The Ultimate Guide to a Weekend in Rome, Italy

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Rome wasn’t built in a day and it definitely should not be seen in a day either.  This ancient city still stands as beautifully and strong as ever and was the city I chose to see over Venice or Florence.  Although I’m sure the cities in Italy all have their own uniqueness, Rome drew me in with its history and spirit and I left happy knowing that I was able to experience its magic.  There is something very spectacular about walking through ruins during your daily strolls and to watch the streets, buildings, and people coming alive at night.  Here are my favorite things to do and see in the city.

Before You Go:

Language: Italian

Currency: Euro

Wear comfortable shoes because you will be walking quite a lot to get where you want to go.

I would recommend you to not drive in Rome because the drivers here are wild.

Best times to visit: Spring and Fall

Things to Do:

Colosseum

The Colosseum is massive! It is a must-see when coming to Rome because of its incredible history and beautiful interior.  One of my favorite things I was able to see in the city.

Tip: If the line for the Colosseum is too long, buy your tickets at the Palatine Hill entrance because the ticket is valid for the three sights (the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill)

  

The Forum

The Forum is ruins and pieces of architecture that transport you back into the ancient history of Rome.  There are so many different places to turn your head and stare in awe at the dates in which these ruins first stood tall.

Gelato

Let’s be real- Rome is a three gelato a day type city! The texture and taste of this treat is absolutely delicious.

Trevi Fountain

Free

Although this place is usually jam-packed with tourists, it is a beautiful piece of the city and a sight to see being that it is the largest baroque fountain in the world standing 26 meters high and 49 meters wide.   Legend has it that if you toss a coin in the fountain and make a wish to return to Rome, your wish will be granted (waiting for the day!).

Spanish Steps

Free

The 137 step flight of terraced garden stairs signify the peace between the Spanish and the French in the square above (they are also the widest staircase in Europe).  Although I found the stairs to be slightly underwhelming, the views from the top are worth seeing (and very romantic for all of you looking for a beautiful view). 

Pantheon

Free

Built in 118AD-125AD, there is really nothing made like it anymore.  This sight is seemingly underrated compared to some of the rest of the tourist-filled attractions in Rome.  The inside is incredible and worth taking the time to see!

Vatican City

St. Peter’s Basilica

This was number one on my world’s bucket list for a very long time.  Yes I’m sure there are more magnificent sights to see but this place had my heart the first time I saw a picture of it.  I was not disappointed in the slightest when I finally stood underneath the magnificent dome.  Designed and built by the great Michelangelo, it is spectacular architectural piece of the Eternal City and a great part of the city’s history.  The sun reflects and shines off the smallest of corners and it is easy to spend hours admiring the intricate geometric designs.

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Sistine Chapel

For all you admirers of art, (or anything beautiful) this is the place for you.  This chapel is full of pieces from Italian Renaissance masters such as Boticelli, Raphael, and of course, the incredible Michelangelo.   The ceiling paintings are meant to depict the nine scenes from the Book of Genesis and reflect an amazing part of Italian culture.

Where to Stay:

25 Rooms

Viale Dello Scalo Di San Lorenzo 25, 00182 Rome, Italy

I had the most amazing stay at this bed and breakfast.  The hosts were extremely helpful and accommodating and staying here felt effortless and full of relaxation.  The location is also awesome because it is located within walking distance of the Termini station and many other great bars and restaurants.  Would highly recommend to hotel travelers and those looking for a romantic getaway in the city.  Thank you Domenico for a great stay!

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Helpful Italian Phrases

It always helps to try to make an effort and learn a little of the language of the place you are visiting.  Here are some common phrases:

Buon giorno -Good morning/Good afternoon
Buona sera – Good evening
Ciao – Hello/Goodbye
Arrivederci – Goodbye
Grazie – Thank you
Prego – You’re welcome
Per favore – Please
Sì/No = Yes/No
Mi scusi = Excuse me/Pardon me
Parla inglese? = Do you speak English?

 

Rome really is a magical city and I am very eager to explore the rest of Italy someday (until then I’ll keep dreaming about it).  There is something really amazing about walking through a city full of ruins and ancient architecture and being able to see pieces from artists such as Michelangelo.  It was like my high school history textbook came to life before my very eyes.

Good luck,

L x

 

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3 Comment

  1. Great suggestions. I loved the Sistine Chapel during my visit and the Gelato is to die for. I also loved the Risotto balls. They were so yummy. I didn’t get to go in the Colosseum during my visit and Trevi fountain was haven ‘t renovations. I need to go back I think! 🙂

  2. I loved Rome when I lived there as an au pair! It’s such a beautiful city with so much rich history and delicious food (all.the.gelato!). Back when I was there, the Trevi Fountain was closed for renovations and the Sistine Chapel line was just too long for me, even in late fall! Definitely get to Florence when you get the chance; it is simply magical!

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  3. Awesome guide! Sistine Chapel was incredible! I still dream of going back to Rome one day. Hope my coin makes my wish come true! =D

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