Places to see in Rome. (2017 version)
We are in 2017, a wonderful year to travel and see all the major capitals of Europe.
One of the most beautiful and interesting capitals is Rome, which I saw with my wife a month ago. It was something I personally always wanted and since Prague is very very close to it we decided to fly there in a Friday morning.
In case you find yourself in Rome and you have no idea what to do , plus there is not enough time to hang around and you want to make the most of it then you can start with downloading a good online map of the city (it will help your life so much 🙂 )
Then here are some tips of the things we saw during our short but intense stay. (order is not important here)
Fontana di Trevi
A little about that: It was started by the Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. It is situated in the Trevi district to of Rome and it is 99% surrounded by tourists 🙂
Sometimes you need to wait for some time until you reach the actual water but the view (day and night) is amazing. Below is a picture of it and I must say: in reality looks 1000% better and glorious 🙂
Next you can head to Vatican, the state in state , the head of Catholic Church and the Pope’s home.
I advise you to come early in the morning and take the “skip the line” ticket. You will most certainly be approached by people selling you this entry (with the guide).
It totally worth it since you don’t have to wait in the half a kilometer queue but get through the back door with a guide who knows the place very well and will explain you everything.
We paid around 70 Euro for two people, everything included. The riches we saw inside were breathtaking and the Saint Peter’s Chapel unbelievable. You cannot take a picture to catch all the details and give you the idea of size , you have to be inside (it is like having eight churches inside this one megachurch 🙂 )
After you are done with the Vatican you can head around in the city through it’s beautiful streets and feel the world around you, experience the people and good food, take a walk on those pavements and (if in spring) smell the flowers.
Then a must see in Rome is of course the Colosseum. Also if you don’t want to lose your time waiting in never-ending queues, take the guide with skip the line.
The cool part is that when we went in the end of January to Rome the guide just told us that the actual colour of the building was visible for the first time after they restored it.
So in a way we were the first to see the actual colour of Colosseum, which is white, compared to the old darkish shade.
Inside you can take a walk and look around but one thing is clear: it is a skeleton of what it once was. What we see now is just the ruin of the past, destroyed by time, wheather and people.
Still, it is something very interesting to see. As a side note: we joined a group of people which had a guide (an american man who explained everything so good but unfortunately I don’t remember his name.. once I do I will recommend him to everyone because he had such a good knowledge of the past I was shocked)
Some other interesting thing to see is also in Vatican, on the main staircase when you enter, you will see a lot of people coming and going but if you go in the top of the place and look down you will see something as below 🙂
Even though the city is modern and has everything a capital of 21st century needs, still the wonderful ruins of ancient Rome can be seen at every corner.
One like that is or course the Pantheon. In front of it there are always tourists and singers that give you a nice feeling of what this place was 2000 years ago.
In any case, our Rome experience is something to add to our collection of “must see” places. There are so many other things to explore, like food, people, wine, books, more ruins 🙂
It is really hard to say you saw Rome just in 3 days because I believe you need much much more to actually feel the place with it’s million sides, but still it is a start.
I encourage you to make this destination into consideration next time you are planning a trip abroad and let me know what is your experience.