Due to personal circumstances, don't think I'm going to travel elsewhere in awhile. But would like to do my bit here as this is where I started and got friendly advice and tips.
Rome is utterly awesome - did it in 3 days but wish I had more time as i walked my feet off and was bushed at the end off each day.
1. The map that you get from tourists information has VERY VERY useful information on it for directions and transport. Take some time off to study it! I only figured out late on the 2nd day that next to each tourist attraction, the bus, tram, and train lines are listed to get there. So you get which numbers to catch etc. The only problem was you had to know where to catch the transport!
2. Try to stay at a youth hostel if that works for you. I stayed at the 'freedom traveller' and it was great! got to meet students and older people from different countries and talk and eat together. We compared stories everynight and often I went to the places mentioned on recommendation. Sort off informal tour guides - very useful!
3. Speaking off tour guides, there's a new gimmick that seems to be taking off there - guides give free tours for part off the attractions which is pretty good and then 'encourage' you to pay for a tour off the next full tour they are doing. So you can get a free guide if you'd like - just have a lookout for these entrepeneurs on the streets.
4. Make sure you leave for the airport(if travelling by air) at least 2,5 hours before departure - made the mistake off cutting it fine and had to catch the train to a station and then taxi which was none too cheap
5. almost forgot - make sure you buy a valid ticket for public transport-if you get caught without one, you are going to be very sorry! its cheap anyway - I paid 11 euros for 3 days - that includes all transport (tram,bus,metro trains)!
Eat as much as you can! I really miss the delicious pizza, pasta and georgeous ice cream now that I'm back in England. Sigh!
Well have fun fellow travellers. Maybe we will cross paths some day and share stories.