Top things to do in Rome
Capital of Italy attracted travelers from all over the world for millennia. And even though not all roads lead to Rome nowadays, the city still attracts tourists like a magnet. That's not surprisingly, because Rome has much to offer to the admirers of ancient culture and modern art, connoisseurs of fine dining and high fashion, fans of loud parties and even romantics who prefer untrodden paths and quiet streets.Here are the tips on where to go, what to do and how to feel the rhythm of the "Eternal City."
Visit the Colosseum
Each year, the amphitheater is visited by about five million people. While two thirds of the Colosseum have not survived till the present day, it is still amazing. To visit the scene of Roman gladiators' fighting you will have to buy a two-day ticket. This ticket allows you to visit the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, too.
Get cleared of sins in the Pantheon
Pantheon - the former "Temple of all gods," and now the Christian Church - preserved better than its age-mate, the Colosseum. In the giant dome of the Pantheon (the largest unreinforced dome in the world!) there are no windows. Light enters here through a single hole in the top of the dome, symbolizing the unity of all gods. They say that if you stand in the square directly below the hole then the gods will release all your sins. And it will cost you nothing, after all entrance to the Pantheon is still free.
Drink a cup of coffee at Piazza Navona
If you only have an hour to explore Rome, don't hesitate to go to Piazza Navona. There is something interesting at the square year-round - street musicians give concerts, artists draw caricatures, living statues and clowns entertain the audience. It is really pleasant to watch this funny fuss sitting at a table of some outdoor cafe. However, the prices here, as in other tourist spots, are high, and it is better to confine with a cup of coffee.
Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain
Tourists believe: if you throw one coin into the fountain - you will return to Rome, two - you will meet love, three - there will be a wedding, four - wait for wealth.
Have a rest at the Villa Borghese
Borghese is the most beautiful park complex in the north of Rome. It is worth visiting if you want to have a picnic, escape from the bustle of the capital of Italy or admire masterpieces by Rubens, Caravaggio, Van Gogh and Monet in museums of villa. Ticket to the Galleria Borghese should be bought in advance - visitors are allowed to enter in groups only once in two hours.
Visit the smallest state of the world
Time for a visit to the Vatican which is definitely worth spending during Roman holidays. There are dozens of interesting museums in the Vatican. Take the time to climb to the top of St. Peter's Cathedral dome, from which a spectacular view of the city opens.
To visit Rome and not to drop in one of its boutiques is a crime against the capital of haute couture.
Ride on a Segway across Trastevere
Ivy-clad houses in the narrow streets, the flavors of Italian dishes coming from the tiny family restaurants, melodious songs of street musicians: charming Trastevere district to the south of the Vatican is a perfect place for romantics. If your feet are tired from a long walks on the pavement, you can rent a Segway and ride right up to the top of the Janiculum hill with a breathtaking view of the city.
Fall in love with Italian cuisine
Even an ordinary visit of a restaurant or a coffee shop in Rome can turn into an exciting adventure. To combine gastronomic tour and sightseeing in Rome is as easy as shelling pears.
Take a look at Rome from the height
The highest observation deck of Rome is situated under the dome of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Scenic panorama of the Tiber and Trastevere opens from a romantic site of Castel Sant'Angelo. And from the top of a monument of Vittoriano the Colosseum and the Roman forum are clearly visible.