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8 Best Things to Do in Rome

A couple taking in the beauty of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy.

8 Best Things to Do in Rome

It’s no surprise that Rome is one of the most visited destinations in the entire world. Millions of tourists flock here each year to see this magnificent city for themselves. Famous for its historical, cultural, and religious importance, Rome is also known for its  great pizza, pasta, gelato and wine.

A couple embracing in front of Trevi Fountain.

Things To Do In Rome

For anyone who loves to travel, Rome will almost certainly rank highly as a bucket list destination. It goes without saying that trying the delicious local food and drink is a high priority when visiting, but aside from that here is our list of the very best things to do in Rome.

8 Best Things To Do In Rome

1. Colosseum

A couple captivated by the iconic Colosseum in Rome, representing their awe for its historical and cultural significance.

It’s probably no shock to anyone that the Colosseum is the first thing on the list! Built nearly 2,000 years ago, it’s incredible that this Roman amphitheater is still standing.

The colosseum made the prestigious list of the new 7 Wonders of the World, and rightly so we think! We walked right up to it and did a lap around the whole oval. You can also buy tickets to go inside, although it can be quite expensive.

2. St. Peter’s Square – See the Basilica

St. Peters square in The Vatican City, a stunning city adorned with magnificent buildings and the basilica.

While in Rome, you must visit the smallest country in the world! Yes, Vatican City is actually an independent city state. But don’t worry, there’s no long lines at border control, you can just walk straight in.

It’s free to visit St. Peter’s Square where you can see the famous Basilica.

3. Sistine Chapel & Vatican Museums

The inside of the Vatican, adorned with walls of gold and white, showcases a divine ambiance.

An essential visit while in the Vatican is the Sistine Chapel. It’s home to the incredible ceiling painted by Michelangelo. It’s part of a larger complex of museums with a lot of art and sculptures to see.

Like a lot of the things to do in Rome, it does get very busy as you can imagine. So, it’s better to get here early and beat the rush. We’d recommend spending a few hours here and then it should be time for lunch! There are many restaurants and cafes near the Vatican with seating in the street.

4. The Pantheon

A woman standing in front of the Pantheon in Rome, with an obelisk in the background.

The Pantheon started life as a Roman temple, but was converted to a Catholic church centuries later. It’s a very important building because it’s one of the most preserved structures from Ancient Rome.

The interior features an impressive domed roof with a hole in the middle to allow light in. Good job it doesn’t rain too much in Rome! But even when it does, there are drains to keep the floor inside relatively dry.

5. Trevi Fountain

A woman standing in front of the famous Trevi Fountain in Rome - a renowned Baroque masterpiece.

Trevi Fountain is possibly the most famous fountain in the world. It’s beautifully intricate and carved from gleaming white stone.

The custom is to face away from the fountain and throw a coin over your left shoulder using your right hand. Don’t forget to make a wish!

Trivia: Can you believe they collect over €1 million a year from the fountain?! All the money goes to a good cause, subsidizing the food for Rome’s impoverished people.

6. Roman Forum

An iconic landmark of ancient Rome - the Forum - stands tall amidst the bustling cityscape.
The Roman Forum at sunset - a stunning view of ancient ruins bathed in warm, golden light.

The Roman Forum served as the political center for the Roman Empire. There are many ruins still standing or at least partially standing.

Tickets for the Colosseum include entry to the Forum as well. However, if you’re on a tight budget then you should definitely still go to see the ruins from outside. You can get a great view from the road to the North – Via dei Fori Imperiali.

7. Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

After St. Peter’s, this is probably the next best Basilica in all of Rome. It’s impressive from the outside, but it’s real beauty is the interior.

It features two incredible domed ceilings, statues and tons of artwork. The best part is it’s completely free to enter, but you can leave a donation if you want.

8. Altare della Patria – Altar of the Fatherland

An Italian flag in front of Victor Emmanuel II Monument at Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) in Rome.

The Altare della Patria is an enormous national monument in honor of modern-day Italy’s first king – Victor Emmanuel II.

You can admire most of the monument for free. There are fountains, statues (including the main one of the king), huge steps and terraces. You can also pay €7 to ride an elevator up to the terrace at the very top of the monument. It boasts an incredible panoramic view over Rome and many of the important landmarks.

Rome FAQs

Can I do Rome in 3 days?

While it’s challenging to see everything, 3 days in Rome allows you to explore major attractions like the Colosseum, Vatican, and historic sites.

What is Rome famous for?

Rome is renowned for its ancient history, iconic landmarks like the Colosseum and Vatican, delicious cuisine, and rich art and culture.

What food is Rome known for?

Rome is famous for dishes like pasta carbonara, cacio e pepe, and Roman-style pizza. Gelato and espresso are popular for dessert and coffee.

What is the most famous thing in Rome?

The Colosseum, an ancient amphitheater, is one of Rome’s most iconic and famous attractions, symbolizing its rich history.

Is the Colosseum free?

The Colosseum is not free, but it’s accessible with a ticket. Some passes include access to multiple attractions, providing better value.

What not to miss when visiting Rome?

Don’t miss the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, and Pantheon, among other historic and cultural treasures.

Is it safe in Rome?

Rome is generally safe for tourists. Be cautious of pickpocketing and take usual safety precautions to ensure a trouble-free visit.

When is the best time to visit Rome?

The best time to visit Rome is in spring (April to June) or autumn (September to October) when the weather is pleasant, and the crowds are manageable.

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