25 Best Things to Do in Rome (Italy) - The Crazy Tourist (2023)

Rome stands as one of the finest and oldest cities in the world. The history of Rome spans over 2500 years and it has been a center of power, politics, culture and development since its inception. Creation of the city is steeped in legend and mythology and there are various different accounts of how this majestic place was built. Various Roman emperors have ruled mighty Rome and this is the place where the colossal Roman Empire grew from.

As time progressed, various monuments, palaces and religious buildings have been constructed in the city and these now stand as beautiful tourist attractions and a reminder of the cities glorious past. Rome is consistently ranked as one of the top tourist destinations in Europe and with sights such as the Colosseum and the Vatican, it is easy to see why.

Lets explore the best things to do in Rome:

1. Colosseum

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This mighty structure is one of the most renowned and iconic landmarks in the world and a trip to Rome would not be complete without visiting the Colosseum.

Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, the Colosseum was constructed between 70-80 AD and at its peak was estimated to hold 80,000 spectators.

This building was used to hold game, gladiator tournaments and other forms of entertainment and would regularly be attended by the Roman Emperors.

Located to the south west of the main terminus train station, the Colosseum is easily accessible and has a metro station in close proximity.

Marvel at this famous structure from all angles, and ensure that you brave the queues and step inside to truly appreciate the enormity of this ancient place of celebration.

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2. St Peter’s Square

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Rome holds a small country within a country – The Vatican.

This independent state is one of the most important religious sites in the world and St. Peter’s Square is an iconic place where many significant events have taken place.

Located at the front of the Vatican state, the square is actually circular and is framed by two huge sets of colonnades – Standing on these columns are beautiful statues of various religious figures and previous popes.

In the centre is a imposing obelisk which was actually taken from Nero’s Circus and looks Egyptian rather than Roman.

At the far end of the square stands the iconic St Peter’s Basilica and in front of this a set of chairs are usually set out for papal ceremonies.

Take in the enormity of the square, see the crowds of people hoping to catch a glimpse of the Pope and use this as a starting point to explore the Vatican.

Top rated tour available: Castel Sant’Angelo and St. Peter’s Square Tour

3. St. Peter’s Basilica

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Possibly the most recognizable and celebrated religious building in the world, St. Peter’s Basilica stands as a true triumph to the power and decadence of the catholic religion and it is held as one of the holiest shrines for its followers.

Standing at the far end of St. Peter’s square, the Basilica has a beautifully designed front facade and is crowned with statues of the Apostles and Jesus.

Inside the Basilica, the architecture and decoration is simply divine and it is regarded as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.

You will be amazed at the sheer amount of decoration and detail, and how the light falls in stunning rays at certain points during the day.

Both Michelangelo and Bernini contributed to the design and you can see their handiwork in the immense dome and stunning Gloria sculpture.

Don’t forget to climb to the top of the dome to see an aerial view of St. Peter’s Square. On this guided tour of St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, climb to the upper level of the Dome and see the panoramic views of Rome, then go underground to admire the historic grottoes.

4. The Pantheon

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The mighty Pantheon stands as one of the best preserved ancient Roman buildings in the world and is one of Rome’s most famous attractions.

Constructed in 118 AD by emperor Hadrian, the building that stands today was actually built on the site where an earlier temple stood that was commissioned by Agrippa.

At the front of the building stands a rectangular porch lined with huge columns and a dedication to Agrippa on the triangular pediment.

The interior features a magnificent dome that has a series of stone patterns and a central coffer that allows light to spill through.

Located in the center of Rome on the Piazza della Rotonda, the Pantheon should be a true highlight and is another must visit.

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5. Trevi Fountain

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There are not many other fountains in the world as lavishly decorated and sculptured as the Trevi fountain.

Constructed in 1762 by Nicola Salvi, the fountain pays tribute to the Roman God Oceanus who can be seen riding his chariot pulled by Tritons and taming several Hippocamps.

The detail of the sculptures is simply wonderful and the whole facade and fountain are a true work of art.

It has become a tradition to throw coins into the water over your shoulder for good luck although trying to do so next to hundreds of other tourists might prove difficult! Located in close proximity to the Pantheon and Quirinale palace, this fountain should not be passed up on when walking through the streets of Rome.

