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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.
  • Events in Rome
    Rome International Literature Festival
    1. Jun 2016 - 30. Jun 2016
    Various venues (Rome)
    Festival Roma Incontra il Mondo
    13. Jun 2016 - 4. Aug 2016
    Laghetto di Villa Ada Via di Ponte Salario, 28 (Rome)
    Noantri Festival
    11. Jul 2016
    Trastevere (Rome)

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What people are saying about Rome

Excellent tour, guide extremely knowledgable, I would highly recommend

well deserved 5/5. The tour covered everything stated and the guide was extremely knowledgable, who was also an archaeologist and expert of course in Ancient Rome. There is lots of walking so future bookers need to bear this in mind, wear comfy shoes! I would recommend skip the line tours because it does make a big difference with time at each site. I will be using get your guide again!

Although we chose not to get off the bus this was an excellent tour.

We chose this tour because of its route, as we could get on near our hotel, and really enjoyed the sights. Although seen them before from the top of a bus great views.
Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour Reviewed by Helen, 04/28/2016

skipping the line is great. our tour guide sabrina was very helpful.

Everything in the Vatican is overwhelming from the size of the museum to the long lines and the immense crowds. Even if you're someone who enjoys planning your own trip and traveling at your own pace, I highly recommend that you use a tour guide for the Vatican portion of your Rome trip for multiple reasons: 1) The lines are extremely long, and being able to go through the group tour lines save a lot of time and energy. It's worth the money. 2) The crowds at the museum and st. peters is huge that it can be very difficult to navigate. The environment is very stressful with the crowds, and having a tour guide who is familiar with the highlights of the museum as well as the way around it is almost necessary in my opinion. 3) You go through a special entrance when you're moving from the museum to st. peters. This also saves time & energy. Also, the tour guide Sabrina was very knowledgeable and provided helpful background knowledge to the trip. She is very kind and patient as well
Skip the Line: Vatican, St. Peter's & Papal Tombs Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 04/28/2016

Amazing Experience and well thought out itinerary with Barbara

Barbara was an amazing guide who spent quite a bit of time at the beginning of the tour explaining with pictures the inside of the sistine chapel as you are not allowed to talk or take photos inside it. She also pointed out exquisite works inside the other rooms as we went around at a fairly relaxed pace...something I wasn't expecting. The tour of the Basilica at the end was equally well explained.Thank you Barbara.
Rome: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Small Group Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 04/27/2016

Great help from a great GetYourGuide rep.

We wanted to do our own thing without the hassle of the long ques - so this service was great as it allowed us to do this. The rep we met to bring us into The Colosseum was very helpful and great at explaining what was going on etc. The Colosseum and The Forum were both incredible to see and it was great that this allowed us to skip lines.
Colosseum Ticket Reviewed by Niamh, 04/27/2016

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