Rome is one of the most amazing cities in the world! There is an endless amount of things you can see and do while you are in Italy’s capital. There are also things you should be aware of before you arrive in Rome and attempt to take on the town. A bit of research and planning can go a long way in having a successful trip to Rome. Luckily, I am here to provide you with a complete guide on what to see, do, and eat in Rome.
What to see in Rome
Rome is a place you can visit multiple times and still have new, exciting things to see on your return visit. However, most people only have a few days in Rome or a week if you’re lucky. I narrowed my list down to the top 10 things to see in Rome as to not overwhelm you. Afterall you should enjoy your trip and not feel like you are working through a lengthy agenda.
Here is my list of the top 10 things to see in Rome.
1. Spanish Steps2. Pantheon
3. Trevi Fountain
4. St. Peter’s Basilica5. Galleria Borghese
6. Catacombs of Rome7. Via Appia8. Arch of Constantine9. Roman Forum10. Piazza Navona
What to do in Rome
Just walking around Rome, you can see the grandiose statutes, historic ruins, and appreciate Italian culture. But to really enhance your experience there are things you should do in Rome.
1. Visit the rooftop at the Victor Emmanuel. This is a bit of hidden gem in Rome. From the street, you can see the Victoria Emmanuel. Many tourists are there taking pictures in front of this building, but the real treat is inside, up the stairs, in which you will discover the rooftop. They have a bar/cafe and tables in which you can sit and enjoy a drink/food and the best view in Rome! I visited Rome in the summer, the busiest time of the year, and there were many tables available.
2. Shop at the street markets. The streets leading to the Spanish steps has some of the most expensive shops in the world. Unfortunately, we all can’t afford Cavalli and Armani. If you can, I’ll take a bag from Louis Vuitton, thanks. But street markets aren’t just for those tight on money. Bargain hunting can be fun, plus you can get unique jewelry, clothes, and anything else you can possibly think of.
Rome has street markets on a weekly basis, but this local site keeps an update on when all the food/shop markets take place and the different types of vendors.
3. Tour the Colosseum-impressive, but crowded. Get tickets ahead of time and get a tour guide to help you better understand all the fascinating history.
4. Capitoline Museum- The world’s oldest public museum and houses an incredible collection of Roman statues. I suggest seeing the Roman Forum which is close by, after touring the museum.
5. Vatican Museum -I do (not) want to discourage you from visiting, but it can be an awful experience if you don’t plan for the Vatican accordingly. It is out of the way, crowded, and there is no air conditioning inside. But the Vatican is one of those places that people want to experience for themselves and will most likely not listen to you even if you say don’t go. If you insist on visiting I want to provide you with helpful advice. Get your tickets online as far ahead of time as you can. Even with tickets, you may still have to wait in line outside, and Rome is HOT in the summer. You will be sweating and in a crowd of people. Wear breathable clothing. Even if you rush through the buildings, it will still take you several hours, mostly because of the crowds. This should be the only main event of one of your days in Rome. Now that I made you fearful of the Vatican let’s move on to something you’ll look forward to on our list.
6. Ice Club Roma– It’s a cool experience… get it?? Joking aside, it is an excellent spot to prevent heat exhaustion and have a drink. It is a little pricey to get in but so worth it!
What to eat in Rome
When I think of Rome, I think of food. They go hand in hand. I pretty much ate everything while I was visiting this marvelous city. OK maybe you don’t want to gain 20 pounds on a 3-day visit to Rome, but you must at least try these dishes when you are there.
Here we go, the best dishes to eat in Rome.
- Pizza -you must try the pizza in Rome. In my opinion, it was better than the most famous pizza shop in Naples, Italy; I won’t say the name of the place to which I’m referring to but if you watched Eat, Pray, Love, you know what I’m talking about. Trust me don’t pass up on the pizza in Rome.
- Spaghetti Carbonara –pasta and meat, is there a more perfect combination? I think not.
- Gnocchi –a traditional dish since Roman times and of course made well on its home turf.
- Antipasta –you can expect a delicious selection of cheese, prosciutto, and seasonal fruit.
- Ciambella – aka Donut-this one may seem a bit silly, but you must have a fresh donut in Rome. They are delicious and one of a kind. Even better when paired with an expresso. And maybe a scoop of gelato 😉
Restaurant Recommendation: My personal favorite restaurant in Rome, that I felt had outstanding food and was affordable is That’s Amore. It’s actually steps away from the Trevi Fountain as well! I listed the website below in case you want to check it out and save the address.
Alright, there we have it-what to see, do, and eat in Rome. Let’s not forget we need clothes that are suitable for this epic, bustling city. Home of Valentino and Gucci. Luckily, you don’t have to wear designer to look good in Rome. Follow what to wear in Rome for an easy guide to pack for your trip.
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