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Ten things to do in Rome Italy,

Rome, one of the most if not the most iconic cities in Europe, and the world. Rome is filled with history, attractions and if I may say even better food.

Here we will explore the top Ten things to do in Rome, Italy, from visiting some of the most iconic attractions in Rome, to what to eat and most importantly where in this European tourist mecca, so let us dive into 10 Things to do in Rome.

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Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Rome colosseum in a paint format

Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill are the of the most iconic attractions that you can visit in Rome, they are also places where most of the tourists will be when visiting Rome.

Palatine Hill is where Rome was founded in 753 BC and where the famous Romul and Rem story was born. But the more important part is that it is located on the centermost of the Seven Hills of Rome, so it offers excellent views of the city.

Roman Forum is one of the most impressive architectural structures ever built next to the Colosseum, but the Roman Forum is better known to be the main square of ancient Rome and currently is full of ancient ruins.

All of those three attractions are next to one another so you can “easily” check them all out, but I would highly recommend that you book a tour so you can skip the big lines and just visiting and learn everything in no time.

Pantheon

People standing in front of Pantheon in Rome

Pantheon is one of the most beautiful and interesting structures in Rome, this 2000-year old temple is the best presvered structure from ancient Rome, and surely one of the most impressive ones, especially when going inside.

Entrance to Pantheon is free, but in 99% of the time, it is crowded and very hard to go inside.

Explore Vatican City

People walking to Vatican City

No trip to Rome is without visiting the Vatican city, one of the most influential cities and attractions that you can visit in the world.

Vatican city is fairly small but there are number of things that you can visit.

The Vatican Museum and The Sistine chapel are next to one another and can be visited with a single ticket that costs around 17 Euros (around dollars) + 4 Euros (dollars ) if you buy online here. (which I highly recommend) Or you can have a professional tour guide like I did which was worth every penny.

Sunset view of Saint peters basilica in Vatican city

St. Peter’s Square is the most famous squares in the world. This is the place where the Pope addresses the people and where it gets really crowded at any time of the day because people are praying and looking at this grand square.

St. Peter’s Basilica is the largest church in the world. The entrance is free, but if you wish to skip the line you can pay extra or you can take a tour guide and learn everything about St. Peter’s Basilica.

Gianicolo Hill

If you like looking at the city from a high viewpoint, then Gianicolo Hill is for you, the second-highest point in the whole city, Gianicolo Hill offers an amazing view of the whole city and most of the major attractions that you can visit on foot.

Eat local cuisine

Eating lasagne in Rome

As you may already know Italian’s have some of the best cuisine in the world, Pizza, Lasagne, anything that can be mixed with Pasta, and some of the best desserts in the whole of Europe we can do this until the end of time.

But even so not all restaurants have the best food, fresh ingredients, and that authentic Italian feel, that is why here is the list of some of the best restaurants that you can visit in Rome:

  • Armando al Pantheon
  • La Gatta Mangiona
  • Tavernaccia Da Bruno
  • Otaleg

Explore all restaurants here.

Drop a coin at Trevi fountain

People taking pictures at Trevi fountain in Rome

Trevi fountain is one of the most popular attractions in Rome, not only due to its beauty but because people think that throwing a coin in the water will give you luck.

Trevi fountain collects around 3,000 Euros worth of coins every day that are thrown from tourists and locals.

Climb up Spanish Steps

People taking pictures at Spanish steps in Rome

Looking to have a romantic time with somebody special?

Spanish steps are one of the most romantic places that you can go to, there you will see a crowd of people just sitting and chatting on the steps relaxing and having a great time.

Piazza Navona

People shopping at city market in Rome

The most famous square next to the Roman Forum, this square is decorated with grand fountains and mansions. Usually, there are artists that offer their paintings for sale, musicians that sing, and people walking around.

Check out Castel Sant'Angelo

River view of Castel Sant Angelo in Rome

Castle Sant’Angelo is an enormous castle that was built as a mausoleum for Roman Emperor Hadrian but later it was reconstructed to be a fortress that protects the Pope.

The castle and its surroundings are massive, but it is mostly famous for its appearance in the James Bond movie Spectre, and other video games.

Visit Altar of the Fatherland

People standing next to Altar of Fatherland in Rome

Altar of the Fatherland is one of the biggest monuments in Rome. Built in honour of Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of a unified Italy, it stands as a must-see attraction.

It is located between Piazza Venezia and Capitoline Hill, with an entrance to the top terrace being free where you can have a 360-degree view of the city, alongside that there are some hidden things that I will not tell you that you can see there if you visit Rome.

Bonus: Cooking class in Rome

We already know that Italy has some of the best food, from pasta to desserts in the world, so why not take a cooking class on how to make some of those dishes so that you can like a true Italian chef make them at home also.

It is a great memory of an amazing trip, and you can also learn something new and interesting.

Eating pizza in Rome
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Hello! I’m Sara, a Croatian native. I’ve traveled all over the world and have knocked out some amazing cities and countries off my bucket list.

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