5 Things You Absolutely Must Do When in Rome

Rome is the most picturesque place in Europe. Here are 5 things you absolutely must do in Rome and make your holiday unforgettable.

There is no place like Rome. The legend says that those who visit this city always return with passion and enthusiasm because such beauty, art and fashion are rarely found in one place. Rome has always been a city of great inspiration for true travelers, lovers of fashion, art, excellent photographers and, of course, travel writers.

If you instantly want to feel like you’re in Fellini’s movie “La Dolce Vita,” here are five locations you must visit while in beautiful Rome!

1. Visit the Coliseum

things you must do in Rome

The magnificent Coliseum is the undisputed jewel of ancient Roman architecture and a definite “must see.” It’s one of Rome’s most striking symbols and still charms its visitors with impressions of time travel.

Whether or not you’re a fan of these historical buildings, for a moment you will feel the spirit of the old Roman Empire and the roar of the Roman audience who enthusiastically greeted gladiator battles that were held in this impressive space. Sometimes, as legend has it, even full-fledged naval battles were played out with real ships, for which the central pit was completely filled with water.

Today, almost 4 million people visit the Coliseum each year. To avoid having to wait in line, it’s recommended visitors book tickets online as this will save you a lot of time.

2. Piazza Navona

Our next stop is certainly one of the most popular public spaces in Rome: the magnificent Piazza Navona. This oval square is filled with restaurants, ice cream parlors, coffee bars and souvenir shops. You will also find yourself enchanted by brilliant examples of Baroque art at Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers and the church of St. Agnes from Francesco Borromini.

This incredible space is also the home of the famous Museum of the City of Rome, inside Braschi Palace—the palace that takes you back in time when art was celebrating its biggest ascent during the Renaissance.

And, when it’s time for a break, something that is inevitable in this part of town, you should definitely turn onto Via Della Pace, the picturesque and busiest promenade of Rome, where you will enjoy the many cafes and their famous Italian espresso or glass of good Italian wine.

3. The Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica

Saint Peters Square and cathedral during sunset

A few steps on awaits the Vatican, but reserve a full day to experience it. Start your day on St. Peter’s Square and its magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica. It is one of the largest in the world, covering 15,000 square meters. Then, there are the Vatican Museums where among others is “hidden” Michelangelo’s famous Sistine Chapel.

Continue to the famous Raphael Rooms filled with frescoes of old art masters and works of many sculptors from ancient times. And, of course, take a few moments to visit Castel di Sant’Angelo. Enjoy a beautiful view of the Vatican and the river Tiber. Impressive, isn’t it?

4. Spanish Steps

You can’t visit Rome and not check out the Spanish Steps. It is a well-known meeting place for young people, artists, accidental and intentional passers-by. In short, it’s the epicenter of all events. In the spring, they are painted in amazing colors of all possible floral arrangements.

Take a break and then straight to the Basilica of Trinity del Monte where you can enjoy the square and Bernini’s fountain. Don’t forget to stop for some of the photos that you will take on this picturesque journey.

In this area, you can also enjoy some of the local cafés or Via Condotti, Rome’s legendary street for great shopping. After that, head to the Villa Medici, which provides a magnificent view of the historical part of the city.

5. Fontana di Trevi

Trevi Fountain

Finally, at the completion of your trip, swing by the famous Trevi Fountain and plink a coin in it. Legend states that anyone who throws a coin into this fountain will return to the Eternal City. Subsequently, the Trevi Fountain is not only the busiest, but also “the richest” fountain in the world, with an annual net income of 700,000 Euros. The money that is retrieved from the fountain is divided between the city’s budget and the international Caritas Foundation.

When you have checked the last item from your list, lose yourself in Rome’s narrow cobblestone streets. Enjoy the famous Roman style: La Dolce Vita.

When in Rome, eat like Romans

Follow Roman customs when visiting Rome. And drink lots of espresso, limoncello, and Italian wine while indulging in as much spaghetti, pizza, and gelato as you can. Then, as you explore the city’s stunning architecture and historical landmarks, walk off all of the food you just ate. Because the city is so full of both, doing so won’t be a problem.

Here are some of the best restaurants in Rome. Enjoy!

Have you been to Rome? What were your personal highlights in the city?

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Ivana Marica

Ivana is a freelance journalist. She has visited many places, but wants to discover new ones. She likes sports, animals and healthy food. Her passions are writing, photography and music.

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