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Best of Rome Without the Crowds

December 6, 2019


Hi! I’m Bojan from The Roman Guy. We’re here at the Panth…Panth…Can you hear? Just trying to film Rome without crowds. Is that so much to ask? Can…Can you hear me at all? It’s really loud here. Much better! Hi everyone! I’m Bojan from The Roman Guy. We’re here at the Pantheon. Welcome to another video in our how-to series. Today, I’m going to show you Rome without crowds. When in Rome, there’s loads of places that you can see that are completely free of charge and you don’t have to pay for a ticket to get in. Among them, definitely check out Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori. Let’s go! Now what you can see is quite a few people trying to get inside the Pantheon, but before they can get inside, as many people need to walk out. Ciao amico! Come stai? Bene. Bene. Think you found the quietest place in town. What? You’re lying. We’re in the Campo de’ Fiori market, one of the oldest and probably the most famous of all the markets in Rome. It’s buzzing. There’s a lot of people around here right now. It’s about 11:30 or 12, but the best time to come here is as early as possible in the morning because you’re going to find the best selection, the best bread, best cheeses, best fruit and vegetable and meats. It’s your perfect picnic for the day. I’m gonna get myself some cheese. The beautiful Trevi Fountain is probably the most famous fountain in the world and you can just see that from here, but it’s around lunchtime right now and you should definitely not be here this time of the day. Come here either early in the morning or later the night when the fountain is illuminated. I know we’re trying to show you around without crowds, but if there is one place you want to see with all the people around, it’s this, Piazza Navona, one of the most beautiful piazzas in Rome is actually built on top of a first-century ancient Roman chariot racing stadium. Still today, this is the place where you’re going to see lots of people all the time, but especially in the evening time is where you see street performers, singers, dancers, fire-breathers. This is where you’re going to find locals and visitors alike. So come over here to soak up the culture of the identity and the lifestyle of Rome at its finest. I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. One of my favorite escapes in the Piazza Navona area is right here, Chiostro del Bramante. It’s a beautiful old cloister with an amazing gallery next door and, up here, a beautiful café, where you can just sit down, enjoy some quite time, gaze at the rooftops and have an amazing coffee or a spirits in a 16th century cloister. Delish! We’re here at the Spanish Steps, one of the best-known and most popular sites in all the city. They’ve been here for nearly 300 years attracting the attention of Romans and visitors alike. It also is one of the most popular and most crowded sites in all of the city so you’re most likely to see a lot of people around here, unless you show up very early in the morning, but the best time to be here is right about now, just before the sunset when you can sit in the center of the steps and catch the sun go down just above Via dei Condotti, one of the most expensive streets in all of Rome. See Rome without the crowds, but trust me on the sunscreen. So Rome, capital of Italy, one of the most visited places in all of Europe. It’s going to be busy, especially in the high season, but as you’ve seen there’s always a way to avoid crowds. I hope this video has been of help. Until next time! Check out for more Roman Guy videos. We’ll see you!

37 Comments

  • Reply Irfan Akhtar November 18, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    beautiful video

  • Reply Krisia Vaca November 19, 2016 at 3:37 am

    love your intro (and ending)… thanks for the great tips. next time I'm there I'll be sure too check out the cloister near Piazza Navona.

  • Reply Lorna Davidson November 21, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Nice one! Thanks for the insider tips Roman Guys!

  • Reply Bridget McLaughlin November 21, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Thank you. Four more months and we'll be there!

  • Reply Keith McHugh November 22, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Great Video

  • Reply Mariana Ganança November 30, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Great tips! Obrigada 😉

  • Reply Lance Wilson December 10, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Thank you for this! Can you spell out the name of that cafe in Piazza Navona you were talking about? It sounds like a spot I would like 🙂

  • Reply Christina Colantuoni April 1, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Great tips, we hope to get a chance to visit Chiostro del Bramante when we visit Rome soon.

  • Reply Vinayak Joshi April 28, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Of all the places you mentioned in the video, are all these operational during February/March winter season? How is the weather of Rome during February/March?

  • Reply Rodrigo July 9, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    3:36 Lame photoshoot 😀😀

  • Reply A2Y Travellers October 8, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Thanks for the tips, we are looking to do some filming in Rome, and hopefully avoid the crowds!

  • Reply Antonio Oliveira December 2, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    The early bird gets the worm.

  • Reply 15anerachoreographer January 7, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    “completely free of charge…and you don’t have to pay for a ticket to get in… and it doesn’t cost anything…and you don’t have to get money out of your wallet to give to go inside…and……..

  • Reply Misael De Haro February 1, 2018 at 6:02 am

    Very informative and well made video!! Im going to rome in May 2018 and im really exited!!!!

  • Reply Bonnie Lee February 2, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    I just found your site on YouTube!! We'll be in Rome and Tuscanny in late September this year and these videos are amazingly helpful. I especially like the on about Trastevere, it's the newest spot on my bucket list. Lots of great tips on what to see, where to eat, and what to avoid. I have one question though. My husband has a minor heart condition and can't drink coffee so I'd like to know if he'd be ostracized if he asks for a decafe coffee in Italy?

