Things to do in Rome
Between the ancient history and the modern pace, it's not hard to be run off your feet in Rome. There is always a lot to see and do. Tourists coming and going. Markets setting up shop and festivals in full swing. With so many options, you are free to choose your own adventure in Rome.
Most attractions in Rome revolve around the city's impressively preserved history. At the forefront is the Colosseum, a famous amphitheatre that dates back to 70AD when it was established by the Roman Empire. The Pantheon is another icon of Rome where history still lives on. Originally built as a temple to the gods of ancient Rome in 126AD, today the magnificent building is used as a Catholic church and is the burial ground for two Italian kings.
Following its famed history, Rome is beloved for its charming beauty. You can overlook it from the Gianicolo, admire it from the Spanish Steps, eat it at San Crispino or immerse yourself in it in the gardens of the Villa Borghese. Whether you're people watching, admiring architecture or photographing everything you eat, Rome is a city of innate beauty best admired without a watch.
For some of our fave sights in Rome, read on.
It's hard to miss the Colosseum, an ancient amphitheatre located in the centre of Rome. Built by 80 AD to have a seating capacity of 50,000, the Colosseum is the largest structure ever built by the Roman-Empire.
Many attribute the Pantheon to being Rome's most spectacular ancient building. While much of Rome's historic icons show signs of age and ruin, the Pantheon stands strong as an enduring symbol of Ancient Rome.
Though technically a separate state to Italy, the Vatican City is one of the country's most popular tourist attractions, with Catholics making the pilgrimage each year to hear a service from the Pope himself.
The landscaped gardens are considered to be the second largest park in Rome and in the English style that they are today, date back to the early 19th century.
The Campo de' Fiori Markets are more a way of life than a 'must do.' Though its literal translation means field of flowers, the daily markets sell a wide range of products with a strong focus on fresh produce, fish and flowers.
The former working class neighbourhood turned hipster hub of Testaccio is where Romans go for authentic food, a buzzing after-hours scene and myriad shopping nooks in this hilltop location.
Featured in many movies, the picturesque attraction of the Trevi Fountain is said to earn you a return trip to the Eternal City if you toss a coin in the ornate Baroque-style fountain.
Located within the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel boasts the artistic endeavours of many famous Italian artists. Look upwards to spy the amazing ceiling painted by Renaissance master Michelangelo.
Another movie fave, the sweeping outdoor staircase linking 2 piazzas in Rome is a romantic and popular sight. The Spanish Steps are particularly beautiful at night and during the springtime when the flowers bloom.
From one of Rome's most popular vantage points, you can spy the Villa Borghese, Colosseum and the city's domes and bell towers. Head up The Giancarlo for scenic sights and amazing cityscape views.