Rome is one of the biggest travel destinations in Italy, and possibly the world. There is so much history and beauty oozing out of every inch of the city, and there's certainly not a shortage of activities. Today we're bringing you our top five favorite places and things to do in this ancient city. So as they say, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do!"
1. See the Colosseum
One of the most famous landmarks in Rome, the colosseum is a must-see for sure. Inaugurated in 80 A.D, it served as a stadium for gladiator and animal fights for years. Now, there are a number of tours you can take of the inside, or you can admire the impressive structure from the street. If you are planning to take a tour, we suggest getting tickets ahead of time or you will most likely be spending hours waiting in line! And be sure to stop by at night, as it takes on a whole different persona when beautifully lit.
2. Admire the ancient ruins at the Roman Forum
When walking through this huge area of ruins dating back to 500 B.C., it's not hard to imagine the time period and people who once walked the streets of ancient Rome. You can schedule a tour guide to take you around and tell more of the specific stories of the ruins, or you can just walk leisurely through this incredible piece of history.
3. Explore Saint Peter's Basilica
The cathedral is one of the most famous in the world, as it was built in 349 A.D. and has been a pilgrimage site for Catholics since. There can be extremely long lines that wraps around the piazza, but the inside of the church is definitely worth seeing.
4. Walk up the Spanish Steps
This famous site in Rome's Piazza di Spagna is a fun place to sit and take a rest mid day, or climb to the top to see an incredible view of the square, and Bernini's impressive fountain. Also a famous high end shopping street, these steps leading up to the beautiful Trinità dei Monti church at the top is definitely something to experience.
5. Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain
This incredible Baroque piece of art is one of the most stunning sights of Rome. With Neptune and tritons all around, the fountain is nestled into a rather crowded area of the city and is usually packed with tourists so try to visit first thing in the morning or late at night. Toss a coin in over your shoulder (and make a wish!) and they say you will return to Rome. :)