You’ve heard the phrase ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day.’ Similarly, if you are planning a trip to Rome, you will want to give yourself a lot more time to enjoy what the city has to offer. This is something a lot of people already recognize, as the famous town in Italy has gotten great kudos in recent years. Rome is brilliant for walking, with remains of interest often agglomerated together.
Rome points of interest
Much of the inner core is traffic-free, so you’ll necessitate walking whether you like it or not. In many sections of the city, it’s hard to go and uneasy because of the crowds, heavy traffic, and small sidewalks. Sometimes sidewalks don’t exist at all, and it gets a sort of free-for-all with walkers competing for space against vehicular traffic (the traffic ever looks to win). Always be on one’s guard. The hectic press of urban Rome is considerably less during August when many Romans go away from town for holidays.
Points to Discover in Rome
On the top of your list of sites to visit in Rome will likely be the Coliseum (or Colosseum or Italian Colosseo), the Pantheon, and the Roman Forum.
You have read about the Coliseum throughout your whole life, in history books, in religious literature. Now you can experience this location that has been such a historic landmark, where the Gladiators used to combat for their lives. If you sign on for a tour, you may have a guide that appears much like a gladiator of days of old.
Second, you may want to go through the over 1,800-year-old Pantheon. This edifice has survived through generation after generation and is an astounding location. Its name translates to “temple to all gods.” Within the walls of Pantheon is the final resting place of some preeminent individuals of Italian history letting in two kings, and the renowned painter, Raphael. This location is free to visit and is accessible every day, except Christmas.
The Roman Forum (Foro Romano) is the building where all the great minds of Rome used to meet, 2000 years ago. Whether it was spiritual or policy-making meeting, it would have occurred here. Regrettably, time has been cruel to the Roman Forum, and much of what were magnificent columns are now ruins. But, some still stand to help you appreciate the magnitude of this location. This place is free to see, but there are fees for tours.
Things to Experience in Rome
Top Things to See and Do in Rome
See Vatican City – Vatican City is easy to see, but you could spend at least a half a day there. Don’t leave Rome without spending some time to see the home of the Pope, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and all of the wonderful museums (16 EUR).
Overload on churches – Rome has a ton of churches. Wander into each as you pass by and take in the great art, sculptures, decorations, and stained glass.
Explore Ostia Antica – The ruins of the ancient Rome port of Ostia Antica are well worth a visit. It is a huge complex, and you can easily spend several hours wandering around the old streets, shops, and houses. You should plan at least a half day for this trip. To get there, take the Metro Line B to Magliana, and take the Ostia Lido train from there.
Enter the Pantheon – The Pantheon looks today much like it did nearly 2,000 years ago, making it a marvel all in itself. Marble floors, a plethora of history, and by far one of the best-preserved buildings in the world.
Wander the Colosseum – Even though the line of tourists can seem endless, The Colosseum, one of the most famous sights in all of Italy is not to be missed. It is nearly 2000 years old, and it is the largest amphitheater in the entire Roman Empire. If the line at the Colosseum is long, head over to the entrance of the Forum where you can buy a combo ticket for both sights. Admission is 12 EUR. It’s open 8:30am until one hour before sunset.
Stroll through the Forum and Palatine Hill – Explore the seat of Ancient Rome and experience the Forum from where Rome administered its empire. Next to it is Palatine Hill where the Roman aristocracy lived. You can combine a visit to the Colosseum with Palatine Hill. It is also worth getting a guide here to give you context and bring the ruins to life. Admission is 12 EUR and includes entry to the Colosseum.
Hang out on the Spanish Steps – The Spanish Steps are a long and grand staircase in Rome to the Piazza di Spagna at the base. The stairway was built in the 1720s. The Spanish steps have become a social hub for both tourists and locals to hang out and people watch. This place is also a popular place for pub crawls too, so watch your step.
See the Trevi Fountain – Probably the most famous fountain the world, the Trevi Fountain is always crowded, especially at night when couples come for a romantic picture. The best time to see this beautiful fountain is before lunch, when the crowds are thin. Don’t forget to throw two coins in (one for love, one to return to Rome) while you are there over your left shoulder.
Explore Trastevere – This is one of my favorite areas of the city to explore. The winding alleys are picturesque and there is some really great food to be found here. Spend some time strolling around — you won’t regret it! Very few tourists go here too so it has a much more authentic Roman feel to it!Check out the art museums – If you enjoy art museums, you are in for a treat. There are a ton of great ones here, several of which are some of the highest-ranking in the world. The Galleria Naionale d’Arte Moderna is a good starting point as it is home to several Italian masterpieces.
If you require seeing this busy city, which has nearly 3 million people living in it, you are going to need a passport to get into Italy and then travel to Rome. Generally, the conditions are what you may expect in this part of Europe. Summertimes are hot and dry, while winters are moderate but full of rain. If you don’t want to get lost in the massive crowds that project a summer holiday to Rome, you may instead want to travel to in noncrowded months of October through March.
If you only stick to the world of planned tours, you may overlook much of what Rome has to provide. Instead, you should make sure to take a tour through town and look at the historic buildings and specific shops and the gems they give. If you wish to go a little out-of-the-way than you can walk, the TramBus system will take you through all of Rome’s vicinities.
So don’t forget the old cliché, ‘ When in Rome do as the Romans do.’ And make sure to try some of the fabulous cafes and restaurants that are throughout that area in Rome.