How to Plan a Trip to Rome

The following featured post was written for Ailish in Wonderland by Gloria Brown

Rome is one of the busiest cities in the world, with priceless statues on every corner and more museums than you’re likely see in any one place again. If you’re thinking of heading there for your next holiday, and you’re getting confused with everything there is to see and do, then you’ve come to the right place! No matter what your reason is for wanting to visit, this article should give you a brief guide to planning your trip to Rome.

1. Get organised

First of all, it’s important to get a rough idea of what you’ll be doing and where you’ll be going. You should start by thinking about the kinds of attractions you want to see; if you’re a history buff, then you’ll want to stay close to the museums and ruins, but if you’re going for culture and to indulge in some designer retail therapy, you’d be wise to investigate where the best shopping spots are.

Once you’ve picked out where you want to go during your stay in Rome, download some maps and plan a walking route. Although there’s plenty of transport around the city, Rome is a very easy place to navigate on foot. My top tip though would be to check out reviews and do a search for local bloggers, as they’re likely to have the inside information on the best eateries in the area.

2. Buy tickets in advance

Speaking of getting organised, it’s a good idea to buy as many tickets in advance for events that you know you want to visit. It could be for an art festival, a concert or a fascinating local museum exhibit, but you would hate to travel all this way only to be disappointed. If you book early, you may well get a better deal on the ticket prices too, and you’ll be able to plan your stay around those fixed dates and times.

Once event in particular that is always extremely popular is the Roman opera. Whether you want a cultured evening in the plush setting of the Teatro Costanzi, or a romantic evening enjoying an opera under the stars at the Terme di Caracalla, make sure you head over to romeoperatickets.com to book your tickets now.

3. Stay where you’ll explore

Rome is a city that never sleeps and you’ll always find something to occupy your time, but when it comes to accommodation, the top tip is to try and make sure that your accommodation reflects your trip. If you want to explore and see the sights of Rome all day, you may be better staying in a bed and breakfast close to the centre.

If you’re a food lover on a gastronomic journey across Italy, opt for your own apartment just outside the centre instead so that you have a full kitchen to try out all your recipes. However, if you’re on a romantic getaway, splash out and head to one of the many luxury hotels in the area for some pampering.

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Looking for the best things to do when in Rome? The Crazy Tourist has some great recommendations here.

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