Rome is beautiful. Rome is full of magic places. It is the largest open-air museum in the world and the food… so yummy! You will certainly have heard something like this and I am not saying it is not true. It is 100% true, but let’s face it, Rome can also be very crowded. If you go to Rome in high season, like most people do (that is between March and the end of October and around Christmas time), sometimes you need to be ready for crowds. But do not despair. There is always a solution. If you want to visit famous places of Rome and be surrounded by just… your partner or your friends, here are some tips for you.
It is one of the unmissable sights in Rome, but you are not the only one who wants to see it. If you do not want to be surrounded by thousands of other people, go to see it very early in the morning. There is perfect light for great photos and only a handful of people around you. Better, it isn’t?
The most iconic monument of Rome and one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. Literally everybody coming to Rome wants to see it. Tips to fully enjoy your visit: 1) if you don’t have a prebooked ticket with a timed entry, buy your ticket at Via di San Gregorio 30. It is a less known entrance for most tourists to see the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. The ticket is a combined one: you can enter both the Colosseum and Palatine/Roman Forum with it. Buy your ticket there early in the morning (check the opening times online) and go immediately to the Colosseum; 2) if you already have a ticket valid for that day, go as soon as it opens in the morning or one hour before closing in the afternoon. It will be a different experience.
What a beautiful place to sit, have a chat, take some photos, and relax… unless you are surrounded by a million people! Same tip as for Trevi Fountain: be an early bird. Early in the morning, it is quiet and the light is perfect for photos.
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
Here it is a bit more complicated to avoid crowds because they are part of the game in this wonderful place. Try to book a tour for a Friday evening through on of a few reliable tour operators. If you prebook a ticket, choose to visit any time after 2 PM. If you are on a budget and don’t want to spend an extra 4 euros to buy the ticket online and avoid the line, then start queuing after 2 PM. Normally, at that time, lines are shorter and museums are less busy.
This is the most incredible monument left by the Ancient Romans. Today it is a church and sometimes there are long lines to enter. Be an early bird or… a late one! Avoid the middle of the day. And remember (for women) to cover your shoulders and legs, and wear shorts below the knee (for men). Clothing checks are made at the entrance.