Rome is a beautiful city and one with plenty of history, as they say when in Rome do as the Romans do. We spent (4) four days in Rome in 2010 and that was more than enough time to see the main sights and attractions.
The first attraction we wanted to check out was the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. All three were included in the ticket price and we’d recommended pre-booking your tickets to avoid the long queues.
The Colosseum is a large amphitheatre and the largest ever built in the Roman Empire, dating back to 80AD. In its hay day it seated up to 50,000 spectators and was used for gladiator contests and other events. Nowadays it’s partially ruined but still standing. The Palatine Hill is one of the seven Hills of Rome and is one of the most ancient parts of the city. It stands above the Roman Forum. We had a guided tour of all three parts which was great to hear all about the Roman history. Click on the following link to book Colosseum tickets and more information.
The next day, we visited the Vatican and upon arrival we we’re greeted by the longest queue we’ve ever seen, thankfully we had pre-booked tickets and walked straight to the front of the line. We booked tickets through viator.com, click on the following link for more information Vatican tours. We’ve had friends who have queued for up to 3 hours and in the summer it can get up to 35 degrees, so totally worth pre-booking. We opted for a guided tour and our tickets also included the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.
What is the Vatican? “The Vatican (Vatican City) is a separate state located within the city of Rome. It serves as the religious and administrative centre of the Roman Catholic Church. It is recognized as its own country and one of the smallest sovereign states in Europe.” (Wikapedia)
Other recommended places to visit :
Trevi Fountain, one of the most famous water fountains in the world, a traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome.
The Spanish steps – 138 steps and the widest staircase in Europe. The Trinità dei Monti church sits at the top.
Two things you must have when in Rome, the pizza’s and gelato (ice cream). You’ll be spoilt for choice when looking for a place to dine but we’d recommend avoiding the tourist spots and finding somewhere a little more remote. You’ll find things a more expensive in the busy tourist areas, for instance around the Trevi Fountain is very expensive. A friend of ours swears that the Gelateria del Teatro off Via del Coronari (near Piazza Navona) is the best Gelato in Rome.
When choosing somewhere to stay, be sure to cross check a number of reviews before booking, make sure it’s in a good location and somewhat close to public transport. Our hotel was not the best and we tried not to let that spoil our holiday, if you’re interested in reading our hotel review click on the following link, Hotel Romanico Palace.
Points to highlight:
Check out the Roma pass when visiting Rome, we didn’t but wish we had. It provides free and direct entry to the first two museums or archaeological sites visited, the choice is yours. It also includes reduced ticket prices to a number of other places, click on the following link for more information, Roma Pass.
Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Would you recommend your tour: N/A Self planned
Would you recommend your hotel/hostel: No – Hotel Romanico Palace
Overall rating destination: 4 out of 5
By: Nick & Jackie