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Top Rome Experiences

Walking among the ruins of the Roman Forum

Touring the amazing ancient ruins of the Colosseum

Gazing up at the beautiful murals and famous open air dome of the Pantheon

People watching at Trevi Fountain, and throwing a coin in over your shoulders for good luck! 

Lingering in Piazza Navona and feeling the energy of the city

Going on a guided tour of Vatican City  to learn the incredible Papal history and experience the beauty of the Sistine Chapel

Marveling at the haunting but incredible art made from human remains in the Capuchin Crypt

Having a cone of delicious gelato while relaxing on the Spanish Steps

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Top Rome Attractions

Vatican Museum

Sistine Chapel

Santa Maria della Vittoria

Piazza Navona

Colosseum

Trevi Fountain

Pantheon

St. Peter's Basilica

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Rome Attractions And Landmarks Guide

One of the most flocked to cities in Europe, Rome is truly a sight to behold. From the Colosseum, to the Forum, to Circus Maximus, impressive history is everywhere you look. Then there's Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, countless museums, and hundreds of charming side streets with shopping and delicious local food.

It may be impossible to see Rome in a day, (because of course it wasn't built in one), but the best Italy tours will make sure you hit all the sights, and still have plenty of time to enjoy this spectacular city at your own pace. Let Stride help you craft your own personal Roman Holiday!

Ancient History

One cannot visit Rome without exploring at least some of its rich archaeological sites including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and baths of Caracalla. But even if you are strolling around Rome, searching for your next meal, or the street leading to your hotel, you may find yourself walking down a road to find a historical spot that isn’t in your guidebook. The sheer amount of history in Rome can be overwhelming. A guided tour can help you feel the sheer magnitude of this significant city.

Dine the Night Away

One major highlight on any tour of Italy, especially Rome, is the food. Italian food is all about fresh ingredients, and eating is not just about becoming full -- enjoying food, and spending time with family and friends over a meal is an important part of each day in Italy.

Dinners in Rome are held late at night, sometimes beginning as late as 9pm, and can last for several hours. When you need a break, the obvious solution to go relax in an outdoor cafe, sipping wine or having a delectable Italian coffee.

When you meet someone new in Rome, expect them to invite you over for a meal. You will soon find yourself eating delectable Roman-style artichokes that melt in the mouth, or handmade pasta, drizzled in olive oil and sprinkled with sharp Pecorino Romano cheese and fresh black pepper. Take all of this in stride, and don’t be shy - help yourself to the bottle of red wine on the table!

Embrace Piazza Life

Piazza’s in Rome and throughout Italy, are designed as gathering places. They are a perfect spot for people watching. Find your way to the Trevi Fountain or Spanish Steps for a vibrant and fun local experience.

If you want to stray away from the tourist hot spots, try visiting a smaller Piazza in a residential area. Strike up a conversation with any of the locals, and you may find yourself making a whole set of close friends.

Museums Worth Waiting in Line For

Rome’s museums offer a window into the people who walked its roads decades ago. You’ll also find modern and contemporary art museums, if you need a break from the countless artifacts and Renaissance grandeur that Rome is overflowing with. If you are set on visiting specific museums, it’s best to book tickets in advance or schedule a tour to arrange the visits for you, to avoid the crowds and lines.

There are around 70 museums in Rome, and they vary immensely in what they have to offer. With so much else to see, do, and eat in Rome, it’s likely that you’ll barely scratch the surface on your Rome trip. To save you time, here is a list of the top five most popular museums in Rome:

  1. The Vatican Museum - Though technically not in Rome, this museum is a part of the Vatican, and home to the Sistene Chapel, amongst other treasures. 
  2. Galleria Borghese - One of the premiere art museums in the world, the building was built in the 15th century house a private art collection, and is known today for its jaw-dropping number of pristine Roman sculptures, Renaissance, and Baroque art. 
  3. The Capitoline Museums - Considered the world's first public museums, this string of galleries houses a renowned collection of bronze and marble Roman statues, as well as medeival art and Renaissance frescoes. 
  4. Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna - This fantiastic museum houses iconic pieces from the 19th century onward, and has a massive collection of Italian artists, as well as international names such as Kandisky, Van Gogh, and Pollock. 
  5. Palazzo Massimo - One of the Roman National Museums, renowned for its garden frescoes of Villa di Livia, and other ancient Roman art. 

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Rome Tour Reviews - Summary
95% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 189 Great 39 Average 2 Disappointing 3 Terrible 8
Value
4.6 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.6 Transportation
4.7 Meals
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Excellent Care and Concern June 2016

4.0

The Best of Italy

The Best of Italy Tour showed us what a travel company is made of. We had unforeseen weather delays just getting to the initial U.S. departure city which caused us to miss our flight to Venice, Italy. smarTours was aware of the delay and kept in constant contact with our flight, arranging (at no cost to us) a later connecting flight. The Airline lost our luggage and for 24 hours our smarTours tour guide communicated with the airline so that they could track the tour and bring us our long-delayed luggage. smarTours showed excellent care and concern. We are looking forward to booking our next trip (2017) with Smartours. Read more

Operator SmarTours

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The places we visited were very interesting September 2015

4.0

Umbrian Discovery

The places we visited were very interesting, and showed various interesting aspects to the Italian Culture and way of life.

