Top 5 Things to Do in Rome

January 19, 2016
Enrico Catani

Rome is not only the actual capital of Italy, but it was also the capital of the old Roman Empire and, last but not least, it is the capital of the Catholicism in the World.
With its over 2,500 years of history, Rome holds an historic and artistic heritage of inestimable value, unique in the world, that will amaze you at every corner of the historic centre. And its ancient traditions and culinary delights makes this city a dream destination for any tourist.
So, here is a list, brought you by ItalyXP, of the top 5 things to do in Rome. In other words, all the must-do experiences that will help you to immerse yourself into the authentic Roman atmosphere.

1. Visit the major attractions in the historic centre

Rome is a sort of open-air museum, an amazing city where there is something to be discovered on every street and square. No other city in the world can boast such a rich artistic and historical heritage.
The major attractions (in other words, the places you cannot miss during your visit) include: the Colosseum, the ancient amphitheatre icon of Rome, surrounded by the archaeological site of the Roman Forum; the Trevi Fountain, Baroque masterpiece that became famous for Fellini's movie "La Dolce Vita"; the Pantheon, an ancient temple dedicated to all the gods; the Piazza Navona, an amazing square with three splendid fountains; and the Spanish Steps, a monumental stairway that offer breathtaking views on the city center.
There are so many things to see and do in Rome that a month wouldn't be enough... But if you have a limited amount of time, make sure not to visit a guided tour of Rome to discover all the main attractions of this city with an expert friendly guide!

2. Discover the Vatican City and its treasures

An authentic Roman holiday wouldn't be complete without a throughout visit of the "cradle of Catholicism": the Vatican City, the world's smallest sovereign state, ruled by the Pope since 1378, is located in the very center of Rome and you can easily reach it (you don't need a passport, even if you're technically in a different state!).
Despite its tiny size, the Vatican houses several treasures of incomparable value withing its defensive walls. The main cultural sites include: the Saint Peter's Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world, surrounded by the impressive white-marble colonnade by Bernini; the Vatican Museums, the largest museum complex in the world with over 1400 rooms, including the famous Raphael Halls; and the Sistine Chapel, the 15th Century Pope's private chapel, with the ceiling frescoes beautifully realized by Michelangelo.
With a guided tour (with skip-the-line tickets included!) you will have the opportunity to visit all those incredible attractions, accompanied by an expert accredited guide. And if you want an even more exclusive experience, why not checking our private tour of the Vatican?

3. Enjoy the traditional Roman dishes

The city of Rome boasts century-old culinary traditions and thousand tasteful dishes, some of which have become so famous that have became icons of the Italian cuisine, such as the "pasta alla carbonara" or the "amatriciana". During your holiday in Rome, make sure to taste the gastronomic delights offered by the countless trattorias and osterias (typical Italian restaurants) scattered along the city center.
You can even join a food tour that will take you to discover the roots of the Rome’s culinary traditions: you can taste local wines, accompanied by typical products, and learn about the most fashionable eateries in the centre of Rome.
And if you prefer to get your hands dirty, you can take advantage of your holiday to join a cooking lesson in the centre of Rome: a fun-filled and original way to learn how to cook some typical Roman dishes, guided by an expert chef. You'll learn a special skill to carry with you at home, as a very special souvenir from your trip.

4. Admire the breathtaking panoramic views on the city

As Rome is spread over seven hills there are lots of panoramic points where you can admire the city centre from a privileged point of view: a unique way to have a glimpse of the glory of the Roman monuments, with breathtaking sceneries and spectacular picture opportunities, especially at sunset and sunrise.
One of the most famous panoramic point is the Pincian Hill: a romantic spot, beloved by both locals and tourists. It is the highest point in the historic centre, overlooking the Piazza del Popolo and the Villa Medici, and for this reason is often crowded by couples, musicians, painters and photographers who want to enjoy the view and take pictures of the panorama. You can reach it through the Villa Borghese, whose gardens houses several sculptures, fountains and buildings, including the world famous Borghese Gallery (which we recommend visiting through a guided tour).
Other panoramic spot not to miss include: the Orange Gardens, charmingly nestled atop the Aventine Hill; the Palatine Hill, which offers spectacular views on the archaeological remains of the Roman Forum; the Janiculum Hill, where you can also admire the Fountain of Acqua Paola, among the most beautiful fountains of Rome; the terraces of Castel Sant’Angeloancient tomb of Emperor Hadrian and private fortress of the popes.

5. Explore the food markets and shopping streets in Rome

The city of Rome exudes a magical and seductive atmosphere, not only thanks to its spectacular monuments and historic heritage, but also for the lively food markets that brighten the squares of the historic center with colors and scents.
One of the most splendid example is the market in Campo de' Fiori: a magnificent square that during the day is a market where you can buy food and typical local products, and after sunset, it becomes one of the favorite place of meeting, for both Italians and tourists.
But Rome is also one of the world’s fashion capitals, with a distinctive style and great contributions to the fashion and design industry: you can take advantage of your holiday in Rome to let groped by our eXPeriences in the world of luxury and shopping. Walking down through the historic centre you will be surrounded by gorgeous arrays of boutiques and beautiful window displays that turn Rome into a never-ending shopper's paradise.
 The main streets for shopping in Rome are Via del CorsoVia CondottiVia del Babbuino and Via Frattina, all located in the heart of the historic centre, very close to world-famous attractions.

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