Top Things to do in Rome

Limited time in Rome? Not sure what attractions to see? We have the perfect list for you! Listed below are our top things to do in Rome…


Where to start? Rome is bursting with wonderful attractions all essential when discovering the ancient area. History, art, food, and culture are all teeming within the area. Dig up the top tourism destinations that will make your visit to Rome unforgettable.

Top Things to do in Rome

  • 1. Colosseum

    One of the most recognisable landmarks in Rome, the Colosseum is the first stop on your trip. This ancient landmark has some bloody history, and that’s not our Australian slang speaking! The Colosseum is renown for its violent historic past, hosting the ancient Roman entertainments such as the famous gladiator games. The landmark has withstood the passage of time, inaugurated in 80 AD. If you only have a few days in Rome, then time is of the essence! So we recommend purchasing a guided tour with skip the line tickets so you can jump to the front of the queue and get your history geek on.

  • 2. Roman Forum

    Roman Forum

    Once you’ve seen the Colosseum, head over to the Roman Forum for more ancient monuments. This area was once the centre of Ancient Rome, with enduring buildings and artefacts that give you a snapshot of this past world. It’s best to go on a guided tour for this attraction, as the local guide will bring the stories to life, giving you a better understanding of what is what. Right next door to the Colosseum it would be silly to miss these ancient ruins, especially when (according to legend) this is where Romulus slayed his brother and founded the Eternal City. As you make your way through the ruins of what were once important government buildings, climb higher to the top of Palatine Hill to see impressive views of the surrounding city and its much-loved landmarks.

  • 3. Trevi Fountain

    Trevi Fountain

    Bring spare change when visiting the famous Trevi Fountain. This massive water display has beautifully designed fountains amidst stunning symbolising sculptures. Throw a coin over your left shoulder from your right hand to ensure your return to Rome. Two coins will ensure a new romance in your life, and three will guarantee marriage. Whether you believe in this stuff or not, its a fun tradition and a great way to get close to the fountain. Please make sure you do no sit on the structure or take any of the coins, not only with this bring you bad luck but you’ll receive a heavy fine. The turquoise water pops against the white stone structure of the fountain, designed by Nicola Salvi. It’s no wonder this fountain is one of the most famous in the world, it’s beauty could be admired for hours!

  • 4. Palatine Hill

    Palatine Hill

    Palatine Hill is the most visited hill in Rome. It is home to the oldest part of ancient Rome, with ancient buildings, frescoes, and artefacts of the rich Romans living there. It was the most prestigious neighbourhood, said to be home to the mythology Romulus and Remus. The centre most of the Seven Hills of Rome, Palatine Hill stands 40 metres above the Roman Forum, and has been called “the first nucleus of the Roman Empire”. With not just incredible history, but breathtaking panoramic views of the city, Palatine Hill is well worth the trek up.

  • 5. Spanish Steps

    Spanish Steps

    Climb up Spanish Steps and see all the interesting places surrounding them. At the base, you can find boutique shops as well as artists painting portraits of tourists. Recreate Audrey Hepburn’s eating of a chocolate gelato on the step from the film A Roman Holiday. Or climb up to the Villa Medici to see the stunning views of Centro Storico. Or just simply soak up the atmosphere and enjoy some people watching whilst appreciating the appealing symmetry of the 138 steps leading to Trinita dei Monti. If you have time, it’s also worth checking out The Keats Shelley House located just south of the base of the Spanish Steps, towards the East. Once the home of poet John Keats, the museum commemorates the work of Keats, Shelley and other Romantic poets in its large collection of manuscripts, first editions and paintings.

  • 6. Centrale Montemartini

    Centrale Montemartini

    Rome’s first electrical power plant has been transformed into a gallery. Ancient sculptures from the 19th century scatter the factory as well as the old heavy machinery left there since production time. These cold metal machines contrast beautifully with the stunning pieces, with high glass windows creating a stunning light effect. Music events are held throughout the year as the acoustic effect of the museum creates an enchanting experience.

  • 7. Tuck into some food and wine

    Rome Food & Wine

    Italy is famous for its incredible food! With the entire world creating Italy’s famous cuisines such as pizza, pasta, and gelato. However, there is no such thing as locally made Italian food. Rome is famous for its delicious carb filled cuisines, so make sure to drop into the local restaurants scattering around. Italy is home to some of the oldest vineyards in the world, so a drop of wine is a delicious treat after a day of sightseeing.

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