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Things to do in Rome: Top 15 Must-Do Activities

Rome, known as the eternal city, is a treasure trove of history, art, and culture. Rome offers an incredible mixture of ancient ruins, Renaissance masterpieces, vibrant street life and a plethora of experiences for every type of traveller. In this guide, we'll delve into the top 15 things to do in the Italian capital and provide a mix of historical, cultural, and culinary activities that will make your visit truly unforgettable!

1. The Colosseum (All Tickets)

No visit to Rome is complete without visiting the iconic Colosseum. The ancient amphitheatre was commissioned by Emperor Vespasian in AD 70-72, and once hosted gladiatorial contests and public spectacles.

Marvel at the engineering prowess of the Romans as you explore the colossal structure and imagine the roar of the tens of thousands of spectators that once filled its tiers.

The Colosseum is one of the most visited landmarks in the whole of Italy, not just Rome, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980 and is also one of the seven wonders of the world.

If you do want to visit the Colosseum on your trip to Rome, we would always suggest booking in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets are limited, so by booking in advance, it helps to guarantee your spot.

FUN FACT: The actual name of the Colosseum is 'The Flavian Amphitheatre' - had you asked for directions to the Colosseum in the day, they wouldn't have known what you were talking about!

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Colosseum Ticket, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill


What's Included:

  • From: €30.00
  • Priority access to the Colosseum
  • Single entrance for Colosseum
  • Single entrance for Roman Forum & Palatine hill
  • 90-minute guided tour of Rome with professional English speaking guide
  • Headset
  • Map of Rome

Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill: Entry Ticket + Multimedia Experience


What's Included:

  • From: €39.00
  • Priority access to the Colosseum
  • Single entrance for Colosseum
  • Single entrance for Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Immersive 25-minute multimedia video of Ancient Rome before your visit
  • Touristation office services (wifi - toilette - vending machine & lounge)
  • Staff assistance at the meeting point and at the access of the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

2. Vatican City (All Tickets)

Venture into Vatican City, the smallest independent state in the world!

Explore the Vatican Museums, which includes the world-famous Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo's breath-taking frescoes and is a highlight not to be missed.

The Vatican Museums is a collection of rooms and buildings that are home to the collection of art and and antiques that the church has amassed over the centuries. There are over 10 different areas in Vatican City showing the collection.

Additionally, a visit to St. Peter's Basilica is a must. A masterpiece of Renaissance architecture which offers a glimpse into the spiritual heart of Catholicism.

We would always suggest booking your tickets for Vatican in advance to avoid disappointment.

Just to confirm, you don't need passports to enter Vatican City.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Vatican City is the only place in the world with an ATM machine in Latin!

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Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel: Skip The Line Entry


What's Included:

  • From: €35.00
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
  • Grants access to all open rooms and galleries so you can discover them at your own pace

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel: Skip The Line Access (With Escorted Entry)


What's Included:

  • From: €36.00
  • Escorted access to the Vatican Museum
  • Skip-the-Line Entrance to the Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel (Last Minute Tickets)


What's Included:

  • From: €48.00
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
  • Welcome and assistance at the meeting point
  • Access to all open rooms and galleries so you can discover them at your own pace
  • Vatican Gardens minibus tour (not suitable for children under 6 years old) - Only if selected

3. Roman Forum (All Tickets)

Step back in time as you wander through the Roman Forum. Picture history as you walk around this sprawling archaeological site that once served as the social and political hub of ancient Rome and home to the aristocracy and emperors.

The word 'Forum' in Latin means 'public square' which is where the name comes from. Discover ancient temples, basilicas, and arches that tell the tale of a bygone era.

The Roman Forum provides a vivid glimpse into the daily life of Romans and the evolution of the city.

Fun Fact: Roman Generals who achieved military victory would have been granted the honour of a triumphant procession through the Roman Forum so all could cheer and congratulate them,

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Roman Ruins Pass: Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Imperial Forum Entry Ticket


What's Included:

  • From: €25.00
  • Single entrance for the Roman Forum
  • Single entrance for Palatine Hill
  • Single entrance for Imperial Forum
  • Entrance to Palatine Museum, House of Augustus, Neronian cryptoporticus, Santa Maria Antiqua, Ramp of Domitian, Oratory of the Forty Martyrs, Curia Julia and Domus Tiberiana
  • Roman Ruins: Smartphone Audio Guide

4. Pantheon (All Tickets)

See the engineering genius of ancient Rome at the Pantheon. The Pantheon is in the best condition of all the remaining ancient Roman buildings. A temple dedicated to all the gods, it was originally built in 27 BC by Marcus Agrippa but was later reconstructed by Emperor Hadrian around 126AD due to a fire.

The Pantheon's iconic dome is a testament to Roman architectural innovation and is a must-see. Its believed that Emperor Hadrian gave the Pantheon to the Pope in 608. Visit during daylight to witness the sunlight streaming through the oculus in the dome (an open-air whole in the dome), creating a mesmerizing play of light and shadow - and yes, if it rains, it gets wet under the Oculus!

