If the best advice you have got about things to do in Rome is – ‘When in Rome, do what the Romans do’, then you really need to keep reading this article to make sure your trip to the eternal city does not go to waste.
Rome has everything a traveller’s soul could wish for – beautiful art galleries, churches, archaeological sites, couture fashion, villas turned into museums and most importantly, scrumptious Italian food.
Whether you are visiting Rome for the first time or the tenth time, here are some things that you should definitely do when you are in this magical town.
The Non-Catholic cemetery
Oscar Wilde called this place, “the holiest place in Rome”, and you know when Wilde suggests you to go to a place, there is no way you can miss it.
This cemetery is where all the non-Catholics have been buried ever since the 18th century. Many of the people buried here include artists and diplomats. Situated right behind Pyramid of Cestius, this place is known for its beauty and serenity.
The magnificent colosseum
Colosseum is a historical symbol of Italy. Built in 80 AD, this was the place for animal fights, gladiator combats, and it was the largest amphitheatre in Europe which could pack over 50,000 people in it.
Despite its bloody history, it’s now a symbol of pride for the Italians and it is visited by over 4 million people annually.
Pantheon actually means a temple for all the gods, but the Pantheon in Rome was a burial for all the Roman kings and other significant personnel. It is one of the only architecturally perfect buildings and it is one of the most preserved monuments in Rome.
Explore the Vatican Museums
Exploring the area around the Vatican is a must. The Vatican Museum have Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, and not to forget 1,400 rooms which include the Raphael rooms and several other antique architectures.
You could also explore other parts of the Vatican including Castel Sant’Angelo and Piazza di San Pietro.
Visit St Peter’s Basilica
This place might be a pilgrimage for Catholics but we suggest non-Catholics to visit this too, just to witness the stunning architecture. This Basilica was built in 349 AD over the tomb of St Peter, the first pope.
Sit on the Spanish Steps
The Spanish steps are built near the Piazza di Spagna and they lead to the Trinità dei Monti.
From the top of the stairs, you can gaze at the Piazza which is full of fancy boutiques and also the historical Bernini’s ship-shaped fountain.