Wednesday 30 August 2017

Top 10 Things To Do and See In Rome

I have lost count the number of times I've been in Rome. I have probably been there close to 30 times and that's no exaggeration. If this is the first time you've stumbled upon my blog, I have a roman boyfriend so that explains it. 😂 So I guess I am a pretty good tour guide as I've done and seen nearly everything there is to do and see there. However I have not seen it all, Rome is just so big that thankfully I have many more non touristic things to do and see!

If you are planning a trip to Rome here are 10 places you HAVE to put on your itinerary. So we will start with the most obvious one:

Il Colosseo (The Colosseum)

This is by far one of the most special places for me in Rome, I've such amazing memories from here. However would it be weird to say I like the outside more than the inside? You don't have to go inside as it's quite small and extremely busy but if you want the experience then definitely go for it! The outside is just immense, bigger then you could ever imagine. And want to know a secret that you probably didn't know about it? Many many years ago, before you and I were born, the pope at the time took all the Travertino (a type of marble that doesn't tarnish) from the Colosseum and stripped it in order to build St. Peters Basilica in the Vatican! Quite rude right? But imagine how beautiful it was if it's so stunning now!

Fontana di Trevi (The Trevi Fountain)

The Trevi Fountain is also one of my favourite places in Rome, it's beauty stuns me every time I walk by it. I saw it before it was cleaned, when it was closed down and you could walk through it by a small bridge and when it was reopened, where I got so emotional for it's renewed beauty. Yes I got emotional at a fountain but it's a pretty gorgeous fountain! 
TIP: if you want to avoid the crazy crowds, go in the morning or the evening to see it as getting a photo in front of it is quite hard as selfie sticks are everywhere!

Il Vaticano e i musei Vatacani (The Vatican and Vatican Museums)

Yes the Vatican is a country in the heart of Rome, home to the Pope. Here you can explore St. Peters Basilica and the Vatican Museums where the Sistine Chapel also resides. If you were to visit I would suggest keeping your whole day free to see it all. We got in and out in five hours, yes five! There is a lot to see.  However it is definitely well worth is as the beauty of the art is unforgettable.

 Castel Sant'Angelo

Castel Sant'Angelo overlooks the Tiber River in Rome. It was built almost 2,000 years ago during the Roman Empire. Hundreds of years after its creation the Pope claimed it as his own. They then created a secret passage from the Vatican to Castel Sant'Angelo, so during times of attack the Pope could escape. The Popes believed that it was so safe that they kept all of their treasure here. This is something that people wouldn't think about when coming to Rome, I can guarantee you it's possibly one of the most incredible places I've ever visited. When you look out of the top Windows, St. Peter's Basilica greets you. It's just stunning. 

Il Pantheon

This old Roman Temple, turned church, is hidden within the streets of Rome, for when you come upon it you question yourself if it is real. It looks so ancient that the more modern buildings surrounding it makes it look like a painting. One thing that you may not know, inside there is a hole in the ceiling put there for lighting purposes. When rain would enter the slanted floor would allow the water of the rain to flow out the door. Genius architecture!

 Villa Borghese and the boats

This is probably one of my favourite activities to do in Rome. Villa Borghese is the largest park in Rome where this stunning little lake is situated while an ancient temple towers over. You can rent these small little paddle boats for only €3. I've done it twice already and I've had the best time on them! Definitely worth it.

Rent a segway to see all the famous piazzas (Navona, Popolo, Spagna)

If you only have a few days in Rome but intend on seeing a lot, then I would 100% suggest in renting segways. They are so much fun and you can visit all of the main squares in Rome like Piazza del Popolo, Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Navona. When we did it, it cost about €18 each to rent them for two hours and we flew around Rome. 

Altare della Patria

This monument was built for the first king of a unified Italy, Vittorio Emanuele. It is also the home of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier who fought during the First World War. With the Unknown Soldier, there is an eternal flame guarded day and night. The view from the top of this monument is spectacular and you even get an amazing view of the Roman Forum and Colosseum! It costs about €8 to take the lift all the way to the top.

Roman Forum

Visiting the Roman Forum is a must when visiting Rome, it's right beside the Colosseum and Altare della Patria so you can get these three done in only one day! Visit the ruins of ancient Rome and feel what Augustus and Caesar felt when they too walked where you'll walk.

Lungo Tevere in Estate

The Tiber river in Rome completely transforms during the summer months where the main area of the river banks are lined with stalls, pubs, games, and dancing. It really brings even more life to Rome during June, July and August.

I also vlogged my recent trip to Rome, and we also took a day trip to Tivoli! Check it out below:


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