Italy and Greece being acknowledged as the home of Western culture, and Rome as the capital of Italy, the city is just overflowing with history, character and culture. Rome is almost casual about its history, you will probably just randomly stumble across more beautiful old buildings, sculptures, obelisks, churches and fountains than you would find in any one city anywhere else. And that’s before you get serious about seeing the sites! The biggest challenge in Rome is that it is a big city and there is so much to see and never enough time, so choose wisely. I would recommend a few days of your to do list and then a day or two just wandering around as you will experience the city better that way!
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Top things to do
It is hard to give a “to do list” in Rome, but my favourites are: the Coliseum during the day and at night time, it just feels different. Go to the Roman Forum and see the city layout and image what it was like in the time of Julius Cesar and the Roman Empire. I would recommend for the Forum as it adds to the experience. The Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain (toss coins over your shoulder into the fountain to ensure a return visit) should also be on everyone´s list. And then in Vatican City, I would aim for St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums where you will see amazing art, sculptures and tapestry on show. If you have time, the Vatican Gardens are really beautiful but are by tour only and it must be book one day before. And time permitting, get out of the city to the Catacombs which are really interesting.
For trips close to the city, drive out to Tivoli (30km) which is home to the villa and has the most amazing gardens and almost four hundred fountains. You could also drive to the ruins of Hadrian’s Villa and the quarries of Travertine marble which was used for the important buildings in Rome. To see Rome´s wine country, drive outside the city and you can take in Castlegandolfo, Nemi and Frascati, enjoy a great lunch and even organize a wine tour. Another day could be spent visiting the ruins of Ostia, the excavations of Rome’s ancient port-city and the Castle of Pope Julius II. Or if you would like to venture a little further away, then you could do day trips to any of the following (within a 3 hour drive); Florence, Umbria, Pompeii and Sorrento, however, if you are looking to go to any of these and you can spare an overnight, I would highly recommend it.