Things to Do in Rome

Things to Do in Rome

Explore Rome's most impressive squares, fountains, monuments and attractions. Rome is a breath-taking open-air museum and these are its top sights.

Millennia of history, unbeatable cuisine, and much more, Rome is rightfully one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet. With so many things to do and see in Rome, one of the most difficult parts of visiting the Eternal City can be crafting the perfect itinerary. Read on to discover our must-dos!

Visit the Colosseum

An ever-enduring symbol of the grandeur of Ancient Rome, the Colosseum is perhaps one of the most recognisable landmarks on the planet, as well as one of the 7 Wonders of the World.

This breathtaking amphitheatre is right in the heart of the city, and once would have accommodated as many as 80,000 spectators. These giant crowds would watch on as the venue played host to everything from epic gladiator fights to public executions.

An aerial view of the Colosseum on a sunny day, with various buildings and trees in the surrounding area.An aerial view of the Colosseum on a sunny day, with various buildings and trees in the surrounding area.

With Civitatis, there are lots of different ways of visiting this bucket list landmark. You don’t need a guide to visit the Colosseum. However, to get the full experience, and to gain a deeper insight into the landmark’s history, we recommend taking a guided tour of the Colosseum. Alternatively, feel like a gladiator yourself with this Guided Tour + Gladiator's Entrance ticket, and walk where so many gladiators once walked in Ancient Rome! If you'd prefer to explore it at your own pace, the entrance is included with the OMNIA Rome & Vatican Card.

Stroll Through the Roman Forum

Just a stone's throw from the Colosseum, the Forum marked the heart of Ancient Rome's political, religious and social spheres. It would have been in this very place that triumphal processions, public speeches, commercial affairs and much more would have taken place.

Today, this sprawling archaeological site is made up of different streets that were once bustling at the height of the Roman Empire, temples, the courts of justice and halls of government. Here are some activities that you may find useful to explore this complex and delve into its fascinating history.

An aerial shot of the Roman Forum in a haze, with the morning sun shining down on the site.An aerial shot of the Roman Forum in a haze, with the morning sun shining down on the site.

Explore the Vatican Museums & the Sistine Chapel

No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the Vatican. Home to one of the most extensive art collections in the world, the Vatican Museums are home to countless masterpieces from the Renaissance period, including works by Raphael, Caravaggio, and Leonardo da Vinci. The Sistine Chapel is a highlight of the Vatican Museums. It's renowned for its stunning ceiling fresco and the painting of the Last Judgment, both of which were painted by the legendary Michelangelo.

A shot of the sign of Musei Vaticani in the Vatican City, with stone work above.A shot of the sign of Musei Vaticani in the Vatican City, with stone work above.

See them both on this Vatican City Tour! Another fantastic combination option is this Vatican Gardens + Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Ticket, during which you can explore the gardens which comprise over 50% of the Vatican, the smallest country in the world.

Enter Rome's Pantheon

The Pantheon is one of Rome's best-preserved ancient structures. Originally, the Pantheon was built as a temple dedicated to Roman gods and was later converted to a Christian church. Built almost 2000 years ago, this massive structure is still considered an architectural masterpiece. Perhaps its most astounding element is its crowning dome, which still boasts the title of having the largest unsupported concrete dome on the planet.

You can visit the Pantheon by yourself for an entry fee of  5 (US$ 5.40). However, on this Pantheon Guided Tour, you can explore this iconic structure, including legendary artist Raphael's tomb, accompanied by an expert guide, who will give you valuable insights into its rich history.

The dome of the Pantheon in Rome as seen from below, within the building.The dome of the Pantheon in Rome as seen from below, within the building.

Stroll Down the Spanish Steps

Considered the longest and widest staircase in all of Europe, The Spanish Steps represent one of the city's finest pieces of Baroque architecture. Built in the early 18th century, the 135 steps connect the Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Square) at the base with the Trinità dei Monti Church at the top. This part of the city is always buzzing with tourists and locals alike. In the streets surrounding the steps, you'll find an incredible selection of designer shops, as well as some fantastic eateries which are worth checking out, whether you're buying or simply window shopping! 

