Packed with romance, culture, and of course, pizza, here’s our pick of the best things to do in Rome. With its ancient landmarks, rich history and delicious Italian food, Rome is a Mediterranean gem you can’t afford to miss.
Places to go
There’s no shortage of ancient landmarks to explore in Rome, but why not start with the most popular? Rome’s Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre in the world and the city’s most recognisable building. Built in AD80, it was designed to hold 55,000 spectators who came to watch gladiators fight to the death. Stop off outside the entrance to have your photo taken with a ‘real’ Roman gladiator.
From there, it’s on to the Pantheon, then the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Legend says that if you turn your back to the fountain and throw a coin over your shoulder into the water, you’ll return to Rome someday. The Spanish steps is a popular meeting point for Rome’s youngsters but it’s also a great photo opportunity, packed with activity day and night.
One of the most popular Rome attractions is the Vatican City, but make sure you’re dressed appropriately for your visit. Wear longer trousers or skirts and ensure your shoulders are covered, or you could be turned away when visiting St Peter’s Basilica (or any church in the city). Tour the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s to see amazing artwork by Michelangelo, then take the 500 steps to the top of the Dome for fantastic views of Rome.
Places to visit
Rome is known for its food, and Rome city breaks aren’t complete without a trip to a pizzeria, followed by some gelato (ice cream). You’ll find plenty of pizza joints across the city, but for the most authentic experience (thin crusted, crunchy and with a thin layer of toppings), pick up pizza by the slice at a bakery or pizzeria al taglio, where you can also try dishes like pepper roasted chicken and potato croquettes.
One of the best things to do in Rome is scouring the city’s markets for bargains. You’ll find plenty of markets to choose from, whether you’re looking for antiques and vintage clothing, local produce or souvenirs for friends and family. Monti’s Vintage Market on Via Leonina has a live DJ and sells everything from handcrafted jewellery to vintage cameras and clothing made by local designers. It’s a great place to pick up a unique souvenir of your trip, and is open every weekend.
With so much going on in The Eternal City, city breaks to Rome almost always involve a repeat visit. You’ll find so many things to do in Rome that you’ll never be bored, no matter how many times you find your way back. If you need a break from the hustle and bustle, authentic Italian food like pizza, pasta and ice cream will ensure you’re refuelled and ready to explore all this fascinating city has to offer.