The ancient city of Rome is home to some of the most famous works of architecture and art in the world. There are so many things to do in Rome and so much to learn. Rome is widely considered the birthplace of the western world, which makes it a very popular travel destination so be prepared to navigate through crowds of tourists.
Things to do in Rome
Visit the Holy Vatican City
The Vatican is the official residence of the Catholic Pope. If you come on a Sunday and you arrive early enough you might be able to see the Pope deliver mass in Saint Peter Square. The lines are usually pretty long so make sure you arrive early and bring plenty of water and snacks.
The Pantheon is incredibly well preserved and a must see if you come to Rome. The two thousand year old ancient Roman building is the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.
The Roman Colosseum is nearly 2000 years old and it is unmatched as the largest amphitheater in the Roman Empire. When I think of Rome I think of the Colosseum and so do many other tourists here so if you want to take the tour plan to arrive early to avoid the long lines.
The ancient Roman Forum was once the center of Roman public life. Many public speeches, criminal trials and even elections have taken place here.
Visit the Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps is a great place to sit and relax after a long day of sightseeing. Get yourself a traditional Italian gelato and watch the world go by.
La Fontana de Trevi is probably the most famous of all of Rome attractions. The site is always crowded so plan to come early in the morning or super late at night. (Trevi Fountain looks really cool at night) Don’t forget to throw some coins in, one for love or two to return to Rome someday.
Delicious Food in Rome
If you want to save money, stay away from the center of Rome.
The sandwich shops in Rome are pretty good. Try the bruschetta sandwich (fresh tomato’s and thick mozzarella cheese… YUM)
Gelato is much sweeter than the ice cream I’m used to and the choice of flavors is pretty wild.
Hotels in Rome
The Hotels in Rome are very expensive so if you are traveling on a budget check out some of the alternatives below: