I visited Rome during the hottest month of the year – August. This was a good option when it came to saving money, but not so good in terms of sweating in the Summer heat while trying to learn about the Roman Empire. So my boyfriend and I planned our Italy trip wisely, despite choosing to visit in August. For our 5 days in Rome the plan was to sightsee in the morning, take a break and hide from the sun in a tasty ice cream store in the afternoon, and then take a stroll and see some more in the evening.
Here’s how we spent 5 days in Rome and you should too for a wonderful Italian trip!
Check Fontana di Trevi and make a wish!
I first saw the Lizzie McGuire movie when I was 12 and have always wanted to visit Rome since, and in particular to make a wish at Fontana di Trevi. That’s why the first stop was Fontana di Trevi – one of the most famous fountains in the world designed in the 18th century in Baroque style. It’s believed that around 1,200 people visit the free site EVERY HOUR, but it still comes with a literal price: toss in a coin, make a wish, and you will come back here again. On a personal note, I first visited Rome together with my parents when I was younger and I made a wish to come back to Fontana di Trevi – my wish worked, so there I was again!
The Colosseum for Roman vibes
You know it from the Pink – Britney – Beyonce Pepsi commercial or from The Gladiator movie, but there’s an indescribable feeling when you actually see The Colosseum for real. This famous Italian tourist attraction attracts over 4 million tourists every year. It was built 2,000 years ago to be used for public entertainment like gladiator fights. Until now, it is the largest structure of its kind ever built. Make sure you book your visit in advance so you don’t have to queue for hours to enter.
The Roman Forum
Not far away from the Colosseum, you can find the Roman Forum which consists of ruins and fragments of an ancient marketplace. When you arrive at the Roman Forum, you will have a great view of the Colosseum in the background.
Piazza Venezia – loved the square, loved the monument even more!
Piazza Venezia together with the huge monument dedicated in honor of the first king to serve a unified Italy, Vittorio Emanuele II, are situated in the centre of Rome. Two of the most important streets in Rome famous for shopping and nice restaurants, Via del Corso and Via dei Fiori, intersect the Piazza Venezia. So after a small history lesson in the heart of Rome, feel free to do some shopping and have a great traditional pasta lunch.
Talking about food – you can easily spend 5 days in Rome eating every type of pasta, delicious parmesan, prosciutto and the greatest Tiramisu, plus maybe the world’s best ice cream. Take this ice cream recommendation from someone who is not fond of ice cream and barely eats it more than 2 to 3 times a year. But that ice cream was so delicious that I wasn’t even able to eat it properly. In other words, do try the Italian ice cream and let me know your favorite flavor (mine is chocolate cookie dough)!
If you want to step away from Rome then the Vatican is really close by, so I recommend visiting this if you have 5 days or more to spend in Rome. Also visit the Vatican Museum which includes the amazing well-known Sistine Chapel and the Saint Peter’s Basilica and Square. Similar to the Colosseum, plan your visit ahead of time because waiting for several hours in the queue is really common – especially in the summer. I got my ticket online a few days before the visit and I was lucky enough to skip the queue and directly witness Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel.
I am all for discovering new cities on foot and in Rome there are so many narrow little streets to be explored. I walked around 15,000-20,000 steps per day discovering so much more outside of the ‘what to visit in Rome’ travel guide book – from tiny squares filled with the traditional Vespas to balconies covered in fragrant flowers. So be prepared to wander and get lost a few times in-between, before or after seeing all of the amazing destinations above.
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