Rome offers a lot of exciting and gratifying things to do and places to visit. No wonder it is best to spend at least a week in the city. However, if you merely have 48 hours to spend for your trip, you can be able to appreciate the history and culture of this ancient city through visiting the most famous and the best historical monuments, piazzas, fountains and other interesting sightseeing spots in Rome. Here are some of the best ways you can do to further enjoy your weekend in Rome trip.
A Visit to the Colosseum
A visit to the Colosseum will certainly give you the feel of being part of the old days of the Eternal City. No matter what your age range is, you will certainly enjoy your visit to the city’s most well-known ancient structure. This nearly 2,000 years old mammoth amphitheater is the top tourist attraction in Rome. It is also one of the most known ancient structures in the world.
Experience the thrill of being one of the locals watching over a true to life Gladiator fight at the Colosseum. For an added thrill, you may also visit the Gladiator School where you will be given the chance to act, dress and fight like an ancient Gladiator.
Head on to the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill
If you were to purchase a ticket for the Colosseum, it would be better if you get the one with a package that include passes to the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill as well.
The Roman Forum was once known as the center for the Roman daily life. It is where most of the daily activities like legal affairs, ceremonial activities, business transactions and social events in Rome happened. Once a center for daily Roman life, the Foro Romano is now a residual architecture bordered with a handful of ruins and valuable archaeological treasures.
Meanwhile, the Palatine Hill is one of the Seven Hills of Rome and is also among the earliest areas of the city. It is located just 40 meters over the Roman Forum. This centermost hill of the Seven Hills of Rome also overlooks the famous Circus Maximus. There is not much to see in the hill today but it still attracts the attention and interest of both the tourists and locals because of its countless stories, rich background as well as its relaxing and nature-oriented atmosphere.
The package ticket that includes passes to the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill and the Colosseum would cost as much as $16 or 12 euros.
Toss a coin over the Trevi Fountain
Tossing a coin over the famous Trevi Fountain is definitely one of the activities you should not miss while in Rome. It is believed that tossing a coin over the waters of the fountain will ensure a comeback trip to Rome. Both locals and tourists also believe that every visitor should toss in a coin or two over the water for good fate. The Trevi Fountain is known as one of the most beautiful fountains in the world. It is also the city’s largest Baroque fountain.
Blend with the locals and other tourists at the Spanish Steps
Rome can be best experienced by feeling the thrill of being one of the locals. And the best way to do this is to blend with the locals and other tourists at the Spanish Steps. You can simply sit down on one of the 135 steps and enjoy watching people walk along in front of you. You can as well grab a cup of tea early in the morning or late afternoon for a more relaxing effect.
The Spanish Steps, also called the Scalla di Spagna, is a monumental set of steps joining the two most popular squares in Rome- the Piazza di Spagna and the Piazza Trinita dei Monti. It is the widest and the longest of its kind in Europe. It has an irregular butterfly design and is said to be a great example for the Roman Baroque Style.
Walk around the Vatican
A weekend in Rome trip will never be complete without a visit to the smallest state in the world both in terms of land area and population, the Vatican. Known as the official residence of the Pope, the Vatican is governed and headed by the Pope himself.
Walking around the Vatican will lead you to the most popular church in the world, St. Peter’s Basilica. Within the Vatican are some of the must see spots in Rome like St. Peter’s Square, the famous Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museums and the Vatican Gardens.
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