You should, as there is a lot to explore.
We are excited to share with you our best insider tips to spend One Week in Rome.
In this article we introduce you to all the information about Rome and the unique experiences that the city offers.
Our full guide covers:
- Basic Introduction
- Where to stay in Rome
- How to get around
- What to see in Rome
- Things to do in Rome
- Tickets you have to buy before – must read
- Food and Restaurants
- Day Trips from Rome
- Itinerary for Rome
- Packing List
- City Map
Do you want to see Rome in 1 day? Then you have to join a complete tour. The best tour to see Rome in one day is by Walks of Italy.
The tour includes the Vatican and its Sistine Chapel, the St. Peter’s Basilica, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and of course the majestic Colosseum.
You will have privileged express entrances to the sights, free homemade gelato and a great guide with you. All that in a group of 15 people or less!
Find more information on Rome in 1 day here.
Rome, the eternal city.
It is one of the most popular spots in Europe and world wide.
Known for its pizza, and pasta. There is also a must do thing while in Rome: taste their coffee.
There is no place in the world with more options about ordering a coffee. Have a look at the video below and when in Rome, find your favorite way to taste your Italian coffee.
Joking aside, here are all articles for 7 days in Rome – or just 2-3 days.
1. Basic Introduction
We want to start with a simple intro to the things you need to know before coming to Rome.
Currency: EUR (€)
Language Spoken: Italian
Population: 2.8 Million
Known for: History, the majestic Colosseum, Pantheon, Architecture, and culinary scene.
Best time to visit: The summer months are very hot to wander around Rome. Rome is like a live museum, so you will be walking a lot. We recommend going in Spring time (avoiding Easter if you are not interested in religious ceremonies) and September or October. In November it is not cold, but there is normally lot of rain.
Accommodation: You can find all sorts of accommodations in Rome: from budget to luxury options.
Bear in mind, many hotels consist of just one floor in a building. That building can be shared with other hotels as well as offices, Airbnbs…
Public Transport: In Rome, you will find train, metro and tram, as well as regular buses. The metro is very convenient. The buses are not very punctual but will take you to the places.
Bear in mind if you have to buy a ticket for the bus you must buy it before entering to it.
There is not possibility to buy a ticket on board on regular buses in the city.
Therefore, look for a “Tabacchi” sign. You will be able to buy tickets on that stores.
More under how to get around.
Safety: Rome is a safe city – except for pick-pocketing. Likewise other big cities in Europe, there is a pick-pocket problem which can be really annoying.
You will find them especially in the metro and the main sights. Pay attention to your belongings and do not stay close to the doors in the metro, for instance.
As long as you are paying attention, you will be OK. There is no need to be paranoid, but being aware of the problem is already helping.
Electricity: 230V/50Hz (European plug). Remember to pack your travel plug adapter.
2. Where to stay in Rome (and what area to avoid)
If you want to live and experience Rome at the fullest, we recommend staying near to Piazza Spagna.
This is the most central and convenient location to all important monuments and sights.
If you stay in the city center, you will be able to go by walk to almost all the main sights.
- Spanish steps
- Piazza del Poppolo
- Fontana di Trevi
- Villa Borghese
- and more
We actually wrote a brand new guide on where to stay in Rome for first-time visitors.
You will find all the main sights in Rome below, put on a map. Staying at the city center is a bit more pricey; but totally worth it!
It will save you time when getting to see the main sights and will let you live the city at its fullest.
The most popular areas when staying in Rome are the city center and Termini.
Termini would be an option only for the lowest budget travelers, as it s not a really nice area. Termini is also an area for the party lovers, as it is the place where almost all night buses stop.
There are also other places to stay in Rome:
Trastevere and Vatican area
Trastevere is a very nice neighborhood to visit and live, as it is the place where many families live.
The Vatican is also an area with plenty of accommodations.
These areas are not central – keep this in mind! We prefer staying near Piazza Spagna.
You will need more time to arrive to many sights.
If you are not planning to see many things around these two areas, book your accommodation in the city center.
Here you have the shortcut to our recommendations:
- Luxury traveler: Hassler Roma
- Families: Parlamento Boutique Hotel
- Couples: Lifestyle suites Rome
- Apartment: Boschetto 124
- Airbnb: Boutique aparment near Trevi fountain
- Solo Travellers: New Generation Hostel
- Best Party Hostel: The Yellow Hostel
Find all the detailed information of each accommodation below the map.
We modified the neighborhood areas on the map, adding only the interesting areas (please note, these are not the exact neighborhood limitations, it is simplified).
Here you have also our personal recommendations for the different travelers.
2.1 Luxury Hotel in Rome
Set at the top of the Spanish Steps, Hassler Roma is one of most popular hotels in Rome.
For a good reason!
Top location, elegant and charming suites, wellness facilities like Turkish bath and the roof top terrace restaurant.
Dining options at the Hassler include the Michelin-starred Imàgo on the 6th floor, the stylish Salone Eva, and the Palm Court restaurant with its ancient stone walls.
The cuisine is classic Italian, with international specialties. This hotel is a pure dream – perfect for a Luxury vacation!
For a complete overview of top luxury hotels, check out the best boutique hotels in Rome by LesBoutiqueHotels.com
2.2 Best Family Hotel in Rome
Nice and cozy hotel in the center of the city, Parlamento Boutique Hotel is a real Rome traditional hotel with lovely and helpful staff.
I especially love the interior and their big roof top terrace for the breakfast.
Thanks to the top yet tranquil location, it is a great place to stay in Rome for Families and retirees.
The Boutique Hotel is also pet friendly!
Bear in mind the hotel is located at the fourth and fifth floor of a building. The elevator is relatively small. Anyways, worth it!
2.3 Romantic Couple Accommodation
Expect romantic facilities and a top location directly at Piazza Navona with Lifestyle Suites Rome.
Enjoy breakfast in the room or in the sun at the hotel terrace with gorgeous views to Piazza Navona.
A fantastic place which will be difficult to leave, really!
Lifestyle Suites is our top recommendation for couples visiting Rome.
Ask the reception as well for a romantic restaurant nearby. There’s plenty to choose from!
Boschetto 124 is an excellent apartment for a family stay or two couples, sharing the apartment.
Beautifully decorated and homely, it is only 600 meters to the Coliseum.
We included it in the map too, for better orientation.
2.5 Airbnb in Rome
This cute Airbnb in Rome is near the Trevi fountain – really near! Not only is a well decorated apartment, but the location will allow you to walk to many other places you want to visit in Rome by foot, such as:
- Piazza di Spagna
- Navona square
- Trevi fountain
- Piazza del Popolo
- Villa Borghese
Also, in the area you will find plenty of cafés and restaurants.
2.6 On a Budget – Hostels in Rome
Hostels are a cheap way to spend your holiday. They are especially popular for young backpackers.