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Pantheon: Skip The Line Entry Ticket


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  • From: €16.00
  • Skip-the-line tickets (Pantheon)
  • Audio guide (Pantheon & Navona Square)

Pantheon: Fast-Track Ticket + Audio Guide


What's Included:

  • From: €17.00
  • Fast-track entry to the Pantheon
  • Digital, multilingual audio guide
  • Professional staff at the meeting point

5. Trevi Fountain (All Tickets)

Make your way to Piazza di Trevi where you will find one of the famous fountains in Italy - the Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi). An elaborate Baroque masterpiece that features Neptune, the god of the sea, on his chariot. The fountain has become a symbol of good luck. Join the tradition of throwing a coin over your left shoulder into the fountain to ensure your return to Rome.

The fountain's intricate sculptures and cascading water make it a mesmerizing sight, especially when illuminated at night.

The Trevi Fountain is free to view, however there are ticket options available which include an underground tour and other walking tours of the city. Click the link above to see the various options.

FUN FACT: The Trevi Fountain receives around €1.4m each year from people throwing coins in!

6. Spanish Steps: A Staircase of Elegance

The Spanish Steps sit below the French Church, the 'Trinita dei Monti'. A grand staircase of 135 steps that connects Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Trinità dei Monti.

Built in the 18th century, the steps are a popular gathering spot and offer a charming view of Rome's rooftops. Join the locals and tourists alike as they relax on the steps and soak in the atmosphere of this iconic landmark to enjoy some people watching. You can also enjoy the view of Rome from the top of the stairs.

FUN FACT: Although they are called the Spanish Steps, they were designed by an Italian architect called Francesco de Sanctis and commissioned by a French diplomat called Étienne Gueffier, who was serving as a representative to the Holy See at the time! They are called the Spanish Steps as they link the Piazza di Spagna, which translates to 'Spanish Square' and is named after the nearby Spanish Embassy!

7. Trastevere: Bohemian Charm and Culinary Delights

The Trastevere Neighbourhood: Sitting across the Tiber River (south of the Vatican), is Trastevere, a picturesque neighbourhood known for its narrow cobblestone streets and bohemian atmosphere.

Discover charming cafes, artisan shops, and vibrant street art as you wander through this historic district. Don't miss the opportunity to savor authentic Roman cuisine in one of Trastevere's traditional trattorias. You will find little restaurants with tables on the cobbles where you can relax and do some people watching. It comes to life at night with lots of tourists due to the variety of restaurants available.

Suggested places to visit in Trastevere: Piazzi di Santa Maria is a large square in the neighbourhood. At night its bustling with people and offers entertainment.

FUN FACT: Julius Caesar built a villa in this neighbourhood!

8. Villa Borghese Gardens & Borghese Gallery (All Tickets)

Escape the city's hustle and bustle by strolling through the tranquil Villa Borghese Gardens.

Villa Borghese originally belonged to the wealthy Cardinal Scipione Borghese who was the nephew of Pope Paul V. The Borghese family also became linked to Napoleon Bonaparte when one of the family married Napoleon's sister, Pauline Bonaparte. The estate was later passed to the municipality of Rome and now this vast green oasis offers a peaceful retreat, complete with manicured lawns, fountains, and art installations.

Rent a boat on the serene lake. Enjoy a golf cart tour of the gardens. Wander around, sit and relax or visit the Galleria Borghese (Borghese Gallery) another incredibly popular gallery located in the grounds that is housed in the former cardinal's villa. The Borghese Gallery is home to an impressive collection of art, including works by Bernini, Caravaggio, Raphael and Titian, amongst others.

FUN FACT: Villa Borghese is also home to BioParco di Roma, one of the oldest zoos in Europe!

Popular Tickets for Villa Borghese & Borghese Gallery

Borghese Gallery: Fast Track Tickets


What's Included:

  • From: €27.00
  • Fast Track entrance tickets to the Borghese Gallery
  • Access to temporary exhibitions (if available)
  • Audio guide, if option selected (available in French, Italian and English)

9. Castel Sant'Angelo (All Tickets)

Explore the imposing Castel Sant'Angelo.

A fortress that has served various purposes throughout history. Originally commissioned by Emperor Hadrian to serve as a mausoleum for himself and his family, to a papal residence and a jail.

The property is connected to the Vatican by a famous tunnel (Passetto di Borgo) which allowed popes to escape and shelter at various dangerous points in history including playing a crucial role in the history of the Papal States.

The castle's rooftop terrace provides panoramic views of Rome and offers a unique perspective of the city's skyline. Dive into the historical layers of this landmark, which seamlessly blends military architecture and artistic beauty.

Castel Sant'Angelo is also home to a museum full of historical artifacts. Its a bestselling destination in Rome.

