Rome

Rome

Rome, known as the Eternal City, has attracted visitors for over 2,000 years. It is one of the most magnificent and romantic cities in the world, boasting an attractive mix of grandiose sights and bustling city life. Life is sweet—the cake is there for eating. Italian designer shopping, smooth ice cream, frothy cappuccino and exquisite wines to name but a few things.
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    Rome is one of a kind. No other city – not even Athens, Istanbul, London or New York – has as many world-class sites as Rome. Walking down Via del Fori Imperiali towards the Colosseum will impress even the most spoiled and shopping-crazed teenager. The city has so much to offer. In addition to the Roman heritage there are also Medieval neighbourhoods, well designed squares, colourful markets and of course, Vatican City and St. Peter’s Basilica. This Rome guide suggests a few other places that must be seen.

    Top sights in Rome

    Colosseum

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    Vatican City

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    Roman Forum

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    Palatine Hill

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    Cortile del Belvedere

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    Arch of Constantine

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    Fiumicino

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    Borghese Gallery

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    Top Things You Need to Do In Rome

    So, the Eternal City is on your bucket list? Prepare to mix and match 2500+ years of history and discover your own version of Rome. You could fall in love with this city without ever seeing a museum — but here are some of the more noteable sights.

    Vatican City
    Vatican City is the world’s smallest independent international state, a walled-off enclave within Rome. It’s home to 842 people, the Sistine Chapel, and St Peter’s Basilica.

    Vatican Museums
    Some of the world’s most important relics — the Sistine Chapel, for example — are located inside the Vatican Museum. A guided tour here is worth every penny.

    Sistine Chapel
    Located inside the Apostolic Chapel, within the residence of the Pope, Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco in the Sistine Chapel is a sight to see. Also, spend time studying The Last Judgement on the altar wall.

    Roman Forum
    This is where to go when you want to see Roman ruins. The Roman forum itself was once a marketplace or plaza and is surrounded by the remnants of ancient government buildings.

    Colosseum
    Tour this famous amphitheater and reflect on the incredible architecture from 72 AD. The Colosseum is more impressive than any football stadium you’ve ever seen, AND it’s 2000 years old.

    St Peter’s Basilica
    This tourist attraction is also the center of the Catholic world. The stunning St Peter’s Basilica was built on the site where Peter, the apostle, and first pope, was buried.

    Trevi Fountain
    Rome’s world-famous Trevi Fountain depicts the mythological Neptune, backed by two Tritons. A fun place to grab a gelato, throw a coin in the fountain, and people-watch.

    Raphael Rooms
    Raphael’s 16th-century frescoes line the walls of the Palace of the Vatican’s four public reception rooms, also called Raphael Rooms.

    Planning Your Rome Visit

    How long should you stay in Rome?

    We can promise you won’t get bored! You could manage to hit a lot of attractions in 4-5 days, or you could stay for months. Rome is incredibly walkable — meaning it’s easy to get a sense of the city just by exploring the neighborhood where you decide to stay. You’ll quite quickly discover hidden-gem Italian restaurants or accidentally stumble upon Roman ruins.

    How much money do you bring?

    The big attractions charge you an entrance fee. Colosseum tickets start at 10€ to tour the inside. You can plan on seeing a lot of the ruins and churches from the outside for free, and you will find delicious Italian food for reasonable prices. One very cool free activity: the Casa del Cinema at Villa Borghese. The city of Rome subsidizes the outdoor film screenings here. Buy some wine and pizza, sit on the grass, and take in a free movie.

    What is the main shopping street in Rome?

    Via Condotti, Via Borgognona and Via Frattina are three streets start near the Piazza di Spagna that run parallel until they reach the Via del Corso (also known as “The Corso”). They are the best known highly expensive fashion in Rome.

    Good to know

    Language

    Italian

    Currency

    Euro (€)

    Country Code

    +39

    Time Zone

    UTC (+01:00)

    Best time to visit

    Rome is in southern Italy, so winter weather is mild. One tip: keep major Catholic holidays in mind. It may mean things are closed; more likely, it will mean huge crowds. Whether or not you want to see Easter at the Vatican, it will help your hotel (or flight) plans if you know in advance.

    What people are saying about Rome

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Roman Forum tour with TOM was incredible.
    We went on the Coliseum and Roman Forum tour. The Roman Forum tour was led by Tom. Overall I think it was possibly the best tour I have ever been on. Tom went through the history of Rome and its emperors and tied it into the different parts of the Roman Forum as we walked through. He was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. His final “soliloquy” on the Forum was delivered so well and was so moving I was about to cry. He was THAT good. He was also very considerate of the heat, and always tried to find shade and made sure people had opportunities to get water. Five stars for sure.

    Rome: Guided Skip-the-Line Colosseum Tour reviewed by Amber

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Fabulous tour with a great guide. Doing one tour? Do this
    Excellent tour to a part of the city I could have missed in a short visit. Knowledgable local guide (which is important) who took us to shops we might have found difficult with limited language skills. We learned about the area and it’s history and enjoyed the chance to visit small craft shops. Make sure you are hungry when you do this tour. The food is very filling!

    Trastevere: 3-Hour Street Food Tour reviewed by Andrea

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Was a fantastic trip ticked off of my bucket list.
    It was the most fantastic trip. I loved it. Saw the places Wanted to visit. Was breathtaking. Opportunities to take photos at every point of the trip. My guide was amazing. She really looked after the mixed group of people. Getting us some local delicacies was a lovely end to a fantastic day. Thank you so much, Giorgia, you made the trip great. Anytime you’re in Essex I will be your tour guide. Thank you x I was a lone traveler and felt so safe. Which was important x

    Amalfi Coast: Limoncello Tasting & Scenic Cruise reviewed by Debbie

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Good tour. Viviana our guide was very knowledgeable.
    Good tours you skip all the lines. In the museum and chapel is busy but tbatvis to be expected. Our guide Viviana was great. The worst thing about the tour was the other people in our group. Constantly complaining about how long it was and some were rude. It clearly states the tour goes for 3 hours. But it’s was a good tour. It should not be missed

    Full day Vatican Museums and Colosseum Tours reviewed by Julia

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