No matter what time of year you’re planning on travelling to Rome, there are some stand-out attractions that will never fall out of favour. This city is alive with thousands of stories, the only remnants of which are hidden in the city’s ancient monuments, statues and other treasures. If you’re planning on heading here in the near future, be sure to head straight for the following must-see attractions…
This is the first place most travellers begin their journey around Rome, and who could blame them? This world-famous structure has epitomised the city since its creation some two thousand years ago. While brave gladiators and exotic animals once graced its stage, it’s now filled with millions of tourists each year. You should aim to get to this attraction as early as possible though if you want to try to beat the crowds.
Teatro Costanzi / Terme di Caracalla
Teatro Costanzi is the main opera house of Rome, and it’s the stage for many a ballet, aria and classical concert. From a tourist’s perspective, it’s equally as impressive as the other architecture of Rome though, every inch dripping in the decadence of the Roman elite. Whilst we’re on the subject of opera, you should also try and visit the enchanting Terme di Caracalla. Famously known to locals as the venue for “Opera Under the Stars”, this is an open-air amphitheatre. Just make sure you visit www.romeoperatickets.com to view the full schedule of events during your trip.
Roman Forum/Palatine Hill
You can visit these two attractions together as part of a dual ticket purchase, and they’re the perfect place for budding archaeologists and history buffs. The Roman Forum is a plaza set right into the heart of the city, surrounded by the ruins of government buildings that would have acted as meeting places, market places and so on over the centuries. Palatine Hill contains some of the oldest known parts of Rome, with plenty of archaeological sites to explore.
If you decide to indulge in some retail therapy during your stay, you can carry on sightseeing at the same time by stopping for a coffee and a bite to eat right by the Trevi Fountain. This is right in the centre of the shopping district, and was originally constructed in the 18th century. It has been continually restored and the intricacy of the sculpture is still very striking, providing the perfect backdrop for a selfie.
Campo dei Fiori
If you’re a foodie, visiting Rome’s oldest street market is an absolute must. From giant wheels of Italian cheese, to smoked meats, fresh fruit and vegetables, and even preserves that you can take back home with you, you certainly won’t go hungry here. Why not take along a basket and buy a picnic along the way? Meanwhile, you can pick the local’s brains for new recipe ideas.
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