Rome, the beautiful and historic capital of Italy, is a must see for any traveller. Everywhere you turn in this city there is something to see from piazzas to historical monuments there’s plenty to keep you entertained and enthralled.
During my trip to Rome, the Colosseum was one of my highlights. Having studied History at University, the historical and cultural sites of the places I visit is always an important part of my trip. The Colosseum was amazing to walk around and it really gives you a sense of wonder at what it must have been like when it was built.
There are so many amazing places to visit within the city it’s hard to choose the best ones but if you are travelling for a short break, then I would recommend the following:
Colosseum: Rome’s gladiatorial amphitheatre is one of the most prominent and famous landmarks. The size of the Colosseum is awe inspiring and is one of my top picks
Pantheon: is a 2000-year-old temple, now a church and one of the best preserved Roman monuments. Apart from the temple decorations, the Pantheon has the largest unreinforced concrete dome ever built and is really something you shouldn’t miss
Vatican Museums: Founded by Pope Julius II in the early 16th century the Vatican Museum holds some of the World’s greatest art works which you can see along all the corridors and rooms throughout the Vatican. Highlights include the classical statuary in the Museo Pio-Clementino, a suite of rooms frescoed by Raphael, and the Michelangelo-painted Sistine Chapel.
- Roman Forum: is a sprawl of ruins which was once Rome’s showpiece centre, with a district of temples, basilicas and vibrant public spaces. The main sights include the Arco di Settimio Severo, the Curia, the Tempio di Saturno and the Arco di Tito.
My top tips for visiting Rome:
- Head off the main streets and onto the smaller side streets to eat. This is often a cheaper option and more authentic
- Buy skip the queue tickets for both the Colosseum and the Vatican. Also for the Vatican book a tour guide as this will provide more context to what you’re looking at
- Take a trip outside of the city to Hadrian’s Villa
- Sit down at one of the many cafes and watch the world go by; the people watching is fascinating
Having visited Rome myself I can definitely recommend the city for a long weekend, with it being such a short flight from London it’s a great option to immerse yourself in the history, culture and food of Italy.
Why not book a private tour to delve deeper into the city? Contact Jenny at Blue Eye Travel to find out more!