The Spanish Steps in Rome as seen from the Piazza di Spagna early in the morning, with no people in view. There is a clear sky in the background.The Spanish Steps in Rome as seen from the Piazza di Spagna early in the morning, with no people in view. There is a clear sky in the background.

Throw a Coin into the Trevi Fountain

This stunning Baroque masterpiece is another unmissable stop in the Italian capital city. A ten-minute walk from the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain as it stands today was completed in 1762, though it is said that the water source dates back to 19BC. You can see the fountain as part of this Free Walking Tour of Rome, during which you can take the chance to follow the tradition of throwing a coin into the water. According to legend, this act will ensure one's return to the city!

The Trevi Fountain at the front, with a clear blue sky in the background.The Trevi Fountain at the front, with a clear blue sky in the background.

Take a cruise on the Tiber River

Taking a cruise along the Tiber River is one of the best ways to discover this ancient city. This legendary body of the water is said to be where the city's mythical founders Romulus and Remus were abandoned. On this Rome Sightseeing Cruise on the Tiber River, you can learn all about the city's origin story, and also see the landmarks of Castel Sant’AngeloPiazza del Popolo and the Mausoleum of Augustus along the way! For a more luxurious experience, check out this Tiber River Cruise with an Appetizer, during which you can enjoy some authentic Italian foods, including pizza along the way!

Below you'll find some more activities to do along the Tiber River and Sant'Angelo.
Castel Sant'Angelo Ticket + Audio Guide
Castel Sant'Angelo Tour + Terrace Access
 

The Tiber River in the foreground with the Saint Angel Castle overlooking the river in the background, and a clear sky.The Tiber River in the foreground with the Saint Angel Castle overlooking the river in the background, and a clear sky.

Learn to Make an Authentic Italian Pizza

Talking about pizza... if you're a foodie, we'd definitely recommend taking a look at taking a cooking class or two while you're in the home of Italian cuisine. On this Italian Pizza Workshop in Rome, you'll learn from a highly-skilled pizzaiolo about the high-quality ingredients and essential techniques necessary for constructing this beloved dish, taking you on a culinary and cultural adventure like no other! If pasta is more your speed, you might prefer this Italian Pasta & Tiramisu Workshop, during which you'll learn to make your very own fresh pasta and sauce, as well as the irresistible coffee dessert of tiramisu!

If you're on your holiday to relax, and simply want to indulge in the infinite delights that Italian cuisine has to offer, go on this Trastevere Food Tour and explore one of Rome's best areas for food and wine!

Go on a Wine Tasting

Italy is a wine-lovers paradise. The biggest wine-producing country, and home to some of the finest wines on the planet, Italy's capital city of Rome is as good a place as any to go on a wine tasting. Rome belongs to the region of Lazio, which is one of the most prominent wine-producing regions in Italy. However, as part of this Wine Tasting in Rome, you can taste glasses of fine red, rosé, white and sparkling from all over Italy, accompanied by an expert, English-speaking sommelier. What's more, the wine is accompanied by delicious Italian snacks, including cured meats and cheeses from across the country.

Delve into Rome's Underbelly

One of the most fascinating attractions in Rome in fact lies underneath the city. Rome's ancient catacombs are underground tunnels which served as a Christian and Jewish place of burial during approximately the 2nd-5th centuries AD. Incredibly, these passageways stretch for kilometres underneath the city's bustling streets. On this Underground Tour of Rome, you can delve into these ancient passages yourself and, accompanied by an expert guide, gain an insight into the lives, beliefs, and burial practices of Romans at the turn of the millennium.

Within the catacombs of rome, with various holes on either side of the passage, lit up from the top.Within the catacombs of rome, with various holes on either side of the passage, lit up from the top.

While these are our top 10 things to do in the Eternal City of Rome, there is lots to do! For more travel inspiration, be sure to take a look at the rest of this Rome travel guide!

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