Rome Travel Guide
The ultimate guide to the best things to do and see in Rome
Rome isn’t just about ancient history and ruins, it’s actually a really cool and hip city. Even though the city can sometimes feel a bit like a theme park overrun by tourists, there’s still a lot to see and do here. And if you’re in the right places with the right people, you might just never want to leave! Start here with my basic Rome travel tips, or jump down below to read my latest Rome travel blogs.
When to Visit
A visit to Rome at any time of year will be magically despite the weather, but high summer is usually best avoided for the hot and sticky weather and heavy crowds. August in particular sees some pretty bas traffic in Rome. Late summer and early fall are generally speaking better bets, as the weather is still warm enough to be able to sit outside after dark and enjoy the terrace lifestyle in the way only Italians know how!
Top Things To Do
Ride through Rome on a Vespa – Obviously everyone’s dream when visiting Rome is to meet a real Italian, fall in love, and ride through the country on the back of their scooter. There are tour companies that will make this happen for you to give you this authentic Italian experience.
Tour the Vatican Museum – You’ll have to wait in long lines if you do it on your own, but taking a tour will give you a good introduction to this vast museum. After exploring the Vatican museums, try a neighborhood tour through Prati to explore the nearby restaurants. For more suggested tips and tricks for visiting the Vatican, check out this helpful guide.
Visit the Protestant Cemetery – In the Testaccio neighborhood, this is something a bit alternative from seeing just the traditional sights of Rome. Here, among other notable figures, you’ll find John Keats’ grave.
There’s so much to see and do in Rome that taking a tour will give you a good insight into different aspects of the city’s history, food and neighborhoods and likely save you time and money. Take a look at this selection of Rome tours.
LGBT – Gay Rome Travel Guide
Who knew Rome could be so gay-friendly?! Sure, this is the city that gave us bath houses and the ancient Romans were never really shy about homosexuality. But it was still surprising to find so many cool, gay parties happening in the Eternal City. These are a few of the best things you should know about visiting gay Rome.
Muccassassina at Qube Disco – For almost 20 years, Friday night has been LGBT night at Rome’s Qube club. This gay dance party absolutely gets wild so expect long delays on entry and large crowds inside. Featuring live entertainment and 3 different dance areas playing house, techno and pop music. It takes place every Friday night from October to May.
Gay Street – More of a small neighborhood than just a street, centered around Via San Giovanni close to the Colosseum, this is a densely packed area of gay-friendly clubs and businesses.
Rome Pride – In early June, a week of events lead up to the city parade, including film screenings, talks, competitions and of course countless gay and lesbian parties.
More gay travel resources here.
Rome Hotel Deals
Rome has plenty of cool and quirky hotels, as well as all the big chains you’d expect. They’ll likely get full when there’s a conference or special event in town, so definitely consider booking in advance. I’ve found that using Booking.com, Agoda.com or Hotels Combined can be really useful for finding last-minute deals.
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