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What to do in Rome: 5 experiences not to be missed

The Capital of Italy is one of the most fascinating cities in the world, a place where the past coexists with the present and where antiquity shines through immortal monuments now integrated with a modern and dynamic city. The things to see in the capital of Lazio are almost infinite and to list them all is impossible. In this short guide, however, we wanted to recommend what to do in Rome suggesting 5 experiences not to be missed.

 

1.    Visit the Colosseum and the Roman Forums

Whether you have chosen to visit Rome in one day, or you have decided to spend several days in the city, a visit to the Colosseum is not to be missed.

The Flavian Amphitheater is not only the symbol of Rome, but it is the most emblematic image of Italy.

The Colosseum, located in the center of Rome, was built between 72 and 80 AD and it’ s the largest amphitheater in the world. It is estimated that it can hold between 50,000 and 87,000 people. This is the largest and most important monument of Roman times that has survived to the present day.

Here took place the bloody games of gladiators, but also hunting shows, re-enactments of battles and dramas based on classical mythology.

To visit the Colosseum we suggest you to buy tickets in advance in order to avoid long queues at the entrance.

Not far from the Flavian Amphitheater, there are the Roman Forums, a large archaeological area where you can admire the remains of monuments and buildings dating back to different eras.

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2.    Taste the Roman cuisine

Among the advice on what to do in Rome can not miss a tasty tip: taste the excellent Roman cuisine!

Pasta alla Carbonara, pasta alla Gricia, the famous Roman pizza, Supplì, artichoke alla Giudìa, porchetta and coda alla vaccinara are just some of the typical dishes of the city.

If you want to taste the best traditional dishes and discover some of the most interesting restaurants (frequented by local people), then we suggest you to take part in one of our gastronomic tours.

If you are curious to taste some of the most beloved dishes of the Romans, then take part in the Rome Street Food Tour: a local guide will accompany you to discover the best street food during a walk between the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Campo dei Fiori.

If you are in the mood for a special and different tour, reach the Trastevere district to participate in the Rome Gourmet Gastronomic Tour. During a walk through alleys and boutiques, you will discover some of the best restaurants in the area, you will learn how to prepare pasta alla Carbonara and you will come across gourmet preparations that enhance the traditional cuisine.

During each tour you will be accompanied by local experts who will guide you through the best typical restaurants and tell you the history and curiosities of the places visited.

3.      Explore the Trastevere district

Speaking of typical cuisine and Trastevere, you should know that this neighborhood is one of the places to visit absolutely during a stay in Rome.

Trastevere is a particularly characteristic and still very authentic neighborhood: life here flows slowly, far from the hectic pace of the rest of the city, among the alleys of Sanpietrini, bars and historic trattorias and craft stores.

During a visit to Trastevere we recommend you to enter the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere and visit the Museum of Rome in Trastevere.

Before leaving the neighborhood don’t forget to stop in one of its trattorias: here you can taste the traditional dishes still prepared according to the ancient recipes.

If you want to know some of the best restaurants in the area, join our Rome Trastevere Food Tour: we will visit a cookie factory and then we will taste cold cuts, cheese, pizza, supplì and the excellent pasta alla carbonara. In the meantime your local expert will tell you the most interesting curiosities about this beautiful neighborhood of Rome.

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4.    Strolling around Rome at night

Among the advice on what to do in Rome, we also want to include an evening walk.

Rome at night is transformed and takes on an even more magical air if possible. The illuminated monuments have a unique charm, the streets are quiet and the atmosphere is that of a movie.

Do you remember Federico Fellini’s Dolce Vita? Walk to the Trevi Fountain to enjoy it without the crowds, reach the Colosseum and take pictures from Via Nicola Salvi or embark on a cruise along the Tiber to spend an unforgettable evening. In short, enjoy the Eternal City even after sunset: you will not regret it!

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5.    Visit the Vatican Museums

Finally, the very last suggestion is to visit the Vatican Museums, the famous museum center of Vatican City which is composed of several museums and galleries.

Visiting them all is almost impossible unless you want to come back several days in a row, so plan your visit in advance to figure out what you want to see in particular and plan to spend at least half a day here.

The tour always ends with the exciting Sistine Chapel: an unmissable stop of every stay in Rome.

As for the Colosseum, also in this case we suggest you buy your tickets in advance to avoid the long queues at the entrance.

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We hope that our advice on what to do in Rome can be useful: the Eternal City is one of the most beautiful destinations in Italy and by following these suggestions you will be able to enjoy it in the best way.

We are waiting for you to take you on one of our Food Tour!

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SELENE

SELENE

Graduated in Literature and Communication and Media Culture, she loves both writing and storytelling. She made her first trip when she was only two and a half months old and hasn't had a break since. Each of her trips is accompanied, of course, by more tastings of the local cuisine! Today she writes about this and more on her blog "Viaggi che Mangi" and in the meantime she also writes for other portals.

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