Visiting the ancient city of Rome? They say that one trip will not be enough, but we can sum down the things you should definitely not miss. If you ask us, here’s some of the best things to do in Rome:
For the ultimate ancient Roman experience, you can see the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine, all located close to each other, and all in one ticket. The Colosseum is a monument to Roman engineering, dating from the 1st century AD, and just by looking at it you can feel the awe it inspired in visitors and performers alike. The Roman Forum was mostly dismantled over the years, but still some of it remains, and what remains should be seen. The Palatine Hill is the site of the settlement that later became Rome, and where according to legend Romulus lived, and killed his brother Remus.
The Ultimate Rome Things to do – Travel Guide
Between the coffee, the pizza and the ice cream, there is also plenty of Renaissance art works to enjoy in Rome. When you go to the Vatican, remember that the Vatican Museum can take a whole day and even more than that to see all that it has to offer. Be sure not to miss the famous Sistine Chapel, where the ceiling was painted by one of the Renaissance Era’s greatest artists, Michelangelo. Don’t forget to pre-book your tickets in advance, so that you can skip the lines and save precious time and energy!
One of the top things to do in the city is a visit to St. Peter’s or Saint Peter’s Basilica, Italy’s largest and richest church located in the Vatican. It was first built in the 4th century, but fell into disrepair until mid-15th century, when it was renovated by the greatest Italian artists and architects, and it is now one of the busiest tourist attractions in the city. As with most churches in Europe, this one is still active, so remember that shorts, short skirts and bare shoulders are not allowed!
Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! With some 12,000 rooms spanning nearly 4,000 years of history, the Vatican’s magnificent museum complex can be overwhelming, so let an expert guide introduce you to its defining highlights on this 3-hour tour. Visit Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and more, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s fresco ‘The Creation of Adam.’ Finish with a St Peter’s Basilica tour and hear the secrets of the holiest place in Christendom. Choose from four different start times or upgrade to a small-group tour (12 people maximum). Skip the long lines for St. Peter’s Basilica with special access directly from the Sistine Chapel.
Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines.
Leave the crowds behind and head straight inside the Colosseum with your skip-the-line entrance ticket! In a group of no more than 25 people, explore the first and second tiers of this A-list attraction with a guide, learning about the gladiators who competed in the Colosseum’s gory gladiatorial games. Finish with a tour of the Roman Forum in Ancient Rome and admire incredible ruins, like the Temple of Julius Caesar.
If you want to see the Colosseum Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier, then upgrade! – These areas that are either newly opened or normally off-limits.
See the Vatican as VIPs do – with this once-in-a-lifetime private Sistine Chapel viewing and tour of the Vatican Museum's secret rooms. This exclusive gives you unprecedented VIP access to the magnificent rooms that are usually off-limits to the public, allowing you to see a side of the Vatican that most never will. Be awed by secret rooms like the Niccoline Chapel and the Room of Gold, and see sights like Raphael’s Rooms.
Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines. End your tour with an after-hours private viewing of the Sistine Chapel, empty except for your group (average 15 people) and guide. Michelangelo's fresco in the Sistine Chapel – including The Creation of Adam – is considered the most influential fresco in the history of Western art. See it with no crowds, linger over every detail, and earn one-of-a-kind bragging rights for the rest of your life!
Hike up Mount Vesuvius and then explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii on a must-do day trip from Rome! Going at a steady pace, the hike includes a walk on the ridge of Italy’s famously feisty volcano, allowing incredible views down into the crater itself. After a pizza lunch in Naples, head to Pompeii to see the havoc that Mount Vesuvius reaped on it in AD 79. Tour the UNESCO-listed excavations, seeing fossils and well-preserved ruins while hearing the horrors that befell this intriguing ancient city.
Mount Vesuvius is inaccessible from November 1, till March 8. During these months, your volcano hike is replaced with a tour of the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii.
Visit the chic island of Capri on a day trip from Rome, led by an expert local guide! After traveling from Rome to Naples, cross over to the gorgeous island to see its highlights. Hop aboard a boat to the Blue Grotto if you wish, and enjoy a relaxing lunch in the hilltop village of Anacapri. Explore Capri’s main town at leisure, and then leave the island for your journey back to Rome.