Rome is a beautiful city to visit for a short break or longer holiday. Whether you are there for a few days or a few weeks, there are a number of things that you should not miss.
The Spanish Steps were built in the 18th century to link the Bourbon Spanish Embassy with the Trinità dei Monti Church. Its main function today is simply for 'hanging out' and people watching. If this isn't your thing, taking in some of the more ancient sights might be.
The Colosseum is arguably Italy's most iconic monument. Although mostly in ruin, it remains an impressive sight. It's the world's largest remaining Roman amphitheatre and queues for this attraction can get pretty big. Take a guided tour or take a guidebook with you to get the most out of your visit.
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The Trevi Fountain is very 'touristy' and can get pretty busy, but it is a must see when in Rome. Constructed in the late 18th century, it is the city's largest Baroque fountain (and there are lot of fountains in Rome) and is one of the most famous fountains in the world.
Rome has so much to offer, you can even throw in a cruise around the Mediterranean before or after your city tour. The port of Civitavecchia is between 30 minutes and an hour away from the city or from the city airports and makes a great addition to any Rome break, so check out cruise.co.uk.
St. Peter's Square, which stands directly in front of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City, was designed and constructed under the instructions of Pope Alexander VII. Work took place in the 1660s. It was constructed to allow as many people as possible to see the Pope give his blessings. It is a very beautiful place to visit.
If you make it to St. Peter's Square, why not take a tour of The Vatican itself? Try to allow a whole day for this visit. It is also a good idea to take a guided tour, as although it is visually spectacular, it is even better if you have some understanding as to the significance of the buildings and rituals.
For many, Rome's most impressive building is The Pantheon. Constructed as a temple to the Gods around 2,000 year ago, it has been in continuous use ever since. This is a truly impressive building.
It could be argued that the Cappuchin Crypt is a little macabre and may not appeal to everyone. It comprises several small chapels, which have been decorated with the bones of around 4,000 Cappuchin Monks. It's beautiful but perhaps not a family day out for younger children.
Markets are always a popular pastime and the Campo dei Fiori is one of Rome's best. This food market is very popular with the locals, which is always a good sign. You are bound to find something different or delicious here.
During the day, The Trastevere is far from the maddening crowd and somewhere quiet where you can get away from it all. The restaurants and caffs, however, are top notch, making this a terrific place to escape for a good lunch. During the evening, the place comes alive and is worthy of a visit for other reasons.
If you don't do anything else whilst in Rome, make sure you have a gelato. To not take the time to enjoy an Italian ice cream is surely a crime. Look for somewhere a little off the beaten track, away from the tourist hotspots and indulge in a real treat.
This article was contributed by Lloyd, a freelance writer and blogger. Visit cruise.co.uk to find the best deals on cruises.