Local Things to do in Rome

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Rome is a city that really doesn’t need any introduction. Charismatic, charming and captivating, from its history to its vibrant street life, this ancient centre of civilisation is the shining example of old meets new.

For 3000 years now, emperors, popes, soldiers, artists and locals have left their own distinctive mark on this incredible tapestry of eras. Whether It be the brushstrokes of Leonardo Da Vinci, or the might of Julius Cesar, Rome has an immensely rich historical heritage. Stepping onto its cobbles is like stepping directly into the past.

Wonderful palaces, thousand-year-old churches, grand Roman ruins, opulent monuments, ornate statues. Wherever you look in Rome your eyes are likely to meet something spectacular.

On every corner there is an ancient Roman ruin, a stunning example of Renaissance architecture, an elegant archway, an atmospheric courtyard heavy with the weight of history.

And if there’s one more thing that’s going to make your time in Rome a truly unforgettable one, it’s the cuisine. Home to Italy’s finest pizzerias, pasta joints and gelato makers you could spend forever wandering the old lanes to seek out incredible spots for relaxing, eating, and watching the scooters and residents pass by.

You’re never far from your next food fix. Whether it’s an atmospheric wine bar tucked deep inside a row of peeling houses, a buzzing pizzeria on a stunning piazza, or a generations-old pasta joint serving up steaming bowls of incredible fresh flavour, there’s nothing quite like sitting back with a glass of wine and truly indulging in the real Roman lifestyle.

Highlights

An Unrivalled History

Rome’s history isn’t exactly something you need to watch out for. It basically slaps you in face every time you appear out of another quiet, cobbled alleyway into a piazza boasting a 2000-year-old obelisk, or past ancient columns vying for attention with street lamps and peeling apartment blocks.

Byzantine, Renaissance, and Medieval influences all make themselves known through details frescoes, incredible fountains and intricate mosaics, but everything culminates in the district of the city that was the centre of the world, albeit 2000 years ago.

The Coliseum is the jaw-dropping centrepiece to an incredibly well preserved, and enormous, area of the ancient Roman Forum. Stepping into Rome is stepping into a world where different ages and civilizations weave themselves through the very streets, and leave an unforgettable impression.

Food & Wine

Like all of Italy, Rome is a place to kick back and seriously enjoy the slower, more indulgent lifestyle.

Relax and enjoy an espresso and gelato on a sunny piazza as you watch people wander in the shadow of the immense Pantheon. Head to a bustling market and sample oozing supplì. Then, head out for a proper meal.

All Italian food follows the same basic formula: simple recipes, incredible ingredients, passion and patience. You’ll reap the rewards of the aging, curing and careful, loving preparation as you taste crispy pizzas, silky arrabbiata, and irresistible ragu.

Paired with a beautiful Roman street setting, an exquisite glass of local wine, a buzzing atmosphere like that found in Trastevere, and you’ve found yourself the ultimate dining experience.

When is the best time to go?

Winter

Quiet, cool and cheaper than usual, winter can actually be a wonderful time to visit Rome. You may be chancing it a little with the weather, but if you’re lucky you’ll be enjoying 12-13 degrees in February, or marvelling at the magical sight of the Coliseum dusted in snow.

Spring

The temperature is becoming balmy, the crowds are heading for the attractions, but you’ll still be escaping the worst of the summer heat.

Summer

Hot and busy. Expect longer queues for the major attractions and crowds swelling the popular piazzas, and temperatures reaching 35 degrees. However, if it’s sun you’re after then you’ve found your season for consuming litres of gelato.

Autumn

The city begins to quieten down again, and the evenings draw shorter to gently glowing embers of summer heat. Much like spring or late winter, and a great time to visit.

Top 10 Must See Rome Sites

  1. Roman Forum
  2. Vatican City
  3. Coliseum
  4. Trastevere
  5. Pantheon
  6. Piazza del Poppolo
  7. Palatine Hill
  8. Wandering the city centre
  9. Testaccio
  10. Piazza Navona