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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

Literally walked right in with this ticket! No waiting!!

The other line was crazy busy and they kept announcing that you should be patient. Our skip the line ticket got us in in minutes. Literally walked right in! Great

Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Package Reviewed by Anonymous, 05/14/2019

Very informative, skipped all queues, worth the money!

The tour was well organised, I was given an audio guide from the start and I never felt rushed. Our tour guide (I think he’s called Frances) was knowledgeable, and took with him lots of additional pictures to show us how the ruins used to be like as compared to now, and he also explained to us in detail about the building materials of the coliseum, even pointing out what marbles were from Egypt. Very informative tour, can’t ask for more. I would have lost interest at the Palatine if I did not have a guide with me, to explain to me what I was actually seeing. Generally I am not a fan of history, but after the tour I was motivated to buy a Rome guide (in a random bookshop) because through the tour I’d understood more about Roman history and its impact to the modern world! Overall an excellent tour! Would recommend to all my friends who might go to Rome someday! —By a tourist from Manchester

Definitely a highlight of the trip! We would absolutely do this again!

This will without question be a highlight of our trip. This was our first trip to Rome/Italy and it was awesome to be able to be eased into some local culture right out of the gate. An empty stomach is a MUST - you will not leave hungry, I promise.

Rome: 4-Hour Food Tour by Night Reviewed by Michael, 05/14/2019

Enthusiastic, interesting and knowledgeable guide

Emiliano was wonderfu!. He is passionate and enthusiastic about the art. His tour was extremely interesting. He pointed out things I would not have noticed. We feel very lucky to have been placed with him. True highlight of our trip.

Adonay was a superb guide with a wealth of knowledge.

I was held up in a short rain shower and unable to make the the tour that I had booked for myself, and the person with whom I spoke with on the phone let me join the next available tour which was longer and more in depth for no additional cost. That speaks volumes. This is a good tour company, and I will definitely refer my friends to it. Adonay, my tour guide, had a very comprehensive knowledge of everything we encountered, and answered everyone’s questions in full detail. Awesome!