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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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.

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What people are saying about Rome

Roman Forum tour with TOM was incredible.

We went on the Coliseum and Roman Forum tour. The Roman Forum tour was led by Tom. Overall I think it was possibly the best tour I have ever been on. Tom went through the history of Rome and its emperors and tied it into the different parts of the Roman Forum as we walked through. He was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. His final "soliloquy" on the Forum was delivered so well and was so moving I was about to cry. He was THAT good. He was also very considerate of the heat, and always tried to find shade and made sure people had opportunities to get water. Five stars for sure.

Rome: Guided Skip-the-Queue Colosseum Tour Reviewed by Amber, 15/09/2019

Was a fantastic trip ticked off of my bucket list.

It was the most fantastic trip. I loved it. Saw the places Wanted to visit. Was breathtaking. Opportunities to take photos at every point of the trip. My guide was amazing. She really looked after the mixed group of people. Getting us some local delicacies was a lovely end to a fantastic day. Thank you so much Giorgia you made the trip great. Anytime your in Essex I will be your tour guide. Thank you x I was a lone traveller and felt so safe. Which was important x

Amalfi Coast: Limoncello Tasting & Scenic Cruise Reviewed by Debbie, 17/09/2019

Fabulous tour with great guide. Doing one tour? Do this

Excellent tour to a part of the city I could have missed in a short visit. Knowledgable local guide (which is important) who took us to shops we might have found diffficult with limited language skills. We learned about the area and it’s history and enjoyed the chance to visit small craft shops. Make sure you are hungry when you do this tour. The food is very filling!

Trastevere: 3-Hour Street Food Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 16/09/2019

Good tour. Viviana our guide was very knowledgeable.

Good tours you skip all the lines. In the museam and chapel is busy but tbatvis to be expected. Our guide viviana was great. The worst thing about the tour was the other people in our group. Constantly complaining about how long it was and some were rude. It clearly states the tour goes for 3 hours. But it's was a good tour. It should not be missed

Full day Vatican Museums and Colosseum Tours Reviewed by Anonymous, 15/09/2019

Santi was very considerate in watching and helping get on and offf

Excellent tour —value was good if you just want to hit the highlights . Santi our guide was always aware of enjoying needed help . I am 52 with a double knee replacement so was on the cautious side and he made me feel very safe. His knowledge of the sites was presented in a light , fun , interesting manner . Good job!

Rome Segway Tour from Pantheon to Colosseum Reviewed by Anonymous, 15/09/2019