10 things to do in Rome, in the heart of the Eternal City. If you want to discover Rome, the capital of Italy, and you don’t wish to or have time to organize a visit to at least ten of the most beautiful places, don’t worry. We will point them out and show you. Then you calmly go there and, if you like, tell us how it went.
But remember, if you are ready to know the 10 things to do in Rome, the Eternal City is also a great cosmopolitan city. His is an enviable artistic, architectural and cultural history. The one that has influenced the whole world and dates back almost 3000 years. Are you ready? And then, follow us!
- 1. Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Get ready for an exciting journey into the heart of the history of art and religion. We recommend starting with a visit to the Greek Cross Room, where you can admire the splendidly carved sarcophagi that preserve the remains of queens and kings of antiquity. You can reach the Cabinet of Masks and the Room of the Animals. The cartographers depicted the world over the centuries preserved in the Upper Galleries and only left with seeing the Renaissance masterpieces in the Raphael Rooms and the Borgia Apartment. Ultimately, it keeps Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, the Vatican’s wonder, and humanity’s artistic heritage.
- 2. Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Can you visit Rome without seeing the remains of some of the most glorious monuments of the Roman Republic? Certainly not. Therefore we will now introduce you to the secrets of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill. The Colosseum was started under Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD. and completed by his son Titus in 80 AD. It is the largest amphitheater ever built, on four levels, with an ellipse-shaped arena. It could accommodate over 70,000 spectators. Palatine Hill and Roman Forum are located in the place where, according to tradition, Rome was born. From here, you can admire the ruins of the temples in the Via Dei Fori Imperiali, which was the center of the city’s political, social, and economic life during the Republican Rome.
- 3. St. Peter’s Basilica Did you know that you can climb to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view? From here, we can grasp the artistic and architectural significance of the sacred monument to Christianity. A stretch can be covered in an elevator, and then you have to climb 171 steps to the top, from which you can admire all of Rome up to its seven hills. In St. Peter’s Basilica, there is an appointment with architectural triumph between the sculptures of Bernini and the art of Michelangelo that rise above the Tombs of the Popes and the Vatican Necropolis.
- 4. Borghese Gallery The spectacular complex of the Borghese Gallery contains the masterpieces of some of the most famous artists in history, including Canova, Caravaggio, and Bernini. Be sure to see David with the head of Goliath by Caravaggio, the Representation of Paolina Bonaparte by Canova, and the deposition of Raphael and Apollo and Daphne by Bernini. The cinema museum, the water clock, the Fountain of the Sea Horses, the Temple of Diana, and the Piazza di Siena are on the Villa Borghese tour.
- 5. Castel Sant’Angelo Castel Sant’Angelo is located on the right bank of the Tiber river. Inside, the various artifacts tell the many transformations of the building. Born as a monumental tomb, it became a fortress in medieval times to protect against barbarian invasions, later a castle, and today a museum. Arranged over five floors, the rooms are accessed via a spiral ramp. The cells served as a papal residence. In the chamber of the ashes, you can admire the remains of critical Roman characters and well-preserved frescoes. On the terrace of the castle, you can admire a view of the entire city.
- 6. Crypt of the Capuchins The visit begins in the Capuchin Museum, in the direction of the Crypt of the Three Skeletons, where a human skeleton is preserved without artifices and bones of the legs and femurs. Also interesting is the Crypt of the Basins, containing two Capuchin friars arranged in an arch, the tombs of the seven friars, and the Crypt of the Skulls with the famous hourglass. When the Capuchins left their old convent near the Trevi Fountain, they deposited the bones brought from the old convent, and since then, the crypt has become their burial place.
- 7. Pantheon The Pantheon, the best-preserved monument of ancient Rome, has fifteen listening points to locate points of interest inside the basilica. It was built between 25 and 27 BC, dedicated to the pagan gods, and erected by the will of Emperor Hadrian on the site of an older temple.
- 8. Catacombs of San Callisto We must start from the crypt of the Popes of the third century, where five of the nine tombstones of the bishops of Rome are kept. Then, through a narrow arch, you enter the crypt where Santa Cecilia, the patron saint of music, was buried. The tomb is full of frescoes, and there is a copy of the statue made by Maderno with the martyr’s body. The tour must continue towards the oldest part of the catacomb, full of galleries and cubicles of the “sacraments.” Before leaving, you can admire various archaeological finds of furnishings along the labyrinth of tunnels.
- 9. Evening walking tour Enjoying the center’s attractions in the evening is priceless. We recommend starting from Piazza del Popolo and visiting the Campo de ‘Fiori market. Passes to the Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna, and the ancient Pantheon are necessary. From the Terrazza del Pincio, you can watch the sunset over the rooftops of Rome. Remember to throw a coin over your left shoulder into Bernini’s Fontana della Barcaccia to make the desire to return to Rome come true. At Bernini’s Fountain of the 4 Rivers, in the center of Piazza Navona, there is the Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone by Borromini, Palazzo Pamphili, the Fountain of Neptune, and the Fontana del Moro.
- 10. Street food tour Eat in the Jewish Ghetto or Trastevere to retrace the history of the Eternal City through its street foods. From pizza to supplì, from seasonal dishes to ice cream. In Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, you can taste some popular foods, such as supplì with mozzarella and delicious cannoli. In the Jewish Ghetto, in the Campo de ‘Fiori area, one of the oldest outdoor markets in Italy is held every morning. Also beautiful are the Portico of Octavia and the Fountain of the Turtles.
Have we helped you to love the Eternal City even more? Do you have more straightforward ideas now? Then, the choice is yours to visit Rome on your own or rely on a team of expert tour guides. Ours, those of See Amalfi Coast Private Tours.