Of all the cities in Europe, Rome is the city where the ancient, the modern and the culinary art are perfectly combined. To see history in the street as you know it from books and to feel that time has stood still is no small thing.
Due to the milder climate, Rome can be visited in any season, not only in summer when it can be quite crowded.
What to visit in Rome?
As I said, history is alive in Rome, you see it everywhere you go; the architecture, the ruins, the centuries old sites still carefully preserved.
Colosseum, Roman Forum and Paladin Hill
As expected, the Colosseum should be on your list of places to visit at least once in your life. Not only are they very close in distance, but a ticket to the Colosseum it also guarantees you entry to The Romanian Forum and Paladin Hill for 24 hours. Because Rome is a favorite city for tourists at any time of the year, we recommend you to opt for purchasing tickets online, to avoid the enormous queues at the entrance. The price for adults varies from 14 to 18 euros, and for young people between the ages of 18 and 25, it starts from 4 euros.
Probably the most famous fountain in the world, this Baroque-style piece of art depicting Neptune, the god of the sea, is another important place to visit. And not to be the exception to the 'rule, before you leave, don't forget to throw a coin into the fountain as a commitment that you will return to Rome.
Not far from the Trevi Fountain is another representative tourist attraction of Rome, namely Pantheon. It is free to visit and is open every day from 9:00 to 19:00. However, we recommend you to walk around after 21:00 when the area is more open and the monument is surrounded by lights that highlight its architecture.
For a complete "analysis" of Vatican you should allocate at least 3 hours to it. It would be ideal to consult an interactive map beforehand to make a visit plan, so as not to miss any of the famous attractions such as The Sistine Chapel, Art Gallery (where are his works Leonardo da Vinci or Rafael Sanzo), inner yard or St. Peter's Basilica. Do you think there are few tourist attractions for 3 hours? Just think that the basilica of San Pietro is the largest in the world, and the feeling you will have once you enter there will be overwhelming. If you still have fresh strength left for "caroling" around the Vatican, you can still visit The Egyptian Museum, The Vatican Library, St. Peter's Square or Niccolina Chapel.
We also recommend purchasing tickets online, which range from 8 euros for young people up to 24 years old, up to 17 euros for adults. This will save you from the queues at the entrance. Obviously, the price can increase if you want a guided tour.
Not 1km from Vatican you will be greeted by another representative building of Rome namely Sant'Angelo Castle, a former mausoleum of the Emperor Hadrian, later transformed into a castle by the popes, and can now be visited as a museum, housing numerous historical collections such as objects of the Italian army, paintings and sculptures. Prices range from €8 to €20, depending on age. The location is also perfect for great photos, for example on the castle's bridge over the Tiber.
In front Trinita Dei Monti French Church, descends to Spanish Square 135 of staircases built in the 18th century. These stairs are not only a very Instagrammable place, but from the top you'll get a great view of Rome.
Near the Spanish Steps is the heart of Rome, namely Venice Square. There are many impressive buildings here such as Altar of the Motherland, Chapter, Mamertine Prison, Capitoline Museums or Basilica of Saint Mary.
Also here you can eat the best ice cream in Romeat the various restaurants that dot the area. The atmosphere will be purely Italian!
For an authentic Italian location, visit the Old Quarter Trastevere, where you can see medieval houses still inhabited in the narrow streets.
You can also enjoy a typical Italian evening out at the many bars and open-air restaurants in this very popular neighbourhood among locals and even book a 4-hour culinary tour.
Villa Borghese it is the largest park in Rome including a lake, museums, temples, fountains and statues. Until you get here you can go through Piazza di Spagna or Piazza del Popolo. You can visit Villa Borghese at rush hour in the city as a shelter from congestion. Prices for young people start from 2 euros, and for adults from 13 euros.
Accommodation in Rome
We return again to Trastevere, a very popular neighbourhood where if you want to experience local life and typical Romanian nightlife, you are in the perfect place. You can find accommodation in hotels but the most cost effective would be an aparthotel, they are everywhere in this neighbourhood.
Around the Vatican, too, is a very beautiful and quiet area to stay. There are hotels for all budgets, from 3 to 5 stars.
If you want to feel the luxury of Rome, you can stay at a hotel with spa and imposing terraces where you can have a romantic dinner in the Piazza Navona area, near the Pantheon. Prices are reasonable but you'll have an unforgettable stay.
What do you eat in Rome?
Pizzaof course! But it's not that simple. You are in pizza country but you have to be careful not to fall into the tourist trap and choose a pizza near the tourist spots; you will most likely not be impressed.
That said, if you go where the locals go, like Trastevere, you'll get the most authentic pizza you've ever tasted.
Another typical Roman dish is saltimbocca. Beef stuffed with prosciutto and spices and cooked with butter and white wine, it simply pops in your mouth, hence the name.
Cacio E pepe
We can't forget about pasta either, so you have to try Cacio E Pepe. A kind of pasta a little thicker than spaghetti called tonarelli, made amazingly simple with just Cacio cheese, pepper and water in which the pasta has been boiled. So few ingredients, yet pasta that will stick in your mind, the secret is in the passion for food that Italians have.
After a walk through the wonderful city that is more delicious than the biggest ice cream you find and sit on a bench and enjoy it?
One can talk endlessly about Italian food and their simple way of life, not for nothing they have the famous expression "Sweet doing nothing". The Italian siesta is well known, no one beats them, so when in Rome, do what the Romans do and enjoy a espresso authentic.
If you need an itinerary idea to include as many sights as possible in your next trip to Rome, we recommend you to read our article Vacation in Europe - ROME! Travel guide and daily itinerary .
In case you are thinking about a possible vacation in Rome, we will leave you a list of links to help you organize your trip.
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