Ten Things to Do in Rome

Ten Things to Do in Rome
Exploring ancient Rome, wandering around the Vatican and drinking coffee are just some must-do activities when visiting the bustling city of Rome. To really understand this wonderful city, balance your time between sightseeing, soaking up the culture and getting off the beaten track. Rome offers something for every type of traveler. Be sure to pack some comfortable walking shoes; arm yourself with a good map.

The Sistine Chapel

Visit the Sistine Chapel. The chapel was built between 1473 and 1481, and it's home to Michelangelo's famous frescoes. If possible, visit mid-week and during the afternoon to avoid the crowds.

Vatican City
Viale Vaticano
06-69883332
www.vatican.va

St. Peter's Basilica

Climb the dome of St. Peters Basilica for a sweeping view over the city. St. Peter's Basilica is one of the world's largest churches and covers over 22,000 square meters and can hold up to 60,000 people. Works by Michelangelo and Bernini grace the inside.

Piazza San Peitro
06-69881662
www.vatican.va

Pasta and Pizza

Rub elbows with the locals at a typical Roman trattoria or pizzeria. Order some traditional dishes such as spaghetti alla carbonara (pasta with bacon, black pepper and eggs), globe artichokes fried whole in olive oil or the famous crispy pizza.

Gelato

Spoil yourself with gelato. Italian ice cream is creamy, soft and delicious, and a trip to Italy isn't complete without indulging in this decadent desert. When choosing where to enjoy it, look for signs that say 'produzione artiginale' which means 'home-made'. The best gelato in Rome is said to be made at Gelateria San Crispino which is located behind the Trevi Fountain.

Il Gelato di San Crispino
Via della Panetteria, 42
www.ilgelatodisancrispino.it

Coffee

Spend a morning drinking coffee while people watching in one of Rome's many piazzas. Italian coffee is typically made with an espresso machine, and it's highly caffeinated. Be sure not to order a latte. If you do, you'll receive a glass of milk with no coffee!

Trevi Fountain

Join the famous ritual by throwing two coins over your shoulder into the Trevi fountain; one coin ensures your return to Rome. The other makes a wish come true. This baroque masterpiece is a great place to soak up Italian life. It's in the Piazzi di Trevi.

Roman Forum

Wander around the Roman forum; imagine how life used to be in ancient Rome. From the 6th century BC to the 5th century AD, the Forum was the thriving hub of ancient Rome. It consisted of temples, basilicas and markets.

Largo Romolo e Remo
06-39967700
www.capitolium.org

The Colosseum

Walk around the perimeter of the Colosseum to understand the immensity of this huge structure. The Colosseum dates from A.D. 72-80. At the height of the Roman Empire, games were held here almost every other day. Over 65,000 people would attend to watch gladiators fighting to their death. The interior isn't as impressive, but it's still worth a visit.

The Colosseum
Piazzale del Colosseo
Via dei Fiori Imperiali
06-39967700

Tours of Rome

Join an "Angels and Demons" tour of Rome. Discover some of the famous sights you saw on the big screen.

www.angelsanddemons.it/

The Spanish Steps

Shop to your hearts content around The Spanish Steps. All the leading luxury retail stores are here including Armani, Dior, Ferretti, Hermes, Chanel and Versace. It's in the Piazza di Spagna.

Article Written By Alexandra Pallut

Alexandra Pallut is a travel, health and fitness writer based in Steamboat Springs, Colo. She has been writing her way around the world since 2008 and currently works with Ruba.com. Pallut graduated with a degree in English literature and French language from Lancaster University in Great Britain.

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