Guide: what to visit in Rome

Excelente presents you with a range of suggestions that will improve your visit to Rome.

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Rome, capital of Italy, is a city with high historical value and superb gastronomy - there is no way not to think about pizzas and pastas. That said, Excelente has prepared a list with the best tips for your trip.

What to visit?

Colosseum

This is the most emblematic point of the city of Rome, located in the Historic Center of the city. The monument has the capacity to accommodate 50 thousand spectators and is the largest amphitheater in the Roman world. As for the price of tickets, and if you're one of those who don't like to wait in line, it's best to buy it here

Colosseum, Italy

Roman Forum

The Roman Forum was the center of the city, the heart of Rome. Here, you will be able to observe the ruins of the old markets and administrative and religious buildings, now in wreckage. The Forum is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The ticket for the visit to the Forum is included in the ticket of the Colosseum in Rome.

Roman Forum, Italy

Piazza Venezia

Not far from the Pantheon is Piazza Venezia — one of Rome's best-known squares. From this point you can visit three fountains: Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi; Fontana del Nettuno and Fontana del Moro.

Piazza Venezia, Italy

Piazza del Campidoglio

Piazza del Campidoglio was the first modern square to be designed in Rome and was placed on the summit of Capitoline Hill — the most important of the city's seven hills. Designed by Michelangelo himself, it was formerly the political and religious heart of Rome.

Piazza del Campidoglio, Italy

The Pantheon

The Pantheon in Rome is located in Piazza Della Rotonda 1, in the narrow streets of the Trevi district, and is considered one of the largest and most preserved Roman buildings in the world. Masses are still held in the building, so your visit is free.

The Pantheon, Italy

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is one of the most crowded squares in the city, filled with street artists such as living statues, music and painters. This space is an example of Baroque art. There, you can also take a look at what was the Domitian Stadium, where several athletic competitions were held, built in 85 d. C and with capacity for 30 thousand people. A very interesting curiosity is that at Christmas time a fair is held in the square.

Piazza Navona, Italy

Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain is the largest fountain in Rome. However, its popularity came with the “legend of the coin” in 1954, the result of the film “Three coins at the fountain” and which said:

  • If you throw a coin into the water: you will return to Rome;
  • If you throw two coins into the water: you will fall in love with an Italian;
  • If you throw three coins into the water: you will get married.

For everything to come to fruition, legend dictates that you must throw the coins with your back using your right hand and over your left shoulder.

Trevi Fountain, Italy

Villa Borghese Gardens

This is one of the largest urban parks in Europe. In addition to nature, this park allows you to appreciate various sculptures, buildings, monuments and fountains. Among the various points of interest is the zoo of Rome, with more than a thousand animals of 200 different species. Entrance to the garden is free and is available 24 hours.

Villa Borghese Gardens, Italy

Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo, translated into English, means People’s Square. The square was the place where foreigners arrived in the city during the time of the Empire. Three important streets depart from the square: on the left, Via del Babuino, on the right, Via di Ripetta and, in the center, Via del Corso. Among the various points of interest on site is Santa Maria del Popolo, a basilica featuring two Caravaggio canvases and splendid Renaissance decor.

Piazza del Popolo, Italy

The bridge and the Castel Sant'Angelo

The Sant'Angelo Bridge, built more than 1,900 years ago, is a Roman bridge with five arches and ten statues of angels, highly appreciated by tourists and locals. Each of the statues, carved by Lorenzo Bernini, bears an emblem of Jesus' death. As for Castel Sant'Angelo, this is open every day between 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The bridge and the Castel Sant'Angelo, Italy

The Vatican

Although the Vatican is located in Rome, it is an independent city. On site, there are several attractions, such as St. Peter's Square, St. Peter's Basilica - the largest and most important building of Catholicism -, the Sistine chapel and the Vatican museum. If you want to see the Pope, then there are two ways: Pope Mass, usually on Sundays, and public hearings (General audiences), usually on Wednesdays, at 10:30 a.m.

The Vatican, Italy

Where to eat?

Pizzeria Da Baffetto

Baffeto's Pizzeria is situated a few steps from Piazza Navona and the Pantheon and there you can enjoy the true taste of Italian pizza. For more than 50 years, this restaurant has been dedicated to cooking in an artisanal way and to excel in authentic and traditional flavors. Here, you have an advantage of excellence: you can buy your pizza and eat it on a garden bench or while strolling, it is not necessary to sit still on site.