Operator Intrepid Travel

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I wish I could make more of a fuss July 2018

3.0

Holland America Line Company Reviews

We traveled on MV Noordam on a 40 night vacation from Sydney around New Zealand, then continuing on to Vancouver in Canada via Hawaii. We generally cruise with P&O out of the UK, but this gave us an opportunity to experience a different company within the Carnival Group.
We always tend to book the highest grade inside cabin as we prefer to spend our time enjoying the various facilities around the ship, for us the cabin is just a place to sleep and ablute...nothing more. At the time of booking we'd requested 'not' to be upgraded, but sadly this went unheeded and at check-in we'd been assigned an outside obstructed view cabin...which was also smaller than the larger inside we'd booked.
When will cruise companies realise that this is not an upgrade.
Our experience of these types of cabin are not favourable and this was to be no exception. The trip to reception was fruitless, the ship was sailing full...apparently...but as we were staying on for the next cruise they would look into the matter.
We were woken the first morning at 6am by one of the engineers working on the lifeboat outside our window, same again on day two and by day three the deck hands were joining in the melee by arranging the deck furniture at the same time.
Requests at reception were politely noted but little was done, the staff saying there were no available alternatives again.
Well can the staff start their duties a little later maybe?
Doubtful, came the reply.
At the same time there was another couple at reception complaining about the standard of their cabin. They ended up shouting, using abusive language and being quite obnoxious...but guess what...the manager appeared and they got moved.
I'm not good at complaining and would rather be polite and respectful towards hard working folk just trying to do their job, but sadly there appears to be a lesson I should learn here.

Ah Well.

On the positive side, the ship was very good, the itinerary was excellent and even the tender operation was very well organised. The dining experience was good thanks to our 2 very hard working waiters and a section manager that actually showed an interest in his passengers. Entertainment was okay but not as good as we get on the British ships. The bar staff were great and a couple of Happy Hours each day ensured we could at least afford a drink or two to help us sleep through all the cabin noise.

And we didn't get moved for the second cruise either as apparently there was nothing available again...but it was strange how empty the restaurants and bars were in comparison...and still I didn't make a fuss.

Really glad we did this cruise for the ports we visited, but overall I think we would only use Holland America again for an itinerary we couldn't get elsewhere.
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GUEST SERVICES SUCK! May 2019

2.0

Holland America Line Company Reviews

Similar to one of the other reviewers here - I had an obstructed view outside room. The obstruction on the Oosterdam was a lifeboat. Every morning two men came and climbed all over the lifeboat working on it somehow. While I understand the safety of the passengers may depend on the lifeboats being in repair, but for a single woman to have two men climbing around her window caused me to close the drapes every day. I might as well have had an indoor room. Guest services said they would check into it and let me know. They did not. Second visit to Guest Services resulted in again - no action and no response. The third time, I raised my voice in the lobby and requested a manager. They all acted stupid - and perhaps they actually were, but only after all this did I finally demand another room and magically they found one and for the last four days of a 17 day cruise I was happy. I wrote Holland America when I returned and after a week I received a namby pamby response - with not so much as an offer of a discount on the next cruise or a free drink!!! I already have another cruise booked, this one with friends, which is the only reason I'm not cancelling it, but it will be my last with them! Read more

Operator Holland America Line

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I think a little re-evaluation of tour guides is needed. January 2017

2.0

Italy & the Greek Islands

Went on one tour to Italy and Greece. I believe that one was planned out as well as it could have been. We missed excursions we already paid for and was told too bad, no refund. Then Barcelona was extremely dissapointing. I got home and cancelled my third tour. I would not recommend for several reasons.. Rude unhelpful tour guide, not being fed when that's all the group wanted, ended up walking around the entire city on foot but only had three special passes included that made the trip something other than just walking around and getting a normal sight seeing experience. While going to another country is amazing, do not let it blind you to the work this company does! Both trips EF tours was the worst part and interfered with my experiences. I think a little re-evaluation of tour guides is needed. Read more

Operator EF College Break (EF Ultimate Break)

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3 Star Cruiser Won't Travel On Holland American Anymore. July 2019

1.0

Holland America Line Company Reviews

3 Star cruiser will never travel Holland American again. They have really slipped. We were this time on the Maasdam and this ship should be retired as it's old and not kept up. Many cracked and broken windows. One boarded up with plywood. Teak decks needing repair and rust all over the ship. The sliding enclosure over the pool when it opened and closed sounded like the ship was going to come apart. They nickel and dime you now for everything. No connection with ships officers anymore as the Captain is just a bus driver. Rooms small, beds uncomfortable. They've cut back servers which was especially noticeable in the Lido where one person handled 3 stations at certain times meaning long waits. We so loved Holland America in the past but since Carnival bought them they have definitely slipped. Too bad! Read more

Operator Holland America Line

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