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"All Roads lead to Rome"

The ethereal place that has been magnetising the world since centuries, Rome never fails to amaze! The capital city of Italy, Rome is more than just a city; it's an experience! As you travel through its ancient streets and soak in the culture, you realise what's so special about it! It sits on the Tiber River in the Lazio region, and is the country’s largest and most populous city. The history of Rome spans fascinating two and a half thousand years and has left an imprint on many a modern day culture. The Roman Empire dominated the whole of Western Europe and the Mediterranean including North Africa for more than seven hundred years from the 1st century BC until the 7th century AD. Rome’s Vatican City is the most important site for Catholics all over the world and the city has been home to the Pope since the 1st century AD.

Rome has always been one of the world’s greatest attractions and in 2007; it was 11th in the list of most visited places and the most popular tourist attractions in Italy. The iconic sight of the Colosseum, and the Vatican Museums are amongst the world's 50 most visited tourist attractions. There is so much to Rome that you simply can't span a Rome itinerary on paper!

With an existence on the world history for last 2800 years, Rome is dotted with iconic structures that will stun you! No wonder why, the city centre of Rome is a UNESCO world heritage site. Food is also an important aspect that you have to explore when in Rome. The delightful pallet of Italian flavours is more than just food, it’s a luxury! Each one of you should take a Rome tour at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit Rome.

As Anatole Broyard quotes, “Rome was a poem pressed into service as a City”.

Rome Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Rome tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: UTC +1
  • Currency: Euro
  • Electricity and Internet: 230V, 50Hz (European or Italian plug). Internet is widely available in hotels, sightseeing buses and restaurants. You can also purchase a local SIM and activate internet on your phone, for cheap. 
  • Languages: Italian, English
  • Emergency Contacts: Police- 112, General Emergency- 113, Fire- 115.
  • Tipping: Tipping is not expected but appreciated.

Local Customs and General Tips:

  • A sit-down coffee is more expensive than a take-away coffee. 
  • Tap water is perfectly safe to drink, public taps are available widely.
  • The major attractions are crowded, no matter what time of the year you visit Rome. Skip-thee-line tickets are recommended.
  • When visiting a church, especially in the Vatican, ladies can carry a scarf. 
  • Beware of pickpockets and scammers. 

Off the Beaten Track experiences in Rome

  • Take a ferry along the Tiber. It’s cheap, practical and distinctly untouristy, rub shoulders with the locals and see the Rome City from a new angle. An hour should do it.
  • Check out the Porta Portese flea market in Trastavere on Sundays. Pop in or spend all day.
  • Get a bus to the top of any one of Rome’s seven hills, and look down over the City. Stay until the evening and see the sun go down for real Roman magic.

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Facts and Stats for Rome*

  • Pollution Statistics in Rome

    Know the pollution level of Rome before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 71.15 (High)
    • Water Pollution 35.76 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 60 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 78.47 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 22.95 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 75.35 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 53.48 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 37.86 (Low)
  • Rome: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Rome for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Rome.

    • Burglary and Theft 56.63 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 52.67 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 46.48 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 78.54 (High)
    • Car Stealing 55.58 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 64.73 (High)
    • Attacks 45.08 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 53.52 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 74.07 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 45.71 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 46.8 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 34.7 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 65.49 (High)
  • Living in Rome - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Rome is 111.14 (High)

    • Safety Index 45.69 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 92.71 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 67.18 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 46.38 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 77.98 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 59.15 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 19.84 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 73.35 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Rome

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Rome

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.21 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.49 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 43.98 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 100 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 96.34 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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