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How to order from an Italian menu

Some of the best restaurants in Rome are outside the usual tourist traps, and may not have menus that are translated into English. This small glossary will help you order.

What’s the difference between St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican?

To clear up any confusion we first need to define some terminology: Vatican City is a city-state with clearly defined borders. It is an independent country surrounded by Italy, and presided over by the Holy See (the Catholic church's jurisdiction), with its own leader...

How do I buy a slice of pizza in Rome?

Italy's the home of the pizza, right? And what could be more simple than buying a slice of this ambrosia? Well, like everything in Italy, not only is it slightly different to how it is at home, it's also a little bit more complicated. Here we explain how to get what...

How to spot a tourist trap restaurant in Rome

This city is full of amazing food. The highlights are the three Roman pastas (carbonara, cacio e pepe, amatriciana) but there are dozens of other local specialities (see our guide to ordering from an Italian menu). The good news is that eating at restaurants in Rome...

Self-guided walk around the ancient city

This free self-guided walk takes you from the site of Caesar’s death to Rome’s own pyramid, taking in the original Jewish Ghetto and the most beautiful view of the most beautiful city on earth.

How do I buy cigarettes in Rome?

Buying cigarettes in Rome is relatively easy, as long as you are aware of certain restrictions. We show you how.

Why you never need to buy water in Rome

Rome may not be cheap, but there’s one thing that’s always free and available throughout the city – clean, fresh spring water from the Roman aqueducts.

How do I skip the lines at the Pantheon?

The Pantheon is one of the most impressive of all of Rome's ancient sights. Standing in Piazza della Rotonda, in the middle of the historic center of the city, it is one of the only ancient buildings that still takes its place as an integral part of the...

Do I need to tip in Rome?

How can restaurants in Italy justify charging several euro for a small basket of bread? Find the secret here.

How do I order a coffee in Rome?

This guide and glossary will help you order a coffee in Italy, and don’t miss the warnings at the end of the article.

What’s the cheapest way to skip the lines at the Vatican?

We tell you how you can save money buying your own ticket online to skip the lines at the Vatican. The last thing you want to do with your limited time in Rome is waste it lining up. Also if you visit in the summer, the temperature can be incredibly high. Lines to buy...

How do I use Rome’s public transport?

There’s a lot of public transport in Rome and it can be confusing. We show you how to get around the city cheaply.

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