Top things to do when visiting Rome
Rome was only our second trip together in March 2016, but it is somewhere both of us always say we would love to go back to! With only 2 nights there, we managed to squeeze in a lot of sights and our step count was HUGE but still there is plenty we feel we didn’t get a chance to do. Here is our guide to the top 5 things we did whilst there.
1. The Colosseum
Almost everybody in the world has seen photos of and heard about the Colosseum, but you just cannot explain how breath-taking it actually is seeing it in person. We found ourselves thinking how did people actually build this?! And so long ago too! The architecture is utterly stunning.
We pre booked our tickets online which we would highly recommend as it was very busy. Our tickets took us into the colosseum and the grounds, however, there is plenty of it to see from the outside too. But for the overall experience, we would recommend getting the tickets to go inside and explore it properly.
We spent a couple of hours wondering around, checking out the ruins and basically just taking it all in and thinking about what actually went on in there all of those years ago, it’s fascinating!
For us, one thing we wish we did was to go back there at night, we have seen images of it in the dark with all of the lights and it’s something we wish we could have seen, so if you get the chance, try it in the dark too!
2. The Vatican Museums
The Vatican Museum is one of the most stunning, beautiful, out of this world things we have EVER done. There are no words to explain, you just have to experience it.
The super long corridors full of floor to ceiling incredible art was just way more than we expected it to be. We were extremely taken back by it all and spent hours in awe of it! We also got some of our favourite pics ever in here, you could just take millions of photos of all the art, every step you take is just picture perfect!
Again, we pre booked tickets, which we highly recommend. We got there for opening and there were still huge queues to get in.
3. St Peter’s Basilica
Walking up the stairs from the underground tombs of historic popes and stepping out into the basilica was yet another breath-taking sight to see. We just did not expect to step out into something so unbelievable! The sheer scale of the room, the decoration, the architecture, just everything is enough to make you feel very privileged to be there.
We walked from the Vatican Museum into the Basilica so no pre bookings for tickets were needed.
4. The Trevi Fountain
We were lucky enough to visit the fountain just as it had reopened after being restored. No need to book tickets for this although it is very busy and hard to squeeze in through the crowds to get a photo. Be wary of some of the people asking for your phone to take a photo of you, they’ll expect a small fortune!
Be sure to throw a coin in over your right shoulder and make a wish.
There are some amazing gelateria’s around the fountain, if you’re a Nutella fan make sure you try the Nutella Ice Cream .. SO DELICIOUS!
5. Altare Della Patria (Alter of the Fatherland) in Piazza Venezia
This was a hidden gem for us and something we didn’t discover until we arrived in Rome. The monument is free to enter, but pay €7 per adult and ride the panoramic lift to the top of the structure for 360-degree views of Rome! By far one of our favourite things we did and one that we’re SO happy we didn’t miss out on.
It’s amazing to get away from the hustle of the streets below and see the city in a completely different way.
There are a fair few stairs to climb before you get to the lift. The views are worth it!
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