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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 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

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

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

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.


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

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

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's 16th century frescoes line the walls of the Palace of the Vatican's four public reception rooms, also called Raphael Rooms.

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

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!

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    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

Exceptional guided Tour with vast knowledge

I have done many guided tours and this was up there with some of the best. Our guides knowledge and understanding of the Romans was deep, vast and thorough. I would not only recommend going but I would go again next time I visit Rome. In a group of 20 people all asking him questions, there was not one question he did not have the answer too, AMAZING!

Avoided the very long queues for people buying tickets on the day

It would be nice to have the option of the full tour to the second level and the dungeons. However this did not spoil our enjoyment of the Colesseum.

Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Package Reviewed by Joseph, 08/14/2018

Skipped the hours long line; 100 worth it.

I was simply looking for a way to avoid standing in line in the hot sun. Tons of guides around we're trying to sell me tickets but the lowest I was able to negotiate down to was €30. Found some WiFi nearby and booked a ticket through here. At first I was a little skeptical; it's free to get in and I was afraid I would still have to wait in the long line. But I found the reserved entrance spot easily and was quickly guided through the short security line. Without this reservation, I would have waited in line for at least 2-3 hours. All in all I waiting about 5 minutes. Without a doubt, this was worth it. I did not use the audio guide that came with the reservation since I had a Rick Steves tour downloaded already (highly recommend). Also, note that this is only for getting into the basilica. The Sistine chapel and other Vatican museums are not included.

Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. Dresda, Francesca

Dresda, Francesca was an excellent tour guide! She was very knowledgeable and engaging in her presentations which made the tour phenomenal!!! Loved it!!!

Francesca was passionate about archeology.

Francesca was our guide and she was very easy to understand and gave a very interesting tour of the Colosseum. It was well organized in finding the tour operators and Francesca did her best to keep us in the shade as much as possible. I was at the colosseum before without a guide, and it's MUCH better with a guide.