Source - Facebook - Pizzeria Da Baffetto, Italy

La Pergola Ristorante

Offering magnificent views of the Eternal City, La Pergola Ristorante is located in the incredible setting of a panoramic garden on the terrace of the Rome Cavalieri hotel of the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts chain. This restaurant already boasts three Michelin stars and the dishes are very diverse.

Source - Tripadvisor - La Pergola Ristorante, Italy

Ristorante Lusso Aroma

This is certainly one of the restaurants with the most beautiful view over Rome. Here, you'll be able to enjoy your meal looking at the Colosseum. This is the ideal place to taste Chef Giuseppe Di Iorio's dishes, accompanied by wines recommended by expert Alessandro Crognale.

Source - Tripadvisor - Ristorante Lusso Aroma, Italy

Carlo Menta

The restaurant Carlo Menta, located in the neighborhood of Trastevere, is the so-called “good and cheap”. Here you can get menus for ten euros, with starters, main course and dessert.

Source - Tripadvisor - Carlo Menta, Italy

Pizzeria Forum

At Pizzeria Forum you can have lunch or dinner overlooking the Colosseum. If you think that given the location the price is higher, you are mistaken, since the average value is eight euros. As for the menu, the pizzas are made in a wood oven and the Roman ones are the specialty of the house.

Source - Tripadvisor - Pizzeria Forum, Italy

Osteria Fortunata

At Osteria Fortunata, not even the kitchen is a secret. Here, you can see how fresh pasta is prepared and you can understand the whole process of the menu, since it is made, until it reaches your dish.

Source - Tripadvisor - Osteria Fortunata, Italy

Wine Bar Ferrara

At Ferrara, the stars are the Raviolis stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese and the wine. The business is the result of the work of two sisters, Lina and Maria, the first wine specialist, and the second mostly dedicated to gastronomy.

Source - Tripadvisor - Wine Bar Ferrara, Italy

Where to stay overnight?

Hotel Vilon

Vilòn is a five-star hotel in Rome's historic center, 200 meters from Via Condotti. Every morning, the buffet breakfast offers continental and American options. There is an on-site restaurant serving Italian cuisine. The decoration of the space mirrors the details of a building dating back to the 16th century.

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Dharma Boutique Hotel & SPA

Dharma Boutique Hotel & SPA is located in Monti, one of Rome's most popular neighborhoods. The hotel is a 19th-century building and has a superb terrace that allows you to enjoy the view over Rome. On site you can also enjoy a private SPA, with sauna, Turkish bath and jacuzzi. The nearest metro station is Cavour, situated 0.1 km from the hotel.

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Baglioni Hotel Regina

The five-star Brunello Lounge & Restaurant combines classic Italian design with contemporary design. Situated on Via Veneto, you have excellent dining options 400 meters away. Still at the hotel, you can not miss the wellness center with sauna, Turkish bath and hot tub.

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Hotel Palazzo Manfredi

The Hotel Palazzo Manfredi offers a splendid view of the Colosseum, and hence a very central location. Some units offer views of the ancient ruins by the Roman Forum.

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Otivm Hotel

The Otivm is located next to Palazzo Venezia. Continental and buffet-style breakfast options are served each morning. A Rooftop American Bar is available on the rooftop of the hotel to enjoy views over Rome while you enjoy a drink. Most rooms also have a private balcony.

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Antico Albergo del Sole al Pantheon

Albergo del Sole al Pantheon is a 15th-century building and is the oldest hotel in Rome. The location of this accommodation is privileged, as it is opposite the Pantheon. From this point, you have easy access to several restaurants, shops and points of interest. The customer care at the hotel goes into detail and, therefore, you can count on a welcome cocktail, flowers in the room and cake so that you always feel well received. In total, the accommodation has 27 rooms.

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Doria Palace Boutique Hotel

Doria Palace Boutique is located next to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, one of Rome's main and most important churches. The Colosseum is just a few minutes away — you can visit most of the points of interest on foot or use Vittorio Emanuele Metro Station, which is 0.4 kilometers away.

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Top Floor Colosseo Guesthouse

Set next to the oval Colosseum Amphitheatre, this guest house is a 20-minute walk from the center of Rome. It offers six rooms, each with coffee and tea, high-speed internet and satellite television. The venue has a bar with lounge and a spacious terrace.

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Guide: what to visit in Rome