6. Spanish Steps

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Located in the Piazza di Spagna and the Piazza Trinita dei Monti, the 135 Spanish Steps were constructed in 1725 to span the gap and slope between these two popular squares.

Each of the 135 steps features a wide stone ledge and are framed by stone walls.

At the top of the steps you can find a large crucifix obelisk and many inscriptions carved into the stone.

At the bottom of the steps, the Piazza di Spagna is spacious and contains a variety of shops and cafes.

Alternatively, at the top of the stairs is the Trinita dei Monti church which in itself is a fine attraction.

Included in: Fountains and Squares Small-Group Walking Tour

7. Roman Forum

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Possibly one of the most important Roman ruins in Italy, the Roman Forum is an ancient site that consists of many ruins that were once the centre of Roman public and political life.

Various temples, squares and arches stood here including the temples of Saturn, Titus and Vesta and the Arch of Severus.

Much of these structures still stands today and you can still see some of the arches and building foundations and walls.

Located next to the Colosseum and Altar of the Fatherland, the Roman Forum really is an important site for your consideration.

Tickets can be bought for entry to both the Forum and the Colosseum and it is advised to allow ample time to properly explore the ruins and learn about the history of this place.

8. Sistine Chapel

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Part of the Vatican museum complex, the Sistine Chapel is one of the most renowned religious chapels in the world and has a stunning amount of detail and iconography.

Situated in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel was extensively restored in the 1400’s and the place where the papal enclave takes place – It is here that a new pope is selected.

The Sistine Chapel is particularly famous for its extensive and detailed decorations including the Last Judgement fresco by Michelangelo and the ceiling artwork.

These two magnificent pieces are artwork are considered some of the most influential and important in religious history.

Ensure you dedicate plenty of time to view this astonishing structure and the wonders held within.

Combo ticket available: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

9. Vatican Museums

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This treasure trove of classical and historical artwork has been built up over many centuries by various popes and includes some of the most important pieces of artwork in the world.

Located within the confines of the Vatican state, the museums hold over 70,000 pieces of artwork.

A dual ticket can be purchased to see both the Sistine Chapel and the museums and it is advised to devote enough time to see both properly.

Split into several different section, the museums include the Museo Pio-Clementino, the Museum Chiaramonti, the Museo Gregoriano Etrusco and the Museo Gregoriano Egiziano each of which contains different artworks and themes.

Notable piece include the Transfiguration by Raphael, the Entombment of Christ by Caravaggio and the breathtaking gallery of maps.

10. Piazza Navona

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Built on the site of the stadium of Domitian, the Piazza Navona was built in the 15th century and has remained a popular attraction ever since.

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Located in close proximity to the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain, the square is a great place to visit whilst walking through the city center.

This large square is usually full of artists and street vendors and the surrounding buildings frame the open space perfectly.

Notable elements of the square include the Fontana del Moro and Fountain of Neptune with their fantastic sculptures, the Palazzo Braschi, the Palazzo Pamphilj and the Saint Agnese in Agone church.

11. Castle Saint Angelo

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Also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, the Castle Saint Angelo is a circular fort and castle complex that was once the tallest building in Rome.

Created in 129 AD, the castle is truly ancient and was originally intended to serve as a Mausoleum for the Emperor.

As time progressed, the castle became part of the Vatican state and was connected to St.

Peter’s Basilica via a huge corridor named the Passetto di Borgo.

Today the castle stands as a museum and contains wonderful exhibits about the history of the structure throughout history.

It is also possible to climb to the top of the castle ramparts for fantastic views across to St. Peter’s square and the city of Rome.

12. Palatine Hill

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Palatine Hill is one of the most ancient areas in modern Rome and is the central most hill in the Tiber region.

Standing 40 metres above the historical Roman Forum it provides a fantastic viewing position and from here you can see the expanse of Rome laid out before your eyes.

In Roman mythology, this is the location where the legendary Romulus and Remus were supposedly found who then went on to build the city of Rome.

Several structures still stand on this site today including the Flavian Palace and the Temple of Cybele.

Admission to the Roman Forum includes access to Palatine Hill so ensure you make the climb and visit this fantastic viewpoint.

