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Things To Do in Rome

Rome city guide

Whether you’re planning to visit Rome or have a strong desire to visit, we thought it best to put together the ultimate city guide. Of course, after more than 2000 years in existence, there are enough things to do in Rome that would keep you busy for years! Not to mention, there’s plenty of pasta, gelato, and pizza to taste! Here are a few things you simply cannot miss in this beautiful metropolitan city! After all, this is where La Dolce Vita originated!

1. Admire the ancient ruins at the Roman Forum

Roman Forum

This is possibly one of the most important Roman ruins that Italy has. The Roman Forum is an ancient site that consists of many ruins that were once the centre of Roman political and public life. You wouldn’t believe the various squares, temples, and arches that once stood here. Such as the temples of Saturn, Titus, and Vesta. Parts of these structures are still standing! Thankfully, this is located next to the Colosseum and Altar of the Fatherland, meaning you have no excuse not to visit this important historic sights. We advise that you allow enough time to be able to properly explore these ruins and learn about the strong history.

2. The Colosseum 

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Did you even go to Rome if you didn’t visit this iconic symbol?! In truth, this mighty structure is one of the most renowned landmarks in the world! Unquestionably, it should be at the top of your list of things to do while in Rome. Constructed between 70-80 AD, this landmark was estimated to hold 80k spectators at its peak! As we all know, the building hosted gladiator tournaments and other forms of entertainment that would be frequently attended by Roman Emperors. Prepare for the queues, but once you’re inside, you can marvel at this beautiful architecture.

3. Explore The Pantheon gray stone building structure

The Pantheon, once a 2000-year-old temple, now, the best-preserved ancient monument that Rome has! It was built by Hadrian in AD 125 over Marcus Agrippa’s earlier 27 BC temple. The Pantheon offers visitors a unique and exhilarating experience when passing through those bronze doors and gazing up at the largest unreinforced concrete dome ever built!

4. The beautifully sculptured Trevi Fountain

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To be honest, I don’t think there are many fountains in the world that are as lavishly decorated and sculptured as Rome’s Trevi Fountain. Nicola Salvi constructed the fountain in 1762 to pay tribute to the Roman God Oceanus. The fountain depicts him riding his chariot pulled by Tritons and taming several hippocampus. The sheer detail of this sculpture is wonderful, a true work of art! When you finally get to the fountain on your long list of things to do in Rome, you need to throw coins into the water. Over your shoulder for good luck!

5. St Peter’s Basilica & Square 

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Rome is packed with recognisable landmarks! St Peter’s Basilica is one of the most recognisable and celebrated religious buildings IN THE WORLD! Located at the far end of St Peter’s Square, the Basilica has a beautifully structured front facade, crowned with statues of Jesus and his Apostles. Inside the Basilica is just divine! Definitely one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Michelangelo and Bernini actually contributed to the design of the immense dome and Gloria structure. If you go to the top, you get an aerial view of St Peter’s Square.

6. Climb the Spanish Steps

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Piazza di Spagna may be democratic, but it is home to the city’s fanciest boutiques on Via dei Condott, Rome’s legendary shopping street. Climbing the famous steps is one of the most popular things to do while in Rome, as it leads you to the Trinità dei Monti church to admire the piazza and Bernini’s ship-shaped fountain from above.

7. The Sistine Chapel

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The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican museum complex and is one of the most renowned religious chapels in the world! You can find the Sistine Chapel in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City. Did you know that this is the place where the papal enclave is held? This is where the new pope is selected! While it’s famous for its religious associations, the palace is also famous for its extensive and detailed decorations. Including the Last Judgement by Michelangelo and the ceiling artwork.

8. Piazza Navona

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Built during the 15th century and on the site of the stadium of Domitian, Piazza Navona has remained a popular tourist attraction ever since! There’s no excuse to stop by for a visit as it’s within close proximity of the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain! Here you will find the square littered with artists and street vendors trying to earn some of your spare change! The notable elements of the square include the Fontana del Moro and Fountain of Neptune with their fantastic sculptures, the Palazzo Braschi, the Palazzo Pamphilj and Saint Agnese in Agone church.

 9. Indulge on Gelato at Giolotti

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It’s no secret that there isn’t a shortage of excellent gelaterias in Rome, But if you want to enjoy a gelato loved by the locals, you must visit Giolotti! The good news is, it’s not far from the Pantheon! Known as the best old school gelateria (been around since the 1900s), they serve dozens of flavours! Remember, it’s less expensive to get it to go! Plus you will be able to enjoy your gelato and the sights of Rome simultaneously!

10. Eat all the pizza at Forno Campo de’ Fiori

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This bakery is situated right on Campo de Fiori, has been baking Rome’s ‘other’ pizza (looonnnnggg pizza, with a thicker oily based, sold piping hot by the slice for next to nothing) since 1819!

Even though we only have ten top things to do, there are A LOT of things to do in Rome! Make the most of your days here and squeeze as much in as possible!

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