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7 Awesome Things to Do in Rome

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A full week wouldn’t be enough to see all the famous attractions of Rome, taste the mouthwatering Italian cuisine and enjoying a cup of espresso in this one of the most popular capitals in the world. Are you ready to find out the Awesome Things to Do in Rome?

Rome is undeniably stunning, from its rich ancient culture, must try pizzas and coffees or just experiencing a touch of Europe. This city definitely deserves a place on your bucket list.

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1. Experience the historic places like Colosseo, Roman Foro and Palatino

These are the top attractions you shouldn’t miss when you visit Rome. When I was in these places, I was speechless how gorgeous these are.  Located just 5 minute walk from Piazza Venezia, these amazing ancient infrastructure will greet you hello and leave your jaw dropped.

Travel Tips to Italy and FranceStanding atop of Palatine while overlooking Roma Foro and Colosseo

How to get there: Wherever in Rome you will be staying, this is easy to find, because most of the busses stop very close here. Get off at Piazza Venezia and take the left road (facing the Altare della Patria).

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2. Get on to your food porn mode and try the real Italian Cuisine

Who doesn’t like pizza? Pasta? Ice cream? Or coffee? There’s no way that you will leave Italy without trying these remarkably Italian dishes. I had pizza two days in a row and I couldn’t get enough of it, even the simplest toppings of pizza will satisfy you.

Gelato in Rome

Satisfying gelato

Where to get these foods: Pizza restaurant are in every corner of the city. You wouldn’t have to take long walks and stand long ques to have your most awaited food. Any restaurant will offer your dream pasta dish, satisfying gelato and hot espresso.

3. Shopping along Via Del Corso

I love this street; it has all boutiques you will ask for. From cheapest to high end brands will be found in this heaven-like road. I stopped in one store and bought a beautiful summer dress for only 7€. In this city, discounts are real deal. When it said 70% off, you got 70% off. Don’t be afraid buying local shoe brand. Italian loves fashion as much as you do, expect great designs and good quality from any store!

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How to get there: It is right behind the Piazza Venezia, if you’re facing the Altare della Patria, take the street behind you. The name of the street can easily be found around the corners, or else, ask anyone. You wouldn’t get lost.

4. Be stunned with the beauty of St. Peter’s Basilica and Vatican Museums

Catholic or not, this place should be on your bucket list. This fascinating church is no ordinary one. It also serves as a museum where they kept all the magnificent history of Catholicism. The queue is unbelievably long; nevertheless, the charming it offers is priceless.

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St. Peter’s Basilica

How to get there: Option of busses that stop right in front of the Church is wide, depending where you will be coming from. I took bus 126, it drove for 4-5 minutes from the center without traffic.

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5. Throw a coin in Trevi Fountain and make a wish

This legend is very famous. It’s never proven truth but the tradition is still alive. There are three reasons why people threw a coin here, first is to ensure that you will be back in Rome. Second is to ensure a new romance and the third is the for marriage. Remember to stand having your back against the fountain then throwing the coin over your right shoulder.

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Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain by night

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How to get there: Most people will just take a walk to reach this attraction. If you are walking through Via del Corso, you can easily see a sign stating Fontana di Trevi, turn right to that small street and follow the tourist.

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6. Take a walk in Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna and Pantheon

I had hard time to find these attractions in Rome, but it’s all worth the long walk. Standing atop of Piazza di Spagna will give you the overview of the city. From here you will see plenty of domes, maybe will give you some confusion which is which. Walk down to the Spanish steps and taking a break from a warm day with the other tourist is terrific. Whilst Pantheon is one of a kind for its open ceiling, this Church is pretty interesting because this is one of the oldest domes around Rome.

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Travel Tips to Italy and FranceSitting in Spanish Steps

How to get there: Still, strolling through Via Del Corso, take right to Via dei Condotti, at the end of the street you will find the Spanish Steps and Piazza di Spagna. While Pantheon is on the left side along Via della Rotona.

7. Take the Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing bus

This is a convenient way to go around Rome. This bus is especially designed for tourism purposes. The bus will comfortably can take you to the most tourist attraction around the city. You can just hop in and off whenever and wherever you want. With multi-lingual tour guide explaining each attraction, your journey will be at ease. The bus drives often, you don’t have to worry about getting stuck in one place.

How to get this: You can freely buy the ticket in the Termini or any other small kiosk around the city. You have the option between 24 – 48 or 72 hours validation of your ticket with starting price of 25€.

This city has a lot to offer there are so many things to do in Rome, I would suggest take at least two weeks to fully enjoy the city. It will also give you time to just relax instead of running around every day. I will definitely coming back to this city and eat more ice cream.

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Blue Hostel

The rooms at this hostel are traditionally decorated, comfortable, and give off a cozy ambiance for guests to relax. It’s in a former convent building from the 17th century, the rooms are designer and guests can enjoy a quiet stay, making this one of the best hostels for romantic couples in Europe. Truly one of the best and well recommended budget accommodation in Rome.

