We’re all familiar with the famous phrase, but have you ever wondered what exactly there is to do in Rome? We have a few suggestions for how to spend your time in this historical city.
Rome is graced with tourists all year round, however if you want to avoid the bulk of queues then we suggest travelling in spring or autumn; October is mild enough to walk comfortably around in a t-shirt, which will make exploring the city much more bearable.
What to do
It may be an obvious one, but the Colosseum is a must on a holiday to Rome. There’s often a queue to get in, but it’s well worth it. Once inside, you’ll be able to witness the stunning architecture which has survived since Ancient Rome; it really is a spectacle.
There are several guided tours you can embark on to make the most of your time there, or feel free to meander at your own convenience. Depending on your ticket type, you may also be granted entrying into the Forum, located just across the road.
The Pantheon and Trevi Fountain
You’d be forgiven for accidentally stumbling upon these two famous landmarks, both of which are sequestered in the myriad of Rome’s streets. They are within walking distance of each other, meaning you can tick both off your list comfortably within an hour.
It’s customary to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain and make a wish: if you want it to be extra authentic, make sure you throw the coin over your left shoulder with your right hand.
There are many restaurants in Rome that you’ll find it hard to pick your favourite.
However, we recommend trying to sample at least one pizza and pasta dish, as well as plenty of authentic gelato. Most main meals are washed down with a small glass of limoncello, a sweet alcoholic drink.
The Vatican is the world’s smallest state in the world, and is home to the Pope and St. Peter’s Basillica.
If you want to visit the Vatican then prepare to shell out on a ticket (and queue!). Once inside though, you’ll be able to wander at your leisure and take in the sights, such as the Borgias apartment and Sistine Chapel.
Take in the sights from the Vittorio Emmanuel II Monument
Often referred to as the ‘wedding cake’, this spectacular building is hard to miss. It’s in the city centre and was constructed in 1925 for King Victor Emmanuel. We recommend purchasing a ticket which will take you to the top of the monument in the clear elevator, giving you a 360 viewpoint of the city.