13. Galleria Borghese

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Situated in the Borghese Villa complex, the Galleria Borghese is an important art museum that contains a myriad of fine paintings, sculptures and antiques.

Established in 1903, the Borghese complex is found in the northern part of the inner city next to the Via Pinciana road.

The impressive building has a beautiful and ornate front facade that has many stone statues and decoration.

Spread across twenty different rooms, the extensive Borghese collection includes works by Raphael, Caravaggio, Rubens and Titan.

Allow ample time to view the masterpieces on display here and also the magnificent Borghese Villa gardens.

Book online: Borghese Gallery Ticket with Escorted Entrance

14. Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

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Rome is packed full of fantastic religious and historical buildings and the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is one such structure.

Listed as a Basilica Major, it is one of the largest churches in Rome and is located in the Piazza of the same name.

The front face of this magnificent building features a central array of stone columns topped with statues and many inscriptions.

Furthermore there is also a large bell tower that rises above the surrounding buildings.

Whilst the outside is stunning in its own right, interior is simply breathtaking and features a huge amount of gold decoration, fresco’s and detailed paintings both on the walls and ceilings.

Of particular interest is the Borghese chapel that features some beautiful paintings and gold sculptures.

15. Villa Borghese Gardens

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Located within the Borghese Villa complex, the gardens of the same name are a true triumph and provide a welcomed respite from the abundance of historical architecture found in Rome.

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As the third largest park in Rome, the gardens cover just under 200 acres of land and contain the Borghese Gallery and the Gallery of National Modern Art.

The garden contains various sections including the Casino Borghese that contains sculptures by Bernini, the Villa Giulia that contains the Etruscan Museum and the remnants of other villas too.

Furthermore you can also find various paths and trails that lead through the extensive arrangement of plant life and trees, and landscaped areas of garden with flower arrangements, fountains and beautiful bodies of water.

16. Trastevere

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This ancient part of Rome is considered to be one of the few places where you can see authentic Roman life and get a real feel for the city and how its residents live.

Located on the west of the River Tiber, Trastevere is the 13th rione of Rome and is packed full of narrow cobbled streets and character.

Ancient houses line the winding streets and many pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars can be found here too.

It is not uncommon to see washing hanging out between the streets and for the locals to be shouting to each other from building to building.

This is Rome at its most unabashed and simplistic form.

Visit Trastevere for a real slice of culture and take to the streets at night to enjoy some lively nightlife.

Related tour: 4-Hour Traditional Food Tour and Wine Tasting

17. Altar of the Fatherland

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Another colossal monument located in the heart of Rome, the Altar of the Fatherland is dedicated to King Victor Emmanuel who was the first king of unified Italy.

This large stone monument is located in close proximity to the Colosseum and the Pantheon.

At the front of the monument stands a large bronze statue of Emmanuel and many other stone sculptures.

The front facade features a row of ornate columns and is also highly decorated.

At the base of the monument there is also an interesting museum that is dedicated to the unification of Italy and the early years of its history.

18. Ponte Sant Angelo

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The bridge of Saint Angelo spans the epic River Tiber and creates a footpath between the Castel Sant’Angelo and the near side of the river.

Opening up directly from the front of the castle, this bridge has great symmetry and it is considered one of the most beautiful and decorative bridges in Rome.

Created with a face of travertine marble, the bridge stands out against the sometimes murky colors of the Tiber and offers some fantastic photographic opportunities.

A main feature of the bridge is the 10 angel statues that sit at intervals on the top of the ramparts; these angels have fantastic detail and each is carrying a different object of significance.

Book online: Castel Sant’Angelo with Reserved Ticket

19. Quirinale Palace

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This stately structure and complex stands as one of the official residencies of the current President of Italy and is located on the Quirinal Hill in the centre of Rome.

In total, the complex spans 110,500 square metres and is one of the largest palaces in the world.

Inside the main part of the palace are a series of richly decorated rooms, courtyards, staircases and chapels.

A guided tour is possible of the palace and there is also several exhibitions that detail its history and use.

The Quirinale gardens are also considered quite spectacular with many plants, trees, flower arrangements and water features.

20. Piazza del Popolo

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The Piazza del Popolo is one of the finest squares in the world and literally translates as square of the people.

