Unlike many other cities, Rome wears its history on its sleeve. Staggering ancient buildings and towering castles nestle comfortably within the modern city and busy streets. This is the best of Rome! The history of the city is extensive and discoveries endless. That being said, some must condense the magnificence of Rome into a day. For these cases, these are the must-see roman sites condensed.
First and foremost, start your day as the Romans do with a cappuccino and cornetto. A coffee and fresh homemade pastry is a common breakfast for locals and is the perfect way to start your day in the mindset of an Italian. This combination can be found on just about any block at a coffee shop or café.
One cannot travel to Rome without visiting the Colosseum and Fori Imperiali (Imperial Forums). You must follow a map in order to identify the ruins you are seeing as you walk. The trail of the Imperial Forums will lead you straight to entrance of the Colosseum, which is the next “must-see” on the list. A tour of the Colosseum, a massive ancient amphitheater, will show you where 80,000 people used to watch in awe as gladiators and animals fought to the death. You should allow for at least 1 and a half hours to fully observe and understand the history.
With the view of the Arch of Constantine, just outside of the Colosseum, you can take a lunch break in that area. If you’d like to take away food from a vendor and walk to nearby sites, you can easily make your way to the Forum Romano (Roman Forum), Palatino (Palatine Hill), and Museo Palatino (Palatine Museum). All within walking distance from the Colosseum, you can explore these important parts or Rome’s history in trade, political affairs, and religion.
Just a metro ride away, find yourself near the heart and very best of Rome. With the Pantheon as your next destination, prepare yourself for a 45-minute visit to marvel at the Piazza della Rotonda as well as the inside of the well-preserved monument. This Roman temple was dedicated to all the gods of pagan Rome and definitely shouldn’t be missed in your Roman adventure. From there, the Spanish Steps (Scala di Spagna) are in the very center of the city. Take a rest on these ancient, famous steps and take a moment to marvel at the fountain at the stair landing.
At this point, an Italian dinner must be calling your name. The famous Piazza Navona is one of the most romantic places at night to enjoy dinner, stroll around, and admire Bernini’s Fountain of Four Rivers. While meals in this area may tilt toward the pricier side, the ambiance and atmosphere of the area provide an authentic Roman dinner that you will never forget.
Wrap up your day of sightseeing the best of Rome with a tasty gelato by the Trevi Fountain, about a 10-minute walk from Piazza Navona. Channel your inner Lizzie McGuire by enjoying the fountain’s architectural beauty by night and make a wish with a coin in the fountain, most likely to return Rome very soon.
Published on July 4th, 2016
© When In Rome Tours, article provided by Katharine Carroll.