Rome Travel Guide

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Rome, also known as ‘the Eternal City’ and ‘City of Seven Hills’ is the capital and largest city of Italy

It is a tremendously popular tourist destination with visitors of all ages – and for good reason.   


There are so many fascinating things to do and places to see and be photographed in Rome that we cannot begin to cover them all, but here are a few: 


Start with the usual must-see’s, such as: the Coliseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo (People’s Square), Campo di Fiori (flower market), Circus Maximus, the Forum, St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel – to name just a ‘phew’.  The Tiber river runs through Rome and provides scenic backdrops for photo opportunities from Rome’s many ancient bridges.


The main transportation routes in and out of Rome are via the port of Civitavecchia, where cruise ships are a permanent sight, or Leonardo da Vinci and Fiumicino airports.  Rome also has a decent subway and bus system.  Traffic is very congested (and noisy) in the city and many areas have become pedestrianised.  It is wise to use only officially licensed taxis and check that the meter is reset before you set off.


Visit the Foreign Office website (link above) to review their excellent and updated information, provided as part of the ‘Know Before You Go’ campaign.  As an example:

Protect your valuables and be on guard against street crime in popular tourist areas and big cities such as Rome.  Be alert to the possibility of encountering bag-snatchers and pickpockets, especially in crowded places like bus and rail terminals, airport baggage areas and car rental desks.  Be alert to known scams and techniques used by petty criminals to separate you from your valuables.


Here is something many tourists are not aware of: purchasing items from illegal street traders that operate in most major cities and tourist spots of Italy, could result in a large fine if the police catch you.  (We’ve all seen the guys with their wares set out on sheets.  At the first sign of the police they vanish faster than your gelato on a hot day).


European Health Insurance Card


Visitors with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to free emergency medical care, but this should never be used in place of comprehensive travel insurance.  For example, the EHIC does not cover travel problems such as lost or stolen luggage or property, cancellation and curtailment, and expensive matters like personal liability, legal costs, ongoing or non-urgent medical care, air ambulance and medical repatriation.



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Inclusion in this Travel Guide does not guarantee travel insurance is available in any country at any given time. Travel Insurance is not available in countries where the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued an advisory against travel.

We strongly advise a visit to the FCO website for updated travel information and general travel advice before you book and pay for any travel.