Rome is a lovely city rich in culture and history. Architectural and artistic gems can be found around every bend. It might be difficult to know where to begin and how to make the most of your trip when there is just so much to do and see.
This guide will introduce you to the top 20 best things to do in Rome to assist you.
The Colosseum is indeed the world’s biggest ancient amphitheater and, without a doubt, Rome’s most famous landmark. Bread and circuses, including the famed gladiatorial contests, were held in this location. The Colosseum has become Rome’s most prominent historical attraction, and it can be seen from both inside and outside. Also at night, this is certainly worth visiting because of the enormous light show!
2. The Roman Forum
Because the ticket to the Colosseum also grants entrance to the Roman Forum as well as the Palatine Hill, this would be a shame to lose out on all three tourist attractions.
The forum served as the city’s heart, with relics of old markets, governmental, and religious structures visible. Yet, there is no explanation somewhat on-site, so if you’re passionate about learning, a guided tour is the way to go.
3. The Palatine Hill
This is now the third attraction included in the price of a Colosseum ticket.
According to legend, the city of Rome was founded by Romulus and Remus on Palatine Hill, one of Rome’s seven hills. They are, as you may remember, the two twins who were discovered then suckled by a wolf in a cave.
You’ll find this cave and the remnants of historical figures’ homes at the summit of Palatine Hill, including Augustus, the very first Roman emperor.
4. Piazza Venezia
Piazza Venezia, one of Rome’s great squares, is located near the Roman Forum, at the other end of Via Dei for imperial. Therefrom, all roads lead to Rome’s most popular tourist destinations! The Monument to Victor Emmanuel II, commonly known as the “Altare Della Patria” or “Vittoriano,” is a massive white marble structure devoted to Italy’s first king, Victor Emmanuel II.
5. La Prosciutteria Trevi offers wines, cheeses, and prosciutto
A visit here is one of the nicest things to do in Rome after a day of sightseeing.
Several of the coolest locations seen during the Withlocals tour was this real tiny deli. Get a glass of wine with one of their cold-cut meat, prosciutto, plus cheese boards, which are accompanied by mountains of olives. It’s a delicious nibbling dish that’s ideal for after a city stroll.
6. Domus Aurea
Emperor Nero’s opulent Domus Aurea, or “Golden House,” was regarded as one of the most spectacular residences of the time and provides a unique view into Rome’s underground. The site is undergoing renovation, but guided visits are available each Saturday and Sunday. A virtual reality tour also is available, which helps to recreate the villa’s previous glory.
7. Rome Opera House
The opera house has lately cooperated on creative shows with a variety of renowned directors & fashion businesses, including Sofia Coppola, Valentino, and Dior. During the summer, performances are conducted al fresco in the evocative Terme di Caracalla, a huge archaeological complex with an open-air pool, saunas, a library, shops.
8. Discover the Pantheon
One of Rome’s most prominent transformed landmarks is this old Roman Temple. The Pantheon, which is now a church, is on this site for 2,000 years. Inside, be sure to check out the amazing domed ceilings.
9. Take in the most spectacular views of Rome
The Orange Garden, also known as Parco Savello, has a spectacular perspective of Rome. We met up with the Withlocals host here to catch a glimpse of the sunset over the city. It’s a fantastic vantage point to appreciate — all I wish we’d packed were some olives and just a cheeky glass of wine!
10. Visit the city’s oldest food market
The old Campo Dei Fiori’s food market is one of its outstanding features. The place is a foodie’s dream come true. It’s a terrific spot to fill up so when hunger pangs strike, with Italian items like truffle oil, fresh pasta, and sauces.
Take the initiative of stopping by Antica Norcineria Viola for some of the city’s famous cured hams. It’s the ideal spot to buy picnic supplies before heading to Parco Savello after twilight.
11. Take a look at the Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain, which was created about 250 years ago, is without a doubt the city’s most iconic fountain. Although it’s difficult to find a ‘sociable’ time whenever the Trevi Fountain is free of tourists, it’s still worth viewing.
12. Campo de Fiori
This square, located in the Parione neighborhood, was once used for racing and executions. It is now home to a bustling street market every day and a popular nightlife destination for young people once the sunsets. It has traditionally been a location to see and be seen, encircled by the palaces of medieval nobles.
Despite its appeal to tourists, Trastevere’s small lanes hold several of the most photographed washing in the world, as the region is still primarily domestic. The picturesque Piazza Santa Maria di Trastevere is at its core, where tourists and locals mix day and night.
14. Tiber Island
Tiber Island is a site cloaked in myth and mystery. The Ponto Rotto, or shattered bridge, connects it to the river’s banks. The island, which is shaped like a Roman vessel, once housed a tiny fort and has historically been associated with healing. Its spring is claimed to have healing water that was believed to be useful during medieval epidemics.
15. Spanish Steps
It is also recommended that you take a detour towards the world-famous Spanish Steps. This is one of Rome’s most prominent tourist sites and a sought-after photo location. This 18th-century 135-step staircase is located at the foot of the “Trinità dei Monti” church, which also offers a spectacular perspective of Rome. Piazza di Spagna and also the Bernini fountain are both worth visiting at the bottom of the Spanish Steps.
16. Circus Maximus
The Circus Maximus, when chariot races were performed regularly, was massive and the greatest stadium in the ancient world, although there isn’t a lot to go above ground today. This could seat 250,000 people at its peak, which represented a fourth of the old city’s population. The original railway can still be seen today in the grassy area.
17. Quirinale Palace
A succession of ornately decorated apartments, courtyards, stairs, and chapels can be seen within the palace’s main section. The palace may be toured by a guide, and various exhibitions illustrate its history and use. With various plants, trees, floral displays, and water elements, the Quirinale gardens also are regarded as attractive.
18. Ponte Sant Angelo
This spans the Tiber and creates a route between the Castel Sant’Angelo and the river’s near side. This symmetrical bridge, which opens straight from the front of the castle, is regarded as one of Rome’s most attractive and decorative bridges.
The bridge, which has a travertine marble façade, shines out against the Tiber’s occasionally murky colors and provides some wonderful shooting opportunities.
19. Visit the churches of Rome
As I previously stated, the Trinità dei Monti church, which is located at the top of the Piazza di Spagna stairs, provides a spectacular view of the city. It is one of Rome’s most well-known churches because of its position.
20. In Rome, find the tastiest ice cream
You could imagine our joy when our Withlocals trip taught us the best tips for spotting good, real Italian gelato, that we want to spread like a gospel of gelato!