Rome is the capital of Italy that dates back nearly 3,000 years. The city has both ancient ruins like the Roman Forum and the Colosseum, as well as a more modern sensibility.
Part of the point of visiting Rome is to relax into the way of the city. The way the city is laid out encourages people to wander around exploring and taking things in. There are tons of streetside cafes for relaxing, eating, and people watching as the many people wander by. There are tons of restaurants to enjoy, as well as bars and an active nightlife.
Eating out is sure to be a big part of any trip to Rome, whether you are dining at the fanciest places in town or eating at the street vendors. Dine like the locals to and head to a pizzeria for thin crust pizza and wine.
The remnants of ancient Rome that can be seen have two main areas, the Colosseum and the Campidoglio (Capitoline Hill). In between these two are the forums. Also worth seeing is the Pantheon in the Centro Storico, as well as the Hadrian’s mausoleum at the Vatican.
A great way to experience the Colosseum is to get on one of the walking tours that gives you an option to skip the line. (It can get pretty crowded.) This of course will also give you the pleasure of having a tour guide who can fill you on everything you could possibly want to know. In addition to the Colosseum there are a lot of ancient ruins to be seen, such as the Temple of Julius Caesar.
There are also a ton of museums to see in Rome, more than you could possibly see in one trip. The National Roman Museum is spread out over multiple locations, including the Baths of Diocletian, the Palazzo Altemps, the Palazzo Massimo, and the Crypta Balbi. Things to see include coins, statues, sarcophagi, earthenware, frescoes, mosaics, and jewelry, to begin.
The National Gallery of Modern Art is also referred to as the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, and it has art from the 19th and 20th centuries from Italian artists, such as Giorgio de Chirico, Alberto Burri, and Luigi Pirandello.
The MAAXI Museum is the newest museum in Rome which opened in 2010. It features work from the 21st century and and includes photography and multimedia along with paintings. It was designed by the architect Zaha Hadid.
The Galleria Borghese is the place to go when you want to see the classical sculptures, such as Bernini’s marble sculpture of Apollo and Daphne, the David, and Canova’s marble creation of the reclining Pauline Bonaparte.
The Capitoline Museums is another option which is located on Rome’s Capitol Hill. It features items from the antiquity as well as interesting archeological finds from Rome. Interesting sites include a bust from a large statue of Constantine, a huge equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, and a sculpture of the of twins Romulus and Remus suckling a She Wolf.