Things to do in Rome – Some Do’s, some Don’ts and a Video

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You’re planning a trip to Rome and have no idea where to start? Forget all the top ten things to do in Rome lists. Here’s the ultimate list of things you need to do and some don’ts so you can enjoy your trip to Rome to the fullest AND you won’t look like a unprepared tourist!

The ultimate things to do in Rome (and some don’ts):

DO: Throw one, two or three coins into the Trevi Fountain. One is for returning to Rome, two are for falling in love with a Roman and three are either for getting married to this Roman or getting divorced, the sources weren’t that clear about it. Worth a try, right?

DON’T: Go to the Trevi Fountain by day, way too crowded. Better go there late during the night (so much more romantic too)

DO: Eat a Quattro Formaggi in “Berzitello”. In my opinion the best pizzeria in town. And the waiters have tattoos. Period.

DON’T: Eat a Quattro Formaggi in a pizzeria next to the Pantheon. Not worth the HIGH price. Nice view, but I recommend to have just a coffee there instead of lunch or dinner.

things to do in rome - pantheon

DO: Have a gelato in a REAL gelateria. My tip: Giolitti!

DON’T: Have a “fake” gelato. You can easily spot the fake one as the colour is verrrrry colourful. (Too colourful)

DO: Go on a foody Rome Tour with EatingItalyFoodTours, say hi to Kenny from me!

DON’T: Start a diet before your trip to Rome

You're looking for some things to do in Rome? Here are my ultimate tips! Some do's and some don'ts for your perfect trip to Rome! The must do's when in Rome and what kind of things you should never ever do when in Rome! Plus: there's a VIDEO!

DO: Go on a VIP Colosseum Tour with WalksofItaly, you not only get to the underground but also to the top, where no one else is allowed to go.

DON’T: Go to the Colosseum when everyone else wants to go, way too crowded and the waiting line is looong.

DO: Book an apartment. I prefer staying in an apartment, as it really makes you feel like living in the city you’re visiting. Are you using Airbnb? If not: sign up via this link and you’ll get a $20 voucher.

DON’T: Save money and book something OUTSIDE of Rome, as it’s such a lovely city to explore by foot if you’re staying somewhere central. Location is key.

Here are some hotel recommendations in Rome if you don’t want to book an apartment:

AND (last but not least): The only time it’s ok to drink a Cappuccino is in the morning for breakfast with a Cornetto. Don’t ever order a Cappuccino after lunch – everyone will immediately know you’re a tourist (but if you really really like Cappuccino and want to order one – just do it, they might judge you but who cares, right?)

Are you getting excited about your trip to Rome? Here’s a video about my trip… ENJOY!

What are your favourite things to do in Rome? Anything you would add?

Hi, I'm Yvonne. Travel addict. Guilty as charged. Right now I'm probably falling off a camel somewhere in a desert, getting a new tattoo from a monk in Thailand or am carrying my luggage through a river in the jungle. But just as well I could be sitting on my sofa in Berlin, in my pyjamas. Good girls to to heaven, bad girls go everywhere. Everywhere sounds much more promising. So be travelous and follow me!

Discussion15 Comments

  1. Yvonne

    haha, yes, here in Germany it’s totally fine to drink Cappuccino after lunch. BUT try to order one in Rome at this time of the day…. hahahha 😀

  2. Liebe Yvonne,

    fahr nochmal nach Rom und check die wirklich guten Plätze aus, denn das, was Du hier aufgelistet hast, steht in jedem mittelalten Reiseführer, sorry. Eis bei Giolitti? Das war vielleicht vor 20 Jahren hip. Ein Tipp: Das nächste Mal einfach das richtige Insider-Blog lesen: http://www.parlafood.com. Kleine Empfehlung am Rande.

  3. Wow, this is such a comprehensive list of tips, full-choked of information yet very interesting to read. Anyway, Rome is one of my family’s favorite holiday destination. And whenever we visit Rome, we never tend to forget throwing some coins in Trevi Fountain. As the old folks say, this would ensure a come back trip to Rome. And I guess, this is true… Because we keep coming back to Rome… This is such a great post. Thanks for the sharing…

  4. Actually DON’T just go book a tour with “walks of italy”
    The tour is 89 euros.
    Shop around for other tour companies. Ive found an awesome tour of the colosseum at night that includes the top and underground of it. and the price is only 26 euros

    plus on the regular ticket you pay 21 euro for the normal access including the underground. So thats an extra 68 euro to go one level up.
    rip off much.

  5. When we went to Rome the Trevi fountain was on the list and the coliseum.
    We actually found the Trevi fountain not to be that busy but the coliseum what packed.
    We went on a cruise so we just had one day there but we managed to do both.

  6. DO a hop-on hop-off open top bus tour. Always one of the best ways to see any city. A few different ones to choose from in Rome but the City Sightseeing is probably the best (http://bit.ly/citysightseeingroma). Tickets give you un-limited travel for either 24, 48 or 72hrs and you can hop on and off as much as you like! There are always discount offers connected to the tickets like free walking tours and money off vouchers. Enjoy!

  7. Hi Yvonne

    Loved your video , thank you. First trip to Rome in a couple of weeks and getting more excited as it gets closer. Trevi fountain by night looks like a great idea and I certainly will be throwing not one but three coins in the fountain :-). Happy travelling

  8. Great recommendations! Especially the gelato tip – if it’s a color not found in nature – walk away! And I also agree about taking a food tour. We took on and were able to make our own Roman style pizza. Fantastic! http://goo.gl/eJAdQJ

  9. Nice tips! Thanks for sharing!

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