what to do


Visit the Roman Forum

Make your way to the Imperial Forums, especially Trajan’s markets which is the first “multi-level shopping mall” in the world. You can also explore the Via Biberatica, which is the most intact ancient Roman street in the city.

Wander over the Roman Forum and take in the iconic views!

Climb up on Palantine Hill

After exploring the forum, and wandering the streets that Julius Caesar once did, climb up to see the ruins of the imperial palaces on the Palatine Hill. Enjoy the beautiful garden areas and fragments of ancient villas.

Visit the Colosseum

Take the southeast entrance from the Roman Forum, and walk right up to the Colosseum. It is such an amazing sight to see, and if you are really interested in exploring the inside, join a tour. The tours can be expensive and have quite a bit of a wait, so decide if it is something that is really important to you!

Next to the Colosseum is the Arch of Constantine, one of the largest of Rome’s ancient triumphal arches. The arch celebrates Emperor Constantine the Great’s victory and the battle that made Christianity the religion of Rome.

Watch the Sunset from Piazza del Campidoglio

Make sure that before sunset you slip around the back side of the central building in Piazza del Campidoglio, on top of Capitoline Hill. You’ll see a beautiful panorama of the Forum from above, with the Palatine Hill and the Colosseum in the background.

Have a Cappuccino at Caffé Sant’Eustachio

One of the oldest and most famous cappuccino and espresso shops in Rome, Caffé Sant’Eustachio is famous for its home-roast beans, blended with water from an ancient aqueduct. You will find authentic, Italian coffee and some colorful characters!

Visit the Pantheon

Definitely a sight you CANNOT miss in Rome, the Pantheon is the only ancient Roman temple to survive the millennia virtually intact. The architecture will blow your mind, and you will need a few minutes just to sit in the piazza and take in the stately sight before heading inside.

Go to Piazza del Popolo

Make your way north to Piazza del Popolo, and if it interests you, check out the fabulous church of Santa Maria del Popolo.

Explore Villa Borghese

Adjacent to the Piazza del Popolo, you’ll find the grounds of Villa Borghese. Stop at the east end for great views over the city and epic photo opportunities.

Sit on the Spanish Steps

You can sit and people watch from the lively and iconic Spanish Steps before grabbing some gelato and taking a walk down Via dei Condotti and the surrounding streets to do a little window shopping.

Toss a Coin in the Trevi Fountain

No trip to Rome would be complete without seeing the Trevi Fountain! The tradition is to toss a few coins in, to ensure that one day you’ll return to the Eternal City.


Experience Vatican City

Wake up bright and early so that you beat the tour buses to the spectacular, St. Peter’s Basilica, which opens at 7 am. If you are interested, following the basilica, climb the “cupola” for a workout and breathtaking panoramic views of the city across the river.

Once you’re finished, spend some time in St. Peter’s Square out front, and visit the world-famous Vatican Museums, which open at 9 am, if you want to check out history at its finest. You can expect to spend most of the day at the Vatican if you’re a history lover!

Visit Piazza Navona

Back across the river, and home to Bernini fountains, cafés, colorful street performers, and large crowds, Rome’s famous Piazza Navona is a lively place to people watch and enjoy your daily gelato.

Get Lost

As with all first-time visits to a city, allow lots of free time to get lost and discover unsuspected treasures around Rome. Keep a map handy, but try walking around without a plan or destination. You never know what you’ll find!

7 things you can do during your Christmas holiday in Rome by Marco Secchi

Are you spending your Christmas holiday in Rome, and wondering what to do?

Here you can find a short list of things you can do in these last days of the year in the eternal city!

1. Discover the christmas trees

There’s no christmas without christmas tree. And in Rome there are two main places where you

can find the traditional christmas tree. The first one is in Piazza Venezia. The tree is sponsored by

Netflix, is 23 mt high, decorated with 60000 led lights and 500 baubles. The other one is in Piazza

San Pietro, and it’s more that 20 mt tall.


2. Shopping in the center above the christmas lights

You can take a walk in the main shopping streets in the area that goes from Piazza del Popolo to

Piazza Venezia. The main street is Via del Corso, a long street full of stores. If you are looking for

luxury brands you have to visit Via Condotti.

3. iscover the nativity scenes

This year in Piazza San Pietro you can find a spectacular nativity scene: the Jesolo Sand Nativity.

Four international artists created this artwork using the sand.

Every year in Rome you can also find a big art exhibition: the “100 presepi”. If you want to

discover different nativities, coming from every region of Italy and different countries, you have to

visit this exhibition. https://www.100presepi.it/it/

4. Go skating, Ice skating!

If you want have some fun on a ice skating rink, you can find different solutions.

At the Auditorium Parco della Musica there’s the Ice Park rink, open every day from 10 to 23.

There are also other solutions, connected to big shopping malls that are located out of the center:

the Ice skating rink of Euroma 2 (Viale dell’Oceano Pacifico 83), and Porta di Roma on Ice (Via

Alberto Lionello 201)

5. Take a break and taste an home made panettone

Christmas means traditions, and panettone is one of the things you can’t miss!

Even if its real origins are in Milan, you can find some very good home made panettone just here

in Rome! You can choose between the classical recipe, and the creative ones, every bakery has

its own specialties.

  • Roscioli, via dei Chiavari 34

  • Bonci, via Trionfale 36

  • Le Levain, via Luigi Santini 22-23

  • Severance, via Eurialo 1

  • Lievito, Viale Europa 339


6.Explore the Christmas markets

The Christmas market in Piazza Navona is a classic tradition of Rome.

There you can find local products, toys and street artists, walking under Bernini’s Fountain of the

Four Rivers and facing the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone.

7. Enjoy some good music: Rome Gospel Festival

From 21 to 31 of december this international festival will take place at Auditorium Parco della

Musica. It’s the most important gospel festival in Europe and this year is at the 12th edition.