“Has it been sufficiently noticed that the Latin name of Rome, Roma, is the exact inversion of the Latin word Amor which means Love? Coincidence? “, Jean Markale, from L’amour courtois ou le couple infernal.
Indeed, Jean Markale was right, how can we resist in front of the majestic monuments of the capital of Lazio. Rome is a city that allows us to feel history deep inside ! Sovereign monuments, magnificent architectural works and a quite particular gastronomy. Basically, Rome has all the assets to seduce and captivate its visitors. Everyone, whether they are history lovers, food lovers or art lovers, will find a little piece of paradise in Rome.
Rome is also an ideal destination for a weekend or week-long getaway for both lovers and groups of friends. It is through this blog, that we will give you all the information you need to visit and enjoy your stay in this travel guide to Rome! All you need to do now is pack your bags and enjoy your dream trip.
To help you organize your stay in Rome, we have listed 10 visits and places of interest to do in Rome.
1- Colosseo :
Located in the historic center, Colosseo is the most symbolic monument to visit in Rome. It was built to accommodate an audience of up to 50,000 people to watch famous gladiatorial fights, animal fights and Roman games, always followed by atrocious deaths, hence the birth of the famous international film Gladiator. The visit is not free and you will probably have to wait a few hours before going there if you go in high season.
If you are interested in this fabulous monument, you can click on the link below for more information on opening hours and prices :
2- The Pantheon in Rome (piazza della Rotonda)
The Pantheon is the best-preserved ancient building in Rome, built by Emperor Hadrian between 119 and 128 AD, whose tombs you can see the tombs of Raphael (the famous artist) and Victor Emmanuel II (1st King of Italy).
Inside the Pantheon, you will be impressed by its dome and the floor paved with coloured marble. The building has retained its original bronze doors. Don’t hesitate to enter, the visit is free, which is rare enough to mention !
3- The Vatican
It is the smallest country in the world, but it is also one of the most visited places on a trip to Italy. Only priests and nuns, guards and of course the pope are allowed to live there. Inside you can admire the Sistine Chapel and especially the fresco on the ceiling of the chapel, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512.
4- The Gardens of Villa Borghese
This most beautiful and large public park in Rome offers some very relaxing peace and quiet to get away from the excitement of the city from time to time and take a break. You can take a stroll along a lake surrounded by temples, statues such as the temple of Aesculapius and many fountains. The park also has a beautiful botanical garden where you can feed the many turtles in the pond.
5- The Trevi fountain
It is the largest fountain in Rome and the most famous fountain in Europe made between 1732-1762. Everyone finds something to enjoy at the Trevi Fountain, whether it is admiring the beauty of the fountain or throwing a coin while making a wish. The fountain is also very well known for the reception of a large number of marriage proposals. According to the legend that surrounds her, she wants that to save her virginity, a young girl had to reveal the location of the spring to the Romans.
6- The Roman Forum
If you liked the Colosseum, the Roman Forum is undoubtedly a must-do when you come to visit Rome. Located in the heart of the city, the forum had the ruins of ancient markets, administrative and religious buildings. Indeed, it served as the political, commercial and religious centre of ancient Rome.
If you can, take a guided tour of the Roman Forum to better enjoy all the important history that took place as you can find no explanation on the site.
7- The Palatine Hill
The Palatine Hill, one of the 7 hills of Rome, is according to mythology the place where the city was founded by Romulus and Remus. As you may know, these are the twins who were found and suckled by a wolf in a cave. You can indeed contemplate the remains of the ancient mansions built for the emperors, such as Villa Livia or Domus Flavia, or discover the Domitian Stadium and the Farnese Gardens. At the top of the Palatine Hill, you will also have access to this cave and the ruins of the residences of historical figures such as Augustus, the first Roman emperor.
8- The bridge and Castel Sant’Angelo
This magnificent bridge over the Tiber is decorated with 10 charming angels, all designed by Bernini. From the bridge, you will enjoy an invincible view of the city and the river.
It also opens the way to the Sant’Angelo Castle, on the other hand, was built by Emperor Hadrian to serve as a mausoleum and refuge for the popes during the invasions. They even created direct access to the Vatican.
9- La Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona is located in the heart of the historic centre of Rome, not far from the Pantheon. Through which we can admire the historical buildings, namely the Domitian Stadium in which the incredible ancient Roman races took place. Piazza Navona also has the most beautiful fountains such as :
– La Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi
– La Fontana del Nettuno
– La Fontana del Moro
It’s a great place to enjoy a good meal and a delicious Tartufo ice cream on one of the many terraces, but beware, as this place is very touristy, so are the prices !
10- Il Gelato di San Crispino
Enjoying a gelato (an Italian ice cream) is a tradition for any traveller who comes to visit Rome. The good news is that many tourists agree that the best ice cream parlour in the city of Rome is San Crispino located on Via della Panatteria. The queue is often impressive, but the best things in life are the hardest to get !