First time visiting Rome? Here’s I gathered some of important places to visit. Before visiting Rome, make sure you bring 2 pairs of comfortable shoes or sneakers. Once you arrive in the city, you will do a lot of walking. During heavy rain, some streets in Rome can be flooded, so second pair of shoes might be useful. Bring a reusable bottle, there is a lot of faucet fountain, so you can easily refill your bottle when you need it.
PLACES TO VISIT
Piazza Navona is one many plaza in Rome, surrounded by Baroque Romane architecture and features some scuptural creations, such as Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro, a statue of a Moor fighting with a dolphine, and Fountain of Neptune. If you visit Rome in December, the plaza uses to gather the christmas market.
Found this area on the very last day. Trastevere is located in the south of Vatican city, on the west bank of Tiber. What I love about this area is the narrow cobbled streets lined by the ancient houses. You absolutely can visit during the day to see colorful buildings with ancient architecture. But, I recommend you to go in the evenings, so you can enjoy the night life, jump from bar to bar, or having a nice meal at nice restaurants just like the locals.
Fontana di Trevi
One of the most visit landmarks in Rome, located in the Quirinale district of Rome, the Trevi Fountain is known as one of the most stunning fountains in the world. It is also one of the oldest water sources in Rome, in 19 B.C. which provided water to the Roman baths and the fountains of central Rome. Today, you cannot drink the water from the fountain, however you can find a faucet water on the right hand of the fountain. The fountain is also a popular with tourists throwing coins into the fountain, at least 3000€ of coins collected each day. It is actually a crime to collect coins from the fountain unless you are Roman Authority. The money collected is actually used to subsidize a supermarket for needy people. Many believe by throwing of a coin from the right hand over the left shoulder will ensure that you will return to Rome in the future. If you throw two coins, it will ensure romance with a Roman (either male or female), and three coins thrown ensure the marriage with him or her.
Piazza Venezia and Capitoline Hill
Piazza Venezia is the central hub of Rome, many public transportations crossing and passing at this intersection. The square is located at the foot of the Capitoline Hill and next to Trajan’s Forum. If you go straight on the via dei Fori Imperiali, you will end up at Roman Forum and the Colloseum. If you do not have any idea on which landmarks to visit first , you can start by stopping at this place then walking around the area before finally visit the Colloseum or vise-versa.
Capitoline Hill is located in front of Venezia square. It is one of seven hills in Rome. It was built in the sixth century BC on the Capitolium summit by Tarquinius Priscus, the first Etruscan king of Rome. It measured 53 by 63 meters and was dedicated to three gods: Jupiter Optimus Maximus, Juno Regina and Minerva.
Capitoline Hill is open for public. You can walk up the stairs and enjoy the scenery from the middle top or take some coffee at cafetaria without paying entrance fee. But, if you want to visit the museum, you need to pay some entrance fee.
Next to the Capitoline Hill, you can also find a church of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli (The basilica of St. Mary, The Altar of Heaven). The church is still the designated Church of the city council of Rome, so you must wear appropriate clothes if you want to see the interior.
Roman Forum , Palatine Hill and Colloseum
Located next to each other, those landmarks are breathtaking to see. The Roman Forum is also known as Foro Romano, surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome.
The Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as animal hunts, mock sea battles, re-enactments of famous battles, executions and dramas. It was built to provide entertainment area for the Ancient Romans.
The Palatine is the most famous of Rome’s seven hills. In Ancient Rome it was considered one of the most desirable neighborhood in the city, and was the home of aristocrats and emperors.
If you want to get to Roman Forum, you can buy ticket for 12€ at full price, this includes admission to the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. I suggest to get the ticket online to avoid long line. Typically, you will spend about an hour at each site, so a visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill will take at least 3 hours.
Vatican city is a city-state surrounded by Rome and is governed as an absolute monarchy with the pope at its head. Within the area you can visit religious and cultural sites such as St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums. Those three landmarks at the Vatican city are the main economy ressource for the country, which includes the sale of postage stamps, souvenirs, admission tickets for the museums, and publications. I also suggest to get the ticket online to avoid long line.
WHERE TO SHOP
Via dei Giubbonari
Looking for affordable shoes and bags made in Italy, via dei Giubbonari is the perfect area to go. At the end of the street, you will find also Piazza Campo de’ Fiori, local groceries market where you can find Italian specialties and spices.
Via dei Corronari
Is a Italian reinassance street in the historic center of Rome, surrounded by buildings built during the 15th and 16th century. In Corronari street, you can find mostly local stores and antique stores, which a perfect mix of a real Roman shopping experience.
Via del Corso
Is the main street in the historical center of Rome and a place for evening stroll for the locals to see each others, also an important shopping street for tourists and locals alike. You can find branded stores, local stores and middle class stores such as Zara, H&M, Mango, Aldo, etc. Do not hesitate to have a look on the local stores, even some of them do not look fancy as retails stores, yet they have good quality to offer. I found nice pair of leather shoes with only 37€ in a local shoes store compare to 120€ at Aldo, and I am still amaze on how good the quality is.
Located at the intersection between the north and south of Via del Corso, Via dei Condotti leads directly to Piazza di Spagna. It is home for luxury brands such as Bvlgari, Gucci, Mickael Kors or Chanel. Even you’re not buying anything, you can enjoy and admire the chic display of luxury boutiques.
Rinascente Roma Tritone
Located at Via del Tritone, Rinascente is a luxury department stores in the city center of Rome. Similar with Via Condotti, Rinascente offers you luxury shopping experience. Beside shopping, you can also visit and stop to get breakfast, lunch, coffee, dinner and after dinner at Rinascente food hall, located in the upper floor, where you can find amazing food with breathtaking views.