All the Top Travel Resources You Need for a Great Trip to Rome 

Getting ready to book your trip to Rome?

Make sure to take a look at all our top travel resources and suggestions for an amazing trip!

view of capitoline campidoglio at sunsetOur favorite travel resources will help you experience Rome at its best

Planning your Rome Visit

When starting to plan your Italy travels, whether they're focused on Rome or wider exploration of this amazing country, there's a lot to think about.

The last thing you want is to find your hotel is far away from all the main sights, you've packed the wrong footwear or end up booking a sub-par tour (all of which I've done over the years!)

Take advantage of our favorite travel resources for booking an incredible trip, including:

Choosing the right accommodation for you

The first step is deciding where in Rome you want to stay.

Do you want to be in heart of things or in a quieter neighborhood?

Prefer to walk everywhere or happy to use public transport or taxis?

Once you've used our definitive guide to where to stay, the next step is searching for accommodation in your chosen area.

piazza madonna dei montiThe Monti neighborhood is steps away from the Colosseum but is not the quietest area, so thinking about what's important to you is crucial when it comes to accommodation

You can use the in-depth search tools available here to filter by facilities, type of property, reviews and much more to find the accommodation that's right for you.

Or use this handy map to look for apartments, B&B's and hotels in Rome:

Booking your flights

We use Skyscanner to book flights, which gives you lots of potential flight options which can be filtered by timings, prices and more.

Search with specific dates or use their helpful tool which shows you when the cheapest options are available for your chosen route.

Getting around Rome and Italy

I would recommend organizing your airport transfers ahead of time for a smooth journey to and from your accommodation

fco shuttle busAirport transfers range from buses like this to private drivers who will meet you at Arrivals

You can take a regular taxi into the city, but the lines can be long and if you're in a large group you will need to take multiple cars.

Using the public transportation in Rome is straightforward, whether you use the buses, metro or trams.

You can also use regular white taxis or apps such as FreeNow or ItTaxi.

If you have time in your itinerary, take advantage of Italy's excellent railways to travel further afield with Trainline.

This app gives you access to timetables and live departure times, you can book online well in advance or last minute and all the tickets are stored digitally on your phone, making day trips to places like Pompeii and Florence simple.

Trainline has routes served by both Italo and Trenitalia, the two train companies in Italy, so you can compare timetables and pricing.

Trainline also covers multiple European countries and the UK, so is a very useful app if you're a regular Europe traveler.

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What to pack for Rome any time of year

Check out all our essential packing recommendations here, complete with a downloadable packing list to make sure you don't forget anything!

Looking to replenish your travel wardrobe ahead of your trip?

Check out the Romewise Amazon store for some of our top recommendations.

The number one travel accessory I always pack?

A universal travel adapter that is suitable for use in countries all over the world, with multiple USB ports and a built-in voltage converter.

Arranging your tours and activities

There's so much in Rome to explore that it can sometimes be overwhelming to do it by yourself.

My view has always been that taking a tour with a top-quality provider is a great way to make the most of your trip.

I recommend booking your Rome tours with one of our approved partners, all of which have expert guides, great booking options and availability:

Liv Tours

Liv Tours are a family owned business born out of love for Rome and Italy, who offer small group tours that are designed to give you a special experience.

With tours run by local expert guides that offer something a little different to the average Rome tour, Liv Tours provide exclusive access to sites and follow sustainable and responsible tourism practices.

Specializing in experiences with a difference, Liv Tours are our preferred company when it comes to private tours.

Golf Cart Tours

Golf cart tours are fast becoming the most requested tour type in Rome, providing an eco-friendly way to explore the city without being too tiring.

Liv Tours are our preferred provider as they have a wide range of golf tour options in Rome, with private and semi private tours available.

Take Walks

A long-time Romewise partner, Take Walks specialize in offering unusual and exclusive tours that allow you access to places that would otherwise be difficult to get into.

Devour Tours, part of the Take Walks group, are our favorite food tour provider, running top quality food tours which give you a chance to really get hands on with the Roman cuisine and food culture.

vip open vatican - elyssa with key masterBeing able to open up the Vatican Museums on Take Walks' special Key Master tour was something I won't ever forget

Context Travel

Context Travel are all about experiences that are led by local experts, offering visitors a way to get a deeper insight into their destinations.

They have a wide range of tours from simple audio guides to full day trips, as well as tours aimed at children.

In addition, you can join Context Travel's virtual lectures on a wide range of topics to prepare you before you leave for Rome.

Other tours and experiences

GetYourGuide, Tiqets and Viator all offer a huge range of tours and experiences, ranging from simple entry tickets to in-depth tours.

Bringing together tours from multiple providers, these sites allow you to compare different options, track all bookings in one place and keep all tickets together in one account.

You can also book your Rome city passes in advance - find out which one is right for you here.

Getting the right travel insurance

One thing you should absolutely not forget to arrange for a trip to Rome (or anywhere really) is travel insurance!

Having peace of mind just in case something happens is priceless.

Managing your travel spending

One of the most common things I get asked about is money.

How much cash to bring, what cards are accepted in Italy, foreign transaction fees and much more are all popular topics of discussion.

I've found that the simplest way to avoid any problems when you're in Rome is to set up a Wise account with a debit card before you travel.

This card allows you to hold multiple currencies in one account, charges minimal ATM fees for withdrawing cash and can be used in countries all over the world without incurring large fees or currency exchange fees.

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