Top-10 of essential things you need to know when you are visiting Rome

1. Arrival
You can take the Leonardo Express or a bus to Terminal Station. Leonardo Express is faster (32 min.) but more expensive (14 euros) while the bus is cheaper (5 euros for a 50 min. ride) but more crowdy. When you hire a taxi be sure it is a Rome Taxi and not a Fiumicino taxi which is more expensive. A Rome taxi will charge you (or better, should charge you) 48 euros to take you anywhere in the city centre (meaning the area inside the Aurelian Walls).
Castel Sant' Angelo. Prati - Tourism Media © 2016 Expedia, Inc

2. Taxi
If you can avoid taxis you will definately save yourself a lot of trouble. Some (not all but enough) taxi drivers have the tendency to overcharge especially during the high season. Always check that the meter is running as some taxi drivers will claim that there is a standard (way overcharged) fare for certain destinations. You are not obliged to tip the driver and I am quite sure that you won't have the intention to do so.
3. Staying
Having stayed in various venues I can safely say that Piazza di Spagna is way too expensive, Via Veneto is also pricey (although Regina Baglioni, where I stayed some years ago was totally worth it) and Stazione Termini area is cheaper but not always safe, especially at night. If you like apartments, Rome has several excellent ones. In fact you can rent one in the historical centre (Pantheon or Navona) and have all the sights of Rome in walking distant. I stayed in Nikis Navona last year and I totally enjoyed my stay and my writing. Apartments are ideal for travellers who need a dining and office area for their visit/vacation. If you are (or feel) athletic, choose an apartment on the 3rd or 4rth floor of a building with no elevator; you will be surprised of the price difference. Avoid basement apartments as they often have that distinctive Roman moisty smell.

Roman Forum - Rome - Tourism Media © 2016 Expedia, Inc

4. Museums and sights
There are dozen of museums to visit and many many more Archaeological, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque or Modern sights. You should plan carefully and focus to the ones you want to see. It is virtually impossible to see everything at once. Make your lists and try to enjoy yourself instead of running around like a frenzy person. The Vatican Museum  is the one you just cannot skip. Other than that choose according to your interests. MAXXI and MACRO for contemporary art, GNAM for masterpieces from 19th and 20th century, the Capitoline Museums for antiquities as well as medieval and Renaissance art, the National Roman Museum for Roman antiquities, Galleria Borghese for Baroque art, Villa Julia for Etruscan art, Scuderie del Quirinale, Palazzo delle Esposizione and Fondazione Roma for temporary exhibitions. Check cityartnow for all the current exhibitions in the city's museums and galleries.

Make time to wander around and just feel the city, its people, the architecture. The Pantheon area, the Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere are the ideal places for that. Keep in mind that the Colloseum and the Palatine Hill site have long queues even in wintertime. Be prepared to walk a lot! Also, don't underestimate of the "power" of Fontana di Trevi. Yes, it is the essence of touristic attraction, yes there are hundreds of people around the fountain taking pictures but it is, indeed, a magnificent sight.
Trevi Fountain - Rome - Tourism Media © 2016 Expedia, Inc

5. Roman churches
Most of the city's art is situated where it was first intended to be: inside the churches. You can't see them all as there are literary hundreds but you should definately visit Santa Maria sopra Minerva (behind the Pantheon) for Michelangelo's Redentore statue, San Luigi degli Francezi for the three Caravaggios, Santa Prasede for the mosaics, Santa Cecilia and Santa Maria in Trastevere, Santa Maria Maggiore, San Lorenzo in Lucina and Santi Quattro Coronati. Needless to say that Saint Peter's Basilica is a definate must-visit and also San Clemente is the one you should not miss as you have the chance to see three seperate stratums of history one on top of the other.
St. Peter's Basilica - Rome - Tourism Media © 2016 Expedia, Inc

6. Mondays in the city
While most of the city's museums are closed on Mondays, the Vatican Museums, Complesso di Vittoriano, Fondazione Roma and Scuderie del Quirinale are open on this day.

7. The Vatican Museums
If you are the planning-ahead type, try to book tickets in advance at least for your visit to the Vatican Museums. The queues can be exhausting and the pre-booked group ticket holders can skip the line and make you wait forever. The ticket for adults costs 16 euros. The museum is open from 9 to 6 (doors close at 4:00 p.m.). The collection of Modern religious art, housed in the former Borgia apartments is an unexpected treat for the modern art lovers. Musement has an excellent no-wait-access guided tour that can save you lots of time.
Piazza San Pietro - Rome - Tourism Media © 2016 Expedia, Inc
8. Coffee breaks
Although the city boasts for some of the world's best cafes, it is advisable to enjoy your coffee and snack in a museum cafe in the middle of your visit. It may be a bit pricey but you can rest your feet and enjoy your visit better. Most of Rome's museums have decent cafes although the Vatican museum's cafeteria is a bit boring and indoors. The most pleasant one is GNAM cafe in a beautiful little garden. If you wish to have a city view you can climb the Capitoline Museum Terrace (on the left of the Capitoline complex, above the Administration offices). The Complesso Vittoriano, in front of the Capitoline Hill has an even better view (mostly to the Forum and Colloseum) as well as very nice sandwiches. You can access the Vittoriano Terrace both from within the monument and through Scala Aracoeli, besides the Capitoline Steps.

View from Pincio - Tourism Media © 2016 Expedia, Inc

Several visitors seem to think that MAXXI, designed by Zaha Hadid, the newest addition to Roman museums, is difficult to access as it is in a non-touristic district but it is quite easy to visit. You can take the tram (line no 2) from the Flaminio stop (behind Santa Maria del Popolo) and get off at Apollodoro Station, a total of 15 minutes ride. Note that "Bellissima" an ultra-glamorous exhibition about High Fashion in Italy is on view until May 3, 2015.
Museo MAXXI - exterior view © Fondazione MAXXI

10. Piazza de Spagna
Although there are dozens of tempting ice cream parlors and delicious pizza venues in the area, it is forbitten to eat while sitting on the Spanish Steps. There is a fine involved!
(NOTE: This article is updated regularly.)

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