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As one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the world, visiting Rome is high up on the bucket list of people all over the world. With so many things to do and places to explore, travellers are guaranteed to love every minute of their time in the Eternal City.

Buzzing with culture, food, history, architecture and stunning scenery, there is plenty to do ‘when in Rome’. Here are some of our favourites:

1

Explore the Colosseum.

The Colosseum is one of Rome’s most famous attractions – and rightfully so. Built almost 2000 years ago, the stunning attraction will transport you back to a time of gladiator games and battles, and will truly take your breath away.
2

Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain.

Made famous for its role in hundreds of movies, the Trevi Fountain is remarkable and awe-inspiring. Designed by Nicola Salvi, the Trevi Fountain features the legendary figure Neptune and his triton.
Nowadays, the bottom of the Trevi Fountain is covered in thousands of coins, with people travelling far and wide to make a wish in the fountain. Legend has it that by throwing a coin in the Trevi Fountain, you’re destined to return to Rome again. We like the sound of that.
3

Visit Trastevere.

To really live out the saying ‘when in Rome, do as the Romans do’, you must visit Trastevere.

Across the river from Rome, Trastevere reflects the true Roman experience. Strolling aimlessly through Trastevere’s cobblestone streets will give you a real feel for how Romans live and will inspire you to hang out in the many restaurants and bars.

If you’re a fan of perfume and jewellery, you’ll love the shopping opportunities in Trastevere.

4

Explore the Villa Borghese Gardens.

If you feel like you’ve seen enough historical architecture for one day, taking the time to relax and explore the Villa Borghese Gardens is the way to go.

Spanning over 200 acres, the Villa Borghese Gardens is the third largest park in the city and is also home to the Gallery of National Modern Art and the Borghese Gallery. Follow the numerous paths and trails, and explore the picturesque gardens at your leisure.

5

Go shopping in Via Condotti or the Campo de’ Fiori market.

There’s no denying just how incredible the fashion is in Rome, and luckily for travellers, there’s plenty of places to shop. Via Condotti is one of Rome’s most popular shopping destinations and is known for its designer boutiques and high-end fashion.

If you’re looking to sample the local fresh produce, a visit to the Campo de’ Fiori market is a truly immersive cultural experience.

6

Find Aventino’s secret keyhole.

In a place as old as Rome, it makes sense that there are hidden gems dotted throughout the city.

Purposefully lacking any distinctive features, the secret keyhole is located on Aventine Hill and has a fantastic view of Saint Peter’s Basilica. Lined with gorgeous greenery, the secret keyhole is found in a centuries-old building and is guaranteed to take your breath away.

7

Watch the sunset on Gianicolo.

Known for its stunning panoramic views, Gianicolo is the highest vantage point for travellers who want a birds-eye view of the city of Rome.

Gather with your friends and family at dusk to watch the sunset, and see if you can make out Rome’s most famous monuments. On a day with good visibility – you should be able to get a fantastic view of the city!

8

Visit the cat sanctuary

If you love animals, then the cat sanctuary at Largo di Torre Argentina is the perfect place to visit. Now a popular destination for tourists, the cat sanctuary is located on an archaeological site with a dark history. As the site of Julius Caesar’s assassination in 44 BC, the cat sanctuary is a much more positive experience than its previous history.

9

Admire the Pantheon from the inside.

The Pantheon, which translates to ‘Temple for all the Gods’, is an ancient temple built between 118 and 128 AD.

Famous for being the only architecturally perfect building in the world, the Pantheon is the resting place of hundreds of Rome’s most prominent figures, including Roman kings. Travellers can walk in the Pantheon, and we highly recommend you do so.

10

Explore the city on a Vespa.

With so much to do and see in Rome, taking it all in whilst riding a Vespa is the ultimate Roman experience. Travellers can do guided tours on Vespas, with the local guides taking you to all the best spots in the city. Whether you love food, art or architecture, you will be able to reach your destination on a Vespa.

This is just a small sample of what Rome has to offer. There are hundreds of things to do in Rome for people of all ages with different interests, tastes and hobbies. With so much to see and do, make sure you leave plenty of time to experience the best that Rome has to offer. There has never been a better time to ‘Make It Real’.

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