  • Reply Marco March 19, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    I'm roman, and trust me, the late night is better, no people no cars . Just
    be careful near termini station.
    P.S. go to Pincio

  • Reply O Pa April 4, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Most definitely!

  • Reply nenitasmail May 5, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Thank you again ROMAN GUY VIDEO, THUMBS UP take care.

  • Reply theedwardian May 13, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    It's best to go on Ramadan that's when it's most quiet

  • Reply Russell Hogben June 16, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    I’m guessing this guy is Canadian but is anyone else picking up a bit of Irish and British too?

  • Reply Foxes on the Go July 14, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    I enjoyed your video and your tips were great. My family and I recently went to Rome and did our best to avoid crowds by going to locations like the Vatican early. We did go to the Trevi fountain in the early evening and it was very crowded. Mobs of people surrounded the foundation. The gelato shop nearby made it worth it though. 🙂 -Michelle

  • Reply Jose Ochoa July 25, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Do these tips apply to high and low seasons?

  • Reply Johnny Dogs September 13, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Me, my wife & daughter will be visiting Rome in May 2019 for 5 nights. Thank you for this useful video

  • Reply Maria Angulo October 15, 2018 at 3:37 am

    Love your video:) How is the weather in November, planning to go the first week of November. What is the best way from FCO airport to get to Vatican area, are hotel is 14 minutes from the museums? Thanks in advance:)

  • Reply Jinjer Jay October 23, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Hi can u recommend a cheap hotel near the places you showing.. I’m flying in December from Greece to fiumicino airport..

  • Reply Catherine Tighe October 29, 2018 at 10:17 am

    My husband and I went to Rome late September for 3 nights! We decided, because we had such a short time, to take the tour bus and see some sights! My, it was an experience, to say the least! We eventually got to the Colossum and I had a moment there looking at it! The next stop was the Vatican but missed it because it was surrounded by very high walls which they built many years to keep the enemy out! I noticed if we got off ithe bus at any stage along the way it was almost impossible to get a bus to jump on again! I could see the frustration of the people on the street below!! Thankfully we didn't! The next day we had a very early breakfast and were at the Vatican at 8 o'clock! A very helpful guide organised our tickets to the Cistine Chapel and St Peter's Bascillca! That was our mistake! Off we went at about 9.30 along with 15 others!!! The guide, an elderly man, took at least 2 hours If not more to reach the Chapel! Of course and naturally he showed us all the interesting statues, paintings etc etc but to be honest could have shortened our journey! Some of the group were getting restless and tired and they were much younger than us! In the end I thought we would have to break away but decided against it! The crowds were overwhelming! We tried to soak in as much as we could! The Cistine Chapel was crowded with at least 2 to 3 hundred people standing there! We were told by security umpteen times to stay quiet and not to take pictures! Most people obeyed their orders!!! The security on the floor were giving everyone orders to 'keep to the left'! If they were anxious about safety and protecting the Cistine Chapel maybe they shouldn't allow so so many in! Our guide told us he would be outside and meet him at a certain spot! Well, we lost our guide and never got to meet up with him again! So disappointed and annoyed we eventually decided to leave The Vatican! It wasn't so much the €110 we paid for the tickets it was the fact that we never saw St Peter's Bascillca not to mention the window where the Pope looks out!!! My best advice to anyone going to The Vatican is go independently without a guide!!!!!! We left Rome the next day slightly defeated and reached Sorrento for 7 nights a stunning place to visit! Perhaps September lis not the best time to visit Rome!!

  • Reply Julie Jackson November 26, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Awesome!!

  • Reply Gioacchino Catanese February 2, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Don't you want too much crowd in Italy? Choose spring for your trip (may, june), or autumn (september).

  • Reply KOMAL KAUR March 3, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Beautiful visuals.you have covered most of the important sites of Rome. Thankyou

  • Reply superjfbm March 5, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    hi Boyn

  • Reply Grateful Princess of God March 21, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    We are right now here in Rome and its our second night. It is March and not peak but it is already crazy crowded, at the Vatican as well as St Castel Angelo. i dont understand. Do Rome schools do a lot of education tours during this time? i see so many students here.

  • Reply Ailin Ell May 28, 2019 at 3:19 am

    I’m going there in August (the peak season) and already getting anxious of all the crowd that will be there 🙈😣

  • Reply MightyQuinn VR Realm June 17, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Hey guys thanks for all the super helpful videos!! Question.. what form of transportation should we take from the airport to Rome and from Rome to our cruise port in Civitavecchia? Or maybe this would be a good topic for your next video? Transportation 🤔 thanks and we look forward to booking some tours with you guys for our trip this September/October 😎👍

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  • Reply Bonnie Creevy September 6, 2019 at 12:48 am

    So what's the best thing to do in between morning and evening?

  • Reply Otidi Ochogi September 19, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    im going next month so this video is extremely helpful!!

  • Reply superjfbm October 25, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    unfortunately, sitting at the Spanish Steps is no longer permitted

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