Rome is Europe’s third most visited city and one of the most exciting destinations to include in any gap year itinerary. If you need some inspiration, here are some cool travel tips on the top 10 things to do in Rome.
1. Go sightseeing in Old Rome
There is so much to seen in and around the historic city centre that it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Don’t let this stop you getting to the top attractions! The easiest way to take in the sights is to go on one of the hop-on-hop-off bus tours offered by different bus companies throughout the city. Tickets are valid for 24, 58, and 72 hours, just in case one day isn’t enough. And don’t forget that online and early bird discounts are available.
2. Make a wish at Fontana Di Trevi
The Trevi Fountain is one of the most well-known fountains in the world. It’s incredibly photogenic – especially at night – making it a popular stop for tourists and visitors, as well as being a Must-See on your list. Throw a coin in the fountain when you stop by and make a wish. It’s ok if your wish involves never leaving the city!
3. Eat delicious Italian food
Pizzerias, spaguetterias, trattorias, bruschetterias … if food is one of your passions, you will definitely feel at home in the Italian capital. The areas around the University are packed with cheap and good eats, and there are also plenty of locals offering budget cooking classes so you can take some authentic Italian cuisine back home with you.
4. Cycle the Appian Way
The Appian Way is one of Italy’s oldest roads. If you feel like taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, rent a bicycle from the Via Appia park headquarters and get your legs moving. Don’t forget to grab some Italian cheese, bread, and wine and treat yourself to a picnic at the end of the bike ride.
5. Visit a pizzeria
Pizza is one the most universally loved Italian dishes, and you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to sampling authentic Italian pizza in Rome. Pizzerias are everywhere and may stay open well past midnight. There is no shortage of street vendors who can sell you a slice (or 5!) at budget prices.
6. Party in Garbatella
When the evening arrives, Garbatella is one of the city’s coolest neighbourhoods, where old warehouses have been transformed into hip and trendy entertainment venues. For something more hardcore, check out the bars and clubs in Testaccio and San Lorenzo. If you are more into the bohemian scene, go explore the Pigneto and Trastevere areas.
7. Go shopping in Monti
The Monti neighbourhood is one of the most happening places in the city. If you enjoy shopping and love the idea of grabbing a bargain, don’t miss a visit to the Monti weekend market. Here you can literally spend hours browsing through vintage goods, designer clothing and accessories, and cute artsy pieces that you can take home with you as souvenirs.
8. Stop for a coffee break
For coffee fans in need of a quick pick-me-up after a day out exploring the city, stop by any coffee shop and ask for a cafè corretto. A potent shot of espresso sprinkled liquor – grappa, cognac, and sambuca are the most popular choices.
9. Take in the views
For the best city views and for cool spots for all your photo ops, take the underground to Circo Massimo and ask the locals for directions to Parco Savello. This park is known by tourists as the Orange Garden and is the perfect place to watch the sun go down with a gelato in hand.
10. Find a scenic spot to people-watch
Just as with other Mediterranean countries, life in Italy takes place on the streets. Head outdoors and find a good spot for people-watching. It will keep you entertained for hours, and best of all, it’s free!