Rome

I am planning my honeymoon trip with my wife to Rome for a week.
What are some worthwhile tours to attend and passes to buy during our stay?

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Depends on the weather. If it's in the spring and it's nice outside, frick the tours. The lines for the Sistine chapel were obscene. You can stroll into any other church in Rome for free and wander around. The Coliseum is awesome, but it's not as cool as other Roman amphitheaters I've done because you can't even climb up and sit in the seats. An hour before closing time, you can walk up to the Pantheon and get in the doors in less than 10 minutes. The one thing I'd definitely recommend reserving bikes and riding the Appian Way Trail and the park of the Aqueducts. That was the best thing we did in Rome. Spend 4 or 5 days in Rome and then take the train to Florence for 2 nights too.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      We were planning on going next week so I'm guessing there won't be that many tourists like in the season.
      Should we consider getting any tickets beforehand and if so are skip the line tickets worth it?
      Florence is something we were planning as well for a days trip so it's most likely happening.
      I for one would like to immerse myself with the antiquity of Rome and play total war ost the whole trip.
      Thank you for the post!

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Buy tickets for the Vatican museum now and book/arrive first thing in the morning. Go straight to the Sistine chapel, you'll have about 15-20 minutes before tour groups arrive.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          This is terrible advice, you just skip the rest of the museum? Once you're in the Sistine, you're not allowed back into the museum.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Yes but no. You can't come back through the entry door but after exiting you can go back to the museum. The Vatican is a goddamn maze as a museum as it was never intended to be one in the first place and popes kept adding rooms

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Are you sure you can enter again? I've bought tickets and the entrance is limited to a pre-selected 30 minute window.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Don't exit the entire building of course, but the Sistine is just a room, again, the place is a goddamn maze and maybe you're not supposed to be able to go back, but it's so crowded that security won't do anything. For example you are not supposed to take photos but it's very easy to do so. If you are not comfortable with an small risk element dont rush to the Sistine then

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Is the hop on hop off buss worth getting?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      If you want to see a lot in a short bit of time? Sure
      Lot of the places are of architectural significance and you can admire them from the outside.
      Most of Rome you can walk around though or use the metro

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    One of the Rome city passes can save you some bucks if you plan to visit lots of cultural sites. I liked strolling on the Forum Romanum and lmao'ing at a migrant selling overpriced water by yelling "watwatwatwat". Ostia Antica is a nice half day trip from Rome. Like the other anon said, the Aquaduct tour is also really nice. There are lots of scammers, yes, but I found them more funny than annoying.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Prebook tickets for the big sights so you can walk right in. I didn't wait in line anywhere and that includes the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum.
    Please don't do tours (unless you're doing a tour to go outside the city). Just walk around the city and enjoy it. Soak it in. If you want to learn about a place read it online or pick up a book.
    Rome is alot of fun and is very easy to get into.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      agreed.

      Definitely go check out the Trastevere neighborhood for food. Tonnarello always has a line around the block, but there are like 50 other places that are just as good. You probably won't have a line in February.

      Next time I do Italy, I'm going to get out of the cities and see some villages. Bagnoregio, Siena, Sorano, Lucca, Vernazza, San Marino, Bolzano

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        San Marino is amazing and shitposting with the flag in SighSee and /misc/ was a nice plus

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Trastevere is a must despite the crowds, specially if youre there for honeymoon. Make a booking to any restaurant of your choice to about the lines
    >GO TO THE ROOF OF ST PETERS. Its amazing how there are lines for everything but the chance to go the top to the basilica is almost empty. You get to see the gardens and the entire city from there. Also, only do the vatican museums tours if you are really into it, as the other anon said, the sistine chapel is so overcrowded that it really sucks
    >The circus maximus park is empty and free. Amazing for such a historical place
    >I know youre gonna go to the coliseum cuz FOMO but for me it was meh. Paying an entire day to explore the Palatine (seriously, give it the entire day) its way better and you dont even need to book in advance, just go there.
    >The Rome passes only work if you book the actual visits way in advance. Im talking months. For me it wasnt worth it, but in Italy you can go to anywhere on the next day if you pay more for a private tour for a few bucks more
    >Eat cacio e pepe at any chance you can get

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Basically this.