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The Yellow

The Yellow is an excellent accommodation with clean shower facilities, good common area, perfect for solo travelers. Perfect location, withing walking distance from the city attractions, great and kind staff. Truly one of the best and well recommended budget accommodation in Rome.

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Recommended Luxury Accommodation in Rome

Portrait Roma

Inspired by the Rome’s luxury in the 50’s, Portrait Roma gives a majestic ambiance to all guests through its grand bedrooms, superb bathrooms, amusing living rooms and cliquey kitchen area.  Romans’ hospitality will highly be felt and every meal will surely be as h as what all guests deserve to experience in one of the best luxury hotels in Italy. Truly one of the best and well recommended luxury accommodation in Rome.

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Artemide Hotel

Artemide Hotel serves as an ancient window to the Sky, giving exclusive and personalized treatments. The hotel’s stained-glass skylight describes the Rome’s vibrant atmosphere, inviting an exploration of a glorious history. It is just stones away from the Coliseum, Roman Forum and tourist’s hotspots. Truly one of the best and well recommended luxury accommodation in Rome.

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Comments 72

  1. I’m surely gonna visit Rome, visit the Colosseo, Roman Foro and throw a coin in Trevi Fountain and make a wish to travel the world.

  2. Italy is one of my ultimate dream destinations and hopefully one day I get to visit everything mentioned here. I’d love to see the popular sites but also visit the hidden gems.

  3. Oh my gosh you just brought back memories from my trip to Rome. We did everything but the hop on hop off tour as we like to walk and explore the city when we travel. Beautiful photos 🙂

  4. I visited Rome a long time ago, when I was a kid,so I don’t really remember the places. I am so impressed of the scenery in the pictures it makes me wanna book a flight right now!

  5. Rome, one of the wonderful cities in the world. I visited sometimes ago, and seeing and reading your post bring me back to the city.

  6. This is definitely a post I will bookmark since I always wanted to visit Rome and I will soon. Beautiful pictures, that dessert looks yummy

  7. Ahh reading this post hungry is not fair! Italian food is my favourite and your pictures are making me hungry! haha but seriously Rome is a city I’ve always wanted to visit so I’ll definitely be bookmarking this post to re-read before I visit!

    1. oh, Thank you so much Freya 🙂 haha! Italian food are the Best! Looking forward to your future visit in Rome 🙂

  8. That dessert with Stick-o at #2 looks good! They have beautiful sights. I would like to visit this place someday.

  9. Ooooo I would love to visit Rome one day!!!! I’m just loving all of your photos. Hopefully I make it there one day!

  10. Wow! Thanks for reviving the memories I had developed when I was in Rome. I have done all of this but would love to visit the city again.

  11. You did cover the most of the things to do in Rome for a first visit. You need a lot of time to explore the whole Rome, I have been there 7 years in a row and still didn’t manage to see it all. 🙂

  12. It is always amazing to see the simplicity of real Italian pizza and just totally engross oneself into the Italian landscape and culture.?

  13. If I go to Rome, first thing I do is to try authentic Italian cuisine. The places you’ve shown in photos look crowded with people as expected of tourist spots. Hoping to visit Italy too 🙂

  14. My parents went here for their 25th anniversary and loved it. I have always wanted to go, definitely on my bucket list!

  15. My family is Italian and Rome is an item on my bucket list. I am going to save this list for when I am able to travel there. Thank you!

  16. that is one of the top places I want to go to on my travel bucket list! looks so beautiful, with great views of landscape, buildings, and history dating from far back… love it!

  17. It would be my dream to go to Italy one day, I have always wanted to visit the museums and experience the amazing culture and food! So exciting!

  18. I absolutely love Rome, I have been there so many times that I can’t count anymore. I wouldn’t really shop on via del Corso as it is really, really expensive. I would replace this on your list with a visit to Trastevere, for a quiet, local Rome, away from the crows of tourists and with plenty of really delicious restaurants to try out. 🙂

  19. I really don’t understand when some people say things like “Rome is not really my scene”. How can beauty not be your scene? It’s so nice there and so much to see. Plus the food is so delicious, I could gain a million pounds if I lived there.

    1. Can’d agree enough Adina! It is true that it’s quite touristic now and this might set other people off, nevertheless I loved that place! And the food? O M G!

  20. I’m so glad I came across this, my mum and aunt are visiting Rome in October so I will need to show them your post. Very informative and your pictures are great!

  21. Rome is so amazing! Our visit was just 12 hours during a cruise stop and we squeezed all of this in – talk about a whirlwind!

  22. Rome is such a cool combination of past and present……..Rome always has to be one of the must-visit travel destinations in Europe…….although there are so many wonderful and exciting things to do and see in this glorious city in Italy, these 7 awesome things stand out and one have to do these activities to have best out of his or her Rome trip…

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