Welcome to Travel Month! We hope you’ve got booked some time off work because we’re dedicating some time every day to giving you everything you need to know about visiting some primary holiday spots, all over the world. Today, we’re trying to wrap our minds round the boggling history of Rome!
You could walk around in Rome with your eyes closed and, providing you don’t get blind-sided by a moped, you’d probably hit some monolithic historical building or object. Point is, there’s a lot of history here. There’s nearly 3,000 years of globally influential history, in fact.
Here’s (almost) everything you need to know about travelling to Rome.
So in this hypothetical that I’ve fabricated for you, you and your friends/family are going to Rome for a couple of days during the middle of July. Because you’d be a lunatic to drive (though it is possible if you want to drive for 1,148 miles/20 hours solid), flying is your best option.
Checking Skyscanner, the average price for a ticket is around £45-£55 but can cost you up to £80 each way. Beats sitting in your hatchback for the better part of two days.
As with most European cities, you pretty much have two options. Air BnB or staying in a hostel. Secret option number three is sneaking into the Sistine Chapel and sleeping under Michelangelo’s greatest work. This option will probably get you arrested but the upside is that jail is like free accommodation!
Looking at HostelWorld prices for mid-July, there are currently dorms available within the city for somewhere between £20-£30 per person, per night.
If you’re in a larger group and want to privacy of freedom of your own space, check out Air BnB. The average price is about £89 per night which, split between 3+, isn’t that much more expensive than a hostel. There are flats on the outer rim of the city for as low as £44.
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Things to do
Here are our top three reccomendations for things to do in Rome but, remember, these are our favourites. The real fun comes from exploring yourself:
- Colosseum: Okay, you didn’t need us to tell you to visit the most iconic landmark in the whole of Italy. But rest assured, there will be legions of tourists walking around the place quoting lines of Gladiator – you won’t be the only one.
- Palatine Hill: One of the Seven Hills of Rome and with the most ancient spot of the whole city. This is supposedly the origin place of those craft brothers Romulus and Remus. You know, the two that founded this city and gave it it’s namesake.
- Vespa tour: it’s the quickest and most cosmopolitan way of getting to see the most of Rome in the least amount of time.