We all dream of visiting The Eternal City once in our lifetime, don’t we?
After all, Rome is one of the most aesthetically beautiful cities in the world. Visiting Rome can feel like you’re walking through a ginormous museum – every building, every street, every church is stunning and breathes history dating back centuries.
However, with so much to see and do, a visit to Rome can be overwhelming, especially for a first-time visitor. One of the factors you’ll need to decide is how you plan to tour Rome.
After all, you’ll want to see as much as you can in a short amount of time, so the way you organize your time is crucial.
That’s where we come in to help with our favorite ways to explore Rome. Choose one method or combine several of them to make the most of your time visiting this stunning city.
One of the top things to do in Rome is simply to walk around! Sure, walking may only be practical within Rome’s fascinating city center, but luckily this is where plenty of Rome’s famous spots are found.
Take a stroll around the Centro Storico (historic center) which contains the Pantheon, the Jewish Ghetto, and some of Rome’s renowned historic squares such as Piazza Campo de’ Fiori and Piazza Navona.
To discover the ancient sites of Rome, head to the Colosseo district in the heart of the city where you can find world-famous city icons including the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum.
When it comes to visiting renowned spots like the Colosseum you must be prepared to wait in queues, especially in high season.
To skip the queues, you can have a look at these tours that can be booked online to help your trip run more smoothly.
Up for a bit of shopping? From Rome’s city center stroll north to a district called Tridente where you can soak up all the shopping area of Via del Corso has to offer. Afterward, have a break from all that shopping and sit on the famous Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna.
Remember not to underestimate the importance of comfy footwear when touring Rome, especially when you know you’re going to spend a lot of time walking! While everything is relatively close by in the city center there’s certainly plenty to see.
You can’t enjoy those wonderful Roman sights to the fullest if your feet are in pain, can you?
When in Rome, tour as Romans do!
Most locals travel around the city via Vespa, and it’s certainly a fun and alternative way to explore the city as a tourist. Especially when you can plan the itinerary to your liking!
For one of the best tours in Rome, you can opt to drive a scooter, or if you’d prefer to explore the city as a passenger, companies like Scooteroma offer exhilarating self-drive tours around the city.
While Rome isn’t as bicycle-friendly as other European capitals such as Amsterdam or Copenhagen, there are plenty of routes and itineraries that allow you to see the best of Rome by bike.
Renting a bicycle is especially useful if you want to explore more of Rome outside its compact city center and wish to visit some of the less-touristy districts of the capital.
If you do decide to rent a bike, don’t miss a visit to the striking via Appia Antica. This is a 2,300-year-old cobblestone Roman road littered with ruins and aqueducts that once linked the capital with the rest of the country.
Alternatively, you can opt for a guided bike tour. There are plenty of companies that offer a variety of cycling tours, most of which include visiting Rome’s famous attractions as well as lesser-known gems. That way you don’t need to worry about putting together an itinerary or following direction!
Want to tour Rome is a fast, fun, and eco-friendly way? If you’re looking for unusual things to do in Rome, then traveling on a Segway is certainly a unique way to explore the city!
The guided three-hour tour offered by Rome by Segway allows to you soak in the city’s architectural marvels including the world-famous Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and the iconic Spanish Steps.
The tour is a small group experience of just eight people, so you don’t need to worry about getting left behind. You’ll have a brief introduction on arrival too, so you can learn exactly how to use these nifty machines.
Hop-on Hop-off Bus
Want to see as much of Rome as possible in a short amount of time? Then one of the best Rome tours is a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus.
Several companies host such sightseeing tours of Rome, with most of them using double-deck open-top buses to make it a fun experience for passengers. Most buses will transport visitors’ round to all the city’s major attractions including the Colosseum and Ancient Rome, Circus Maximum, Vatican City, Trevi Foundation, and many others.
The best part about taking a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour is that you can spend as much or as little time as you like in one place or can even skip spots entirely. So, although you’re taking a tour it’s still very much flexible to your needs.
How Will You Tour Rome?
Whether you choose one of these options to tour Rome or whether you mix it up with a selection, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the stunning Eternal City whichever route you decide.
Try not to plan every minute of your day, however, even if you’re short on time. You’ll find that some of the best experiences of exploring Rome involve stumbling into the city’s many treasures – think hidden churches, quaint streets, and bustling little squares. Keep both your mind and your eyes open!
If you’re a Euro trip (lucky you!), discover more advice on traveling the continent from the blogs tab at the top of the page. Bon, voyage!