A trip to Rome is literally is one of the things I am proud to have ticked off from my travel bucket list.

This was a long overdue trip that Andrew wanted to take me on and finally we decided to plan this trip this year.

Rome is a beautiful city. One of the most impressive cities in the world. It is always referred as the city-museum because it feels as if you are walking through a huge museum. Every street, every church, every building breaths history. It’s a city like no other and one everyone should visit, at least once in their lifetime.

Now to be honest, when it comes to plan a trip to Rome, the options are unlimited and depending on the duration of your trip, a guide to the best places in Rome could be very handy.

If you are like me, you want to visit a ton of places in a short amount of time and still have the best time of your life, you need to read what follows!

First of all, we decided to stay in the city center close to the beautiful Basilica Santa Maria di Maggiore to be able to walk to the main attractions very easily.

Obviously, we had a list of attractions that we really wanted to see and this is how it starts

  1. Colosseum

We made sure to plan your city sightseeing knowing that Rome is an extremely busy city. With all the planning skills, we still faced a huge crowd when we arrived at the Colosseum. Even early morning, the place was packed of tourist and tourist guides from all over the world proposing to take on a tour.

From my point of view, I enjoyed the Colosseum better from the outside as the view is incredible. For those who plan to visit the inside of it to see the ruins of the Colosseum’s basement, please make sure to purchase a skip the line tickets as the waiting time to get inside could be more than an hour depending on  the length of the queue.

2. Vatican and other churches

As surprising as it can sounds, the Vatican has became not only a place of pilgrimage but also a popular touristic attractions that emphasize the time spent in the queue. The best time to visit the Vatican is in late afternoon. It will still be crowded but it will be definitely easier to manage the queue and enjoy the beauty of the monument. By the way, the entrance to the Basilica is free and, unless you really need a guide and are interested to hear lots of historical facts, I see no reason to pay for the guided tours for this part of the Vatican. You do need a ticket to go up to the top of the Dome. In that case you may want to get these priority tickets in advance.

Be no worries, there is a lot of option to visit other beautiful churches, such as Santa Maria di Trastevere

3. Fontana Di Trevi

The Fontana Di Trevi is my favorite place in Rome, I would recommend to visit twice by day and by night. By day, you will be enjoy the beautiful show with a delicious ice cream, you will find several ice cream shop close to it, which means several flavour choices lol

Then by night, the place is majestic, imagine the beauty of this place in a nice summer evening with a glass of wine.

4. Pantheon

The only time you can see the Pantheon empty is at the closing time. Half an hour before the closing time as it is also extremely crowded, you have to make sure you are not too late as they don’t let people in just before the closing time, but once inside you can stay till it closes. It is really worth it!

5. Piazza Navona

Right after the visit of the Pantheon, you can visit the Piazza Navona is situated in the historic center of Rome, west of the Pantheon. It is one of Rome’s liveliest squares, with many outdoor cafes, restaurants and night clubs in the neighborhood.

6. La Bocca della Verità

The Mouth of Truth is a marble mask in Rome at the Piazza della Bocca della Verità, the site of the ancient Forum Boarium. It attracts visitors who audaciously stick their hand in the mouth to know if they say the truth. The site was widely made famous by the movie “Roman Holidays” where Audrey Hepburn and Pecks are not truthfull to each other and uses the mouth of truth as a storytelling device. Andrew and I really wanted to have a bit of fun with this one to know if we were telling the truth to each other ah! No doubt on it, a nice moment spent without injuries!

7. Piazza di Spagna

Stop at the Piazza di Spagna to have a nice meal and an ice cream on the steps and enjoy a the italian sunshine. Simplicity is everything.

8. Trastevere

Finally, we finished our trip in the colorful neighbourhood of Trastevere. A funky, bohemian area that clings to its centuries-old, working-class roots. It’s known for traditional and innovative trattorias, craft beer pubs and artisan shops, as well as simple B&Bs and budget hotels. From the pre-dinner passeggiata (promenade) until late, a young crowd buzzes around Piazza di San Calisto and Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, the site of a gilded, mosaic-filled church.We had an amazing time avoiding tourist restaurants and enjoying the italian cuisine, yummy!

Extra tips :

  • Make sure to buy “skip the line” tickets to save your time
  • Be sure to take comfortable shoes as walking in Rome is the best way to discover the city and its hidden gems
  • Buy high quality leather products at an affordable price
  • Avoid tourist restaurants as the best food is found where the locals go
  • Do not count the kilos and avoid being on diet !!