5 Things To Do in Rome - EBONI + IVORY

5 Things To Do in Rome


Hey Guys,


I have a feeling that we are coming to the end of my Italian blog post series (boo!)
I have, however, saved one of the best 'til last! Here are my top 5 things to do in Rome!

5 Things To Do in Rome

1. Walk everywhere!

Altare della Patria

Rome is like many Italian cities - you don't really need to take public transport anywhere. 
Most of the main attractions and landmarks are within walking distance of each other (except the Vatican Museums and Sistene Chapel which are accessible via the Metro)...


...However, I did an amazing walk from the Orange Gardens (mentioned later in this post) to the Coliseum and Roman Forum ruins, then onto Altare della Patria. From there, its just a 10 minute walk to the Spanish Steps and a little more for the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon. 

Piazza Navona


Pantheon


2. Grab some gelato 



When in Rome...

...Eat gelato!!

I've decided that this is the end of that saying! It's true though! It goes for any Italian city. Finding a great gelataria is a must and Rome is full of them! I won't recommend a specific one as you will come across many as you walk around. I will, however, advise to ask for a little taster before buying - make sure the ice cream looks fresh and is creamy (no icy bits). The price should be between €2-€3 for a couple of flavours. Look out for flavours such as "Nutella" and "Kinder Bueno" - those are my favs! 

For those of you who are vegan or dairy-free, i recommend finding the chain "Venchi". They have an incredible dairy-free, rich chocolate ice cream - don't settle for sorbet!!


3. The Aventine Keyhole and Orange Gardens


I had never heard of the Aventine Keyhole before one of our friends, who lives in Rome, took us there! It is very random, but worth the look if you are interested in a secret(ish) landmark! 
It is basically a hole in a door with a beautiful view. People queue up just to take a peek!

Location:
Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta 3
Rome, 00153


The orange gardens have a beautiful panoramic view. Soak in the site of Rome for above, whilst taking a fresh breath of orange-scented air.


Location:
Via di Santa Sabina
00153 Roma

4. Tour of the Vatican with The Roman Guy Tours*


I was invited to attend an amazing tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistene Chapel with The Roman Guy Tours. 

More than just "skip the line" we enter the Vatican an hour before it opens to the general public, and go straight to the Sistine Chapel when it's practically empty. We will also take you through a VIP entrance from the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter's Basilica at the end of the tour, which will save you a ton of time. 


Our enthusiastic guide Fabi was full of knowledge and expertise and she shared that with us as we were led through rooms and rooms of ancient art and architecture. 


The tour lasted a few hours and covered pretty much everything! We were allowed to take photos in many of the rooms- I even took some videos for a YouTube video (which is linked at the end of this post). 
Fabi had some amazing anecdotes to accompany every step


The great thing about the tour's early start, was that we got to experience most of the museum when in was quiet and less crowded than at peak times. 
The tour price includes your entree fee for the Museums and Chapel. I would highly recommend The Roman Guy Tour!


5. Colosseum 


Of course, no trip to Roma is complete without seeing the Coliseum! I actually went around the inside on a trip a couple of years ago. It was incredible! I would recommend getting a combined ticket if you want to see the Roman Forum Ruins as well (which are also incredible). Buy your ticket at the forum to avoid the Coliseum queues (you're welcome)

Have you been to Rome? Which was your favourite site?

Eb x


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