Exploring Rome: What To Do And See

Known as the “Eternal City,” Rome, Italy has been famous ever since the time of the Roman Empire. Tourists visit Rome from all over the world to immerse themselves in the rich history, to sample the fine authentic Italian cuisine and to experience the exhilarating nightlife.

Rome makes for the perfect vacation destination for groups, families and couples. There are so many sites to see and places to visit that there is always something to do. Read on to learn more about Rome and what you can expect to find and enjoy during your visit.

Colosseum, Rome, Italy
Colosseum, Rome, Italy by Julius for Travel via Italy

History

The history of Rome spans for over two thousand years, dating back from the time of the Roman Empire. It acted as the administrative center during the reign of the Roman Empire. Now it remains the seat of the Italian government.

Even after the fall of the Roman Empire, the city still had a considerable amount of wealth. While touring around the city, visitors will be able to see magnificent structures from ancient Roman times.

Culture

In Rome, the locals speak Italian with a Romano dialect. Only a small portion of the older generations speak English; however, the younger population and those working in the tourist industry do speak English.

Most of the signs are in Italian, so it is best to carry an Italian-English dictionary with you at all times. Most Italians have a sunny disposition and are happy to help tourists with any questions they might have.

Dining and Cuisine

Many people go to Italy to try the food. You can find less expensive food in Rome if you shy away from the tourist spots. There are a lot of nice family-owned restaurants just off the city center and this is where you can get a taste of authentic pizza and pasta.

The recipes used are usually passed down from generation to generation. There are a lot of attractive restaurants with picturesque settings. Once you are done with your meal, you can enjoy a nice big cone of gelato from a nearby gelateria.

Pantheon, Rome, Italy
Pantheon, Rome, Italy by Julius for Travel via Italy

Things to See

There are countless of landmarks in Rome to visit. The most popular spot that tourists like to go to is the Roman Colosseum. You can also visit the Pantheon, throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain and awe at the beauty of St. Peter’s Basillica. Italians take a lot of pride in their landmarks, and understandably so, as they are some of the oldest and most beautiful in the world.

Since the government wants everyone to enjoy them as well, they designate one week per year where admission to popular tourist spots is free. This is called “Settimana dei Beni Culturali,” or Culture Week.

Rome is a perfect city to visit if you want to take a firsthand look at ancient architecture and landmarks, learn about Roman history or try some authentic Italian cuisine.

The city is rich in tradition and genuinely a place that one must visit at least once during their life. Everyone, young or old can find wonder in Rome and plenty of activities to partake in.

Chad A. Hagy is a travel and history enthusiast who enjoys writing about various destinations around the world.

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