Planning a Rome trip? Let this page serve as your guide to the posts that are the most helpful in planning your trip to Rome. I’ll be updating this as I continue to write new posts, so check back as you travel plan.
And remember, if you just want to talk to me to get the most up-to-the-minute, personalized advice possible — on not just Rome, but all of Italy — I offer private, one-hour travel consulting sessions (for a whole lot cheaper than a travel agent).
And to have all of his information, and much, much more, in a digestible, organized, easy-to-navigate book, don’t miss my guidebook for Rome, now updated for 2017/2018 and in print as well as digital versions.
Before you book a single thing for your Rome trip…
Know what misconceptions to lose about Rome right now. (Especially key before you book that hotel or rent a car). And get 8 indispensable tips for planning a trip to Rome.
Don’t book your flights yet! First, read up on how the city changes (and oh, does it change… I don’t mean just the temperature, either) according to the season.
Coming in summer? Don’t miss my guide to Rome in summer (including the best beaches, swimming pools, events, and more). Over the winter holidays? You won’t want to miss my guide to Christmas in Rome. And no matter what, learn why rain in Rome isn’t always a bad thing.
Confused about which Rome airport is best to fly into? Here’s help.
One thing everyone asks me: whether you should buy a Roma Pass (or one of the other passes on over).
Be a responsible traveler in Italy — and have a better time traveling, too — with these 7 tips for ethical travel.
Don’t miss these 5 photography tips (and yes, it’s worth reading them before you come!).
Booking a hotel in Rome
First, figure out which Rome neighborhood you want to stay in.
On a budget? Here are 5 favorite places to stay on a budget.
On a honeymoon or romantic trip? Here are my picks for the most romantic hotels in Rome. (Also, here are 5 of the most romantic spots to check out… I’m looking at you, person-wanting-to-propose-in-Rome).
Getting to (and around) Rome
Here’s how to get from the Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci airport to Rome.
Sightseeing in Rome
There are 3 sights in Rome you must book in advance — or you won’t be allowed in. Eek!
Here are 5 of the most overrated things to do in Rome, and what to do instead.
Rome isn’t a 7-11. Some things are only open at certain times (or days). Find out what’s best to visit, when.
Here’s what to know if you’re sightseeing in Rome with kids.
Want to go to a soccer game in Rome? Here’s what to expect.
And some specific spots to check out:
The Domus Aurea, which was closed for what-seems-like-forever (the better part of 15 years, anyway), is open, too, and so worth seeing.
There may be no lovelier — or more historic — walk in Rome than this one.
At Palazzo Valentini, ancient ruins are brought to life with cutting-edge light shows.
I adore Palazzo Massimo, a little-visited archaeological museum right near the Termini train station that boasts top-notch ancient frescoes, sculptures, and mosaics.
And this might be the best museum in Rome that’s not already on your list.
Palazzo Barberini has some top-notch paintings and fantastic ceiling frescoes.
Churches in Rome aren’t just holy sights, but spots worth visiting for their art, architecture, history, and even ancient ruins. Here are 12 of the most fascinating churches in Rome.
Finally: Promise me you’ll go to the Galleria Borghese. Just promise.
Eating in Rome
Follow these 5 tips when picking a restaurant, and you’ll have a much better chance of eating well.
Fit in by knowing what 11 etiquette mistakes not to make while eating in Italy.
Know why you shouldn’t look for spaghetti and meatballs on a menu. Ever.
Get familiar with Rome’s hop-on, hop-off food bus (now a bus + tram) to get to Rome’s best, most authentic neighborhoods for dining.
For specific recommendations, check out my “Food & Drink” section. And make sure to specifically check out:
- 6 of the best trattorias in Rome
- the 6 best spots for gelato in Rome (+ this one! and this one!)
- a useful guide for where to eat in Rome’s most touristy areas
- my suggestions for National Geographic Traveler on how to eat and drink like a local
- where to eat well, and support anti-Mafia causes, in my article for the New York Times
- 3 of Rome’s coziest cafes… that have Wi-Fi
- why I love this restaurant in Trastevere for an upmarket-feeling (but well-priced) meal
- why these 3 restaurants are my go-tos
- 5 of the best places to eat within a 10-minute walk of St. Peter’s or the Vatican museums (a tough spot to find good food!)
- 5 of my favorite spots for cornetti (Italian croissants) in Rome
- one for the (homesick) expats: where to find American brunch in Rome
Oh, and don’t forget to ask for a fiscal receipt. Every time.
Shopping in Rome
If you’re a fan of secondhand, don’t miss my list of vintage shops in Rome. (You even can check out some of my favorite vintage finds). Three favorite “new” vintage stores: Blue Goose, Leopardessa and King Size Vintage, all in Monti.
Find out what street in Monti to haunt for some of Rome’s most interesting (and all independent) shops.
Need a souvenir or gift? Here’s my roundup of the best places to shop for gifts in Rome. And how about…
- a handmade leather bag or wallet
- jams, honeys, olive oils, cheeses and more, sold direct from local producers, at this amazing weekly market
- handpainted porcelain, including cups, saucers, and vases
- hip, handcrafted jewelry, clothing and art
- a marble statue reproduction
- gorgeous, handcrafted glass vases, saucers and bowls
- a handmade leather jacket
Day trips from Rome
Rome has lots of lovely lakes nearby. Here are 3 of my favorite lakes near Rome.
Escape to an island for the weekend. (You know you want to).
Heart set on seeing the seaside from Rome (but not sure you can get to an island)? Here are the best beaches that you can reach from the city in a day.
If you love the idea of Pompeii but not the traveling it takes to get there, Ostia Antica is an ancient city just a half hour from Rome. Herculaneum is a little closer than Pompeii, and a more manageable site.
Some people find it scary. But I freakin’ love Naples. This is why, and here’s my guide for New York Magazine on what to do and where to eat and stay there. For more of the city’s flavor, check out my essay on exploring Naples on foot for Mariner magazine.
Tivoli, home to the Villa d’Este and Villa Adriana, is a lovely option for a nice day.
Common questions about Rome, answered
How can I protect myself from pickpocketing in Rome?
Can you really drink from Rome’s constantly-running water fountains?
How can you call home from Italy?
Why are there so many tobacco shops around?
Still have questions? Check out The Revealed Rome Handbook: Tips and Tricks for Exploring the Eternal City, available for purchase on Amazon, or through my site here! I’m also free for one-on-one consulting sessions to help plan your Italy trip.