For those who prefer to dedicate their holidays to culture, Rome is the ideal city. From the remains of the ancient empire to the baroque architecture, passing through museums and parks, you will be spoiled for choice! Here is a special selection of 10 proposals to make your stay in Rome unforgettable!
Practically all the major museums in the city will not close their doors even in August. It will be possible to admire live the absolute masterpieces kept inside them and there is plenty of choice. The Capitoline Museums, Galleria Borghese with the amazing works of Bernini (to visit it, however, you must book well in advance!), the four locations of the National Roman Museum (not to be missed are the Baths of Diocletian and Palazzo Altemps), Castel Sant’Angelo and the list could continue! And even the Vatican Museums remain at your complete disposal because they will close only on August 15.
There are many places of worship in the city that are certainly worth a visit for the quality and quantity of works of art of immense value that they keep within them. You can visit the most famous such as St. Peter’s Basilica but also those less known but equally valuable as St. Louis of the French, St. Augustine and Santa Maria del Popolo. Here, in fact, are preserved some of the most important paintings by Caravaggio, while if you go to San Pietro in Vincoli you can admire the Moses of Michelangelo. You can certainly not miss a visit to the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin with the famous Mouth of Truth. But if you are looking for something more unusual and curious, treat yourself to a visit to the Convent of the Capuchin Friars in Via Veneto (and do not miss to go to the crypt!) or to the Basilica of San Clemente to make a vertical journey and discover all the phases of Underground Rome!
His majesty the Colosseum will be open for visits almost all the time, day and night. Then you can walk inside the Amphitheater that hosted the most spectacular fights between gladiators from all over the ancient world and go to discover the magnificent remains of Imperial Rome, kept in the Forums. Very interesting, but perhaps less known, is the Stadium of Domitian, the museum area open to the public only recently in the basement of Piazza Navona. And if you want to discover one of the most appreciated entertainment by the ancient Romans, the Baths of Caracalla are just what you are looking for.
Parks and Panoramic Terraces
If the heat becomes excessive, there are many parks in the city where you can enjoy some well-deserved relaxation, without giving up completely the idea of visiting the city. The elegance of the park of Villa Borghese with the panoramic terrace of Pincio overlooking Piazza del Popolo becomes a must. And if the view of Rome from above is exactly what you are looking for, we recommend especially the Garden of Oranges on the Aventine and the Janiculum: make sure you go to this terrace at 12 o’clock to watch the firing of the cannon!
Walking in the City
Rome is a city to visit on foot: walking you can admire squares, alleys and streets with a unique and extraordinarily characteristic flavor. To immerse yourself in the most typical atmosphere of the city, you must go for a walk inside the Monti and Trastevere districts and through the alleys of the Ghetto until you reach the Tiber Island. Walking up and down the historic center of the city will allow you to make continuous discoveries, with views and amazing corners.
Squares and Fountains
Many of Rome’s most famous artistic treasures are to be found in the open air. And so Piazza Navona, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza del Popolo become mandatory destinations. And water is the real protagonist of the city and so is it possible to miss the chance of a nice selfie in front of absolute masterpieces such as the Trevi Fountain, the Fountain of the Four Rivers or even the Triton Fountain in Piazza Barberini?
By Boat on the Tiber
If you want an original and fun way to see Rome from an unusual point of view, the boat trip along the river is what you need! Starting from the pier near Castel Sant’Angelo, you can go up and down along the Tiber and admire the city, appreciating it even more thanks to a cool breeze!
If your visit to Rome is not the first one, here are some tips for visiting something new and unusual. For lovers of noir, a visit to the Criminology Museum or the Museum of Souls in Purgatory, art lovers can visit some galleries usually not included in the usual tours, such as Corsini Gallery or Palazzo Spada or even enchanting Renaissance palaces such as Villa Farnesina. If archaeology is your passion, a visit to the Roman Houses of Celio or the Roman Domus of Palazzo Valentini become a must! For the latter, however, the reservation is more than mandatory!
Ancient Host and Tivoli: Out-of-town Excursions
If your stay lasts a few more days, you must visit two sites of extraordinary beauty. Surely to recommend is a beautiful day in Ostia Antica, a real Roman town well preserved to this day, which has nothing to envy to Pompeii. Another enchanting place, and perhaps a little ‘cooler, is Villa Adriana, residence wanted and designed by the Emperor Hadrian and that still preserves perfectly unchanged all its charm since ancient times.
Rome in the Evening
What to do at night? Rome has a lot to offer. Restaurants where you can enjoy the excellent dishes of the typical Roman cuisine (Trastevere will be the right place for you), or stroll along the Tiber that in summer transforms and becomes a favorite destination for citizens with its stalls, pubs and clubs that appear right next to the river. And if movies are your passion, the Tiber Island is home to a large open-air cinema, an experience not to be missed!