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  • Rome is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the world

  • every year millions of tourists come from around the world to admire the

  • treasures and masterpieces

  • of Roman art and architecture.

  • But a trip to the Eternal City can be eternally confusing for first-time

  • visitors.

  • This guide will make it easier to uncover Rome

  • offering lots of practical advice that will help you discover

  • and enjoy the city in all its glory.

  • Because Rome is such a huge tourist draw,

  • choose the date for your trip carefully. The best times of the year to visit are

  • April, May, and late September through October.

  • In the height of summer, the heat and the crowds make the city nearly unbearable.

  • August in particular should be avoided because

  • this is the month all of Italy seems to go on vacation.

  • Traveling too late or too early in the year can also be risky

  • because the opening hours for many attractions are shorter,

  • and some are closed completely.

  • Airfares typically drop quite a bit when "shoulder season" begins in the early autumn,

  • making this the optimal time to visit in my book. The days are still warm,

  • the nights are slightly cool, and the tour groups and student mobs have mostly

  • disappeared.

  • If you can plan to stay as long as a week,

  • you won't run out of things to do and you'll still feel like you're leaving

  • too soon.

  • But if your time is limited, allow at least four days to see

  • all of Rome's major attractions. If you try to cram the entire city into a

  • two-day span

  • and do nothing but run from place to place furiously snapping pictures,

  • you'll only be cheating yourself. After all, Rome wasn't built in a day

  • and it can't be seen in one, either.

  • Rome's Fiumicino Airport is 19 miles outside the city.

  • A train station is located right inside

  • and you can travel straight to Termini Station near the center of town

  • but you'll then need to find a way to get to your hotel.

  • If you're carrying a lot of luggage or just want to make things easier on yourself,

  • take a cab or have your hotel arrange to have a hired car pick you up.

  • Either option will cost more but the no-stress factor makes it worth the extra money.

  • Renting your own car is always an option,

  • but even if you're planning to tour other parts of Italy

  • I wouldn't advise driving in or near Rome unless you have nerves of steel

  • and the skills and reflexes of a professional racecar driver.

  • Roman drivers are somewhat

  • exuberant and Roman traffic is often chaotic

  • to plunge fully into the essence a Rome

  • I highly recommend staying in a hotel where you can simply walk out your door

  • and into the heart of the city

  • of course the closer to the attractions you are

  • the more you'll pay but trust me it's worth it

  • before you make a reservation look at a map Avrohom

  • and confine yourself to hotels that are Easter the Taiba River

  • and West have 10 mini-station also be aware that

  • distances on a map might not be as close as they appear

  • I once dated a hotel in the fashionable the event at our area

  • thinking that it would be fairly close to all the major attractions but in

  • reality

  • took nearly half an hour to reach anything at all from there on foot

  • despite the fact that it looked at polls so close on paper

  • the most vibrant area to stay in

  • is the half-mile stretch between Piazza Navona and get somebody

  • some rooms here a pricey but you'll also find plenty of small family run hotels

  • nearby

  • guidebooks are fine for gathering ideas but

  • hit the internet to get the best deals or if you prefer

  • book a hotel directly with Italy guides dot I T

  • and you'll contribute to publishing future guides like this one

  • and

  • did 0 going hungry

  • is one thing no traveler should ever worry about while in Rome

  • the city is literally overrun with good places to eat

  • the busy area just south of the Spanish Steps as Fulham

  • and the Maison intersecting side streets tucked between Via del Corso

  • and Piazza Navona contains dozens as well

  • most have outdoor seating and offer similar menus containing pasta pizza

  • veal chicken and a few seafood dishes the food is typically simple

  • fresh and delicious and even the restaurants that seem to be tourist

  • traps

  • will still feed you well if you have a tough time choosing

  • your best bet is to simply decide what you want to look at while you're dining

  • and pick a restaurant based on that

  • for instance the Piazza della Rotonda contains several cafes

  • which face the Pantheon and Piazza Navona

  • is completely encircled by restaurants which offer views of its numerous

  • fountains

  • I'll for the younger folks we suggest and evening sipping beer and got said

  • the company fury

  • near the Pantheon or in picturesque

  • trust David typical hangouts on for young Romans

  • 0 a few dining tips first

  • Rome is one of the cities where a restaurant's house wine is usually

  • excellent second although we recommend learning and using

  • at least a few italian phrases almost every way to real ever meet in Rome

  • speaks English

  • germans and other European tourists communicate with Italian waiters and

  • English

  • because it's the more common language some useful phrases for dining are

  • schools E or a mall or denied a which means

  • excuse me would like to order or you can ask for the check by saying

  • be condo paid for it and if the food was good in the waiters attentive

  • then don't forget to leave a small tip remember also that especially during

  • summer

  • Roman restaurants will be open until well after ten in the evening

  • dreams

  • take out that handy map a row again

  • now draw a diamond shape with the Spanish Steps at the top

  • ceremonies station to the right the Aventine hill at the bottom

  • and Piazza Navona to the left seventy-five percent of your sightseeing

  • will probably take place within this area

  • and even though it doesn't seem that big on the map you'll need at least two days

  • to see everything within the diamond

  • and three would be better some activities such as touring the ruins of

  • ancient Rome

  • including the Coliseum can easily occupy an entire day

  • up several notable sites like outside the diamond shape

  • including the vatican another full day destination

  • Castel Sant'Angelo and the Villa Borghese it

  • Rome subway system can come in handy when you're traveling to these locations

  • look for the big red M at the entrance to each station

  • and a one way ticket costs less than a dollar but there are also tourist

  • tickets called

  • biet or CIS good for unlimited rides

  • be ID be yet door to Reese to go in to get out on

  • is a three-day ticket valid until midnight on the third day on which the

  • ticket is validated

  • the CIS character into got a city man Ali

  • is a weekly one both the be it. NCIS tickets grandeur

  • unlimited rides on at doc orkut crowd buses

  • subways and some local trains

  • there's also a ticket called but Roma pass- which offers you transport and two

  • museums free of charge

  • as well as reductions for all other museums in major events in Rome

  • for a three-day pass the Roma passes available in all museums

  • and the tourist information points

  • and role as a city

  • that is best savored slowly like a glass a

  • robust red wine allow yourself the chance to see it properly

  • by formulating a touring plan before you arrive

  • choose one small section of the city to explore each day

  • leaving yourself ample time to lounge over a cup cappuccino at an outdoor cafe

  • or a scoop of gelato at one of the dozens of ice cream shop so find

  • I another hint is to save the attractions closest to your hotel

  • for last you may be tempted to do just the opposite

  • but these will be the easiest sites to visit if time starts to run short

  • if the worst-case scenario happens and you're unable to see everything in one

  • trip

  • just toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain before you leave

  • and as legend has it you'll be guaranteed

  • another visit in the future the new

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