Rome vs Naples: Which to Visit on Your Next Trip to Italy

overview of rome

With just a week or so of vacation time to visit Italy, it can be tough to decide where exactly to go! Two of our favorite cities year-round are Rome and Naples, but it’s even hard to just pick one. If you only have a week to ten days in Italy, you won’t want to […]

How to Use Rome’s Public Transportation System

Tram on the streets of Rome

Your complete guide to how to use and buy tickets for the metro, buses and trams in Rome. Between strikes, buses breaking down, and the never-ending project of building the third metro line, Rome’s public transportation system is not the most user friendly. And with its concentrated historic center and a monument around every corner, […]

A Primer on Tap Water in Rome

Drinking fountain in Rome

We’re not kidding—water is a cultural object in Rome, and there’s a whole etiquette on how to drink it.  When one drives into Rome from the surrounding countryside, one is greeted by a series of still-standing aqueducts. Their iconic shape—linked, multi-level arches—serves as a reminder of how important they were, and still are, to the […]

5 Rules for Solo Travelers in Rome for an Unforgettable Trip

Group drinking Aperol spritzes at a bar in Rome

In Italy, we say meglio solo che male accompagnato—“better to be alone than in bad company.” And while we’re sure your friends are nice, solo travel in Rome is something you shouldn’t shy away from. A lot of people, especially when it comes to foreign vacations, seem to have a fear of traveling alone. Which […]

A Love Letter to Rome: Its Food & People

Two girls in their kitchen

This post is part of our Love Letter series: first-person accounts of what we love about Rome. Rome is a city that lives and breathes its food culture. When you visit, you can’t help but fall in love with espresso, handmade pasta, bitter greens… and if you stay long enough, you might even develop a […]

6 Tips & Tricks You Need to Beat the Lines in Rome

Part of responsible tourism in Rome is planning your visit to famous monuments during off-peak hours to avoid crowding.

Rome is one of the most-visited cities in the world. 4.2 million people come every year—4 million of them just to the Colosseum! During the summer, the wait to get inside the most popular sites can last hours. Oh, and don’t forget—there’s no shade. But don’t stress. We’ve got this. Follow our advice with these […]

How to be a Good Tourist: Rome Edition

Part of responsible tourism in Rome is planning your visit to famous monuments during off-peak hours to avoid crowding.

Don’t miss the rest of our responsible tourism guides: MADRID | BARCELONA | SAN SEBASTIAN | SEVILLE | LISBON | PARIS Call us biased, but we think Rome is one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in the world. We must not be alone: with some 10 million visitors a year, Rome is the […]

10 Ways to Know You’re Completely Obsessed with Rome

Practice responsible travel in Rome to help preserve the city's history.

Roma. Caput Mundi. Romanitas. Modern day Romanitas requires and reflects the same kind of virtues that Romans valued a few thousand years ago, and we’re guessing you’ve made them a part of your life, too. You probably find yourself having to explain to your less Rome-obsessed pals what it means to be Roman. Things like […]

A Love Letter to Rome, My Home

This touching love letter to Rome, written by a local, will make you want to book a trip to the Eternal City ASAP.

This post is part of our Love Letter series: first-person accounts of what we love about Rome Traveling, experiencing the world, understanding different cultures—they’re some of the most beautiful things in life. But the thrill of traveling always seems to overshadow the less acknowledged beauty of going home. After growing up and living in seven […]

The 9 Things You Need to Know Before Traveling to Rome

Pictured here is Civita di Bagnoregio, an easy day trip from Rome!

Like any strong-willed city with a rich history, Rome is complicated, and can feel overwhelming. But also like any city worth its salt, Rome is eternally worth it (you just have to get to know her a bit). Whenever we’re going to a new place, it’s always marvelous if we happen to know someone who […]

5 Day Trips from Rome That Are the Perfect Escape

Stunning Florence is one of the best day trips from Rome.

There are so many options for easy day trips from Rome. That includes Florence and Naples! When you have had your fill of cacio e pepe and Baroque in Rome you can hop on a train and in less than two hours you can be somewhere completely different and still be back in time for […]