How to Spend Your First Visit to Rome

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How to Spend Your First Visit to Rome
The best tourist spots to visit in Rome
If you're only planning a short trip, here's how you can make the most of your time...

This beautiful city has some amazing attractions worth visiting. If you’re planning a short trip and want to make the most of your time, follow our handy 3-day guide to ensure you can fit everything in and make your city break jam packed from start to finish!

 

Day one:

As soon as you arrive in this stunning city, you’re bound to want to get stuck in and start exploring. A great way to begin is with a walking tour. This gives you the chance to be shown around the city by an expert guide. You can discover sites such as the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Spanish steps, and find some inspiration for where you'd like to go next. Some of these tours also include skip-the-line entry to the Vatican Museums, which will save you valuable time. Here you'll get the chance to visit the Sistine Chapel and see the remarkable work of Michelangelo in all its glory!

 

Sistine Chapel

 

After your tour, why not head to one of the bustling Piazza’s for something to eat. There are lots of restaurants serving delicious local food, so you can take your pick. A serving of authentic Italian gelato is a must for an after dinner treat! Gelateria del Teatro is only a short distance from the Pantheon and a popular choice for locals, with a (well worth the wait) queue to prove it. Along with many classic flavours there are several more unique options including ricotta with cherries, fennel and caramelized almonds and pumpkin chocolate varieties.

 

Gelato Rome

 

Day two:

Another great way to get around the city is on the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour. This lets you explore Rome at your own pace, and allows you to stop as many times as you like (within 48 hours). The stops are close to some of the city's most popular attractions, so this is a great choice for those wanting to do some serious sightseeing! 

With around 4 million tourists visiting each year the Colosseum is without a doubt one of Rome’s busiest attractions. Queues can often reach over 2 hours long! The Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour ticket includes skip-the-line entry to the Colosseum (as well as the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel) so you won't have to worry as you can avoid the queues and enjoy more free time exploring the city. 

This iconic attraction should definitely be on your ‘must-see’ list. It’s the perfect place to experience a piece of the city’s history and take a few photos!

 

Colosseum Rome

 

For dinner, there are plenty of restaurants to try bursting with atmosphere. Many have live music, but most importantly delicious food. If you’re not sure where to go, you could even try a dinner tour. Dine at a local restaurant where you can relax with a glass of wine and enjoy some tasty Italian comfort food, before being taken to see some of Rome’s fascinating attractions. You'll be able to see them in a whole new light (literally!) as they are illuminated at night- making them appear even more impressive than usual. 

 

Rome at Night

 

Day three:

Now that you have your bearings, spend a relaxing day visiting some of Rome’s famous attractions at your leisure. The Trevi fountain is a great tourist spot for children and adults alike. As you approach, you can hear the incredible sound of the rushing water, before coming face to face with the beautiful Baroque detail of the sculpture.

 

Trevi Fountain Rome

 

If you're curious to test the old tradition, throw a coin into the fountain with your right hand over your left shoulder to see if you will ever return to the eternal city. You may be wondering; what happens to the money? Each day the coins are collected (around 3000 euros!) and are given to one of the biggest charity organisations in Rome (Caritas) who distribute it to various charities around the world. This legendary landmark is a fun stop not to be missed!

Another popular tourist spot is the Bocca della Verità (the mouth of truth) at the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. The carving of a man like face into marble is steeped in legend; touch his mouth if you dare!  

 

Bocca della Verità Rome

 

A visit to the Spanish steps, Roman Forum or San Pietro in Vincoli (home to Michelangelo’s famous Moses statue) will make your day fun filled and free of charge!

 

Ready to start planning your visit? Click here, to view our full range of Rome attractions. 

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