Things to do in Rome, Italy

Things to Do

Take a trip back in time as you explore the historic city of Rome. Brimming with captivating sites including the Colosseum, Pantheon and Sistine Chapel, Rome offers a snapshot of the scenic beauty of bygone years. Discover thousands of years of history, then get a taste of modern living amidst bustling neighborhoods such as Piazza Navona and Trastevere. Whether you’re honeymooning with your spouse or on a backpacking stop across Europe, achieve the trip of a lifetime with our Rome vacation packages.

Monumental Sites

Monumental Sites


Start your travels on a high note at the one and only Colosseum, unveiled in A.D. 80. While many have seen the landmark in textbooks or on the big screen, expectations are exceeded when visiting the amphitheater in person. Discover where gladiators used to battle for the entertainment of the Emperor and over 50,000 Roman citizens. After your tour, take a short 1.5 kilometer walk to another must-see attraction. The Trevi Fountain boasts Baroque-style architecture and sculptures sure to leave a lasting impression. Make a wish as you flip a coin into the famous water. Just down the street from Trevi Fountain awaits the Pantheon. The ancient building, created as a Roman temple and later used as a church, conveys classic Roman architecture with an ornate rotunda and spectacular domed ceiling – the largest unsupported dome in the world.
A Land Lost in Time

A Land Lost in Time


Continuing the tradition of historic grandeur is the Roman Forum. Step into a world of ancient ruins dating back to 7th Century B.C. The Forum features aspects of everyday life when Romans thrived as one of the dominant empires of the world. See the remaining pieces of temples where people used to worship, in addition to basilicas where trials would often take place. Be sure to tour the Temple of Caesar and Palatine Hill as well, and uncover where some of Rome’s famous leaders resided. While the Roman Forum is one of the most visited attractions in the capital city, the Baths of Caracalla is often less overrun with tourists and provides another sneak peek back in time. The bath house shows the lavish stylings built for royalty in A.D. 216.
Live like a Local

Live like a Local


From piazzas to pastas, Rome offers a vibrant scene for shopping, dining and exploring. Undergo some laid-back people watching at the Spanish Steps, built during the 1720s. Begin your climb at the lower Piazza di Spagna, sprinkled with upscale brand names and gelato shops. Then finish your climb at Trinità dei Monti church as you gaze at picturesque views of the city. Dive further into everyday life at Piazza Navona and the neighborhood of Trastevere. These open areas mix restaurants and shops with gorgeous fountains, churches and cobblestone streets showcasing the eclectic beauty of Rome. For those wanting to create an authentic Italian meal, shop for ingredients at Campo de' Fiori, a popular area hosting an outdoor marketplace.
Divine Inspiration

Divine Inspiration


Within Rome awaits the Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and home to the Pope. While the city-state attracts many religious followers, the Vatican City also garners a wealth of tourists due to its architectural beauty and cultural importance. Start off at St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world. Soak in the gorgeous Renaissance interiors and see Saint Peter’s tomb. Follow up your adventure at the Apostolic Palace, housing the Sistine Chapel. Look up to the ceiling and gaze at the miraculous artworks of Michelangelo, which took four years to complete. Finish the day with a tour at the Vatican Museums, where you can immerse in Renaissance artworks, sculptures and religious art.
Muses, Museums and Movie Sets

Muses, Museums and Movie Sets


Before your journey in Rome is complete, venture to Galleria Borghese and Villa Borghese. Galleria Borghese houses masterful works of Baroque art. These feats are only amplified by the serene park, or Villa Borghese, surrounding the area. For added excellence, check out Capitoline Museum, which houses the famous Capitoline Wolf bronze sculpture. The museum also offers mesmerizing views of Rome from the top of Capitoline Hill. For a different type of experience, take a trip to Cinecittà – the largest film studio in Europe. Explore the 100-acre studio where a plethora of films, such as “Roman Holiday,” “Gangs of New York” and “Ben-Hur,” were filmed.

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Rome Quick Facts

There are more than 900 churches in the city of Rome.

One of Rome’s nicknames is “The Eternal City” because ancient Romans believed that the empire would never collapse throughout all of history.

Roman mythology states that Rome was founded by twin brothers Romulus and Remus who were raised by a she-wolf. However, Romulus murdered his brother so that he could rule Rome alone.

Roman law currently allows cats to live freely where they were born, which is why cats can often be found living at famous monuments without disruption.

Climate

Rome enjoys a temperate and typically warm climate. The year-round average temperature is 15.7°C (60.26°F). During July, the average temperature is 26°C (78.8°F), while in January it reaches about 8°C (46.4°F). Rainfall is much more common during winter months than in the summer, which is why June to September is a peak traveling time for tourists.