Experience Rome: Interesting place and ultimate sights in the Eternal City
City tours in Italy's capital are among the most popular short trips in Europe, especially in summer. The best weather, great Italian food and insanely exciting places await visitors to Rome. Discover the ultimate highlights on your own and let your guide tell you the hidden favourite places of the locals - maybe the guide gives in addition to numerous tips for sightseeing or the best restaurants also a small Italian language course? But language skills or not - we will show you the places you must have seen in Rome!
1. Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
The huge art collection of the Vatican Museums is world famous. Whoever is in town should definitely visit it. Highlights are the chapel and the Raphael's stanzas. Those who do not book a skip-the-line ticket should either get up early or come after 13 o'clock. Then most tourists leave the Vatican for lunch. As part of the Vatican Museums, the ticket for the Sistine Chapel is already included in the admission price. What makes the chapel so special? The unique ceiling painting by Michelangelo depicting nine scenes of the story of creation. The highlight: The Creation of Adam. When visiting, please note the special dress code: cover shoulders and knees!
2. Caracalla Baths
The ancient thermal baths, which are more than 1800 years old, were more or less the leisure park of the ancient Romans. The magnificent baths were open to the public for the whole population. Today the ruins are a really great place to dive into the history of Rome.
3. Via Appia Antica
In ancient times the Via Appia Antica was one of the most important traffic arteries and even today large parts of it are still preserved. Along the route you will find several tombs and you can also discover the Roman catacombs of Calixtus, Sebastian and Domitilla. Especially on Sundays, the Via Appia Antica is a popular excursion destination. Tourists enjoy sightseeing tours by bike, Segway or as a stop on a hop on hop off city tour.
Every year, the stadiums of this world become the meeting place for thousands of people on a wide variety of occasions. Sports, concerts, pure entertainment. The 2000 year old Colosseum in Rome can still compete with any stadium in the world. 50.000 people could take a seat here to watch bloody gladiatorial fights or reenacted sea battles. Surely, a trip to Rome must include a visit to the amphitheatre. Attention: Keep distance from the gladiators - tourist rip-offs!
5. St. Peter's Basilica
If you don't want to wait at St. Peter's Basilica you have to book a skip-the-line ticket or tours with local guides, because St. Peter's Basilica with St. Peter's Square is one of the most popular sights in the world. It is the centre of the Catholic Church and every Wednesday the Pope himself invites to an audience. Our tip: definitely climb the dome and enjoy one of the most beautiful views over Rome.
6. Roman Forum
The Forum Romanum is splendidly situated between the city hills Capitol, Palatine and Esquiline. The popular square has always been the centre of the city's public life. Today the Forum Romanum is a place of unique magic. The ruins of ancient Roman buildings are a popular stop on guided tours and discovery tours of Rome.
Rome, founded in 753 B.C., stretches over seven hills. The Palatine Hill is one of them, where Romulus is said to have lived. The Palatine is often considered as an open-air museum, as it is the oldest inhabited part of the city. Guided tours, tours and excursions combining the attractions Forum Romanum, Colosseum and Palatine Hill are particularly popular.
8. Trevi Fountain
It is probably the legend of Rome that is most widespread. Whoever tosses a coin into the Trevi Fountain is guaranteed a return to Rome. The second coin promises love and a third promises marital bliss. How many coins will you throw in the fountain, which is 26 meters high and 20 meters wide? Superstition or not: the fountain is a true masterpiece and a visit is a must!
9. Galleria Borghese
The Galleria Borghese is one of the most valuable private collections in the world and it is probably the best museum in Rome. Not only the collections on the first and second floor, but also the park are extremely worth seeing. There is even a small zoo for children. Tickets should definitely be purchased in advance as the number of visitors per day is limited.
10. Castel Sant'Angelo
The present Castel Sant'Angelo was once planned as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian. It was not called Engelsburg until Pope Gregory I saw an apparition of the Archangel Michael near the tomb of Hadrian. In the 6th century the mausoleum of the Goths king Totila was converted into a base. Later, the popes also used the Castel Sant'Angelo as a vanishing point. The "Castel Sant Angelo" is connected to the Vatican by a long underground passage. If the Popes were in danger, they could flee this way.
Travel tips for tours through Rome
Find the best restaurant
In Rome's alleyways, one restaurant follows the other and excellent food is available in many places. The best pizza you can eat in Trastevere near Ivo on the Via Francesco a Ripa. Or in the pizzeria Ai Marmi, which is affectionately called "mortuary" by the Romans because of its long tables. Gioliotti has the most delicious ice cream right in the centre and as a snack we recommend the porchetta: crispy suckling pig served in a bread roll.
Shopping in Monti
The competition for the most exciting district in Rome is between Trastevere and Monti. While many tourists spend their day in Trastevere, Monti is still less touristic. The best way to go shopping and strolling here is along Via dei Serpenti and the surrounding alleys. Here you will find small boutiques, alternative shops and cosy pubs. You can save on the shopping mile Via del Corso in the centre. You can find these chain stores at home too!
The most beautiful view over Rome
Where you can enjoy the most beautiful view over Rome and take envious panoramic photos? The light in the morning or at sunset gives you a unique view from Gianicolo Hill, from the dome of St. Peter's Basilica you can enjoy a heavenly view of Vatican City and the roofs of Rome. A great view of St. Peter's Basilica can be enjoyed from the Castel Sant'Angelo.
The perfect pocket money
Whether for three or five days in Rome, the budget should usually be set in advance. The following facts are helpful in calculating the costs in Rome: Nearly all sightseeings and activities cost an entrance fee (10-20€), eating out in Rome can be expensive or cheap. Pasta starts for example at 6€. Beer is much more expensive than wine (5€ vs. 2€).
The little Italian 1x1
For the bus or metro in Rome: Quanto costa un biglietto per ...? (How much is a ticket to...?) For the restaurant: Vorrei prenotare una tavola per 2 persone. (I would like a table for two people.) For the welcome: Come sta? (How are you?), Buon giorno! (Good day!) or ciao! (Hello!)
The best time for the Rome vacation
The winters in Rome are mild, the summers hot. The climate is pleasant from November to March. During these months not so many tourists come to Rome either. Caution is advised during the catholic holidays, because then many attractions can be closed or overcrowded. The optimal travel time is 3-5 days, which can be optimally used for interesting discovery tours. If you want to save costs: book your flight and hotel well in advance!
Public transport in the Italian capital
The top sights in Rome are close together in the city centre, but there is almost nobody who can avoid a trip with the Metro. There are two extended underground lines and numerous buses. Rome visitors are also welcome to book a Rome City Pass in which the public transport ticket is already included. You can also buy bus and metro tickets as a one-way or day ticket from the ticket machines in the metro stations. Unfortunately, tickets are not valid for travel to the Rome-Fiumicino airport. For the transfer to the airports you need a special ticket.