Rome is one of those cities you could visit for a month and still feel like there is too much to do! The architecture, the history and the food are just the starting points! My wife and I spent about 10 days in Rome, and it was one of the highlights of our trip around the world! Here are 5 things you should be doing if you are planning on visiting:
1- Architecture is up!
Rome is old. Over 2,000 years old. So when I say that there is architectural marvels every two blocks you walk, it doesn’t even do it justice! The best thing you can do when you are in Rome is to walk everywhere. Walk to the Collusium, walk to the Trevi fountain, walk to the spanish steps, and you will find many statues, fountains, and buildings along the way!
2- Get your Religion on!
You don’t have to be religious to appreciate the holiest of the holies…the Vatican. Stacked with a treasure trove worth of priceless paintings, statues, rugs and even the largest pine cone in the world (which I found more hilarious that impressive!), and topped off with the Sistine chapel, it’s definitely a must when you are in Rome. There are also about 10,000 other churches you can walk into that will leave you in awe, so try walking randomly into one!
A few things about the Vatican; unless you are planning to get there VERY early, it doesn’t really matter what time you get there. You will be waiting in line for a while and the crowds will be enormous. I found that having a guide was worth the money. They give you a great history lesson, and explain many of the artifacts that you see, giving you a better understanding of everything! And finally, taking pictures of the Sistine Chapel is not allowed, but if you’re going to do it, please don’t use your flash!
3- Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain
This is one of the most famous fountains in the world, and is as beautiful as you have heard. You can even make a wish by throwing a coin into the fountain using the right hand over the left shoulder. The money is used to subsidize a supermarket for those in Rome who are in need, and tourists throw about 3000 euros a day! As a tip, I suggest you get there early in the morning, before the insane crowds arrive. We got there at around 7:30 am and there was only one other lady around. Came back at 1 pm and we couldn’t get anywhere near the fountain!
4- Mangia! Mangia!
This should go without saying, but Rome has excellent taste in food. While we travelled on a budget, there was still plenty of room for pizza, pasta, cheeses, and a bottle of wine a night!
5- mouth of truth!
The mouth of truth is an old lie detector! Legend has it that if you place your hand inside it’s mouth and tell a lie, you will get bitten. We were told that they used to place scorpions inside the mouth that would sometimes sting the hand that was inside it, leading to the legend! Once you’re done visiting the carved image, there are a few other fountains and sculptures around the area that are fantastic to look at!
All in all, you can’t help but love Rome for everything it offers. If I have one tip for you, it’s walk. Walk everywhere! It’s great exercise and you will end up discovering hundreds of lesser known sections that will leave you breathless!