Sightseeing is a highlight of any visit to the Italian capital, and I hope these Rome sightseeing tips will help you make the most of your visit to the city.
If you are visiting Rome during the crowded high season, getting a Roma Pass is a good way to avoid long lines at popular attractions like the Colosseum and the Forum.
Speaking of long lines, the Vatican Museums suffer from huge queues, but you can avoid them by going during lunchtime, in the late afternoon, or at night. You can also buy Vatican tickets online, which saves you from the hassle of waiting.
If the sun is out while you’re visiting Rome, make sure to bring lots of water and sunscreen when you do outdoor sightseeing at the Colosseum, the Forum, the piazzas, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and other open-air attractions. There are many fountains in Rome with clean drinking water where you can fill up your water bottle.
Don’t forget to wear good walking shoes when sightseeing in Rome. This is particularly important when visiting the Forum, which has many dirt paths and uneven grounds.
Another Rome sightseeing tip is to get a good map with detailed street names. If you have a smart phone, you can use Google Maps of Rome or another mapping program (just make sure you won’t get charged data roaming fees from your provider). If not, you can get a paper map from your hotel or a tourist information office in Rome.
If you plan to visit popular temporary exhibitions or smaller museums like the Galleria Borghese, make sure to book well in advance. Admission is often limited, and it is very difficult to get same-day tickets.
For popular outdoor attractions like the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, a good Rome sightseeing tip is to consider staying up late and visiting in the middle of the night. You will have the sights to yourself and avoid the massive crowds that gather during the day and evening.