Surrounded by historical structures such as the Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli, the Porta del Popolo gateway and the Basilica Parrocchiale, the squares offers a great deal to explore.

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To the immediate east of the square lies the Pincio hill which offers fantastic views of the Piazza and of Rome.

In the center of the Piazza stands the huge Popolo Obelisk which like the one present in St. Peter’s Square was moved from Egypt.

Several ornate fountains frame the square including the Fontana del Netuno and the Fontana dell Obelisco.

This is a great place to relax and soak up the scenery or enjoy the views from the Pincio.

21. Arch of Constantine

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Dedicated to the great Emperor Constantine to celebrate his victory at the Battle of Milvian Bridge, the Arch of Constantine is the largest of its kind in Rome and stands next to the Colosseum.

Built in 315 AD it is among the oldest structures in the city and still retains a great amount of its original detail and artwork.

Standing at 21m high it is clearly visible from the surrounding areas and is one of the most iconic landmarks in Rome.

The artwork and sculptures present on the arch are an amalgamation of many different themes and combine together to form a wonderful display of ancient history.

Some plinths display soldiers, other show prisoners and scenes of war, whilst others contain elaborate inscriptions.

When visiting the Colosseum, ensure to take ample time to admire this fantastic arch.

Included in: Vatican City and Ancient Rome Full-Day Small Group Tour

22. Basilica di San Clemente

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This is one of the lesser known churches in central Rome but is just as opulent and historical as the likes of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Listed as a Basilica Minor, the church is actually split into three distinct sections that span a time frame of some two thousand years.

The original basilica was created in the 2nd century and the current form was completed in 1123 AD. Whilst the exterior of the church is nothing special, the interior is quit spectacular and features a huge amount of decoration and artwork.

In particular, the high altar and ceiling of the second basilica feature some intricate artwork and fresco’s, laced with gold trimmings and an abundance of color.

Located in close proximity to the Colosseum, this church is a great establishment to visit.

Discover the Basilica and it’s underground: St. Clemente & Quattro Coronati Church Small Group Tour

23. Piazza Venezia

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Considered a central thoroughfare and hub in the city of Rome, the Piazza Venezia is one of the busiest parts of the city and forms an intersection for several of the main roads.

Located at the bottom of Capitoline Hill, several important streets disperse from here including the Fori Imperiali that leads to the Colosseum.

Important monuments located on the square include the Piazza Venezia, the Altar of the Fartherland and Trajan’s Column.

24. Villa Farnesina

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Located in the historical Trastevere district of Rome, the Villa Farnesina is a fantastic example of a Renaissance villa complex and is considered a fine example of architecture and design.

Constructed in the 16th century for Agostina Chigi, this spacious villa changed ownership over the years and now serves as a museum.

Aside from the amazing architecture, the villa also features some beautiful and detailed fresco’s created by the renowned Renaissance artists Raphael.

Each room is packed full of iconic artwork and sumptuous detail and is a true glory to behold.

Private tour: Farnesina Gallery 3-Hour Private Tour

25. Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi

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This ornate and detailed fountain is located in the center of the Piazza Navona and was designed by the legendary sculpture, Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Created for Pope Innocent X in 1651, the fountain resides outside the Pamphili Palace which served as a family residence for the Pope.

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The fountain depicts the four river gods and in the centre stands a large Egyptian Obelisk.

Each of the four statues pays tribute to one of the major rivers in the world – The Nile, The Danube, The Ganges and the Rio de la Plata.


25 Best Things to Do in Rome (Italy) - The Crazy Tourist? ›

1. Colosseum. The number 1 attraction of Rome is the Colosseum; the large amphitheatre that housed 65,000 spectators in Roman days. Gladiators battled each other as well as wild animals in the Colosseum's arena.

What you should not miss in Rome? ›

  • The Pantheon.
  • The Colosseum.
  • The Roman Forum.
  • Castel Sant'Angelo.
  • The Borghese Gallery.
  • See the pope.
  • St Peter's Basilica.
  • The Vatican and the Sistine Chapel.
Apr 1, 2019

What is the number 1 attraction in Rome? ›

1. Colosseum. The number 1 attraction of Rome is the Colosseum; the large amphitheatre that housed 65,000 spectators in Roman days. Gladiators battled each other as well as wild animals in the Colosseum's arena.

