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Travel Information – A Quick Guide to Rome

Food and drink is very expensive in Rome, but you can find some very nice cheaper cafes and restaurants if you come away from the main tourist areas.

There are hundreds of shops selling souvenirs but mostly selling the same kind of things, rosary beads and religious memorabilia.

You will never get to see everything in Rome in just a few days, but the easiest way to get an idea of the city is on an open top tour bus. They charge about 15 Euros and the ticket last for 24 hours. They will give you headphones which you plug into the socket beside your seat, and then you can listen to a running commentary of the places of interest that you are passing. Just jump off when you get to a place you want to visit and back on another bus whenever you feel like it.

St Peter’s is amazing. Try to avoid the weekend as it is extremely busy, but during the week hardly any queue. You have to go through the same security as you do at the airport to get in. If you go up to the dome, remember there are hundreds of steep steps to climb. They have a lift but this only takes you to the base of the dome. Do not forget to visit the shop run by the nuns inside. Where you will be able to buy rosaries that have been blessed by the pope. And look out for the Swiss guards as you leave the Vatican. They look really colourful and smart in their Orange, White & Blue Uniform.

The Colisseum will take your breath away. It costs 12 euros to get in but the queue is horrendous. For 20 euros join a guided tour. There are lots of people offering them outside. But make sure you choose someone who is wearing a licensed badge. You will not have to queue to get in, and that in its self is well worth the extra 8 euros. You will get a full guided tour of the Colisseum, The Palatine and The Forum which lasts about 2 hours. And if you’re lucky they will give you a ticket for a free tour in another part of the city.

Your Travels Can Be Whatever You Choose

If you are interested in European travel, keep in mind that it should be whatever you choose. No one knows better than you what your money and time limits are OR what interests you most.

Get a handle on your finances before making a plan. Each level of European travel requires a different financial outlay. When you choose small, out of the way destinations, you will find less expensive accommodations and often less expensive meals and fares as well. Trains that take you to large cities can drop you off in small ones to spend the night. Shopping markets for daily meals can keep your costs down considerably.

Another important financial aspect of your trip will be exchange rates. With the Euro as the main currency in sixteen or more European countries, the ratio of Euro-to-dollar will be important. England retains its own currency. The English pound measured against the dollar may be another factor in your decision. Or, you may want to research the exchange rate in Eastern Europe. The former Soviet states have the same beautiful architecture and interesting histories as their better-traveled Western European neighbors.

Also look at travel costs to European airports. Some have better deals than others. This can be like an invitation to discover the area. Renting a car is not necessary if you can rely on public transportation like buses or trains. With financial considerations in mind, you can plan and enjoy an extensive trip without the benefit of a pricey tour. Even boat travel is possible by choosing ferry routes over pricier tour boats.

A Travel Guide on Rome

The Coliseum is one of Rome’s most famous buildings, thousands of people and animals died within the Coliseum during the gladiator games and other fighting shows that were held here to entertain the people of Rome. The Coliseum is a very popular attraction which means that the queues can be quite long! In order to avoid the queues there are a number of guided tours you can join which will also provide you with some knowledge of the Coliseum’s history. I would advise that you look up some of these tours online to guarantee a place.

The Pantheon is another one of Rome’s famous buildings and was built as a temple for the Ancient Rome gods. One of the main things that makes the Pantheon a popular tourist attraction is its dome, it’s one of the largest in the world and the only light comes from the oculus (the centre of the dome). It is a marvellous site that is open every day and is free to enter, if you’d prefer a tour then this will only cost you a few Euros.

If you want to learn more about Rome then visit the Sistine Chapel within the Vatican, this is the most religious place in the world and full of culture. The Vatican museums are also a must as they provide you with all of the history and the wonderful Gallery of Tapestries which will leave you standing in awe at all the detail that went into these amazing pieces. The Vatican actually offers a Sistine Chapel and Vatican museum tour which I would recommend if you’re not familiar with the history. The guided tours cost around 30 Euros.

If you’ve still got some time left, then why not take a trip to one of Rome’s more relaxed attractions, the Pasta Museum. The museum is open every day and entry costs around 10 Euros per person.