How to explore Rome
Rome is one of the largest cities in the world, but with so much to see and do, it can prove quite arduous for the visitor on his first visit. Some would say that chaos is part of its charm, but it can also be a big inconvenience for all those who want to see as much as possible in the shortest time. But first of all, you have to book an accommodation in Rome and you have to keep in mind that you have to choose the perfect starting point for your daily capitals discoveries, so which one?
Where to Stay
The Kolbe Hotel Rome is an elegant hotel located in the heart of the Eternal City, in the shadow of the Palatine Hill, where, according to legend, Romulus and Remus were nursed by the wolf. This prestigious property overlooks the enchanting scenery of the Fori Imperiali and stands on a historic building recently renovated,preserving some original architectural elements, to give its guests the charm of ancient times combined with the most modern comforts. All 72 rooms are a perfect blend of past and present offering you the chance to stay in an oasis of charme and peace right in the centre of Rome. In the rooms of the Kolbe Hotel Rome, your senses will be enchanted by the fascination of the past, surrounded by a timeless atmosphere with all modern comforts.
Having chosen the hotel, I suggest you to buy the Roma Pass. The city’s official tourist and cultural card will help you save time and money by offering full access to public transport and free entry to the various attractions of Rome. Moreover, the pass helps avoid long queues at the ticket offices. Now, you are ready to explore Rome. From walking to cycling around its main monuments and attractions passing by hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour, there are several ways to explore Rome. Choose one or combine them to use in the best way your time in the Eternal City.
Walking is by far the best way to explore the fascinating center of Rome and it is completely free. Taking a walk in the Old Town, which includes the Pantheon, the Jewish Ghetto and some of the city’s most beautiful historical squares, Piazza Campo de ‘Fiori and Piazza Navona, is simply magnificent. If visiting the ancient sites of Rome is what you have in mind, head to the Colosseum district in the heart of ancient Rome, where there are the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. From the center of Rome head north to the area called Tridente, where you can do shopping in Via del Corso and enjoy the atmosphere on the famous Spanish Steps.
Rome may not be suitable for bikes like other big European capitals such as Amsterdam, Copenhagen or London, but there are many interesting itineraries and bike hire shops at reasonable prices that will encourage you to cycle through the Eternal city. If you decide to rent your bike, do not miss the spectacular Via Appia Antica, a 2.300-year-old Roman cobblestone road, dotted with ruins and aqueducts that connected the city with the rest of Italy.
When you are in Rome, do like the Romans do! A Vespa tour is a fun and alternative way to see the city, especially when the itinerary is tailored to your interests. Whether you choose to drive your scooter or see the city as a passenger, using a scooter gives you the opportunity to move around in Rome with agility and less time, and then focus on monuments to see, restaurants to try, local markets to enjoy or iconic coffees where to stop.
The Segways are a fast and ecological way to get around the center of Rome. Several companies offer this service including guided tours that will take you to discover and admire the architectural wonders of the city and visit places not to be missed, such as the famous Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the magnificent Pantheon and the iconic Piazza di Spagna.
There are several companies that make sightseeing tours on hop-on hop-off buses in Rome, and most of them use double-decker open buses to take passengers in front of the city’s main attractions, including the Colosseum and the ancient Rome, Circus Maximus, Vatican City, Trevi Fountain and many others. Many of these companies have offices at the Termini Station and offer tickets for 24, 48 and 72 hours.
Like a Bird
Seeing Rome from above will help you understand the magnificence of the city. If your budget allows, you can opt for a hot-air balloon trip or a helicopter flight to Rome. Otherwise, there are many points around the city that offer magnificent views, including the Campidoglio Hill, the Palatine Hill and the Gianicolo Hill. For some equally impressive sights of Rome, take the elevator or climb the 312 steps up to the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica from where you have a bird’s eye view of St. Peter’s Square, or head to the romantic Giardino degli Aranci to admire the majesty of the Roman panorama.
Google Street View
One of the best things about today’s advanced technology is that it offers you the unique opportunity to travel virtually anywhere you can imagine using Google Street View, including Rome. You can really walk the streets of the Eternal City and admire its splendid monuments sitting comfortably in your sofa. If time and budget do not allow you to travel, this is probably the best way to explore Rome.