What to Do and What to See in Rome

Tips and informations on what to do in Rome, Italy.

Panorama Roma

Let’s face it, there is so much to do in just the Rome and Lazio area of Italy that you just cannot cram it all into even a week of being there!

And the majority of times you have even less time than that with just a weekend or even only a day.

This means you have to pick and choose everything you do for that day so very carefully and still get all the important things.

Of course everyone will have their different ideas of what they want to do when visiting Rome, but overall the below things are the top notch points in Rome that everyone should be visiting at least once if they make it to the Italian capital.

The Coliseum

Colosseo, Roma

These two are your no-brainers.

Even if you only have a few hours to visit places in Rome, these are your top two.

The Coliseum generally runs into the biggest issue of having long lines to get tickets to see inside, but this can be dealt with if you buy a ticket at the Palatine hill ticket office for it and the Coliseum plus you will get the Roman forum, that way you aren’t spending your morning in lines and instead enjoying the areas.

The Roman Forum

The Roman forum will show you around plenty of ruins from the ancient times of the Roman Empire and you’ll find various gift shops and restaurants in the area of these three places, which lets you pick up breakfast or possibly lunch.

Spanish Steps

Since most of your morning will be spent on the Roman ruins excursion, your afternoon will be traveling toward and enjoying a lunch (or the best gelato ever) around the Spanish steps.

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain, Rome

The Trevi Fountain is one of the only required places you should be enjoying as a simple sight to see, especially since you can toss a coin in the fountain and make a wish!

Both of these places, while crowded sometimes, won’t have issues for lines or anything like that, especially if you are getting there before the big crowds in the evening.

If you have the time, also stop by the Pantheon for a touch of Greek.

Janiculum Hill

As your afternoon starts to sink into an evening you should be making your way to the paths and winding roads along the Janiculum for the greatest view of all of Rome you can ever obtain.

The hill is one of the best places to just park yourself for a picnic right around the time of sunset and take in the views you won’t find anywhere else.

You will also find a few churches around the area and even some gardens like the Rose garden if you get there in the spring months.

Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland)

Altar of the Fatherland, Rome

This place has been given a variety of names by both locals and tourists, but its real name is the National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II.

It has a deep contrast against much of the rest of the Roman buildings in the area with its brilliant white and marble colors compared to mostly brown around it.

Not only does this monument stand out, but there is much controversy around it having been built.

Even so, you can still enjoy parts of it, like the glass elevator that was recently installed in the past few years or the views in general.

You can often see this place in most of Rome which has made it a landmark to many travelers.

This stop should conclude your evening in which you should head to one of many restaurants all across Rome for dinner, or even enjoy that picnic at Janiculum Hill instead.

Saint Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter's Square

The next morning (if you have another day) should be spent getting a good breakfast nearby, then traveling to Vatican City to enjoy the Saint Peter Basilica and the massive square.

Not only is the square of Saint Peter one of the largest open forums in the Vatican but the cathedral it is connected to is the biggest basilica for Catholicism in all the world.

You’ll find all sorts of wonderful artworks in both places, and even an obelisk in the square that is still perfectly intact from ancient Egypt!

If you manage to choose a Wednesday for your visit to hear, you can also catch the pope giving his sermon around 9 am.

So now that you have an idea of what you can get done with just a single weekend in Rome, get out there and enjoy your travels!

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