FUN FACT: The castle derives its current name 'Castel Sant'Angelo' from the statue of the Archangel Michael that crowns the building. According to legend, in 590 AD, Pope Gregory I saw the archangel appearing over the castle, signalling the end of a devastating plague. In commemoration of this event, a statue of the archangel was placed on top of the castle.

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Castel Sant'Angelo: Fast Track Tickets


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  • From: €19.00
  • Fast track entrance to Castel Sant'Angelo
  • Access to permanent and temporary exhibitions
  • 1 day hop on hop off bus ticket (if option selected)

Castel Sant'Angelo Tickets


What's Included:

  • From: €22.00
  • Castel Sant'Angelo skip-the-line ticket
  • Staff assistance at the entrance
  • Access to the terrace

10. Piazza Navona: Baroque Splendour (All Tickets)

Immerse yourself in the Baroque splendour of Piazza Navona, a lively square adorned with fountains, sculptures, and charming cafes. Marvel at Gian Lorenzo Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers and the surrounding architecture, which captures the essence of Roman opulence. The square's vibrant atmosphere makes it an ideal spot for people-watching and soaking in the city's lively spirit. Free to visit - but we have ticket options for guided tours and underground tours.

11. Capitoline Museums: Art and Archaeology (All Tickets)

Discover the Capitoline Museums. Located on Capitoline Hill, the Capitoline Museums house an extensive collection of art and artifacts that date back to ancient Rome and the Renaissance.

Designed by Michelangelo, the museums are home to iconic pieces such as the Capitoline Wolf and the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius. Explore the interconnected buildings and squares that form the heart of Rome's civic and cultural identity.

12. Borghese Gallery and Gardens: Artistic Extravaganza (All Tickets)

Indulge your love for art at the incredible Borghese Gallery. Located within the expansive Villa Borghese Gardens, this museum houses an impressive collection of sculptures and paintings, including masterpieces by Caravaggio, Raphael, and Titian. The intimate setting of the gallery allows for an up-close and personal encounter with some of the most celebrated works of art in the world.

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Borghese Gallery: Reserved Entrance Tickets


What's Included:

  • From: €20.00
  • Reserved access to the Borghese Gallery
  • Access to temporary exhibition: The touch of Pygmalion. Rubens and sculpture in Rome

Borghese Gallery: Fast Track Entry Ticket


What's Included:

  • From: €27.00
  • Fast Track entrance tickets to the Borghese Gallery
  • Access to temporary exhibitions (if available)
  • Audio guide, if option selected (available in French, Italian and English)

13. Appian Way: Ancient Roman Road

Embark on a journey along the historic Appian Way, one of the oldest and most strategic roads of ancient Rome. Lined with ancient tombs, catacombs, and archaeological ruins, this road offers a unique glimpse into the city's past. Rent a bicycle or take a leisurely stroll along the cobblestone path, immersing yourself in the atmospheric beauty of this ancient thoroughfare.

14. Rome Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour (All Ticket Options)

Enjoy some of the best of Rome from a comfy seat on one of the many Rome Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour services. The easy and convenient way to travel around Rome. The routes include most of the major attractions, so a great way to get from one to the next. The bus tickets allow you to hop-on and hop-off as you please on your chosen route.

15. Street Food Adventure: Culinary Delights

Cap off your Roman adventure with a culinary exploration of the city's delectable street food. From supplì (rice croquettes) to pizza al taglio (Roman-style pizza), the streets of Rome offer a diverse array of flavours. Head to Testaccio, known as the city's foodie district, and indulge in the local delicacies that showcase the rich culinary heritage of Rome.

Rome, with its timeless beauty and captivating history, invites visitors to embark on a journey through the ages. From ancient marvels like the Colosseum and Roman Forum to artistic treasures in the Vatican Museums and Borghese Gallery, the city seamlessly weaves together its past and present.

Whether you're captivated by the grandeur of historical landmarks or enchanted by the charm of Trastevere's cobblestone streets, Rome promises an unforgettable experience for all that visit. Embrace the city's rich tapestry of culture, art, and cuisine as you explore and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Who founded Rome?

According to history, its said that Rome was founded by brothers, Romulus & Remus.

What is Appian Way in Rome?

Appian Way is one of the most important roads in Rome as it connects Rome to Southern Italy.

What is the Sistine Chapel in Rome?

The Sistine Chapel is located in the Vatican, and is a chapel known for many things, one of which is its famous ceiling painted by Michelangelo.

What is the Trevi Fountain in Rome?

The Trevi Fountain in Rome is a popular tourist attraction. Visitors regularly throw coins in and make wishes.

Is Vatican City in Rome?

The Vatican is located in Rome, however, don't forget Vatican is a country in its own right, but Vatican is surrounded by Rome, yes.

Is Rome the capital city of Itay?

Yes - Rome is the capital city of Italy.

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