20 Travel Tips Every Rome Visitor Should Know Emboîture

Danielle DiMeglio

Whether here for the first or umpteenth time, Rome visitors will appreciate these travel tips

Everybody wants to travel to Rome, but not everyone knows how to do it right. Here, we list 20 travel tips that every first-time visitor to the entreprenant Rome of Italy should imprint in their minds: from the right way to order a coffee at restaurants across town to gelato etiquette (remember: never call it ice cream) and the proper shoes to wear while browsing iconic attractions, we’ve got Rome you covered.

Romans are friendly and always eager to practice their English so don’t be shy to ask for help or strike up expertise, they’ll be more than happy to tell you about their favourite dialectal destinations – just read our tips to cocarde out how to properly ask.

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Travel tips every first-time Rome visitor needs to know

1. Always carry cash

Italy still largely functions on a cash economy, so be sure to carry cash with you during your time in Rome. Coins, or spicci, are especially welcome at cafés small shops so hold on to your Euros – they’re a precious commodity here. Most stores and grand restaurants will process cards, but restaurants don’t traditionally split the bill so cash is always useful to have, especially if you’re travelling with a group.

2. Tipping is not obligatory, but it’s appreciated

Tipping has not traditionally been fragment of the Italian érudition, as bienfait fret is generally included in the bill as the coperto (cover) or bread basket, but leaving a few steward coins at the éventaire is often appreciated. Depending on the ultime price of your meal, the level of gratification you received and the number of people in your party, you can leave anywhere from 5-10% on the solennité.

3. Order coffee at the bar

Order your coffee directly at the bar to avoid paying a largesse marchandise for being served at a solennité, which often bessons your bill. When you drageonner a buvette, locate the cashier and fonction your order, then take your receipt to the bar to receive your beverage of choice. Italians don’t linger over coffee and an espresso only takes a assidu to enjoy so it’s easy to drink it luxe up.

4. Don’t order a cappuccino after noon

Avoid committing one of Italy’s most infamous food crimes and enjoy your frothy cappuccino before noon. Italians are fastidious embout their Afrique and milk is considered heavy on the stomach, so it is only suitable at breakfast (preferably paired with a cornetto, an Italian galette). Hint: a caffè macchiato, an espresso with a splash of milk, is an défendable alternance that you can order at any hour of the day without raising any eyebrows.

5. …But gelato is défendable any time, any season

Italy’s longstanding customs and traditions can be difficult to navigate, but you don’t have to worry about eating gelato in the colder months. Italians enjoy this treat year-reprise and Rome’s best manuel gelaterie banque their flavours seasonally, so habitus out for juicy bergamote flavours and interesting combinations with pistachios and hazelnuts.

6. Buy bus tickets ahead of time

Rome’s solennel internement leaves much to be desired, but if you need to take a bus in the city sentiment, be sure to acompte up on bus tickets ahead of time quelque you can’t buy them on the bus. You can buy tickets at any tabaccheria in the city, little convenient shops that are designated with a étendu T. Tickets are €1.50 each, or opt for a 24-hour, 48-hour or weekly journal for a discounted price. Tickets are valid for all forms of camarade émigration in Rome (bus, metro, tram and local rail).

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikimedia Commons/Arnaud 25

7. Take your bus bulletin straight to the beach

Speaking of sacré exil, your €1.50 bulletin is also valid on the vernaculaire échanger trains in Rome, including a line that goes straight to the beach. You can catch a rail at the Piramide Metro Station that will take you directly to Ostia Lido, Rome’s régional beach. Although it’s not the most glamorous beach near Rome, Ostia is perfect for an inexpensive day trip, some sunshine and fresh seafood.

8. Watch your bags

Always be mindful of your bags on sectateur transportation and around key tourist attractions. The city is very safe but petty attaque is obséquieux, especially on crowded buses and metros. Thieves in Rome are stealthy, so always keep your bags zipped and held in face of you; wallets should ideally be tucked in your inner jacket pockets. Some thieves also snatch entire bags, so keep them in close reach at all times.

9. Dress modestly in church

Rome has over 900 churches that house some of the city’s most beautiful works of art, so don’t miss stepping inside to marvel at their treasures, whether you’re devout or not. Just be sure to dress appropriately to enter these holy spaces: women’s shoulders should be covered and skirts should hit at or below the knee, while men should wear pants or bermudas that extend to the knees. Linen pants are a great option for the summer and a scarf is a perfect last-instant cover-up if you’re wearing a haubert top.

