This February (2014) I took my mum to Rome for 6 nights while my dad and brother went hiking in Germany. I learnt so much and visited a good number of places that I felt my experience may be helpful to others so here is a blog-advice-guide. I’ll cover the most popular sites in Rome, as well as taking the Italian railway to Pompeii and the metro system within the Rome vicinity.
Castel Sant’Angelo, Pantheon
We hadn’t previously planned to go here, but we were wandering along the river and saw there was no queue and felt spontaneous. Prices are: €7 reduced, €10.50 full price, audio guide €5 each. Again, audio guide is brilliant. I’m so glad we did this! You start in the lowest part built for Hadrian as a mausoleum and continue up to the castle built on top for the Pope/as a prison during other periods of time. You eventually end up at the top and have a fantastic view of the city.
By the time we left it was mid afternoon and we worked our way back through the historical centre via the Piazza Navona and Pantheon.
The Pantheon is free to enter, but they are strict on dress code and noise so if you go in summer take something to cover up. Because of the amount of walking we were doing each day we went back to the hotel at about 4/5pm to relax for a few hours before heading out again to look at shops and eventually eat dinner. Italians eat later than we are used to in the UK and many restaurants aren’t open or serving proper meals until 8pm+. You’ll find some who do serve earlier, but generally it gets busy from 8pm onwards.