What is considered impolite in Italy? ›

It is improper to put one's hands on one's lap, or to stretch one's arms while at the table. Resting one's elbows on the table is also considered to be poor manners. Do not leave the table until everyone has finished eating. Drinking beverages other than water or wine with a meal is quite uncommon.

How many days in Rome is enough? ›

4-5 days is perfect to experience all Rome has to offer.

Whether it's dining, checking out museums, or exploring the outskirts, there's always more to see in and around Rome. If you're thinking of two to three days in Rome, you can still see the major attractions, but you'll miss a lot.

What is the most beautiful area of Rome? ›

Spanish Steps. The Spanish Steps and the surrounding neighborhood are widely regarded as the most beautiful part of Rome. Neoclassical buildings in beautiful condition line the streets here. It's home to most of the major attractions that first-time visitors to Rome want to see, so staying here is advantageous.

What is the most famous street in Rome? ›

1. Via Giulia - This elegant street in the historic city centre was designed by Pope Julius II in the early 16th century, and has always been popular with well-to-do Romans.

What is the famous way in Rome? ›

The Appian Way (or in Italian, via Appia Antica) was Europe's first super highway and remains one of the best attractions in Rome.

What are the super special sites in Rome? ›

Palatine Hill, and the Imperial Forums, as well as its “SUPER” sites (the acronym means Seven Unique Places to Experience in Rome), which includes the Criptoportico neroniano, the Palatine Museum, the House of Emperor Augustus, the House of Livia (Augustus' wife), the Aula Isiaca, the temple of Romulus, and the Santa ...

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Feb 22, 2023

What made Rome so popular? ›

A people known for their military, political, and social institutions, the ancient Romans conquered vast amounts of land in Europe and northern Africa, built roads and aqueducts, and spread Latin, their language, far and wide.

Is Rome friendly to Americans? ›

Romans are amazingly friendly, but as with many major cities, crime happens, and tourists are often the targets. Be alert in crowded public areas as pickpockets happen often there, and don't buy tickets from “random people on the street.”

What is the most common crime in Rome? ›

Common threats to safety in Rome. Rome's most frequent crimes are petty theft.

What is the safest city in Rome? ›

Prati is known to be the safest area of Rome, and it is residential to many affluent Roman families. Hotels and apartments near the Vatican, Pantheon, Campo de' Fiori, and Piazza Navona are in ideal, safe locations as well.

Which number of dinner guests is avoided in Italy? ›

Never seat 13 people at a dinner table. If you find yourself sitting at a dinner table with 12 other people, then consider yourself unlucky. Having 13 people around the table at mealtime is considered bad luck, as there were 13 people at the Last Supper.

What behavior is totally unacceptable in Italy? ›

Don't point to people: Italians don't like people pointing to them with their fingers. It makes them feel like animals at a zoo. Ask for permission before photographing someone: For the same reason, you should always ask their permission before taking a photo of someone.

What is the insulting gesture in Italy? ›

The horns gesture, the mano cornuta, is not just a gesture but a wider part of Italian culture. Italians fare le corna (literally, "to make the horns") to ward off the evil eye, the malocchio, in situations involving bad luck (or the potential for it), or someone insulting your friends or family.

How much money do you need in Rome for a week? ›

Past travelers have spent, on average, €47 ($51) on meals for one day and €21 ($23) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Rome for a couple is €178 ($191). So, a trip to Rome for two people for one week costs on average €2,377 ($2,551).

How much does it cost to go see the Colosseum? ›

Coliseum Tickets: Entrance fee for individual tourists
VisitorEntry Fee
Adult16 Euro
Adolescents 18-25 years (EU)2 Euro
Children & Adolescents under 18 yearsfree
Persons with disabilities (including 1 accompanying person)free

How much time do you need for the Colosseum? ›

How long will it take to visit the Colosseum? It will take around 1 hour to visit the Colosseum by yourself, which also includes enough time to take some photos, and of course, selfies. Guided tours usually last between an hour and a half and an hour and forty-five minutes.

