gallery plus the time to go there. I make some suggestions under 3 days in Rome.
Insider Tip # 10 – Ask us and follow us on Facebook
Is still our last insider tip: If you have questions, write us and we will reply as soon as possible. Even if you’re already in Rome, always look on our page. Many tours and tickets can be booked as a mobile ticket for the same day or the next day! You’ll find important information about strikes and high holidays day by day. And follow us on Facebook so you can always get new impressions from Rome.