In December, the stud muffin and I went to Europe and fell in love with Rome. I could narrate every little detail of our trip, but I thought this would be a fun way to share the highlights! So… When in Rome…
… go to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill
These historical sights are all right next to each other. Skip the line and hire one of the many tour guides in the plaza. They will give you a ton of information and really help you understand exactly what you are looking at. The Colosseum is amazing and grand, but don’t forget about the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, they are impressive as well, in their own right.
… wander down the cobblestone streets in search of the best restaurants
This was one of my favorite parts of our trip to Rome. I ate one of the best meals of my life in a small resturant we stumbled upon. A tour guide in Rome told us to always follow the “Rule of 3” when looking for a place to eat… walk 3 blocks away from the attraction you are visiting, turn around and make sure you can’t see the attraction any more. If you can, walk 3 more blocks. There, you will find food 3 times better and $3 cheaper. It works… trust me!
… toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain
This grand fountain is beautiful and a landmark in Rome. Legend has it if you toss a coin with your right hand over your left shoulder, you’ll return to Rome some day!
… take a Roman Bath
Many hotels and resorts provide free access to their traditional Roman Baths for guests. We didn’t use one, but I did take advantage of the amazing bathtub in our room at the St. Regis. It was glorious!
… visit the Pope
If you are in Rome, you should cross the river and visit the Vatican. When the Pope is in town, he makes appearances for prayers and blessings. This was one of the highlights of our trip for me.
… marvel at the works of art in the Sistine Chapel
Photos are not allowed in the Sistine Chapel, so here is a picture of the Hall of Maps leading to the chapel. Be sure to block out several hours- the Vatican museum has so much to see!
There you have it… a few “must sees” when visiting Rome! If you’ve visited Rome, what is on your “When In Rome” list? What vacation destinations are your favorites?