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Traveling to Rom March 17-24

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Traveling to Rom March 17-24


We are planning to travel to Rome from the US March 17th (arriving the 18th) and leaving the 24th.

We're concerned that the resignation of the Pope and the subsequent Papal Conclave will result in a huge increase in the number of visitors to Rome during the month of March.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this? It's obviously different as there is no deceased pope to mourn, but we're flying stand-by, so we're still concerned about an increase in travelers during that time.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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1. Re: Traveling to Rom March 17-24

What exactly are you concerned about if there are more visitors? The places that will be crowded will be crowded in any case - the Colosseum is the site with the longest lines at any time of the year - you can skip the line there by buying your ticket online in advance.

The Vatican Museums will be open and if you don't have a ticket in advance, you will likely wait in a long line there (as always) - and this time of year is extremely popular in Rome. [If the conclave is still going on, the Sistine Chapel will not be open to visitor as it normally is when one visits the Vatican Museums but the museums are open - at least, as of now, they are expected to be].

There's plenty of places to go and enjoy even if there are more people - many of which will be spending a lot of time in Vatican City -

Nearly every other museum I can think of you can waltz right into - it's just because they are not on everyone's "must do or see" list.

It's a big city - there will be plenty of space to move. The Trevi Fountain is always a nightmare crush of people regardless of when you go, except maybe in Dec, Jan, Feb - and the Pantheon is large enough to handle big crowds.

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2. Re: Traveling to Rom March 17-24

No one can be sure, but I would really be surprised if it were any different from an average spring week.

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3. Re: Traveling to Rom March 17-24

There are so many things to do that are off the beaten path you should be able to find things that are not crowded -- for example instead of going to the Vatican you could visit the Barberini gallery or countless other museums.

Note that for the Galleria Borghese you need to reserve ahead of time.

If your hotel is booked already you should have no problem in that department.

Not sure how flying stand-by will impact your plans.... It could be an issue, have you tried calling the airline to see ?

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4. Re: Traveling to Rom March 17-24

I think there is a huge marathon on the 17. Might want to look into that. M

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5. Re: Traveling to Rom March 17-24

OP arrives on March 18 so will miss the hassles related to the marathon.

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