Rome is the heart of Italy. Rome is the capital of Italy and has been a major human settlement for almost three millennia. In Rome the time seems to have stopped and monuments and archeological sites turn a normal walk into a time travel.
Visit Rome is mandatory if you stay in Italy. It’s like a sin to forget to see Rome when came in Italy. Italians are very proud of their capital, despite Rome is a controversial city if you look at social and political context. As a tourist Rome is a paradise if you sleep in the city center, but could became a nightmare if you stay in a subburs. Chose a central hotel is a key factor, excpet if you rent a car with driver (not use Uber, now always work well).
How to visit Rome easly
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What to see in Rome: top 10 suggestions
Colosseum is the iconic monomentum of Rome. It’s a must-see location that let you feel very little and weak, if you think about the costructor and the gladiator. In the early days was knonwn as Anphiteatrum Flavium and it is the biggest anphiteatrum of the entire world, the extimated attendance is about 80.000 people. Colosseum was built in about 9 years and was finished on 80 A.D.
The Colosseum is easy to find, it is located in the city center and evrebody know how to reach it. However, if you aren’t Roman, you will reach through the Metro line B and leave at stop “Colosseo”.
Visit the Colosseum it takes usually 30 minutes, but if you want know more you will take a Colosseum guided tour. The regular admission it cost €12 – includes Colosseum, Roman Forums, Palatine – and it is free of charge for the under-18.
2. Roman Forum
The Roman Forum is an archeological site located between the Colosseum and the “Campidoglio”. It represented the political, juridical, religious and economic center in the ancient Rome. The best way to visit this location is accompanied by an official guide, because them could explain the meaning of the entire area.
The Roma Forum is outside and it is better to see in the early morning, if you visit the city in Summer. Be careful and bring with you a bottle of water to avoid a sunstroke during the visit.
3. Circo Massimo
The Circo Massimo is the widest area for entertainment ever built by the human. It is long about 600 meters and wide 140 meters. In the past, it was used for horse competition, but also for the commercial market and socializing. Today is more like a wide park where walk and dream the ancient Rome and it’s traditions, but it deserves visit.
In this years, the Circo Massimo hosted concert like Rolling Stones and the Live with more than one milion of attendance.
4. Fontana di Trevi
The Fontana di Trevi is the icon of dolce vita. Usually at the Fontana di Trevi is very difficult to take a picture, during some daily hours it takes more than 30 minutes. I suggest to visit it in the evening, maybe during dinner time (around 8pm) or in the early morning.
There is a legend: if you flip one coin, you will came back to Rome; if you flip two coins, you will find love with an Italians; if you flip three coins, you will get married with him/her.
The Fontana di Trevi has an hide secret: the underground experience. It’s something very unique to walk under the eternal city and discover that archaeological site.
5. Agrippa’s Pantheon
It will rain inside? It’s a very good question about the Agrippa’s Pantheon. In Rome the rain is unusual, but in Autumn could rain, so, if you want know the answer, you may visit in Rome in October. The Pantheon is the monument most well conserved in Rome. It was build at the time of Adriano on the ruin of the temple of Agrippa, this is the explanation of the name.
Visit the Pantheon it takes 15 minutes without guide and about 30 minutes with a guided tour. The second way it permit to know better the history of this monument and an important part of the history of the city.
6. Piazza Navona
It’s just amazing this square. It’s far 5 minutes from Pantheon and it has 3 magnificent fountains. The most famous fountain is Quattro Fiumi made by Berini on 1651. The others are Moro and Nettuno.
Piazza Navona is the most knonw square in Rome. There are so many restaurants and bar around the square, also is possible to meet magician and street artists performing.
7. Piazza di Spagna
Piazza di Spagna is the glamour square. The name comes from the Spain Embassy, located there from centuries. Piazza di Spagna is directly connected with Via Condotti, the famous shopping street with numerously luxury shops.
This square is very accurate and there so many luxury hotels that overlook over there. The famous stairway is the stage of some fashion parades. Also both square and stairway are meeting point for Roman citizen and tourists. I suggest to meet there with your friends or stay there some time before dinner to see the real Roma in action.
8. Castel Sant’Angelo
The Castel Sant’Angelo is a castle near the Tevere became famous thank to the book Angels and Demons of Dan Brown. Inside the castle there are a museum, some courtyards, statues and ancient prisons. I suggest a guided visit in the morning before to reach Piazza San Pietro and the Vatican.
9. Piazza San Pietro e la sua Basilica
The Piazza San Pietro is the heart of Vatican City. Actually, it is another country and not Italy. It is very strange cross the border of a country by foot and basically without customs. You could see swiss guards around the square and in particular in front of some doors or gates.
This square is very amazing and magnificent. It is a must see in Rome and also in Italy. Sundays morning is the time of Santa Messa predicate by the Pope.
The Basilica di San Pietro is the biggest church in the world and here the Pope celebrates the most important religious mass of Christian culture. Here you could see the Cupola projected by Michelangelo and made by Giacomo Della Porta. There are guided tours that lead on top of Cupola.
10. Sistine Chapel
The Sistine Chapel is the one of the most important treasures of the Vatican. It was built between 1473 and 1481, there are numerous artist that had contributed to create it: Michelangelo, Botticelli, Perugino. The frescos on the ceiling was made by Michelangelo Buonarroti and there are something unique and amazing, probably one of the best artwork of the world.
Don’t forget the Giudizio Universale another artwork amazing.
What to do in Rome
Where to sleep in Roma
J.K. Palace in Rome
It is located in center of Rome, just 10 minutes walk far from Piazza di Spagna, is one of the best hotel in Rome. Every room has air conditioning, minibar free of charge, wi-fi and courtesy kit.