Are you planning a holiday in the Eternal City? Searching for the best attractions in Rome? There is no shortage of fascinating places to explore and great things to do in this ancient city! This city was the most important city in the world for more than 2000 years, and it is still one of the most popular destinations for tourists today.
The list of Rome attractions is very long and this can be quite overwhelming for any first time visitor – where to go, what to see, in just a few days time? That’s why we advise to carefully plan your holiday itinerary. To help you with that, we’ve produced more than 28 video guides with great tips on visiting Rome. Our videos include special sightseeing guides for the Vatican and the Colosseum, how to visit Rome with Kids, Nightlife attractions and many more. If you are looking for special tips on how to plan your Roman vacation, you’ve come to the right place! To give you a first idea about what you can expect, here are our top tips about the best attractions in Rome:
Top Rome attractions
Visiting Vatican City: It is the smallest country in the world, and the biggest attraction in the city. Every first time visitor in Rome is planning to visit this place, this is why you should follow couple of simple rules and avoid the very long queues at the entrance of the museum. There are 11 museums in Vatican city, and each one of them can easily take a day to tour. Therefore it’s important to plan where you want to go inside the Vatican, so you will not miss the essentials! Dedicate a minimum of 4 hours for a brief visit, or a full day, if you are passionate about art and culture.
So let’s start with avoiding the long lines for the Vatican attractions: the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Raphael Rooms… There are 3 ways to do it – First you can purchase in advance a skip the line ticket. This will cost a bit more than a regular ticket, but we think it’s worth the extra costs if it helps you save 1-2 hours on your precious vacation. Another great way to avoid the long line is to book a guided tour. There are several tours on offer, so be sure to book a tour from a professional and trustworthy company or tour guide. Finally, if you are really passionate about visiting the Vatican why not visit it before or after regular visiting hours? This tour costs more than the regular tours, but it gives you the amazing opportunity to explore the huge corridors of the Vatican museum, and the famous Sistine chapel while it is empty.
Next, let’s talk about the dress code for the Sistine Chapel and the St. Peter’s Basilica. To avoid disappointment be sure to cover your knees and elbows. Women should also bring a shawl with them. Just in case… You should also pack light – if you are travelling to Rome with a backpack leave it somewhere else, as security around the Vatican is very serious and it will take you longer to go in.
You see we’re just getting started. There is so much more to see in Rome except for the Vatican City. Make sure you don’t miss other Rome attractions such as the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the century old ruins of the Roman Forum, the wonderful Capitoline Museums, the city’s many beautiful churches, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, the famous Trevi Fountain, and of course don’t forget the delicious food and wines that you can enjoy here on almost every piazza!
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