If you’re a lover of travel and adventure, then chances are that you already have some sites and cities in Europe at the top of your must-visit list for holiday destinations. But once you arrive, sometimes what you see and do there can’t quite live up to what you had built up in your head, especially if you’re always planning that next trip abroad, and feel as if you’ve seen it all.
Fortunately, when it comes to making plans to visit Rome, you’ll be so taken aback by the beauty, culture, and ambience of the place that you’ll find it hard to not want to book another trip straight away!
Time and time again, people flock to Rome and experience something a little different each time. Here are some of the events and destinations to visit on your next adventure and make the most of a visit to Italy’s capital.
Attend a Musical Event
What better way to get to the heart of a country than to attend one of its most popular musical ventures? After all, musical events in Rome are a spectacle that combines centuries of passion, pageantry, and storytelling, all in one memorable evening.
Theatre, opera, and more await any tourist who loves a good tune and embraces the chance of being taken on an emotional rollercoaster from that first curtain lift to the thunderous final standing ovation!
Embrace the Art and Culture
Rome is rife with monuments and buildings that are love letters to the arts and cultures of the past. In the Galleria Borghese, you can enjoy sculptures and mosaics that define the fifteen hundreds and reach up to the eighteen hundreds. Some of Italy’s most emotionally lifting masterpieces and paintings are located in this Villa Borghese Museum.
For a Museum with great historical significance to Rome, the Capitoline Museum has links to Pope Sixtus IV, who is believed to have given the Museum many of its statues that were deemed to be of huge symbolic importance to the residents of Rome at the time.
If you can't have enough of Rome's historical heritage, don't skip the Vatican Museums. The visit culminates with the Sistine Chapel, famously painted by Michelangelo. You may also want to sneak inside the many cathedrals, churches, and chapels that dot the city. They're usually free to enter and often contain hidden treasures, including works of art by some of Italy's most renowned artists.
Visit some Ancient Ruins
While it’s true that everyone mentions the Colosseum when visiting Rome, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a visit. Why? Because it’s a jaw-dropping reminder of a time when Rome hosted roughly 50,000 bloodthirsty contests, and just how far we’ve all grown as a civilisation.
Despite its fame, and even if you've already seen countless photos and videos of it before, the first real-life sight you'll catch of the Colosseum as you come out of the nearby metro station or exit your taxi is a priceless experience. From there, a walk through the ancient Roman Forum will prolong your journey through time.
Domus Aurea, Palatine Hill, and the Pantheon are also must-sees to accompany your Colosseum visit. While they’re all very popular tourist attractions, that doesn’t diminish their historic awe in the slightest.
Take a Detour and Explore the Neighbourhoods
And for the final must-see destination? That’s yours to decide! Put the tour guide to one side and take a walk around a neighbourhood like Trastevere, which has all the benefits of a modern Italian adventure without the swarm of tourists to contend with.
The area also has many of Rome’s most well-kept reminders of centuries past, providing visitors with a reminder of the past while enjoying present-day comforts and amenities. Take in the small streets, cafes, and restaurants while savouring an artisanal gelato.
Of course, another way to enjoy Rome's bustling neighborhoods is to go fountain-hopping. The Fontana di Trevi and Fontana del Tritone are just two of the grandiose waterworks that adorn Rome's squares.
The above recommendations are just a few of our favourites to get you started on planning your perfect Rome adventure and making sure you explore different facets of the city to have a more immersive experience. It goes without saying that your days in Rome are best punctuated by culinary stops, to indulge in the best of Italian drinks and food!