Well you’ve been voting all summer for the European city you would most like me to visit and now I can happily reveal that the winner is…
Yep, that’s right, it was two-horse race between Prague and Rome in the poll, with the latter eventually coming out on top. In just over a weeks time I will be flying out from London to the home of one of the oldest civilisations on Earth. I will be visiting the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill. Walking around the beautiful city trying to search out the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and the Pantheon. As well as also spending some time at the world’s smallest recognised independent state, Vatican City. Where I plan on touring the Vatican Museums, seeing the iconic Sistine Chapel and stepping inside the monumental St. Peter’s Basilica.
If you have some recommendations for anything I shouldn’t miss when in Rome let me know in the comments below.
Booking Attraction Tickets
For the last couple of days I have been researching Rome and how to best see everything I have listed above. As these major tourist destinations can undoubtedly draw in the crowds, it is recommended that tickets for the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums be booked in advance. There are a number of different tour companies online who can offer tours of both of these places, however I found that the price of these were almost double the cost compared to booking directly with the attractions. As the official websites for these places can be difficult to find online I have linked to them below.
The Colosseum Official Website – http://www.ticketclic.it/Gb/HTML/musei/colosseo.cfm
This is the official website for booking your tickets to see the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill (One ticket will grant you admission for all three of these places). You can either print your tickets at home or simply book them online and collect them when you arrive. You can also book standard tours of the Colosseum or even the Underground and Third level tours through this site.
The price for a standard adult ticket is €13.50, a standard tour (ticket included) is €18.50 and the Underground and thrid Level tour costs €22.50.
The Vatican Museum – http://mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/MV_Home.html
The official Vatican Museum website allows you to pre-book your tickets ready for collection at the Museum on the day you specify you will be visiting. The standard ticket will allow you access into the Museum and The Sistine Chapel. St Peter’s Basilica is free to enter, however there is a separate entrance and a likely que for this.
A standard adult ticket costs €20 when pre-booking online and a guided tour can be arranged for €32.
When comparing these prices to a well-known tour company such as Dark Rome Tours, who offer an underground Colosseum tour for €93 and a Vatican tour for €62, there are some great savings to be made by booking through the direct channels.
Wanting to avoid the usual bland corporate hotels and dingy city centre hostels I have booked to stay at the Domus Sessoriana located about a 20 minute walk away from the Colosseum. This historic building was once an annex to the Castrense Amphitheater, where gladiatorial shows and fights were held, and now it has around 60 rooms for travellers to sleep within its history rich walls. It also provides amazing views over the city from its rooftop terrace and I will make sure to take a few photos for you guys.
Well that’s my plan for my 3 day city break of Rome. I will be providing a full break down of my trip with detailed expenses and reviews of the hotel, attractions and city when I return.
If you have any suggestions of things I should check out or if there is anything in particular you would like me to review in detail let me know in the comments below.