Rome. A single word paints a picture of more than just a popular destination, gelato, and Italian hand gestures. Rome is a whirlwind of the past and the present. Everything you find in this ancient location feels so fresh and new that even the history comes to life before your very eyes. If you’re ready for a magical holiday, here are some Flyavel-approved attractions and things to do in Rome to add to your itinerary:
While Pompeii is always something we at Flyavel recommend, sometimes there’s just not enough time in your itinerary to get there. In such cases, the historical port of Ostia Antica is the ideal option. Here you can experience an ancient Roman town. Though the town has long been abandoned since BC times, there’s a number of preserved ruins to explore, and a museum to check out.
Colosseum and Roman Forum
Nothing says “Rome” like the Roman Colosseum, otherwise known as the Flavian Amphitheatre. Once upon a time, this place was home to wild beasts, fierce warriors, and public executions for over 700 years. Nowadays, there’s an exhibition area on the second level that has several renditions from modern day artists about what the Colosseum would have looked like in the past.
If you want to see the Colosseum from a unique perspective, here's a Flyavel pro-tip: visit a small little church known as Church of S. Bonaventura at Palatine. While the church itself is not that special, certainly not compared to St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican, The Palatine hill offers an amazing view of the Colosseum.
The Roman Forum is situated beside the Colosseum and is truly a sight to behold, just check the picture at the beginning of this blog post! It used to be a place for people to gather, discuss whatever they had on their mind and trade, amongst many other things. Now, it has a significantly different role. The ruins are remarkably preserved and give you a glimpse of how glorious the Roman Forum was back in its heyday.
You can purchase a combined ticket for Colosseum and the Forum. Make sure you get there bright and early, though, as the queues get pretty long.
Musei Vaticani e Cappella Sistina
When in Rome, it’s important to connect to history, especially when you have access to the one of world’s largest and most labyrinthine museum in existence. The Musei Vaticani began as a collection of sculptures in 1503. Since then, the museum has obtained work from Michelangelo, Raphael, ancient artefacts like Etruscan grave markers, Matisse cut-outs, and maps from the 16th century. You’re bound to get lost in this place, but we doubt you’ll mind.
The stunning Vittoriano monument is for more than just snapping a picture of and moving on. You can actually climb to the top of the Vittoriano to enjoy a panoramic view of Rome’s entirety. Of course, you’ll also want to enjoy the interior, which is full of Art Nouveau mosaic art.
If you love history and morbidity, you’ll love the Capuchin Crypt. This historical site is located under Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins and contains the bones of the friars that belonged to this religious order. Throughout the crypt, you can see bones arranged into art to depict the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
Aside from the Colosseum, another famous landmark in Rome would be the Spanish Steps—the longest, widest staircase in the whole of Europe. Italians and international visitors alike swarm these steps throughout the year, whether it’s to sit down on the steps while enjoying gelato, or to meet up with friends. At the foot of the steps, you’ll find a gorgeous Barcaccia fountain, and at the top rests the Trinita dei Monti church. Surrounding the area is a number of designer shops and restaurants, too.
Rome is a city that has a dizzying amount of attractions, historical sites, fantastic restaurants, and so much more to discover. Yet, the above mentioned places to go are your appetizers to a delightful holiday in Rome, Italy. You’ll be hungry for more.