Must-sees in Rome!

Honestly: When you’re in Rome for the first time and have a couple of days, you must see the must-sees. You really MUST see it. Rome’s icons are really icons. And after watching ‚To Rome with love‘ and ‚Eat, Pray, Love‘, there was no way not to do it.

Nobody, not even a Roman, would claim to have seen everything in Rome. You literally find something which is not in your guidebooks behind every corner. Between the sights you get lost in small lanes, enjoy thousands of gelati or relax with a glass of wine.

Tourist menus – Top or Flop?

Rome is fantastic for all budgets. Thanks to a huge variety, you can eat in really expensive restaurants. The complete contrast is no problem, too.

Piazza di Spagna, Rome, Italy

There are many opinions about tourist-menus. They can be quite poor but also surprisingly good. We made good experiences. Just try it. Of course, in can be disappointing. We weren’t!

Here come the important things in life!

The Colosseo

It’s Rome’s main sight and a must-see at least from outside. Entry is free on the first Sunday each month. We took this opportunity. By 9 am, people queued already around half the building (it’s similar on normal days).

Colosseo, Rome, Italy

We did, what you shouldn’t do. We cut the line. Could have caused trouble, but we were lucky and could squeeze through the crammed Colosseo. Life’s too short to queue.

Colosseo, Rome, Italy

Colosseo, Rome, Italy

Colosseo, Arch of Trajan, Rome, Italy

It was really crowded already in the morning. The upper and lower floors are only accessible for guided tours. We don’t like them (nothing against the guides, but it’s exhausting and boring doing this all in groups).

Colosseo, Rome, Italy

Colosseo, Rome, Italy

It’s beautifully illuminated by night. Selfie-Sticks are everywhere!

Colosseo by Night, Rome, Italy

Colosseo by Night, Rome, Italy

Forum Romanum

You should cross it once. It’s free if you have a ticket for the Colosseo. We were evil again and cut the line.

Forum Romanum, Rome, Italy

Rome is really sightseeing madness. Really extreme!

Forum Romanum, Rome, Italy

Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II

Impressing show-off building. We passed it. We didn’t enter the viewing platform. It’s not worth it as we had a better alternative.

Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II, Rome, Italy

Campo dei Fiori

Great marketplace. You can just enjoy the different aromas walking around, having a picnic with cheese, ham and olives or get a calzone. If we lived in Rome, we would definitely buy here (expensive but good).

Campo dei Fiori, Rome, Italy

Campo dei Fiori, Rome, Italy

Campo dei Fiori, Rome, Italy

Campo dei Fiori, Rome, Italy

Campo dei Fiori, Rome, Italy

Pantheon

The Gods‘ temple is one of the oldest buildings in the world. It ‚survived‘ because it was used as a church from 609 a.d. The huge dome is 43 metres wide. Worth visiting. You shouldn’t be claustrophobic as there are always many people here.

Pantheon, Rome, Italy

Pantheon, Rome, Italy

The Vatican and St. Peter’s Cathedral

There was no chance to cut the line here. It was almost noon, hot and the line was endless. We enjoyed the place from outside. Here you can see, what your church taxes are used for. It seems, God loves decadence. Amen!

Città del Vaticano, Rome, Italy

Città del Vaticano, Rome, Italy

Fontana di Trevi

It’s a pity, the most famous fountain in Rome was renovated while we were here. We threw coins nevertheless. You never know! (Reportedly, the City of Rome earns roughly € 600.000 p.a. with these coins – But hey, pssst!)

Fontana di Trevi, Rome, Italy

Fontana di Trevi, Rome, Italy

Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti at Piazza di Spagna – The Spanish Steps

Completely crowded. Not like in the Woody Allen movie. Whatever! Beautiful, especially as it was decorated with countless flowers.

Piazza di Spagna, Rome, Italy

Piazza di Spagna, Rome, Italy

Piazza di Spagna, Rome, Italy

Piazza di Spagna, Rome, Italy

Annoying: Probably the most “You need a selfie-stick?”-guys were here! I told him, I already have one. His reply: “ Take another colour!” OK, why not? But thanks, no thanks!

Trastevere

Just loafing around, having a drink or something to eat. It’s a very decent quarter!

Trastevere, Rome, Italy

 Trastevere, Rome, Italy

Trastevere, Rome, Italy

Trastevere, Rome, Italy

Castel Sant’Angelo

Angel’s castle is not far away from the Vatican.

Castel Sant' Angelo,Ponte Angelo, Rome, Italy

On the way there is a lovely park besides the Tevere river. It was closed, when we came here, but it’s sufficient from outside.

Ponte Angelo, Rome, Italy

Piazza del Popolo

From here you can climb to marvellous Pincio!

Piazza di Popolo, Rome, Italy

One Response

  1. Margaret

    Great pictures! I’m heading there in a week, this article gave me an excellent preview, can’t wait!

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