08 Nov Visit Rome: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the Eternal City
Rome is a must visit European destination. With so much to see and amazing food to eat, you’re sure to get a true Italian experience when in Rome. Here’s a guide to the best attractions to visit in the Italian capital.
The Colosseum is number one on the list. Built in 70 AD, the oval amphitheater sits in the very heart of Rome and was once used for gladiatorial contests and public shows.
The appearance of the Colosseum has changed over the years, with the walls made of concrete and sand wearing away, creating the uneven structure we all know today.
If you’re planning on visiting the Colosseum you can turn up on the day and buy a ticket for €12 – which also includes entry to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Queues can be lengthy so aim for a morning entry time, or you can always buy tickets before you leave online.
As mentioned, included in the ticket is entrance to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. The Roman Forum, also known by its Latin name, Forum Romanum, contains many Roman ruins. The site was originally used for public speeches, criminal trials and gladiatorial matches and was once home to many important government buildings.
Palatine Hill stands 40 meters above and offers the best view of the Roman Forum and also the rest of Rome. If it’s a hot summer’s day, then ensure you have a drink with you on your way up to the top.
The Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps are also well known Rome tourist attractions and you can’t visit the historical Italian city without stopping buy each of them. The Trevi Fountain has been subject to a lot of reconstruction work over the past few years, but it is now up and running. So, make sure you stop be and toss and coin in the fountain for good luck. The Spanish Steps is a beautiful place to hang out and relax for a while and take in everything around you.
The Vatican City is an independent city-state, and is known as the world’s smallest country. The Vatican itself is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and is home to the Pope. It is otherwise known for its iconic art and architecture, such as Michelangelo’s famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel.
The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica lay within the borders of the Vatican City. Visiting here is a must but there are definitely some things you must remember before going. Outside of the Vatican there are lots of companies trying to sell tours; try not to be roped in by these as some are better deals than others. Or you can always book online before visiting.
Also, remember to dress respectably. This means wearing clothes that cover shoulders and legs, as the Vatican is a religious place.
Italy is known worldwide for its love of food, and you have never truly experienced Italian food until you visit Italy itself. So, whilst you’re in Rome make sure that you sit down at an authentic Italian restaurant and experience the country’s amazing cuisine.
Desserts and coffee are also expertly made in Italy, such as the popular Tiramisu. If you’ve just finished a tour of the Colosseum then head up Via delle Terme di Tito and find the little Italian restaurant called Hostaria da Nerone. And if you’re a lover of coffee, this place serves the best cold coffee/cold lattes that I have ever tasted. Basically, you’re never have to worry about not being able to find a restaurant when you’re Rome. There’s so much choice, and it’s always amazing authentic food whether its for breakfast, lunch or dinner.