Rome, the Italian capital, offers many things to see and do among its historic streets. What was once the cradle of civilization, has become a mixture of history and ruins, captivating art and lively life, as well as a gastronomic center that delights anyone.
In its historical center, delimited by the Aurelian walls, there is the greatest concentration of historical and architectural assets in the world. In addition, it is the heart of the Catholic religion and the only city that contains another state inside: the Vatican City.
If you are going to travel to Rome and do not know where to start, consider this post as the definitive guide to know 20 things to see and do, making the most of your time. Let’s begin!
1. MOVING TO THE YEAR 753 BC
Moving to the year 753 BC is possible with just enjoying a walk through the Roman Forum. Thanks to its access through the Arch of Tito. It is a collection of ruins that allow us to remember such famous celebrities as Julius Caesar or Augustus. Going through them thoroughly will take you about two hours, but I promise that it will not leave you indifferent.
2. CROSS THE ARCH OF CONSTANTINE
Located next to the Colosseum, it is something I suggest you do if you visit Rome. Built in the 4th century, it is the largest triumphal arch in all of Rome.
3. MONUMENT OF VITTORIO EMMANUELE II
Hallucinate with the Monument to Vittorio Emmanuele II, a giant marble monument located in Piazza Venezia.
4. SEE THE COLONNA TRAINNA
Located in Plenary Traiano Forum, it is a column of 38 meters high erected by order of Trajan to commemorate his victories, and composed of 18 blocks of marble of 40 tons each. This visit cannot be missing from your list either.
5. MAKE A WISH AT THE FONTANA DI TREVI
Make a wish at the Fontana di Trevi while you flip a coin. It is another symbol of the city, and is located between small streets, which give access to a large square. Since it is usually quite full, I recommend that you go to visit it first thing in the morning, in this way, you can take the picture of yourself “alone”.
Remember that for your wish to be fulfilled, you must throw the coin backwards, with the right hand, and behind the left shoulder.
6. VISIT PIAZZA NAVONA
This is one of the most emblematic squares in Rome and it will make you feel very small among such architectural wealth. With its fountains, its church, and surrounded by mansions, cafeterias and street artists, this corner will remain engraved on anyone’s retina.
7. ENJOY THE VIEWS FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF CASTEL SANT’ANGELO
The views from the Castel Sant’Angelo are simply flippant. This castle, built for the emperor Hadrian, is located next to the Ponte Sant’Angelo and its entrance costs € 10 / adult (€ 5 reduced price). It will sound 100% if you have seen or read “Angels and Demons” by Dan Brown. Otherwise, I strongly recommend you do it before visiting the city.
8. PANTHEON OF AGRIPPA
Marvel at the Pantheon of Agrippa, IS the best-preserved monument of all Rome. The entry is free and very easy. The photos are very detrimental, so I recommend you go inside and hallucinate with the huge dome through which the rays of light, illuminating the entire room.
9. SEE ANOTHER OF ROME’S BEST-KNOWN SQUARES, THE PIAZZA DEL POPOLO.
The Piazza del Popolo is also an access to one of the green areas of the Italian capital, the Villa Borghese Park.
10. CLIMB THE STEPS OF PIAZZA DI SPAGNA
Climbing the steps of Plaza España is an essential stop in the city. There are so many people here. Yes, do not blame me for not having told you that it is one of the busiest in all of Rome.
11. STROLL THROUGH THE TRASTEVERE NEIGHBORHOOD
Enjoy its unique atmosphere, full of colorful houses, coffee shops and the best trattorias in the city. It is just some of the reasons why you can get carried away by the magic that is breathed in its streets.
12. TAKE A GUIDED TOUR OF THE CATACOMBS
Make a guided tour of the Catacombs, a series of underground tunnels built from the second century AD to bury the dead. You can see more information in this link. The duration of the visit is 3 hours, and, in addition to the catacombs, you can see the Ancient Via Appia, the acuedectos, and the tomb of Cecilia Metela.
13. BOCCA DELLA VERITÁ
Introduce your hand in the Boca de la Veritá. It is a marble disc placed in the Church of Santa María. Legend has it that the mouth closed in the hand of those who told lies.
14. SEE PIAZZA SAN PIETRO FROM THE SISTINE CHAPEL
See Piazza San Pietro from the Sistine Chapel. Built in the seventeenth century, the Plaza de San Pedro has 284 columns and 140 statues of saints in them. In the center of the square there is an obelisk that was brought from Egypt itself.
15. TEVERE RIVER
Strolling along the banks of the Tevere, admiring some of the impressive monuments of Rome, is a healthy and inspiring way to burn the excesses of delicious Italian cuisine.
16. TOUR THE CITY ON A VESPA
Tour the city by motorbike, either by renting one, or if you prefer, renting motorcycles for minutes with the Ecooltra application can be a flat. If you download your application from this link, you will enjoy 30 minutes of free travel.
17. EXCURSION TO THE CITY OF NAPLES
Why not a trip to the city of Naples? In addition to the great variety of things that can be done in Rome, if you have a day to spare, come to Naples It is historic city located just two hours from the capital.
18. WALK THROUGH PONTE UMBERTO I
Stroll along Ponte Umberto I, bridge adjacent to Ponte Sant’Angelo. In addition to housing the Palace of Justice, if you approach the opposite end of the river, you will enjoy one of the best views, with the Basilica of San Pedro in the background and the river Tevere.
19. ENJOY AN AUTHENTIC PASTA DISH IN VECCHIA ROMA
Enjoy an authentic pasta dish in Vecchia Roma, one of the favorite restaurants in Rome. If you go, you cannot leave without trying one of their most typical dishes, a pasta dish that is finished in a giant cheese. I recommend you book, as it is usually full. If you cannot book, go there early, because if you do not have to wait for a large queue.
20. TRY THE BEST ICE CREAM IN THE CITY
Try the best ice cream in the city in Frigidarium. It is a well-known ice cream shop that is a short walk from Piazza Navona. It is a pleasure for all the senses and very easy to reach. The difficult part? Choose what taste to try.