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The 10 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 ampitheatre 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.

Palatine Hill

It's thought that Palatine Hill is where Rome began. Excavations show that people have lived there since 1000 BC, and the ruins are steeped in mythology.

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.

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.

Galleria Borghese

Known to be one of the best museums in Rome, the Galleria Borghese is a 17th century villa is located in the sprawling Borghese park. You'll see antiquities, Rennaissance art, and early Baroque pieces.

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.

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.

Where is the good shopping?

This completely depends on your budget and style. You'll probably walk down Via Connotti on your way to the Spanish Steps. That's where to go if you're looking for the great designer houses of Italy, like Prada and Gucci. Alternatively, check out the Mercato Monti in the neighborhood near the Colosseum. It's open daily for your fashion and trinket flea market fix.

One more thing to know about how old Rome is...

Roman tradition suggests the city was founded in 753 BC, and archaeologists suggest that inhabitants were settled there even earlier!

Good to Know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • 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.

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What people are saying about Rome

Fantastic night, hightlight of our trip.

Fantastic night on the Rome by night segway tour. It was the highlight of our trip & very informative. Marcello our tour guide was brill.
Rome by Night on Segway Reviewed by Sean, 02/02/2016

Gets my vote for 'Best Guide in Rome'. Absolutely Fabulous.

Stefan our guide engages you from the start. We have been on alot of walking tours, but Stefan we have to say is No 1. His narrative is so informative and interesting. He injects a sense of humour and tells you points of interests only a well read Roman would know. You don't want to miss a word he says. We both said we could easily book Stefan for a whole week to show us around Rome. We saw so much and were told so much throughout the very thoughtful and well organised tour. Easily could of walked round another 2 hrs listening to Stefan. Some tour guides sound as if they are reading from a book and inject no enthusiasm or genuine interest for the subject. Stefan you can tell is trully passionate and interested in what he talks about and every question you asked him he knew the answer and didn't mind at all. Excellent and well balanced tour in every way. Please pass on our comments to Stefan always nice to receive well deserved praise and you know you are appreciated.
Rome: Fountains and Squares Free Walking Tour Reviewed by Rachael, 02/01/2016

Reliable, friendly and excellent service

The driver arrived on time, and even waited for me as I was waiting in the wrong place.... The service was reliable, professional and friendly..

Excellent and reliable friendly service!

The driver was extremely reliable and friendly. The driver had a sign with my name on so he was easy to identify upon arrival. I had selected the mobile app which was slightly problematic due to lack of Internet service but the driver was accommodating and I was able to show him the email and confirmation. If I return to Rome I would definitely use this service again! Excellent service!

These tickets are excellent, well worth it and you save a lot of money

Had an amazing time in the beautiful Roma. These tickets meant we didn't need to worry about spending a lot of money while we were there. Save a lot of money by pre booking this. Can upgrade your tickets so you get a guided tour but even that doesn't cost much extra. Highly recommend!!!

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