Five things you should know before visiting Rome

You have probably read about the most important attractions in Rome already. But, it is not necessarily enough to know which places to visit. Here we will give you some practical advice that might make your stay in Rome even more enjoyable.

Angels castle in Rome
Five things you should know about Rome

As you travel to Rome you are for sure planning on visiting the most famous attractions. We have already written an article here in our Rome Guide on what to discover in Rome in 24 hours, so if you haven’t seen that yet, please read it. We do know that 24 hours is way too little in Rome, so hopefully, you will have more time for your stay, but the basic information is still useful.

But, there is some practical information that can help make your stay in Rome better, more efficient and that will help you better understand what’s going on in Rome. This article has been inspired by Lisa Marie’s YouTube video named “10 things you should know before visiting Rome.”

Five things you should know before visiting Rome

  1. The city of Rome stops when it rains
    This is a very important thing to know before your stay in Rome. Hopefully, you will not have to deal with rain at all, but if the rain starts pouring, be prepared for delays and trouble. You will notice this especially well if you use public transportation as buses will be delayed, the metro stations will be packed with people, you will see leaks and water coming through the roof in the stations, and so on. Do not be surprised!
  2. Not all buildings have elevators
    If you have booked your apartment or hotel on, Airbnb or somewhere else, make sure to check whether they have an elevator or not (if that is of importance to you). Lots of old houses and hotels in Rome do not have elevators, which can cause trouble for those having trouble walking up and down steps with lots of luggage.
  3. You will not find Starbucks in Rome
    This is not at all important, but to some, it might be. Lots of people love Starbucks, and they plan on having a cup of coffee in Starbucks while in Rome. Well, forget it, because you will not find any Starbucks in Rome. But, do not despair as the coffee in Rome is fantastic, and you will probably not miss Starbucks at all as you visit the different cafes and coffee houses around Rome.
  4. Take care of your valuables
    This is a very well known advice, but read it once again, and watch out for your valuables. Do not walk around with your wallet or telephone or other valuables at visible spots. It is better to take too good care of your stuff than spending half your stay at your local embassy and the police station to file reports. The pickpockets are especially active in the tourist areas and at public transportation.
  5. Toilets will often cost 1 or 2 Euro to use
    If you need to go the toilet, our best advice is to find a cafe or restaurant, buy some small products and take a break. If you purchase something you can use the toilets for free and get a break at the same time. If that doesn’t sound good to you, then you can use the public toilets, but the price is normally 1 or 2 Euros. These toilets look nice as they are closely looked after, but why not spend 1 or 2 Euro on a cup of coffee instead, and use the toilet for free? McDonald’s and Burger King restaurants normally have free toilets, but they often have long lines.

These were five advises to those coming to Rome. If you have further pieces of advice, please write a comment beneath. If you would like to watch the full YouTube video from Lisa Marie with her bits of advice, check the video beneath.


Recommended activities for families with kids in Rome

Traveling with kids if awarding, but it can also be tiring. Here we help you prepare for your trip to Rome as a family with some family friendly activities in Rome.

As you plan your trip to Rome as a family you need to understand that compromising is needed, at least if you are a history-lover. There are few people in the world with as much history everywhere as Rome. The city is packed with amazing museums and interesting buildings, but with kids it will be very hard to see it all. Quite a lot will depend on the age of the kids coming with you, but no matter their age you will probably need to compromise a few things.

Here are some advises from us to those of you coming to Rome with kids!

Rome with kids – our advises

Do a hop-on hop-off tour!

You might need to compromise, but a hop-on hop-off bus tour is still perfect. Children in general love riding with bus and as a consequence you will see and hear about the most important attractions while the kids enjoy a bus round all around Rome.

  • Book a hop-on hop-off tour in Rome
A family friendly activity in Rome
A hop-on hop-off bus in Rome is always a success – Fotos593 /

Go to the Chocolate Factory

All children love chocolate, and that is why lots of families will enjoy a visit to the chocolate factory in Rome. This place is open from Monday till Saturday. You can find out more about the chocolate factory, its location and more at its official homepage. This is a place where you can buy chocolate and eat lots of chocolate, so this could serve out as a nice break in the middle of the day.

Visit the Villa Borghese Gardens

This is the perfect place to let your children run around and play for some hours. In the park you can also find Galleria Borghese, but most children will not be very attracted by that museum. In the park it is possible to rent different sorts of bicycles, the surroundings are idyllic and this is simply a great program for families with kids.

Visit the Borghese Gardens in Rome with kids
From the Borghese Gardens – Frank Bach / Shutterstock

Use public transportation

Lots of kids will find traveling with public transportation to be very cool. Simply going around with a metro will be a treat for many children (especially if they do not have metro at home). Traveling with buses is also nice, but the nicest treat will wait for those traveling with tram line number 3 in Rome. This touches the Colosseum and the Borghese Gardens and will let you see lots of sights and attractions along the way.

Throw coins into the fountains

Children will find it very cool if you let them throw coins into the different fountains all across Rome. You might find this to be an expensive experience if they throw many coins around, but save together the smallest Euro’s you have (or bring some local currency from elsewhere) and let the kids throw them into the fountains. The most popular fountain to throw coins in is the Trevi fountain.

The Trevi Fountain in Rome
The Trevi Fountain in Rome – Matthew Dixon / Shutterstock

Visit the Children museum

In Rome there is a dedicated museum to children and kids. As you visit the museum you will partake in a tour that lasts almost two hours and you will get to see and experience a lot along the way. Booking your visit is recommended and you can find out more about this museum at its official website.

Rome will be a treat for the entire family!

We hope you have found this list of children activities and family friendly programs in Rome useful. Have you got even more advises and recommendations, please write a comment to share your thoughts!

The most romantic places in Rome

Rome is one of the most popular cities in whole Europe and it surely one of the most romantic one with the ancient historical buildings and its streets which are perfect for long romantic walks. So in this article we will introduce you to some of the best places to go in Rome with your loved one.
Romantic Rome

What could be more romantic than having a walk by the river? The Tiber river is our number one choice for a romantic date with your loved one and it is a perfect place to discover the unknown side of the city and the beautiful bridges that cross the river.

Romantic locations in Prague

Our second choice is the Aventine Hill and the Giardino degli Aranci. The Aventine Hill is definitely the hill of the lovers. You can check the different historical monuments and churches such as the Basilica of Santa Sabina or the Giardino degli Aranci. From the park you can have a splendid look over the whole city which is kind of romantic as well.

The Appian Way is also a perfect place for a romantic walk. The Appian Way is a really peaceful and relaxing place to be. The Appain Way is over 2300 year old.

Apart from these there are countless other things to do in Rome on a holiday from the different concerts and exhibitions to the various other programs. If you want to know more on the city and its programs check the following site for more useful information.