By Lorena Boanda
Rome, Italy’s capital city, is one of the most famous travel destinations. What you will want to do when in Rome, especially if it’s your first time, is to check off the list some of the city’s most popular landmarks and points of interest.
Rome’s most famous ruins
Start off by visiting the mighty Colosseum, probably Rome’s most relevant symbol. Inaugurated somewhere around 80 A.D. and said to have been able to hold up to 80.000 spectators, the structure used to be the center of epic gladiatorial combats and animal fights. Besides its grandeur, the most astonishing fact is that is has remained relatively intact despite centuries of neglect and despite the fact that it has been used as a quarry.
Strolling through the ruins of the Roman Forum is yet another must-do activity in Rome. You don’t have to be passionate about history or architecture to be able to appreciate one of the oldest places from Ancient Rome. Hiring a guide might be extremely beneficial, especially if you want to hear the very interesting stories behind the place.
Enjoy the magnificence of the Spanish Steps and The Pantheon
A visit to Rome without also climbing the Spanish Steps is said to be incomplete and for a good reason. Climb the steps leading to Trinita dei Monti church for an inspiring view of the Piazza di Spagna from atop, one of Rome’s fanciest and most crowded places. It is said that throwing a coin in the Trevi Fountain will ensure that you will someday return to Rome. Whether that is true or not, you should still visit Rome’s most legendary fountain.
Located in the Piazza Della Rotonda in central Rome, The Pantheon is one of Rome’s best preserved Roman buildings. It’s also said to be the only architecturally perfect building in the world. Make sure to walk inside and be amazed at the stunning views offered by its incredible dome.
The Vatican and the surroundings
St. Peter’s Square is another unique tourist attraction. Located at the front of the Vatican state (Rome holds a small country within a country), the place is sure to leave any unsuspecting wonderer or tourist in complete awe. Slowly take-in the enormity of the square, its central obelisk, and the incredible architecture of the St. Peter’s Basilica. While in the area, also consider visiting the Sistine Chapel, famous for its impressively detailed decorations.
Enjoy a bit of tranquility in Rome
While in Rome, you should also ponder about exploring Trastevere, a very bohemian and romantic place in Rome. It’s home to some very extravagant jewelry, perfume, and handicrafts boutiques, and also to charming cobblestone streets and beautifully ornate buildings.
If you want to get a feel for the typical daily lives of the people who live in the city, then visiting the Market at Campo de’ Fiori is a must. Immerse yourself in the local culture by watching people go about their day or by buying some fresh produce for a picnic. If you’re more of a panorama type of person, then consider climbing the Gianicolo Hill for a stunning view of the city and all of its amazing landmarks.
Last but not least, remember that you are in Rome, so make sure to indulge yourself in the local Italian dishes as much as you can. Also, don’t forget to try some of Italy’s lovely wines, and, of course, don’t forget about the mandatory, daily espresso shot.
Finally, probably the best advice of them all: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”