Introduction to Rome
Legend has it that a coin tossed into the Trevi Fountain ensures you will return to Rome. As a result an estimated 3000 Euros wind up in the fountain each day - a small price that many pay in the hope that they will return for another Rome holiday. And despite it being one of the biggest cities in Europe, Rome can feel very much like a holiday. The combination of history, beauty and a slower pace means that time spent in the city can be both relaxing and invigorating. You're head will return inspired, your heart will return feeling warm and your stomach, full of carbs.
One of the best aspects of The Eternal City is that you don't have to venture very far to feel as though you have experienced it. The Roman capital does have its token attractions (the Colosseum, the Vatican, the Capuchin Crypt,) but for the most part, the streets of Rome are a museum in themselves. Walk up the Spanish Steps on your way to the gardens, shop the historic Campo dei Fiori Markets or simply hang out at the Pantheon. The joy of Rome is that it offers history and culture to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace, with pizza breaks, coffees stops and siestas in between. Just Don't forget to toss a coin in the Trevi on your way out.
Like topping on an authentic Italian pizza, when it comes to must-dos in Rome, less is more. See the city at a full-throttle pace and you&ll miss experiencing it entirely. Instead, slow things down, take time to breath and explore just a few attractions to their fullest without having to see and do it all.
Most attractions in Rome revolve around the city's impressively preserved history. At the forefront is the Colosseum, a famous amphitheatre that dates back to 70 AD when it was built by the Roman Empire. The Pantheon is another icon of Rome where history still lives on. Originally built as a temple to the Gods of Ancient Rome in 126 AD, today the magnificent building is used as a Catholic church and is the burial ground for two Italian kings.
Following its famed history, Rome is beloved for its charming beauty. You can overlook it from the Gianicolo, admire it from the Spanish Steps, eat it at San Crispino or immerse yourself in it in the Gardens of the Villa Borghese. Whether you're people watching, admiring architecture or photographing everything you eat, Rome is a city of innate beauty best admired without a watch.
For more must-dos in Rome, check out our things to do page and start planning your Rome holiday.