The Best Things to Do in Rome | Book Today

The Best Things to Do in Rome | Book Today

Things to Do in Rome: There is so much to do in Rome it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming trying to fit everything into one visit. 

The answer is: don’t! With cheap flights to Rome operating from so many airports across the UK, why not explore the city in your own time knowing that the things you miss will still be there the next time you’re back. 

Five great things to do include:

The Colosseum

Often seen topping the tourist highlights, the Colosseum is iconic to Rome. 

Completed in 80 AD and considered one of the finest pieces of Roman engineering ever (and those Romans were excellent engineers…) 

This ancient entertainment arena was the place to go to see gladiator fights, animal hunts and executions. 

Entertainment may have changed but interest in the Colosseum certainly hasn’t, and standing within it gives you a real sense of the grandeur of the Roman Empire at its height.

Pantheon Temple

To admire more of the Romans’ architectural triumphs head to the Pantheon which is a spectacularly well-preserved temple originally built for the Roman gods. 

Still a church today, it’s hard to believe when you’re walking around that the building is nearly two thousand years old.

Marble flooring perfectly intact and boasting the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world as a ceiling.

Things to Do in Rome

Capuchin Crypt

Laurence Llewelyn Bowen has yet to decorate someone’s interior with human bones, and it is not to everyone’s taste, but the Capuchin Crypt is a fascinating place to visit. 

Hidden in a small space under the Santa Maria della Immacolata Concezione church are the bones of 4,000 Capuchin friars (named after the ‘capuche’, or hood, attached to their robes) which have been nailed to the walls in patterns. 

So many monks wanted to be buried there that the walls became the only space left for them.

A system was developed whereby the longest buried friar was exhumed and put on display to make room for the newly-deceased.

Vatican City

A bit of a cheat to put it all under one heading as it is an entire country, albeit the smallest in the world. 

The Vatican City is the spiritual centre for Roman Catholics everywhere, and every Wednesday morning people flock to St. Peter’s Square to be part of an audience with the Pope. 

You will see the Pope’s guards, known as the Swiss Guards, around the place dressed in stripy orange, purple and red uniforms. 

Things to Do in Rome

These soldiers have been serving European courts for hundreds of years and have a reputation for loyalty and discipline. 

There are a number of requirements for becoming one including being single, Roman Catholic and over 5’9”, and they’re probably not supposed to smile for photos, but sometimes do.

Gelato Tasting

Rome arguably does the best ice cream in the world, and there’s plenty of choice of where to buy it from. 

Il Gelato di San Crispino is up there with the most popular gelato makers; there are no frills and you won’t get a cone as it interferes with the taste.

Pistachio is a winning flavour.

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