When in Rome, Do As the Romans Do

What to see on your first visit to Rome

Quando sei a Roma, fai come i Romani! Or, when in Rome, do as the Romans do.

I visited Rome on a balmy weekend in the fall as the last stop on a two week trip. I met my friend Nadine for 3 days and we had a 28 degree meander through one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the world. Talk about bucket list!

We got through the historic sights much quicker that most probably do, and I’d highly recommend getting a written or audio guide, even a walking tour if you can!

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First view of the Roman ruins. Check out my awesome trainers.

Here is your bucket list itinerary for a first visit to Rome:

The Must-Sees:

  1. Capitoline Hill (Campidoglio)
  2. The Roman Forum
  3. The Palatine
  4. The Colosseum
  5. The Vatican
  6. St. Peter’s Basilica

The Want-to-Sees:

  1. The Spanish Steps
  2. Via Condotti (for very glamorous shopping, or just people watching!)
  3. Piazza Navona, my favourite
  4. The Pantheon
  5. Piazza di Spagna

We had a lot of gelato on benches, lattes in piazzas, and wandered in and out of the tiny, picturesque streets.

What was almost more interesting was the juxtaposition of the old and the new. Online and in books we see gorgeous photos of these monuments and ruins, but you don’t see what surrounds them! There were a few that were quite shocking (Trevi Fountain anyone?).

It was the perfect mix of history and relaxation.

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Roman Forum

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Roman Forum

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Roman Forum

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Roman Forum, with the Colosseum in the distance

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Roman Forum

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The Palatine

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The Victor Emmanuel Monument

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Is that…

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The Colosseum!

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The Pantheon

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Piazza Navona, our favourite

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Via Condotti

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The Spanish Steps

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The double helix spiral staircase in the Vatican museums, designed in 1932

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Outside St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

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Inside St Peter’s Basilica

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Michelangelo’s Pieta from 1499

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Left: Me posing funny? Right: Find the Euro coin I just tossed into the Trevi Fountain!

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The part of the Trevi Fountain that you don’t see in the books

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Trevi Fountain

 

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