In this post I have dedicated to things to do in Rome, we will uncover some of the myths and truths about how to see the main sites and avoid the tourist traps that are now rife online; such as the Underground Colosseum and Dungeons Tour.
The best things to do in Rome
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Things to do in Rome 1. The Colosseum: Exclusive Access and Underground Access
Since the beginning of the travel season is around April, approximately half of the tickets available online to the public to visit places like the Colossuem, The Vatican Musuem and most other main attractions have already been bought by online tour agencies. They then sell the tickets with incredibile mark up, often costing more than triple their original price with the Colosseum Underground pass reaching up to €120.
Its not without its benefites however, since the tour agencies guarantee fast track entrance and a guide to lead you but these hardly add any value when you are in a group of 30 being ushered through the Sistine Chapel, unable to hear o see anything other than the person infront of you.
Its for this reason, that online agencies have been running a monopoly of sorts on availability,that the italian tourism board has made plans to reduce agency access and ensure that tickets are also available to the general public.
This doesn’t mean however that Tours of The Colosseum and Underground are a dying trend. If anything, there will now be more choice and rightly so. One of my personal favourites is an Airbnb Experience of the Colosseum and Underground, and is top of the list of Things to do in Rome.
Things to do in Rome: The Appian Way, a Rome without the Crowds
Just a short distance from the city center, Rome’s countryside is a treasure trove of picturesque landscapes, charming villages, and agricultural heritage. This is another great Thing to do in Rome without the crowds.
- The Appian Way (Via Appia Antica) Venture further into history by exploring the legendary Appian Way, a road that dates back to 312 B.C. during the Roman Republic. Explore the remains of this ancient roman road running through the Appia Antica Regional Park.
- Catacombs: Discover the eerie and fascinating catacombs that line the Appian Way, such as the Catacombs of San Callisto and the Catacombs of San Sebastiano. These underground burial complexes provide a glimpse into early Christian history and house intricate frescoes and tombs.
- Ancient Ruins: The Appian Way is also home to various ancient ruins, including the Circus of Maxentius and the Tomb of Cecilia Metella. Explore these remnants of the past and imagine the vibrant Roman life that once thrived here.
- Cycling and Walking: To fully appreciate the Appian Way’s historical and natural beauty, consider biking or walking along its ancient path. You can rent a bicycle locally and follow the route at your own pace, immersing yourself in the grandeur of Roman engineering and the serene countryside surroundings.
Whether you choose to explore Rome’s countryside or venture along the Appian Way, you’ll be rewarded with enchanting landscapes, rich history, and a unique perspective on the Eternal City. Enjoy your journey along this road, one of this list of Things to do in Rome.
The Aventine Hill: Secret Gardens and Stunning Views
Another one of the best things to do in Rome is see it from above! Getting to the Top of Romes 7 Historic Hills can be tedious but you will be rewarded with stunning views of the city. On the Aventine Hill you can find the following sites of interest:
- Garden of the Oranges: A great look out point for views over Rome and a secret garden where you can escape the crowds of Rome
- The Basilica of Santa Sabina: Romes oldest standing church goes back to the 4th century and is often used for wedding cerimonies due to its location.
- The Keyhole of Rome: Try to visit this keyhole with its unique perspective of the Dome of St. Peters before the sunset, otherwise there will be a long que of people wanting to see it too.
- Adjacent Garden: Sitting right next door to the Keyhole is the Order of Malta with their smaller garden and views over Rome.
The Aventine Hill is a great evening excursion and something to do in Rome.
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