Rome was considered the center of the universe for hundreds of years when the Roman empire was at its height. Today, it’s a tourist mega-destination that will offer glimpses into Europe’s past and present. Here is your guide of what to see, where to eat, and where to sleep while in Rome.
What to see:
- The first think most people think of when they think of Rome is the Colosseum. The design and architecture of the Colosseum is still the model that modern stadiums are built after. The Colosseum has certainly withstood the test of time at nearly 2,000 years old.
- The Pantheon is also a Rome must-see. This 2,000 year old temple, now church, is the best preserved ancient Roman monument.
- See the Trevi Fountain, perhaps the most famous fountain in the world. The fountain almost takes up the entirety of the tiny Piazza di Trevi where crowds hoard around throwing their wishes into the fountain.
- Explore Vatican City. Technically it’s own country, Vatican City has an endless number of famous attractions from St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican itself. In a city filled with churches, St. Peter’s Basilica stands above the rest in both size and age.
- Hang out on the Spanish Steps. After touring all day, catch your breath at the Spanish Steps where you can people watch along the Piazza di Spagna.
Where to eat:
Rome is definitely a city that lives to eat, rather than eats to live. Don’t miss out on these great restaurants.
- Trastevre is a great option for fantastic quality but affordable food.
- Forno di Campo de’ Fiori is one of Rome’s best and most popular takeaway joints. The pizza bianca (white pizza with olive oil, rosemary, and salt) is perhaps their most popular item.
- La Rosetta is a seafood lover’s dream. It is also one of the oldest restaurants in Rome.
- Ditirambo is lively and inviting serving up Roman specialities like cacio e pepe (pasta with pecorino romano sheep cheese and black pepper).
Where to stay:
An average hotel in Rome will run you around $100 a night and up. Those looking for cheaper options can stay in hostel dorm rooms for around $25-35 per night. Some hotel suggestions include: Kolbe Hotel Rome, Hotel Campo De’ Fiori, or the Relais Palazzo Taverna.
Filled with history and old-world charm, Rome is a must see. The churches will amaze, the ancient monuments will captivate, and the essence of the city will make you start planning your next trip back as soon as you leave.