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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

Eye opening and very informative!!!! The guide was very knowledgeable

Affordable and great tour to find out about Ancient Rome and the history behind the ruins.

Very nice organised and good location meeting point

Very good activity. It was really easy to find the guide. We chose not to book with guide and explore everything ourself and we wasn't disappointed. We skipped the line which was perfect as there were thousands people cueing hours and hour.

Marco was there to meet us with my name clearly printed, he was great!

Highly recommend! No stress, beautiful car, intelligent, funny guy : ) wouldn't do it any other way!
Fiumicino Airport Private Luxury Transfers to Rome Reviewed by Jennifer, 07/19/2016

Very informative tour with a very knowledgeable and funny guide

Although the tour started an hour late to the annoyance of pretty everyone in the group. The guide done well to stay calm with the torrents of abuse coming his way from the american contingent. As the guide himself said it was it out of his hands and he was just as annoyed as anyone else. Once this was out of the way and then your started he done very well and kept my partner and I attentions very well. Again it must have been extremely frustrating for the guide to do his job as he was constantly trying to herd together different groups of Americans, as they pretty much decided to do their own thing. Which in turn effected everyone else's tour. But over all the tour and the content which had me gripped throughout was fantastic.

Fantastic tour and superb guide. Absolutely brilliant.

The tour was excellent. Our guide Antonella was absolutely brilliant, bringing the history of the Colosseum and Rome to life. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It made our trip!
Rome: 3.5-hour Colosseum & Roman Forum Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/17/2016

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