For people planning on visiting Rome, there is no better advice than the adage “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” Being the Eternal City, Rome has a lot to offer visitors ranging from unique architecture to cuisine, to handicrafts and so on. First trip or not, Rome is bound to overwhelm your senses, so here are some must-do and see things in Rome.
Dating back to 500 B.C., and enlarged by Julius Caesar, Augustus Caesar, Domitian, and Trajan, the Roman Forum and its archaeological site take you back in time to when the citizens of ancient Rome walked around the cobblestone paths, bringing their sacrifices to the temples. After admiring all the Forum has to offer, try visiting the Bocca della Verità – an ancient stone carving of a bearded man’s face which according to legend, will bite off the hand of those who do not speak the truth.
This is a great place to visit with a luxury car hire from Apex Luxury Car Hire Rome, one of the best agencies in the city. The Colosseum was the largest amphitheater in the Roman Empire, which was built around 80 A.D. for games including gladiatorial combats and animal fights. With a capacity of 50,000, the Colosseum welcomes over 4 million visitors annually. Getting a combined ticket for the Forum, the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill will help you jump the long lines at the Colosseum.
Built somewhere between 118 and 128 A.D., the Pantheon was the most prominent dome in the world. With the honor of being the most architecturally perfect building in the world, the Pantheon was used as a burial site for Rome’s prominent figures ranging from the emperors to Raphael. This is also the best-preserved monument of Imperial Rome, its most fascinating feature being that the oculus in the dome is open, letting sunlight in.
All of the ornate Baroque art that Rome has to offer is on display at the Piazza Navona; this, combined with the abundance of restaurants, gelaterias, souvenir shops, and the Museo di Roma make it one of the most popular tourist spots in the city. A short distance away is the Via della Pace, one of the most picturesque streets in the city. Make sure to make a pit stop at Ristorante Santa Lucia where you can fill up on fresh salads, pasta, and other Roman delicacies.
Literally translated into “across the Tiber,” you’ll find Trastevere housing a more hip and bohemian vibe, similar to Barcelona, in contrast to the elegant and historical vibe on the other side of the River. This place offers you plenty of boutiques to shop all day at and bars all along the streets that become lively in the night.