How to not look like a tourist in Rome? ›

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What is the most fashionable street in Rome? ›

Via Condotti // Luxury Shopping

Beginning at Piazza di Spagna, Via dei Condotti is a catwalk of prestigious fashion houses and luxury stores. If you're into haute couture, it's definitely one of the best places to shop in Rome. Giorgio Armani, Miu Miu and Dolce & Gabbana all have beautiful boutiques here.

Where do the rich live in Rome? ›

Parioli. Parioli is another favorite neighbourhood among older wealthy Romans. It is located to the north of the city center and not a lot of tourists walk around in the area. The place is a residential area with not a lot of interesting sights to see as far as historical monuments are concerned.

What is the most luxurious street in Rome? ›

Close to Rome Luxury Suites is Via Condotti, Rome's most fashionable shopping street. This arrow-straight street dates back to ancient Rome, and is named after conduits which carried water to the Baths of Agrippa.

What is the most romantic street in Rome? ›

Piazza Navona is one of the most happening and popular romantic places to visit in Rome.

What is the richest street in Rome? ›

Seen from the Piazza del Popolo, the Via del Babuino is the left one of the three streets that together form Rome's famous shopping “Tridente“. The street gets its name from the statue of the “baboon” near the Church of Sant'Atanasio dei Greci.

What is the best shopping street in Rome? ›

Via del Corso is the main shopping street in Rome. What is the main shopping street in Rome? Via Cola di Rienzo is the main shopping street in Rome. It is considered as the best place for shopping all over Italy.

What is the main walking street in Rome? ›

Via del Corso (the ancient via Lata), commonly known as the Corso, is the main street running through the historical centre of the city. It is remarkable for being absolutely straight in an area characterized by narrow meandering alleys and small piazzas.

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What is the oldest attraction in Rome? ›

The oldest building standing in Rome is the temple of Hercules Victor and dates back to the second century BC and today represents the oldest building in Rome still standing. This temple is sometimes still referred to as the Temple of Vesta and the error is due to its circular shape which makes it similar […]

What famous Roman site can you still visit there? ›

Jerash, Jordan

With its intricately carved marble temples and arches, great plazas, a spine-like colonnaded street and a mighty hippodrome where thousands of Romans would once have been entertained, Jerash in Jordan was clearly an outstanding city and one that shouldn't be missed today.

What is a silly fact about Rome? ›

The Romans sometimes used powdered mouse brains as toothpaste! At one banquet in Rome, the guests were served with hundreds of ostrich brains! Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were supposed to have been raised by a wolf! Cobwebs were used to stop bleeding.

What did Rome do for fun? ›

In ancient Rome, the state provided games for fun and entertainment, with two broad categories of ludi, meaning games, including theatrical performances, dances, and chariot races and munera, or spectacles, such as gladiator combats, wild animal shows, and other unusual exhibitions.

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What food did Romans eat? ›

The Romans primarily ate cereals and legumes, usually with sides of vegetables, cheese, or meat and covered with sauces made out of fermented fish, vinegar, honey, and various herbs and spices. While they had some refrigeration, much of their diet depended on which foods were locally and seasonally available.

What is Rome's most popular nickname? ›

The Eternal City is one of the most popular nicknames for Rome for excellent reasons. It has a very long history that spans millennia, and its attraction only seems to increase with each passing year.

What did the Romans do to relax? ›

They'd finish in either a very hot, steamy room or a hot, dry room like a modern sauna. Bathers could pay slaves for massages, or to oil their skin and scrape off the dirt with a curved metal tool called a strigil.

What is the law of the 12 tables? ›

The Laws of the Twelve Tables was the legislation that stood at the foundation of Roman law. Formally promulgated in 449 BC, the Tables consolidated earlier traditions into an enduring set of laws. In the Forum, "The Twelve Tables" stated the rights and duties of the Roman citizen.

What made Rome fall? ›

Corruption, the division of the empire, and invasion by Germanic tribes were the three main causes of the fall of Rome. Some scholars believe that there were other contributing factors as well.

What language did Romans speak? ›

Latin was used throughout the Roman Empire, but it shared space with a host of other languages and dialects, including Greek, Oscan and Etruscan, which give us a unique perspective on the ancient world.

