Heading to Rome for a mini break? Here are the five best things to do while you’re there…
1. The Colosseum
If you go to Rome and don’t visit the Colosseum, did you even go to Rome? The Colosseum pretty much is Rome. It is the largest amphitheatre ever built and really the ultimate place to visit and really get a feel for the scale of the Roman Empire. It was actually built in 8 years and could hold between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators.
2. The Opera
Many of the famous operas, such as La Traviata and Madame Butterfly, are performed in Italian – so of course, this is something to experience whilst in Rome! Check out Opera Tickets Italy for tickets; they are usually quite affordable and as they say, when in Rome…
3. Vatican City
Vatican City is the world’s smallest city state and the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church – but visiting is not only for the religious. The Sistine Chapel; the Vatican Museums; St Peter’s Basilica and St Peter’s Square are all a must-see. The pope holds a Papal Audience most Wednesdays in St Peter’s Square and you can book tickets for this in advance.
4. Galleria Borghese
Rome has plenty of art galleries, but the general consensus is that this is the art gallery to visit. This is a huge private art collection filled with numerous classical antiques and Baroque sculptures, including paintings by Raphael and Titian. Be aware though: admission is every two hours, and it’s best to book your time slot in advance.
5. The Roman Forum
The Roman Forum dates back to around 500BC, but was enlarged by several Roman emperors over the years. The massive rectangular plaza is surrounded by the ruins of ancient buildings and for centuries this was the centre of day-to-day life in Rome. There are no sign posts within the complex so it’s advisable to pay for a guided tour while you’re there.