Famous for its ancient buildings and rich history, Rome is a brilliant city to visit. Its classical ruins mixed with a modern feel allow for a great balance when in Rome. To put it simply, Rome has everything you could want from a capital city.
The Italians are well known for their food. And Rome is one of the best places I have been to for great Italian cuisine. The vast amount of choice on offer is incredible. Pizza, lasagne, pasta, or just an ice cream; there really is something for everyone. Both the quality and quantity of the food did not disappoint.
Starting with one of its main attractions which I’m sure you’ll have heard of, the Colosseum is one of many places in Rome that is simply unmissable. The Colosseum built in 70AD is remarkably still standing. The sheer engineering genius of this building is miraculous. The tour provided offers a terrific way to experience the Colosseum as it allows you to walk inside the arena, as well as through the passageways of past gladiators. What struck me about the Colosseum is just how well built it is. If you’re going to Rome in the summer, then there are quite a few nice restaurants and bars along the way that you can relax at before or after your visit to cool off from the burning sun!
Just from walking around the city, you will undoubtedly come across some of Rome’s other, smaller, ancient ruins. The ancient ruins are scattered near the Colosseum area. As someone with a great interest in History, it was easy to appreciate their significance to the Italian capital. However, I wouldn’t set aside a great amount of time for these ruins as they are on the way to the Colosseum and there is so much to see in Rome. Another famous landmark in Rome you may wish to frequent is the Spanish Steps, however, this area is quite touristy and personally, I think there are better things to see. One of my favourite attractions was the Trevi Fountain. Like most things in Rome, the engineering brilliance of the fountain is something to admire. In the day time it attracts many tourists, so maybe visit in the evening or at night. The area still attracts quite a lot of people but it is a lot easier to get a good photo!
Although none of us are religious, that did not put us off going to visit Vatican City. It’s another one of the areas that you must go when in Rome. The tours were some of the more expensive I’ve been on, but it’s such a wonderful experience walking around St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. The artistic brilliance of the Sistine Chapel is like no other and blows every other chapel out of the water. What took me aback was just the amount of gold in St. Peter’s Basilica. In St. Peter’s Basilica it was nice to just sit and reflect on lots of different things in the serene environment.
Depending on the length of your stay, you might want some time out for a day trip to the Italian coast. As we travelled to Rome for four days before moving on to our next city, we decided that we would spend one day at the coast. Waking up early and taking a short train ride to the coast we enjoyed an awesome day at the beach. If you’re travelling by yourself or with a small party, then try and take part in some beach sports or make friends! During our trip, we met some people from all over the world and played some beach football whilst also deciding to all go swimming in very active waters. I would really recommend taking a trip to the coast and spending an entire day there. As there is so much to do in Rome it was such a nice break from walking around all day in the city.
For me, the biggest downside to Rome is it’s not a place to go for a wild night out. Many cities might focus on both nightlife and daytime activities, but Rome certainly puts more effort into the latter than the former. However, the positives of the city definitely outweigh the flaws. Nevertheless, we did end up going to an open roof night club, which was the first that any of us had gone to, and it was an enjoyable experience. My recommendation would be, save your money on the clubs and spend more on the food!
All in all, Rome is a great city to go and visit. There really is just so much to experience, historically, culturally and spiritually in Rome. I think four days is the perfect amount of time to experience all that Rome has to offer and even using one of those days for a trip to the coast.
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