Are you planning on going to the eternal city soon, or are you just daydreaming of what could be. Then you have come to the right place. Rome is often called “the city of the seven hills” or “the eternal city”, they are both very fitting, my preference goes to the eternal city though. The streets of Rome are filled with history, on every street corner you an find a cathedral, fountain, square, church or other historical building that makes you feel more like a time traveller than a tourist. All you have to do now, is set up a plan of what to see, eat and experience. So, buckle up and get ready for the bucket list that is essential when visiting Rome!
Eat pizza & gelato
Italy is after all the land of pizza and pasta, just wander around and find the most amazing pizzeria’s and gelateria’s in small side streets. Getting lost in this city isn’t the worst thing because Italian snacks are kind of amazing and can be found everywhere! So when lost just eat some ice cream, or pizza. You can make it even better and eat both!
Drink wine instead of soda
With a plethora of vineyards around the country there are more wines than you could ever try. In a restaurant, ask for the house wine it is often the best one and doesn’t hurt your wallet too bad.
Walk the gladiator tunnels
The building of the ancient Roman colosseum is probably one of the most impressive ones in the city. You can literally feel the history pouring through the cracks. If you can, you should do the tour through the gladiator tunnels, it was the highlight of my time in Rome.
Throw three coins in the Trevi fountain
Throwing coins into the Trevi fountain has become a ritual for all tourist that come from all over the world to visit Rome. There are two superstitious legends to explain why people are obsessed with throwing coins: the first says that if you throw a coin from your right hand backwards over your left shoulder, you will definitely return to Rome. The second legend inspired the film “Three Coins in the Trevi Fountain”, which says you must throw three coins into the fountain: the first guarantees your return to Rome, the second leads to a new romance, while the third will lead to marriage!
Walk up the Spanish steps
The Spanish Step can be found on the Piazza di Spagna, it is a wide set of steps dominated by the Trinita dei Monti at the top. In my opinion this is the best spot to sit down and do some people watching. Be warned, they often do restauration on the steps since they are very fragile (a car drove into them a few years back and damaged them quite bad) it could be that you end up seeing no steps at all due to white sheets..
Greet the pope
Vatican City, is a city-state surrounded by Rome, it is also the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. The vatican is home to the pope, and a lot of spectacular art and architecture. The Vatican museums have numerous ancient Roman sculptures, Renaissance frescoes and don’t forget the Sistine Chapel with the famous ceiling done by Michelangelo.
If you are interested in entering the museums, you should come early in the day, the waiting line can take hours later on.
Visit the Dan Brown movie sights.
Become an actor in Angels and Demons, the Da Vinci Code or Inferno by visiting these movie sights:
Santa Maria del Popolo
Castel St Angelo
Campo dei Fiori
A celebrated and picturesque market by day, Camp dè Fiori quickly turns into the place to be for nightlife.
For centuries Camp dè Fiori was the stage for public executions. In 1600 the Dominican Friar, Philosopher, Mathematician and Astronomer Bruno Giordano was burnt alive. A domineering statue stands in the middle the piazza marking the exact spot of his death.
An absolute must is a visit to the nearby historical streets, such as Via dei Baullari, Via dei Cappellari or Via dei Giubbonari, which are lined with an assortment of small shops still bearing the name of craftsmen who once worked there.
See the remains of the Roman Forum
The Roman Forum is a rectangular plaza surrounded by the ruins of numerous important ancient government buildings. The forum can be found in the centre of the city. For centuries this was the place to be for Roman public life. It is truly the teeming heart of ancient Rome and has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the whole world, and in all of history!
Leave your map and just roam around, get lost and enjoy this beautiful city.