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  1. Nice tips! I would add: a great time to visit the Vatican museum is when the Pope is speaking in St Peter’s Square/Piazza — no line for the museum because everyone’s in the Square. When we were there, it was Wednesday mornings, but that was the former Pope. Also, one of the coffee shops across from Stazione Termini has the best cappuccino I’ve ever tasted — either the barista was using pixie dust or Italian coffee really is just better than anything in the U.S. (Most likely.) 🙂

  2. Well, this is something really well documented. Never been to Rome although I live in Europe. Been in almost any major city, but somehow I didn’t make it to Rome so far. I think this will change pretty soon 😉

    Thank you.

  3. Hey you two!

    I was just listening to your Rome podcast the other night and remembered my own trip to Rome about two years ago. We heard about brief location-based tours called “Angel Tours” through some friends, and it ended up being really helpful. They were free (or rather pay-what-you-can), informal tours given by native speakers, and the best part was we almost always jumped whatever queue there was! The guide brought us to “secret” places out of the main traffic patterns where we could buy tickets to the Colloseum/Pallantine Hill/Vatican and get into the short line. The tours were very clever and informative, not painstaking or insulting to the intelligence in any form. I promise I don’t work for them.

    http://angeltoursrome.com/

  4. Hi Craig and Linda,

    I would like to thank you for putting together this travel to Rome guide. I was born and raised in Europe but never had the chance to travel much. I just graduated college in US, and I will be going on a Euro trip in spring!
    Obviously, Rome is one of my top destinations…the culture, history, and just fun to visit!
    So thanks for putting this together, seems like i have what I need for a trip to Rome. I wasn’t familiar with your sponsor, HostelBookers, but it looks like a great website.

    Cheers!