Rome The sweet life

Fly from Cardiff to Rome 

It is easy to understand why Rome is described as, ‘the world’s biggest open air museum’. From the second travellers set foot in Italy’s capital they are mesmerised by the art, fashion, history and architecture around every corner. It is effortless to explore this city as every step holds a new discovery.

With so much to see, the hardest thing to do in Rome is to take a step back, as visitors can all too easily get caught up in discovering attraction after attraction. Instead, take a day away from the sights and sit in a piazza, watch the world go by, and enjoy a slice of real Italian pizza.

Stop and become completely immersed in the beauty of Rome, as this will be the biggest treat of all.

  1. Make a wish. A visit to Rome is not complete without a photo by the Trevi Fountain, the largest baroque fountain in the city. Don’t forget to follow tradition and throw a coin into the fountain using your right hand over your left shoulder.
  2. See the sights. With so much to see and do, the ‘Roma Pass’ is a great option as it includes admission to up to 2 museums, discounts, reduced price ticketing and travel on the metro, bus or tram.
  3. Dress the part. There are many things to see in Rome, including some beautiful basilicas. Make sure you remain respectful when you visit these places by covering your shoulders and midriffs.
  4. Visit the Pope. A must-see is the Vatican City, because it is the world’s smallest country and is governed by the Pope. It is also home to St Peter’s Basilica, which is the most visited basilica in the world.
  5. See modern Rome. Of course, Rome is a destination enriched with history but also make time to explore the modern side of the city. There are many trendy shops, bars and restaurants to discover, with Campo de’Fiori popular for its lively nightlife.

 

Everything is in walking distance, so remember to bring a good pair of walking shoes.

By Paula Paddick

A visit to the Vatican is well worth it, the Roman Forum, Colosseum and Trevi Fountain are also a must-see. These can all be seen in one day, but the longer you have there the better!

By Paula Paddick

Ask your hotel for recommendations for restaurants as they can usually direct you to the less touristy (and less expensive) restaurants

By Angharad Yates

You can get reduced price tickets for EU Citizens between the ages of 18 and 25 at some of the tourist sites

By Angharad Yates

If you are going to go to the Forum, Palatine Hill and the Colosseum then you can buy a combined ticket. Go to the Palatine Hill entrance ticket kiosk to buy the ticket and start here first, as the queues are far shorter, the kiosk at the Colosseum has by far the longest queues, and you can then queue jump at the Colosseum

By Angharad Yates

Rome wasn't built in a day but it can definitely be walked in a day. Just don't forget to wear some comfortable shoes, have a lot of gelato and stop every once in a while to take it all in.

By Nicole Alam
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