1. Visit the Colosseum
About five million people visit the amphitheater every year. And although two-thirds of the Colosseum has not survived to this day, it still amazes the imagination. To visit the arena of Roman gladiators, you will have to buy a two-day ticket. The same ticket gives you the opportunity to visit the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.
You can avoid long queues to the Colosseum by buying a ticket online (plus 2 € to the cost) or using a Roma Pass card. Another way to save time is to buy a ticket at the ticket offices of the Forum, where there are almost no queues, and go to the Colosseum from there, bypassing the queues at the amphitheater.
2. To be cleansed of sins in the Pantheon
The Pantheon — the former “temple of all the gods”, and now a Christian church — has been preserved better than its peer, the Colosseum. In the giant dome of the Pantheon (the largest non-reinforced dome in the world!) there is not a single window. The light penetrates here through a single hole in the top of the dome, thereby symbolizing the unity of all the gods. They say if you stand in a square right under the hole, the gods will absolve all sins. Moreover, it is free, because the entrance to the Pantheon is still free.
3. Have a coffee in Piazza Navona
If you have only an hour to explore Rome, do not hesitate to go to Piazza Navona. All year round, something interesting happens on the square – street musicians give concerts, artists draw cartoons, live statues and clowns entertain the audience. In hot weather, tourists and locals flock to the three fountains on Navona in search of coolness.
Watching the funny bustle is most pleasant when sitting at a table in an open cafe. However, prices here, as in other tourist places, are high, and it is better to limit yourself to a cup of coffee or homemade ice cream. Local shops and antique shops are worth a look purely out of curiosity, but it’s not worth buying souvenirs in them — it’s very expensive.
4. Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain
Trevi is the famous fountain in which Marcello Mastroiani and Anita Ekberg splashed in Fellini’s “Sweet Life”. Tourists believe that if you throw one coin into the fountain, you will return to Rome, two — you will meet love, three — there will be a wedding, four — wait for wealth. The last sign is true: public utilities catch about 3 thousand euros in Trevi every day! There are always a lot of vacationers near the fountain, especially young people, and if you want to take beautiful photos, come no later than 8 am.
5. Relax at Villa Borghese
Borghese is the most beautiful park complex in the north of Rome. It is worth visiting here if you want to have a picnic, escape from the bustle of the Italian capital or admire the masterpieces of Rubens, Caravaggio, Van Gogh, Monet in the museums of the villa. A ticket to the Borghese Gallery should be bought in advance — visitors are allowed in groups only once every two hours.
For children, the villa has an amusement park and a biopark with elephants and pink flamingos, and in winter an ice rink is filled. If you speak Italian, do not miss the free screenings of the Cinema House and performances of the Roman Shakespeare theater “Globe”. The famous Spanish Staircase leads to Villa Borghese, and sitting on its steps is another mandatory point of walking around Rome.
Official websites: Borghese Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Museum of Etruscan Art, Pietro Canonica Museum, Carlo Bilotti Museum, Biopark.
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