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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.

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

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!

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

Very good experience, definitely value for money

The girl (I didn't get the name unfortunately) who was in charge of our group was just amazing.. amazing command of several languages! The entrance was fast and swift just as promised...

Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Escorted Entrance Reviewed by Telmo, 02/21/2017

Beautiful places to visit and the guide were very nice and helpfull

The coliseum is a beautiful place to visit in Rome with palatine and roman forums nearby. About the guides, she were really nice and it has been possible to talk with her, even about something else like where she were from or us. So thank for the kindness and the visit. For he visit I think audio guide, it was nice even if the first audio guide didn't work properly and if one of my friend's stopped working during he visit. Just a point to improve. The guide let us visiting alone after the entrance. It could be great if they were explaining the things instead of listening a voice in a machine.

Skip-the-Line: Escorted VIP Colosseum Entrance Reviewed by Kévin, 02/20/2017

Excellent. Good value for money. Amazing staff! Defo recommend!

Viviana, from get your guide, called my phone to direct us to the meeting point which was very useful. Both members of staff were so nice and friendly, Vivana espescially. I would defo recommend this to anyone visiting Rome! Loved it!

Skip-the-Line: Escorted VIP Colosseum Entrance Reviewed by Jude, 02/20/2017

Informative and entertaining, the guide enhanced our experience

The trip was easy to book, the tickets were e mailed promptly and the tour guide was excellent.

Excellent tour, informative and value for money

Very informative guide, saw everything we wanted and not rushed in any way. Brilliant value and worthwhile to skip huge queues and this was a quieter time of year. The only downside was the radio kept losing sound but assumed this was down the walls and being inside but didn't impact on the actual tour in any way.


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