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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
    Festival Roma Incontra il Mondo
    13. Jun 2016 - 4. Aug 2016
    Laghetto di Villa Ada Via di Ponte Salario, 28 (Rome)
    FOTOGRAFIA International Festival of Rome
    1. Oct 2016 - 31. Oct 2016
    MACRO – Conemporary Art Museum, Via Nizza 138, Roma (Rome)
    Rome Film Fest
    1. Oct 2016 - 31. Oct 2016
    Auditorium Parco della Musica (Rome)

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What People Are Saying About Rome

Fantastic, impressive, interesting, beautful!

Our tour guide Linda was very vibrant and made the tour extremely interesting. She was very passionate in everything she said and made the whole thing very enjoyable! Would definitely recommend doing this tour, and if you have the energy climb to the top of the dome, amazing views from inside St Peter Basilica and of the Vatican City from the top!

It's worth a visit, not as busy as I first feared.

We arrived at 10 the opening hour and the car park was filling quickly, the Guide code didn't get us entry into the park, we had to go to the information desk to get their version of the ticket code, it took 2 mins and we were in. It's clean and although busy it's not crazy busy. Plenty to do for all age groups but bring healthy food, junkies heaven if burgers, chips, nuggets etc are just your thing if not then melon is your staple for the day. I am not a fan of animal shows but with a 2 year old I attended it for her pleasure without the unspoken captivity sucking the life out of them thing be obvious that's for later. So it was entertaining and as an added piece of luck what turned out to be the final appearance for that show a dolphin swam straight towards and greeted my daughter to shrieks of delight through the glass face to face, he/she ( the explanation of gender during the show was in Italian duh) anyway the Dolphin stayed therefor a while making my daughters day.
Rome Zoomarine Amusement Park Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Paul, 07/25/2016

Very entertaining morning for the whole family

Brought the whole family along to the pasta class. Interesting tour through Campo de Fiori and Piazza Navona. The pasta class at Paula's house was a treat. Set in a 17th century home, Paula cooked worderful pasta sauses while we learned how to make different kinds of pasta shapes. Ended with a great lunch with good wine. Even the kids enjoyed it... Had a great time.
Rome: Navona Square Pasta Making Class & 3-Course Meal Reviewed by Thorstein, 07/24/2016

Our guide was very dedicated to us, Roman history and our experience.

The tour was very enjoyable. It was easy to tell that our guide was quite knowledgeable and eager to make sure we learned something that day! Great!
Skip the Line: Colosseum, Roman Forum & Ancient Rome Tour Reviewed by Jack William, 07/24/2016

Amazing, Historical and Lively Tour - a must in Rome

A great tour of the main sites in Rome. Our guide was knowledgable and was able to guide us through the massive crowds with ease, while still ensuring we were getting the proper information.
Skip the Line: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/24/2016

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