Rome, Italy travel tips

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If you plan to see the Sistine Chapel, you should get there first thing in the morning, otherwise the crowds will make it difficult to see and enjoy. Plan on being there an hour or two before the chapel opens in the morning.

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If you plan on visiting Rome's many churches and cathedrals, remember to dress appropriately. Shorts and bare shoulders are generally not considered appropriate. Also remember that some churches prohibit tourists during regular worship services.

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Women: if a man appears and offers you a rose, you might be flattered, but chances are he's not doing it because he finds you particularly fetching, but because he expects to be paid for it.

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For most of the year, Rome is bustling with crowds. So be prepared for them. The streets are narrow and can become quite congested.

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Keep in mind that the Vatican is closed on Sunday.

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For a tasty and affordable meal, find a table at Da Gino.

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Rome is full of great places to eat, but one of the very best is El Toula.

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A great budget option in Rome is the Hotel Columbia.

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If you want luxury digs in the city, book a stay at the Grand Hotel de la Minerve.

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Rome can be a pricey place to stay, but for a great budget hotel, try Panda, which happens to be in one of the most expensive parts of the city.

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Don't miss seeing the Vatican Museums--you can easily spend days touring these.

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Be firm when dealing with peddlers, as they can be quite aggressive.

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Try and book the Dark Heart of Rome tour. It's a nighttime tour that gives the 'hidden history' of some of the city's most famous sights.

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It's a good idea to keep a packet of tissues with you, as toilet paper can sometimes be a rarity in Rome's public places.

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If you want to see Rome minus the crowds, get out and take a walk in the rain. If you don't mind getting a bit wet, you'll largely have the city to yourself.

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For great gelato, head to the Piazza Nevona.

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Just south of Rome, you'll find a group of villages called Castelli Romani which produces great wines.

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At the top of the Hotel Eden, you'll find a lovely restaurant called La Terrazza. The meals are great, and you'll have fabulous views of the city.

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For the best pizza in town, be sure to go to Panattoni.

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For the best ice cream in Rome, go to Caffe Giolitti, off Via del Corso.

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