      Oh and if you have never visited Italy before don't expect food to taste the same as in US "Italian" restaurants. Although I guess this is true anywhere.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      completely agree on the St Peters Dome thing. Wasnt a short queue for us though

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Also, trust me, dont go to Trevi fountain, the whole scene is disgunsting. The Partenon a few blocks away is nice though

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Get the night tour of the Vatican Museum. Orders of magnitude less crowded.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Rome is pretty simple, especially if you didn't frick up and are staying near Piazza Navona or the Pantheon. You divide your stay into 3 or 4 main days of tourism:

    Day 1: Navona > Pantheon > Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola for that sweet roof painting (and painted dome) > Fontana di Trevi > Pallazo Quirinale > Piazza Spagna/Spanish Steps then you can shop around the streets between the steps and via del corso or go up to the Piazza del Popolo. Cielo Terrace on top of the Spanish Steps is a great honeymoon restaurant but expensive AF. The view is unbeatable though. Gellateria Della Palma north of the Pantheon is great too.

    Day 2: Ancient Rome. Start at Piazza Venezia then the Vittorio Emannueli monument and surroundings > Foro Romano > Colliseum > Circo Massimo and Palatine Hill > Bocca della verita > israeli Quarter for some Carcioffa a la Giudia > Campo e Fiori for dinner.

    Day 3: Vatican Tour, dinner and nighttime chill in Trastevere. Try to get the tour for the Vatican Catacombs, you can see St. Peter's rock serving as the actual foundation for the basilica. See the top of the basilica too. The super religious should also stop at the Scala Santa, the Vatican literally lifted the staircase from Pontius Pilate's home so you can climb it on your knees like Jesus did before his execution.

    Villa Borghese is nice but in January? Gonna have to think hard about that one.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

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    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous
      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

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      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Dunno the dude but an italian stole his GF right?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Italian here
        this amerilard homosexual is so hilariously idiotic
        >i was eating CARBS all days
        stupid ass ametifat don't know how to eat and blames a country for that
        >italian men aren't romantic they want a green card
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        that other screen is right about Italy being Thailand for women. Women love tialians - we know how to frick and be men. Not stereotypes like beta cuck or "CHAD butthole" or something. just attractive to women and good masculinity.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

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        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Let's be fair though, your average Italian makes less than a quarter of what the average American makes. When an Italian goes to the US, they can't afford to eat good food, or stay in a nice hotel, so they have a bad time. It's especially hard in New York and southern California where the prices are really high. The Italian tourists end up eating in McDonald's and maybe splurging for one meal at some terrible chain restaurant like a Hard Rock Cafe or a Ruby Tuesdays. They end up riding a bus instead of renting a car. The US is not like Italy where half the population can't afford a car. The only people who take public transport in the US are homeless people, illegal immigrants and felons out on parole.

          Personally, I found Italian men to be a little feminine. They were very obsessed with clothing like the gays. none of the men seemed to work hard or try to problem solve, kind of like our blacks in the US. I never saw an Italian fixing anything, or building anything. It was always a foreigner doing the work. The way they would sit in cafe's with their legs crossed drinking little coffee's felt VERY homosexual.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

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  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    FYI the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine are free for all on the first Sunday of every month. Just walk in any entrance.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I saw some guy say porto pia is the place to find smelly teens to discuss communism with. Is it true?

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Go to see the Terme di Caracalla, well kept and also always ignored by turists despite being a really awesome visit

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This is the best advice in the thread. Go there from the Piramide train station where you can see the namesake pyramid that's a thousand years older than Chichen Itza and taller, got incorporated into the Aurelian walls, pretty sick and well preserved and seemingly out of place but there since first century BC.
      One I regret not getting to is the Lateran Obelisk. Theres only about 30 extant ancient Egyptian obelisks in the world and that's the tallest. Rome alone has 8 of them, I think I got to half, will make sure I get the rest next time.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    How culturally enriched is the metro during the day?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Full of italians! You're welcome anon.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Not as much as you may think from an european Capital

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      pro tip. the metro in Rome sucks. There's only two lines. So just go full tourist and book something in the city centre. The Vatican is not the centre. Trust me i stayed near the Vatican for my trip. At first you think, ah it's a 30/40 minute walk to the centre. Its okay. i get to walk around in Rome. Look around and see some shit. But really it becomes a pain in the ass walking back after the 3th day. Finding a metro back is usually a roadtrip in and of itself.