What should you not forget in Italy? ›

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  • Clothes that mix, match & layer well. ...
  • Shoes made for walking. ...
  • A good looking, comfortable day pack. ...
  • A scarf or lightweight cover-up. ...
  • Your finest clothes. ...
  • Your proper camera. ...
  • Adaptors, chargers & a portable charger.
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Is it safe to walk around Rome at night? ›

Most people do not encounter any problems walking around Rome at night, and in comparison to other popular cities around the globe, this one is relatively safe. If you want to avoid having anything stolen, pay no attention to anyone approaching you or asking you a question and keep your distance as much as possible.

Do I need to wear pants in Rome? ›

It's fine to wear casual clothes such as khakis, jeans, tennis shoes, and sandals to many restaurants in Rome. What is this? But remember that in Italy, modesty is key. You won't find Romans dining in shorts and tank tops, so keep this in mind for going out to eat, and again, for visiting the sites.

What was the biggest problem in Rome? ›

Many of the problems that led to Rome's decline were due to government and economic corruption. Rome's economy was based on slave labor. By relying on slave labor, there was a large gap between the rich and the poor. The rich grew wealthy from their slaves while the poor could not find enough work.

What can an American not do in Italy? ›

12 Things NOT To Do In Italy
  • Breakfast – Expect A Lavish Spread.
  • Train Ticket – Board Without Validating Your Ticket.
  • Coffee – Order A Latte (Please Don't)
  • Clothes – Wear A Tube Top Or Shorts To A Church.
  • Water – Ask For Still, Thinking It's Tap.
  • GPS – Believe Google Is Your Best Friend (Not Always)
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Should you not wear shorts in Italy? ›

I looked at several websites and the overall consensus was that wearing shorts would make you stand out as a tourist because Italians do not wear shorts unless it is in the middle of the summer or they are going swimming.

How to not look like an American tourist in Italy? ›

  1. Dress Nicely. Europeans tend to dress much less casually than we do in the States. ...
  2. Keep Your Shoes On. ...
  3. Shoulders And Knees Must Be Covered In Church. ...
  4. Don't Call During Pisolino. ...
  5. Punctuality Is Not A Priority. ...
  6. Italians Don't Wait In Line. ...
  7. Fare La Bella Figura. ...
  8. Familiarize Yourself With Campanilismo.
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Do you tip in restaurants in Rome? ›

Home » Food and drink » Do I need to tip in Rome? Tips are not expected in restaurants in Italy. Let us repeat that to let it sink in: tips are not expected in restaurants. However, a service charge is sometimes added, in a way that can often cause confusion for visitors.

What is the safest place in Rome? ›

Prati is known to be the safest area of Rome, and it is residential to many affluent Roman families. Hotels and apartments near the Vatican, Pantheon, Campo de' Fiori, and Piazza Navona are in ideal, safe locations as well.

Should I bring jeans to Italy? ›

Are jeans appropriate to wear in Italy? While Europeans tend to dress up more than Americans, you still can wear jeans in Italy. However, avoid acid wash and extremely distressed denim and opt for medium-dark blues and blacks. Black skinny jeans always look chic in Europe!

Are jeans worn in Rome? ›

Jeans are very common in Rome and worn by people of almost any age. While there is no real cut off, they are most common in very young people and people up to fifty years of age or so. People above this age usually opt for different materials, as they give a more refined, classy look.

Do they wear jeans in Italy? ›

Italians tend to wear basic blue jeans a lot less often than their counterparts elsewhere.

What are the 3 main reasons Rome fell? ›

There were 3 main reasons for the fall of Rome which are: political instability, economic and social problems, and finally a weakening of the frontier or border. For centuries the empire was politically lucky. The emperors and other leaders of the empire were very smart and extremely good at running a government.

Why were Romans so violent? ›

Public demonstrations of violence were predominately used as a source of entertainment at the centers of Roman communities. Publicized brutality, violence, and death were used to reinforce social order, demonstrate power, consecrate communal pride, unity, and belonging, and act as a form of education.

When did Roman girls marry? ›

The age of lawful consent to a marriage was 12 for girls and 14 for boys. Most Roman women married in their early teens to young men in their twenties. Roman mores idealized a married daughter's relationship to her father as deferential and obedient, even at her husband's expense.


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