A visit to Rome has been on my bucket list for absolutely ages, so when I got the chance to visit I jumped at it! Rome is a beautiful city and there is so much to see and do. I spent two days there and packed a lot into my time, but I feel like I barely scratched the surface. I would love to go back again and take my time to wander around and see things at a much slower pace. I walked miles during my visit so I recommend that you wear comfy shoes and dress for all weathers, I was there in February and one minute it was freezing cold and the next I was in a t-shirt and sunglasses and it was hot! Have an idea of what you want to see before you visit and if possible get yourself a map so that you can plan your route around the city. Lastly, do not forget to pack your camera as everywhere you turn there will be something that you want to capture on film.
So without further ado, here’s my top eight things to see in Rome;
8. Circus Maximus
Circus Maximus was home to chariot racing. It was the first and largest stadium in Ancient Rome. You can still clearly see where the spina would have been.
7. Vatican City
Personally, I could not have visited Rome without going to The Vatican. To be able to see where the Pope stands to say mass was pretty cool!
6. The Piazzas
Even in February the piazzas were buzzing with atmosphere, the street entertainers were out and the cafes and restaurants were busy. I would love to visit in the warmer months and spend a lazy evening soaking up the atmosphere and people watching.
5. The Pantheon
Wow! The Pantheon is stunning! The dome is simply amazing – how on earth did the Romans get it all the way up there and how did they keep each piece in place until it was finished?
4. The Colosseum
You cannot visit Rome and not go to The Colosseum! It is the largest amphitheatre ever built and was used for Gladiator battles as well as other forms of entertainment.
3. The Sistine Chapel
I know that I have listed The Vatican City already, but I feel that The Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica should get their own special mention.
The Sistine Chapel was amazing. I could have spent hours in there looking at the paintings, although it does give you a bit of a crick in the neck looking up so much! To be able to see Michelangelo’s works, particularly The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement, really was a dream come true for me.
2. St Peter’s Basilica
Like The Sistine Chapel, this deserves it’s own mention as it really was a stand-out part of The Vatican City for me. I thought that the Basilica was absolutely beautiful and my photographs really don’t give it the justice it deserves.
1. The Trevi Fountain
I cannot put into words how beautiful I thought The Trevi Fountain was. It was nothing like I expected it to be – for some reason I had thought it was circular and I thought it would be in the middle of a huge piazza, but it’s in a much smaller square. The fountain itself was huge and I was mesmerised by how blue the water was. It was absolutely stunning and I hope that if you have the opportunity to see it for yourself if you are ever in Rome.
Have you been to Rome? Do you have something different that you would add to my list of ‘must sees’? Leave me a comment below and if I get the opportunity to visit Rome again I’ll check out your recommendations.