How do I avoid the lines at the Vatican?

How do I avoid the lines at the Vatican?

Question sent in by Victor. Related posts Skip the lines at the Colosseum > Buy a guided skip the lines Colosseum/Forum/Palatine Hill tour for €42 per person > The lines for the Vatican are notorious, and standing for often way more than an hour in the blazing...
How to order from an Italian menu

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. With this small glossary we will help you know what to order. Book an 'espresso & gelato' guided tour Book a food tasting...
Where’s the bathroom?

Where’s the bathroom?

Tragically, there are very few public toilets in Rome (hence the horrible odor you’ll encounter near alleyways and on the beautiful but isolated banks of the Tiber at Lungotevere). And many of the ones that are available are very nasty indeed. A few Metro and...
How do I order a coffee in Rome?

How do I order a coffee in Rome?

Italians are famed for making the best coffee in the world. Their coffee culture is extremely sophisticated and goes back a long way: they invented the espresso and all its derivatives. But the world of the Italian café can be confusing to the uninitiated. This guide...
How do I get to and from Ciampino Airport?

How do I get to and from Ciampino Airport?

Ciampino is Rome’s second airport, and the destination of choice for many of Europe’s low-cost airlines. It is less well served by transport links than Fiumicino. However, it is closer to Rome city center than Fiumicino. We explore your options. Jump to...
Beer in Rome

Beer in Rome

If you like beer and you’re coming to Rome, you’re in for a treat. Despite not being beer monsters like their northern European cousins, people in Rome are increasingly learning to love beer. This is mainly due to an craft beer revolution currently...
How to see the Pope for free!

How to see the Pope for free!

If you want to see St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday morning, you may be frustrated in your attempts – it is usually closed before and during the Papal address at noon. But there are also some advantages to the situation – you get to see ‘il...
How do I mail a letter in Rome?

How do I mail a letter in Rome?

To buy stamps, you go to a tobacconist of course! Let me explain. Poste Italiane doubles up as a bank. Due to the many people who use the post office’s banking services, and a somewhat ‘relaxed’ speed of service, this means that post offices often...
How do I buy cigarettes in Rome?

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. Note: cigarettes in Italy are a regulated market, which means the price of cigarettes is around €5 a packet for international brands, and there are no...
How do I use Rome’s public transport?

How do I use Rome’s public transport?

It’s not always reliable, but it’s cheap and there’s a lot of it.  Public transport in Rome is extremely good value for money. One ticket allows you to use all means of transport in the city apart from taxis. Bus tickets, subway trains, trams (streetcars) – they’re...
Should I get a RomaPass?

Should I get a RomaPass?

The RomaPass is a multi-day card for tourists issued by the city of Rome that grants free access to public transport and skip-the-line access to two attractions as well as discounts off subsequent ones. Buy your 48-hour RomaPass here for €31 Buy your 72-hour RomaPass...
Do I need to tip in Rome?

Do I need to tip in Rome?

Tips are not expected in restaurants in Italy. Let us repeat that to let it sink in: tips are not expected in restaurants. However, a service charge is often added, in a way that can often cause confusion for the visitor. This is not to say that exceptional service...
How do I buy a slice of pizza in Rome?

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...
Where can I run in Rome?

Where can I run in Rome?

Despite how crowded the city center looks, if you don’t want to have the same old experience of using a running machine in your hotel, there are some wonderful places to run in Rome that will give you some interesting perspectives on the city. While we do not...
What did ancient Rome look like?

What did ancient Rome look like?

For many years the best visualisation of the vastness of ancient Rome was to be found with a hand-made scale model located in the Museo della Civiltà Romana (Museum of Roman Civilization) in Rome’s modernist EUR district, in the south-east suburbs of the city....
No more traffic past the Colosseum

No more traffic past the Colosseum

Finally – Pax Romana at the Forum! Roaring round the Colosseum in heavy traffic has been a classic image of Rome since Audrey Hepburn first climbed onto a Vespa, but Via dei Fori Imperiali, the road that passes through the Roman Forums, has been a real...