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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!
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Palazzo Massimo - One of the Roman National Museums, renowned for its garden frescoes of Villa di Livia, and other ancient Roman art.
241 Rome Tour Reviews - Summary
Excellent Care and Concern June 20164.0
The places we visited were very interesting September 20154.0
Operator Intrepid Travel
I wish I could make more of a fuss July 20183.0
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.
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. Read more
Operator Holland America Line
GUEST SERVICES SUCK! May 20192.0
Operator Holland America Line
I think a little re-evaluation of tour guides is needed. January 20172.0
Operator EF College Break (EF Ultimate Break)