I have spent a total of two months in this magical city, each time left with a desire to come back. The fact that a big city can have such a calm yet the exciting atmosphere is what makes travellers every year throwing the coin into the fountain and swearing they will come back. There are so many things to do in Rome, but I gathered some of my favourite and must-dos.
Piazza di Spagna can be called the heart of Rome. It is in the centre of the downtown and great place to start your adventures in Rome. The Spanish steps are always full of life as travellers and locals both like to sit down on the steps and gaze to the crossroads of two main shopping streets. The square on the bottom of the stairs has a gorgeous fountain. On top of the 173 steps constructed in 1725, is a church called Trinità dei Monti which offers a great view of the square and its surroundings.
It's the main shopping street in Rome. It is one of the few straight roads in Rome, where most streets and alleys are like serpentines. It is approximately 1.5 kilometres of high-end boutiques mixed with some of the most famous international brands, something for everyone.
It is not only the shopping that brings people to this street, it's also it's history as this street has been there since the ancient roman times. The street starts from the gate and square both called Popolo and ends to the Piazza Venezia where the spectacular the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II is located at.
The legend says the one who throws a coin to the fountain, will return to Rome. In my case, it worked the first time, and I keep wishing to return there one day for the third time. The proper way to throw is with a right hand over the left shoulder. It is said that approximately 3000 euros are thrown into the fountain daily. This fountain must be one of the most famous ones in the whole world and no wonder, it is absolutely gorgeous especially when lighted in the evening. Unfortunately, it is not allowed to do all that jumping in the fountain fun like in the movie La Dolce Vita
It's not only the pizza and pasta that you'll need to try when in Rome. The ice cream, which is gelato is heavenly! You can get it from the little gelaterias around the city which all have amazing flavours to choose from. Gelato is made from milk, cream and sugar flavoured with fruits and nut purees. It is definitely the best ice cream you'll ever taste!
Trastevere is a neighbourhood located on the west bank of the river Tiber, south of the Vatican city. This neighbourhood is full of cosy restaurants and its narrow cobbled streets wake up when the sun sets. Head there to join a typical Italian dinner and enjoy the street performances and romantic settings. This is totally the ''chic'' neighbourhood of Rome where all the hipsters and artists like to spend their days.
What is a trip to Rome without seeing one of the seven wonders of the world, Colosseum? Well, it is indeed a spectacular view in any time of the day but the Colosseum in the dark is just plain gorgeous view with all the lights, just like the Eiffel tower in Paris.
If you wish to enter the Colosseum make sure to book the tickets in advance as the lines can get very long especially during summer months.
Foro Romano is a historical site located in the heart of Rome, next to the Colosseum. It is a wide area full of ancient paths and ruins from the times of Roman Empire. If you are into history it is a must-see place for you. It used to be the centre of the Roman life, surrounded by all the most important buildings in the city. The Romans gathered there to vote in the elections, to sell products, see performances and celebrate different events. Nowadays, there are plenty of ruins left to remind us of its glorious days.
The famous temple of all gods (lit. translation) is one of the best-preserved sites from the Ancient Roman times. It used to serves as a sanctuary for planets and gods but nowadays it works as a Catholic church. The dome is admired around the world as it is and it is one of the most famous architectural pieces of history.
Inside the church, there are graves of several distinguished people such as Raffaello and the first king of united Italy, Vittorio Emmanuele II.
There is no entrance fee to the Pantheon and it is open every day of the week.
If the city exhausts you and you are in need of a relaxing day on the beach, there is a solution for you. Head to the train station and take a 30-minute train to a small beach village called Santa Marinella. The beach there is great and it is so easy to do a day trip there.