      I've been to Rome three times now. It's all right.. I wouldn't tell anyone that you have to see Rome at least once. If you really want to (I did when i was younger) you can go for 3/4 days. You'll see all the major sights. The only reason i went back twice is because I was asked to and I enjoy the company. But imo there are way better and more enjoyable cities to visit. I don't even think I'd put Rome in my top 10 euro cities to visit.

      • 1 month ago
        Majmunko

        So what are the top euro cities according to you?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          In no particular order. Vienna, Madrid, Lisbon, Munich, Prague, Copenhagen, Lille, Paris and even probably London. Other than the sites Rome doesn't click for me. Obviously there are plenty of people who love Rome so maybe you do too.

          The Vatican ain't the center but it's a good area. The restaurants around are good. If you deem the Colosseum are the center that area is awful

          My comments were mainly aimed at the very poor public transport in Rome. I wouldn't stay squarely in the biggest hotspot for tourists either. But there are plenty of other spots near the center that are relatively quiet and are only a 5 to 10 minute walk from the center.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        The Vatican ain't the center but it's a good area. The restaurants around are good. If you deem the Colosseum are the center that area is awful

  15. 1 month ago
    Majmunko

    Soon about to board the plane, thank you frens for the help!

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Stay near the Piazza Navona if you want to be more central or somewhere near the Piazza dei Coronari if you want to be closer to the Vatican.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I did 3 tours:
    colosseum
    catacombs
    vatican

    definitely recommend all 3, especially the catacombs because there are secret entrances that you won't be able to find by yourself and it was really cool

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Where do local old geezers hang out? I'd like somewhere to chill with a beer at night and play chess or something.

    I've no problem chatting with a handful of yuro tourists, but I want to avoid the chinese hordes at all costs.

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I am going next month. What is the best region/area to stay in city?
    Any suggested hotels/hotels to avoid?

    • 1 month ago
      Majmunko

      We stayed next to piazza Navona and it was a good decision since it's near many interesting sites so you can walk most of the time
      A tip for your stay would be to go to the colosseum first since if you buy the ticket there you get free entry to the palatine hill and vise versa is not the case

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Seconding this. Staying near Piazza Navona means you're only a short walk away from many of the shorter stop sights like the Pantheon or Trevi fountain, and you can find decent accommodations for surprisingly cheap in my experience. Furthermore, you'll only be a 25-30 minute walk from both the Vatican and the Colosseum/Forum, so you won't need to worry about taking a cab or bus.

        Some things I'd recommend:
        >Julius Caesar's assassination site is just off the main road near Piazza Navona. Not really a destination in its own right, but it is neat to see and could be easy to miss.
        >If you do the easy loop of Navona>Pantheon>Trevi>Spanish Steps during the day, be sure to also stop by some of these at night.
        >As others have mentioned, climbing to the Basilica roof is fantastic.
        >Rome is extremely easy to navigate, so a tour group is not necessary. Only book tours that will let you see things you can't see on your own. Some places, like the Vatican Museum, will see you being rushed through with barely any time to actually look at exhibits.
        >Castel Sant'Angelo is a cool place to hit up on your way out of the Vatican. There's a little cafe on top that serves decent sandwiches at a reasonable price. Not the best eatery in Rome, but the view is amazing if you can get a seat outside at night.
        >Watch yourself in Roma Termini if you use it to get to/from the airport. I had no issues, but it's crowded and hectic, so a perfect place for pickpockets.
        >The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are incredible and you can spend hours there, but the only food is in vending machines. Eat something before you enter if you can.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >Staying near Piazza Navona... surprisingly cheap in my experience
          I have a hotel reservation (with free cancellation) for 455 euros for 5 nights in May. Is this supposed to be cheap? I made it a while back and a couple of days ago the same hotel was showing as like 600 but now it's unavailable. There's no other hotels (on booking.com at least) available anywhere near close to the price that I booked at unless you want to stay at the pickpocket station then there's like 2 options
          Gonna be a busy summer lads

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            That's under $100 a night in the center of a major tourist city, so I'd say it's pretty good. I paid slightly more for my hotel. Maybe cheap isn't the right word, but it's far from expensive. I had to spend more to stay in Dublin than Rome.

  20. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    there are things in Rome other than the Colosseum and the Trevi fountain and the Forum, you know...

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      ok? what you're going to recommend visit the random church your great-grandma attended?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        nah I’m not going to recommend anything to you. you can stick with the one fountain you no doubt care so much about.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          you sound miserable

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