The futility of trying to embrace the immensity is just about Rome and its sights. Each time, leaving the hotel to a pre-designated point on the map, you will again and again be distracted, stop and be surprised by unexpected finds. It is difficult to offer a universal recipe that allows you to cover as much as possible without spraying on the unplanned. Try to order an individual tour and discuss this point separately with the organizer. Another option is walks based on books and movies. And you can arrange the Day of Roman Fountains or the Day of Roman Archeology. Choose yourself.
7 things to do in Rome
- Feel the spirit of the Empire, standing in the arena of the Colosseum.
- Drinking water from a public fountain is exactly like in the time of Nero.
- Select Latin at the Vatican ATM and withdraw EUR “quantum satis”.
- See how Rome was born on the Palatine Hill.
- Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain (do not swim in it).
- Dine like a real Italian in a “tratoria” or “hosteria”, ordering, for example, oxtail soup.
- Take Placido Domingo’s example and sing E lucevan le stelle on the battlements of Castel Sant’Angelo.
According to whicheverhealth, the beauty of studying ancient buildings lies in the relative crowding of most of them. Here is the whole plan for the day: walk from the Forum to the Colosseum, take pictures at the arches of Titus and Constantine, climb the Capitoline Hill or Palatine, mentally dressed in a toga, sit on the thousand-year-old stones of Caesar’s Forum, fighting off annoying gladiators, go to Trajan’s Forum and touch Column of the same Trajan. Then turn around and get to the Circus Maximus, take a walk from it and inspect the Baths of Caracalla, return and check yourself in the Mouth of Truth, and then take a look at the Theater of Marcellus at dusk. The next day, do not forget about the Pantheon, obelisk at Piazza del Popolo, Mausoleum of Augustus and Champ de Mars.
And we also figured out the amazing “world” of ancient Roman toilets: what is it – joint leisure or banal hygiene ?
Squares and fountains
The most “living” sights of Rome, especially after the ancient ruins. Richly decorated, the squares are always seething with hosts of tourists, artists, artists and musicians. Must-sees: Piazza del Popolo with its marvelous churches, the balustrade of the seasons and the Obelisk of Flaminius, the majestic St. Peter ‘s Square in the Vatican with Bernini’s colonnade and (again!) Egyptian obelisk, Piazza di Spagna with the Spanish Steps and the Barcaccio Fountain, Piazza Venezia with the grandiose Vittoriano, the magnificent Navona and its palaces, palazzos, churches and a complex of fountains – the Moor, Neptune and the Fountain of the Four Rivers. The obelisk is attached. No less interesting are Piazza Barberini with two fountains by Bernini – the Fountain of Bees and Triton, Campo dei Fiori with a monument to Giordano Bruno, Piazza Column with the column of Marcus Aurelius, the intersection of the Four Fountains and Piazza della Repubblica with the Fountain of Naiads. And do not forget about the main fountain of Rome – Trevi Fountain !
Churches and cathedrals
The most difficult point of the program is that there are too many churches in the old part of Rome, each can tell an interesting story, and even the most nondescript building inside can turn out to be a real masterpiece or contains works of art by the greatest artists and sculptors. Of course, you can not miss St. Peter’s Basilica, Il Gesu, the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Lateran Basilica or Santa Maria del Popolo, but believe me, next to your hotel there will surely be a smaller church, but unique in its own way. And a short walk will turn into an acquaintance with the not-so-famous work of Michelangelo or Bernini, the traditions of freemasons, Jesuits and Capuchins, the sacrament of rituals or a bewitching service. There is usually no money to enter the churches, but donations are approved, buy, for example, a souvenir postcard. You can see almost everything inside, keep quiet, do not violate filming restrictions, if any, and do not go beyond the fenced areas. The main thing is do not be shy and do not hesitate, open the doors of all the churches on your way and thus join the treasures of world culture.
The best panorama of Rome opens from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. You can go up there for 15 EUR (lift + more than 300 steps) or 12 EUR (no elevator, more than 500 steps). In addition, when climbing, you can see the entire cathedral from the inside from above, as the path passes through the gallery inside the dome.
