5. Vatican city – Although technically the Vatican City is in a completely different country to Italy and Rome, you can wander in and out without even noticing. This is the headquarters to the Roman Catholic Church, the home to the Pope, and also iconic architecture. While you are here soaking up the history and culture at St. Peters Square, you can also visit other must-see attractions such as St Peters Basilica, Vatican Museums, Vatican Gardens, and the Sistine Chapel. You can also check out Castle St. Angelo which is just at the end of the street.
4. Catacombs – The Catacombs of Rome are former underground burial grounds that date from the second to the fifth century which were mainly used by Christians and Jews. These are subterranean passageways that were used as a place of burial for a number of centuries. There are many of these scattered across the city some of which include the Catacombs of San Callisto, Catacombs of Domitilla, Catacombs of Sant’Agnese, Catacombs of Priscilla, and the most popular being Catacombs of San Sebastiano.
3. Eat – Most people will agree that Italian cuisine is either the best or one of the best in the entire world. It’s hard to disagree with the above statement when Italy gave us foods such as Pizza, Spaghetti Bolognese, Lasagne, Pasta Carbonara, Gelato and that’s only the tip of the iceberg! If you want to experience these recipes at its best, the number one thing you have to remember is DO NO EAT RIGHT OUTSIDE TOURIST ATTRACTIONS. These places lack the authentic Italian flavors and are also way overpriced, you will find the best foods down side streets. Eataly is somewhere I highly recommend trying.
2. Historic district (Parione) – The best thing you can do here is switch your phone off and get lost, this is how you experience the Roman lifestyle. Head down narrow streets and find yourself immersed with great little gelato shops, cafes, bistros, or boutique shops. Smell the Italian recipes and watch excellent street performances before arriving at historic sights such as The Pantheon, Piazza Navona, or the picture-perfect Trevi Fountain. According to the legend, you should throw a coin over your shoulder and into the fountain to return someday to the Eternal city. I did but I haven’t returned yet.
1. Roman ruins – Obviously nobodys trip to Rome would be complete without witnessing one of the 7 wonders of the world. The Colosseum was the largest amphitheater of its time and once held up to 80,000 spectators which was built in 80AD. Not even a stone’s throw away from the Colosseum you can find the Roman forum which was the center of the day-to-day lives of the ancient Romans. Lay here are ancient government buildings, markets, and areas for public speeches and criminal trials. If this wasn’t enough history in one area you can also find Palatine hill here where Rome is believed to have been founded by brothers Romulus and Remus in 753 BC.
Vatican City: Free entry. St. Peters square: Free entry. St. Peters basilica: Free entry. Vatican museums: 17 Euro. Vatican garden: 32 Euro. Sistine chapel: 14 Euro. Castle St. Angelo: 14 Euro. Catacombs of Rome: 8 Euro. Eataly dinner: 11 – 15 Euro. Pantheon: Free entry. Piazza Navona: Free entry. Trevi fountain: Free entry. Colosseum + Roman Forum + Palatine hill: 16 Euro.