The vibrant and historic Italian city of Rome is on most people’s bucket list. Being less than a three-hour flight from the UK it’s also easily accessible to UK tourists. With so much to see and do from the Vatican City to the Colosseum, it’s a great vacation destination. Here are our top attractions in Rome Italy.
The ultimate symbol of imperial Rome, the Colosseum is an amazing structure. Any trip to Rome is not complete without visiting the biggest amphitheatre in the world. You can really imagine what it was like in the days where gladiators fought and the crowd looked on. Top tip – book in advance to avoid the queues.
The Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain must surely be the worlds most famous fountain. This Baroque fountain is known worldwide and every year tourists throw a coin into the fountain to make a wish, on average 2000 Euros each week! As you know imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and you can find a complete copy of the Trevi Fountain in none other than Las Vegas.
This architectural marvel, a former temple, now a church is a must-see for lovers of architecture. The Corinthian columns rise majestically and the marble and bronze detail is outstanding. One of the best preserved ancient Roman buildings in the world the Pantheon is a must-see when you are visiting Rome.
The Roman Forum
The Roman Forum is an impressive collection of ruins which was the centre of Rome. Built in the 7th century, over time it became the commercial political and social hub of historic Rome. To find out more about the Roman Forum read this interesting article by the History Channel.
The Vatican City
The Vatican City is a city-state in Rome and is the headquarters of the Catholic church. The smallest country in the world it just covers over 100 acres and is totally self-contained, for example, it mints its own Euros, prints its own stamps, issues passports and licence plates and has its own flag. The Sistine Chapel is included in the entry ticket to the Vatican and is well worth seeing for the beautiful ceiling painted by the artist Michelangelo. It’s worth booking a tour or buying a skip the line pass if you want to explore without waiting in line.
These are our top attractions in Rome but there are some areas you also need to check out.
Trastevere is a funky Bohemian neighbourhood that is chock full of traditional trattorias, craft beer pubs and artisan shops.
Monti is a tangled area of streets stretching from Via Nazionale to the Colosseum, buzzing with cool bars, fashion boutique and atmospheric restaurants full of locals.
Testaccio is authentic down to earth Rome, come here for the large food market selling fresh produce, and famous restaurants where you can indulge in classic Roman cuisine like Carbonara.
Pigneto is an area a 15-minute tram ride from the centre, a working-class neighbourhood with an artistic vibe. Think street art, live music venues, and local fruit and veg stalls.
Talking of food, a food tour in Rome is a great way to find out about the authentic cuisine of the city, with a touch of history along the way, tasting gelato, pizza and Italian chocolate