#3 Explore The Vatican
A visit to Rome is not complete without a visit to Vatican City. At roughly one eighth of the size of New York’s Central Park, Vatican City is the smallest country in the world. Even though it is an independent country it is right in the middle of the city of Rome.
The Vatican Museums are well worth a visit. Inside you can see many priceless works of art. The highlight of the visit is The Sistine Chapel which houses the amazing ceiling fresco painted by Michelangelo.
One thing which The Vatican Museums are known for is their long lines. This is one of the most popular places to visit in the world, so knowing your way around the ticket system is a must. Fast Track Tickets are available and can be well worth the upgrade. Another option is to have engage the services of an authorized tour guide. This will mean that you can skip the lines altogether.
Remember to dress appropriately. If you are wearing shorts, a short skirt or have bare shoulders you will be turned away – even if you have been standing in line for hours and no one mentioned it to you prior to reaching the door!
#4 Imagine the Gladiators in The Colosseum
You will see gladiators outside the Colosseum, but only the ones that want you to pay them to have a picture taken with them! When you visit this amazing historic building with such a violent history, you will find yourself imagining how it used to be when the Roman crowds were entertained here. This huge space used to hold 55,000 spectators.
The Colosseum is a magnificent building. Much of it has been lost over the years, but a remarkable amount of the original structure still remains.
This is a popular attraction so there are always long lines. You can avoid waiting by buying your ticket online in advance. Another great idea is to buy a guided tour. Not only does this help you skip the lines, but it will also enhance your experience by learning more about this ancient building.
#5 Get Away from The Tourists
There are of course so many obvious things to do in Rome which we haven’t mentioned – visit The Forum, go to the Colosseum, or see the Spanish Steps. There are so many tourist attractions it can be overwhelming. Sometimes the best thing to do is just to seek out something different and go where other tourists are not.
Think outside the usual tourist plan. If you are adventurous why not rent a Vespa and ride through the winding streets at night? Looking for where the locals eat? Take a stroll around the San Lorenzo District. Drive out to Monte Mario to get a fabulous view of the city from Rome’s highest peak. Visit the tourist attractions at night – the Trevi Fountain is magical in the evening when most of the tourists are elsewhere.