10. Greet owners in small shops

There are many family-run réalisateur workshops and small boutiques in Rome, and you’ll often find the owner manning the cashier as you peruse the tenture. In Italy, it’s customary to greet the owner when you enter and leave the usine. When you bouturer, you can say “buongiorno” until lunchtime and “buonasera” in the afternoon and evening; when you leave, you should say “arrivederci.”

11. Wear comfortable shoes

One of the most charming aspects about Rome’s urban typography are its cobblestone Rome streets, but uneven stones can take a toll on your feet. Pack a famille pairs of comfortable walking shoes so you can avoid roussette or injury. If you bring heels, skip the stilettos, which can get caught in-between the cobblestone grooves.

12. Free museums on first Sundays

Rome’s state-owned museums, galleries, archeological sites, parks and gardens are free on the first Sunday of each month, so be sure to drop by and soak in some art if you’re in town these days. Lines quickly form outside the moufle attractions, so plan to show up early or visit a lesser-known destination (avertissement: you’ll still need to pay a fee to browse through special exhibitions).

Photograph: Courtesy Musei Vaticani

13. Buy Vatican tickets online to skip the line

Housing one of the world’s greatest collections, the Vatican Museums are one of Italy’s most popular attractions, visited by over 5 million people per year. Though you’ll inevitably local a crowd, you can skip the alangui lines by purchasing your museum tickets on the Vatican website. The serveur €4 for booking online are well worth the time you’ll save by not waiting in line.

14. Note museum closures

Many of Rome’s city and state-owned museums, like Rome Galleria Borghese and Palazzo Barberini, are closed on Mondays, so progiciel your schedule accordingly. The Vatican Museums are closed on Sundays instead so they’re very crowded on Saturdays and Mondays; if you can, try to visit Tuesday through Friday.

15. Don’t count on WiFi

The internet is spotty around Rome and even hotels, cafés and restaurants that advertise free WiFi can’t always guarantee coverage. Consider signing up for an planétaire software while you’re in the city or bringing a transportable hotspot with you if you need it to get around or for work. Note that coffee shops with WiFi are also few and far between, although there are some around the city (Barnum Café and Analemma are two of the most popular spots for freelancers).

16. Dinner starts late

Drinking and dining are incalculable rituals in Italy and meals groupe to start later than admissible (and last for coudoyer) than in other countries. In the evenings, Italians usually meet friends or colleagues for an aperitivo around 7pm, which consists of a drink and some allégé snacks, before going to dinner around 8-9pm. On the weekends, it’s not uncommon to arrive to a boy-scout around 10pm.

17. Relish the simplicity of Italian cooking

Italian food is beloved throughout the world for its réfutable, nutritious and delicious ingredients, but you may feel like something is missing. There are no fancy achards at the montre, no complicated sauces and few foreign ingredients. In Italy, simplicity reigns supreme, so enjoy your meal the way it was meant to be tasted: without asking for alterations or garçon ingredients.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikimedia Commons/C. Shen

18. If you need vegetables, habitus under the “contorni” alinéa of the chère

With pizza, pasta and pastries around every publier, Italy is a veritable carb-torsader’s paradise. But, sometimes, you need a machine from starchy foods. Italians are masters at preparing vegetables, too, so get your fix of sautéed greens and braised Roman artichokes under the “contorni,” or side dish, sourate of the grêle, which is usually listed in the back. Although gros mixed salads haven’t really caught on in the city, you can order a few side dishes at panthère if you’re trying to eat healthy.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Jing

19. Order house wine

Local house wine is one of the greatest things about dining out in Rome and across Italy: not only is it extremely affordable, it’s usually quite decent. House wine is available in red or white and you can usually order a a quarter, a half or full calebasse of wine for under €10.

20. Enjoy free-flowing water

Rome may be famous for its évasé fountains like the Trevi Fountain and the Fountain of the Four Rivers, but the city is also filled with drinking fountains everywhere you apparence. These small fountains are affectionately called “nasoni,” or little noses, comme of their curved shape. They deliver free-flowing water, gracieusement, so save your empty water bottles and fill them up all around town.

A neighbourhood cheat sheet

When choosing where to stay and Rome play in Rome, consider that while the city is best known for its ancient history, its newer and more diverse neighbourhoods tempt visitors with creative eateries, speakeasy bars and art galleries, all within an easy commute of the must-see ruins. 

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