2020 Bucket List: Next up – Rome

Globetrotting | By Alisa

Some of the most popular tourist destination in Rome, Italy.

Perhaps there is no other place like Rome. The history, the architecture, the food . . . . ahhh! It is a rare opportunity to actually find in one place the richness of culture that Rome has to offer. This makes Rome both a desirable place to visit but an intimidating one as well.

Things to know before traveling to Rome are worth a study in order to not be rushed or frustrated and then realize that you have missed some main attractions that are a must see. Rome presents a different set of criteria for travelers, because there is so much to take in. I recommend basing the itinerary on the amount of days you can stay and let that be your initial guide.

The Palazzo Naiadi, a luxury hotel in Rome.
Photo by marriott.com.

It is ideal to plan for at least ten days to two weeks to really have the time to absorb this destination, and the month of August should be avoided as many attractions close early or are simply closed, museums in particular. The convenience of staying within the parameters East of Timber and West of the train station will insure that you are in the thick of things, so to speak. It is worth paying extra for a car from the airport directly to the hotel to avoid the hassle with luggage and general wait times. Hotels should be considered near Spagna Square and along the half mile stretch between Piazza Navona and Piazza Barborini.  As many as 70% of Rome attractions are located in that zone of the city.

Many hotels offer along with their accommodations breakfast daily, which is recommended as the cost of everything is elevated in Rome, and the expense of food while traveling can be one of the largest expenses. The Marcella Royal Hotel is close to the Termini Railway Station, and it offers contemporary rooms and suites. It is considered a boutique hotel, offering a rooftop cocktail bar and lovely 360 degree views of Rome.

Another wonderful hotel option is the Palazzo Naiadi. Located in Rome’s city center, it is a short walk to many main attractions. Palazzo Naiadi offers luxurious suites complete with marble bathrooms, pools and spa, as well as a rooftop bar and terrace.

Piazza di Spagna, at the bottom of the Spanish Steps, is one of the most famous squares in Rome, Italy.

Important sights not to be missed are the Roman Ruins, which can easily take an entire day. It is recommended to pre-book a guided tour so that each attraction is covered. Of course, travelers will want to take in The Vatican and Basilica, and again, pre-booking a tour is advised. There is a high tea offered at The Vatican that can be arranged through a travel consultant. Museums are everywhere, and the best way to take these in is by purchasing Roma Pass, available at the museums that allow guests entrance in and out of most of them. The Spanish Steps, Via Nazionale and Barberini are all close by and worthy of grabbing a gelato or panini and wandering around just absorbing the ambiance.

However long you plan to stay in Rome, add a few more days, and try to stay longer. It is a beautiful place that is meant to be savored and taken in slowly. Save attractions close to your hotel for last, so if you find yourself short on time, you can roam around easily and catch everything that Rome has to offer.