Rome the great ancient city and capital of Italy with its 3000 years of glorious past attract people from across the globe. The art, architecture, and culture which are on display once you visit this city will offer your glimpses of the glorious bygone era. The ruins of Colosseum and Forum still display the might and power of the ancient Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarter of the Roman Catholic church is home to several masterpieces including St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. Not just its ancient culture but today Rome is also known for its modern urbanization with parks, cafes, high-end designer boutiques and more.
Best Things to Do in Rome
Colosseum: Monumental 3-tiered Roman amphitheater once used for gladiatorial games, with guided tour option.
St. Peter’s Basilica: Late Renaissance church by architects including Michelangelo & holding up to 20,000 worshippers.
Roman Forum: Vast excavated area of Roman temples, squares & government buildings, some dating back 2,000 years.
Trevi Fountain: Aqueduct-fed rococo fountain, designed by Nicola Salvi & completed in 1762, with sculpted figures.
Pantheon: Iconic temple built circa 118 to 125 A.D. with a dome & Renaissance tombs, including Raphael’s.
Vatican Museums: Multiple galleries of classical & Renaissance art masterpieces, plus the Sistine Chapel frescoes.
Best Time to visit Rome
Rome is a year-round destination, but peak travel season is Apr–Jun. Many shops, restaurants, and hotels close in Aug, when locals go on vacation. Key events and holidays include Holy Week and Easter (Mar/Apr, dates vary), the Rock in Roma music festival (Jul), and the period between Christmas and Epiphany (Jan 6), when many businesses are closed, though there is a large Christmas market in Piazza Navona.