You will be spoiled for choice about what to do when you visit Rome. It is one of the most amazing cities in the world – it seems as though everywhere you turn there is something else to see. It can be difficult to choose what to do when you only have limited time in this great city. Here are our suggestions of 5 things to do in Rome.
#1 People Watch at the Trevi Fountain
You know the pictures you have seen of the Trevi Fountain? Well forget those because those photo shop out the masses of tourists which pretty much engulf this amazingly beautiful fountain. You really do need to see this because it is an amazing site, but just be aware that you will not be alone.
You can either be put off by the crowds or embrace the fact that they are there. As well as being able to take in the incredible beauty of the Trevi Fountain you can also indulge yourself in some people watching whilst you are there.
It is always fascinating to watch people throw a coin in to the Fountain – legend has it that if you do then you are bound to return to Rome. Not a bad deal. What many people don’t know is that for this to have any hope of coming true you have to do it in a certain way. You have to throw the coin over your right shoulder. If you throw one you will return to Rome, two and you will find romance, three and you will be married. So be careful what you wish for or you could get way more than you bargained for.
What happens to the coins after you have thrown them in the Trevi Fountain? They are all collected and donated to the charity Caritas. So even if you don’t believe that wishes come true you are donating to a good cause.
#2 Visit The Pantheon
This is one of the attractions which can get pushed down to the end on a list of must see historical sites in Rome, but we really think that it deserves a place high on any must see agenda. The Pantheon is a remarkable building. It is one of the few buildings anywhere in the world where you can be sure that you are standing and seeing almost exactly what people experienced 2,000 years ago.
This Roman temple was built between A.D. 118 and A.D 125. You really can’t describe the feeling of wonder at standing in a building which was created at the time that Hadrian was Emperor of Rome. Michelangelo said that this magnificent ancient building looked more like the work of angels, not humans.
There are many fascinating things about the Pantheon. It is the world’s largest unsupported concrete dome. That architects were able to create this design all those thousands of years ago is a remarkable achievement. The dome has a hole in the top – this is the only source of light in the building, apart from the door. When rain fails it drains through the same system which was created 2,000 years ago.
As with all of Rome’s tourist attractions get there as early in the morning as you can to avoid the bulk of the crowds.