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

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What shall I say. You know I fell in love. With Rome. My trip to Rome was just perfect. And one of the best things about it was staying in a super chic apartment right in the middle of the city. I like to pretend to really be living in a city when visiting, I want to feel like a local. I mean I love Berlin, but honestly: I could live in Rome. Two steps to the best pizzeria in town, walking to the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain. Hello? That’s just travelous! I like! What I don’t like is planing things. Urg. A top ten list of things to do in Rome to tally? That’s stressing me out. I prefer to stumble upon things. Sure I wanted to see the Colosseum (check) but some other things you maybe say are a MUST when visiting Rome I missed, or rather: left for the next visit (like meeting the pope or riding a Vespa). Beside this I think it’s important to know some stuff, things which made my trip to Rome so special. So watch the video for some tips and ideas for what to do in Rome and then check out my list of do’s and don’ts when in Rome!

And here are the ultimate things to do in Rome (and some don’ts):

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.

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.

DON’T: Go to the Trevi Fountain by day, way too crowded.

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

things to do in rome - colosseum

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 crowed and the waiting line is looong.

DO: Book an apartment. This one was mine from Wimdu. I prefer staying in an apartment, as it really makes you feel like living in the city you’re visiting. I also like Airbnb, if you sign up via this link you get a $25 voucher.

DON’T: Save money and book an apartment or hotel outside Rome, as it’s such a lovely city to explore by foot if you’re staying somewhere central.

AND: The only time it’s ok to drink a Cappuccino is in the morning for breakfast with a Cornetto.

What are your favourite things to do in Rome?

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!

Discussion11 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 :D

  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!

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