There are also many museums, but everything is simpler here – some are interested in paintings, others in ethnography, and others in mechanics or history. One-Stop Solutions – Capitoline Museums, Vatican Museums and Villa Borghese Museums. The Museum of Roman Civilization will help you compare ancient and modern Rome, next to it is the Planetarium and the Museum of Astronomy. The National Museum of Rome boasts the richest collection of ancient sculpture, and for modern art, go to MAXXI and MACRO. From the unusual, pay attention to the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, the Museum of Lost Souls and Purgatory (not for the faint of heart and impressionable), the Museum of the Italian Police and the Museum of Criminology in the former prison, the Museum of Pasta (well, how about it!), There are museums of aviation and automobiles, military and weapons museums and the Napoleon Museum. Based on your interests, choose yours and go.
Every first Sunday of the month, many public museums, archaeological sites, galleries, parks and gardens in Rome can be visited free of charge.
Do you want to surprise your friends with unexpected stories and photos? Visit the square Colosseum – the palace of Italian civilization, and just walk through the non-standard and entertaining EURO district of Rome. Be sure to walk along the pedestrian bridges in the city center at sunset – live music, sudden performances and great shots are provided. Castel Sant’Angelo is wonderful on its own, but it’s worth taking the time to walk around it, the second-hand book markets, green lawns and great views are a bonus. Connoisseurs of Italian cinema are advised to visit the famous Cinecitta studio in the southeast of the city. And to add a little mysticism will help tours of the underground Rome.
One of the best ways to see the main sights of the city and save money is to buy a Roma Pass tourist card. Each card is equipped with a microchip, which will make it easier for guests to use public transport and visit museums. In addition, its owners can receive SMS or emails with information about cultural events taking place in the city.
Rome in books and films
Dan Brown may be loved or called pop, but walking in the footsteps of the characters of Angels and Demons is an exciting experience. For romantic ladies, the films Roman Holiday and Madly in Love are suitable, for couples – Roman Adventures. Everyone, without exception, watch Fellini’s Rome, read Henryk Sienkiewicz’s Kamo Coming, Rome. Walks in the Eternal City” by Henry W. Morton, an anthology “Russian letters about Rome”, “Here was Rome. Modern walks in the ancient city” by Victor Sonkin and something else about ancient times in the spirit of “One Day in Ancient Rome” by Alberto Angela or “Ancient Rome” by Claude Moatti.
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Rome for children
Probably, Rome is not the most “childish” city, you need to get acquainted with it, having behind you the emotions from the books you read, recognizing the streets and churches familiar from textbooks and films, remembering the stories of the great Empire and its descendants, not to mention that it would be nice to be physically ready for long walks along the stone pavements and quiet corridors of museums. But if you really had to go with a child, then it is better to do it in the summer, when you can visit local amusement parks.
The most important amusement park in Rome (if not Italy) is Rainbow Magicland, which opened in 2011 on the outskirts of the commune of Valmontone. Rainbow Magicland will be of interest to both very young travelers and older children, and some rides will return adult guests to childhood. There is a Russian-language site.
Literally across the street from Magicland, a healthy outlet has been built. A great opportunity to combine business with pleasure.
On hot days, visit one of the water parks closest to Rome. The easiest way to get to the Hydromania Park, it is located on the western border of the city, the road with 1-2 changes by metro and bus will take about 1.5 hours. 35 km to the east, near the military airport of the town of Guidonia Montecelio, in the warm season, one of the largest water parks in Europe, Aquapiper, operates, and to the north, near the port of Civitavecchia, Aquafelix park, beloved by residents of central Italy, is located. The Zoomarine amusement park in the coastal village of Torvaianica combines water slides, a swimming pool, an aquarium, a sea lion and dolphin show, a science and exhibition educational center, as well as several calm land attractions and cafes.
On the territory of Villa Borghese, guests are welcomed by the animals of the Roman Bioparc – in this small zoo you can meet lemurs and young giraffes, as well as have fun in the Ark attraction zone.
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Summers in Rome are dry and hot, winters are mild. Rome is worth visiting at any time of the year. The most successful season is spring, starting from the Easter holidays until June. However, autumn is not bad for visiting the capital.