Where to go

Spanish steps
The stairway itself is 138 steps, but there’s really no need to venture all the way. You are no longer allowed to eat and drink on the steps in an effort to keep the area clean.

At the foot of the Spanish Steps is the Fontana della Barcaccia which is a beautiful vantage point to take photographs from. Wander a bit more and you’ll find plenty of shops to peruse, some fancy-shmancy-out-of-the-budget high end shops, with many at normal and even budget prices.

Another spot not to be missed in Rome! This former temple, now church, is an absolutely stunning example of Roman architecture built around 120 AD. The dome is the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome, and is one of the best-preserved of all the Ancient Roman buildings. Make sure you go inside to see the sunlight beaming down from the oculus.

Trevi Fountain
It’s a tourist trap. But it’s beautiful and worth a few moments of your time as it is one of the most famous fountains in the world. The Fontana di Trevi represents the perfect combination of classicism and Baroque style, built mostly from the stunning travertine stone and is Italy’s largest!

St. Peter's Basilica
When visiting churches or St. Peter’s Basilica, be sure to wear proper clothing – this means covered shoulders and pants/long skirts.

Roman Forum
This plaza, rectangular in shape, is surrounded by the ruins of some of the most important government buildings of ancient Rome. While there are a few free vantage points to see some of the ruins from above, there’s nothing like walking alongside them, standing within a few feet, staring up, and realizing just how ridiculously huge they are.

The Colosseum is the first image in everyone’s mind when thinking of Rome — and for good reason! Nothing will compare to witnessing the Colosseum in person.
History lover or not, you’ll find the information presented rather fascinating. Get the audio – it’s worth it.
If you’re exceptionally pressed for time, you can even take a night tour of the Colosseum! I bet those photos will be great!

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What to do

It's unnecessary to tip as you already pay a service charge.

There are plenty of public fountains to drink from.

Have some euros on you in case cards aren't accepted.

Make sure to use the crosswalks as cars won't stop.

Cappuccino is a must-have for breakfast.

Always say hello to people in bars, shops, etc.

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What to say

'Stop' or 'Enough'.

Hai spicci?
'Do you have change?'


Nnamo a Magna
'Let's go eat'

'Don't worry about it'

E mo'che famo?
'And what do we do now'

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What to eat

Pasta Carbonara
Pasta in a creamy, egg-based sauce.

Pizza Romana
Pizza with a thinner, crispier crust.

Carciofo Alla Romana
Braised, stuffed artichokes.

Coda Alla Vaccinara
Tomato-based stew with ox-tail.

Sweet bread roll filled with whipped cream.

Torta Ricotta
Cake made of ricotta cheese and sour cherries.

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Good to know

Your walking shoes
Rome is best enjoyed while strolling, so bring your walking shoes! you easily got in over 10 miles one day, so comfort is a definite must.

Italians don’t drink cappuccinos after 11am. Order an espresso instead if you don’t want any funny looks.

Most museums and sites are closed on Mondays- plan ahead!

Buy your colosseum ticket at the Roman Forum. The line will be substantially shorter, and you’ll get to walk right into the colosseum.
DO NOT VISIT ON THE FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH. The Colosseum is free this day, and while that may be appealing at first, the huge masses of tourists will likely ruin the experience.

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Travel careful!