While there’s enough to do and see in Rome that you may not feel the need to explore beyond, many great day trip options are available from the capital, including some into the neighboring region of Umbria.
Rome is a city full of art, and while many have left their mark on the Eternal City over the years, there are a few whose names come up again and again; Gian Lorenzo Bernini is one of them. The Baroque master’s artistic talents can be seen in churches, galleries and piazzas around Rome. Here’s a list of the best places to see some of Bernini’s most famous works.
No matter what you believe (or don’t), churches in Rome are probably on your itinerary in the Eternal City. They’re historic monuments as well as places of worship — and they’re also often full of famous art. Here are some of the art-filled churches that should also be on every art lover’s itinerary in Rome, in addition to the city’s many great art galleries.
As soon as I knew my upcoming visit to Rome would be with the family, including the 10-year-old stepdaughter, I booked a session for her at the Gladiator School of Rome. I had heard so many wonderful reviews from friends whose children had done it, and thought it would be a great way to offer some context for the ancient Roman monuments we were seeing.
The Capuchin Crypt in Rome isn’t the unknown attraction it was decades ago, but it’s still just enough off the tourist trail that many visitors miss it. The same can be said of the Basilica of San Clemente in the city center, which may be easy to reach but is still nowhere near the top of most must-see lists. And the Catacombs of Rome, while relatively well-known, are outside the city center and therefore a little harder to get to for many tourists.
Enter the skip-the-line crypts and catacombs tour, which offers transportation and a guide for all three places.
During the high season in Rome, the Vatican Museums regularly see 25,000 to 30,000 people come through the doors. Think about that for a moment, and then book a spot on a Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour.
One of the most (if not the most) recognizable monuments in Italy is the Colosseum in Rome, so it’s not surprising there’s a long line at the entrance almost year-round. That’s why if you’re taking a guided tour of the arena, you want one that comes with skip-the-line access.
But just seeing the Colosseum on its own doesn’t give you a complete picture of life in Ancient Rome. To get that, you need to also see Palatine Hill and the Forum — and you need a guide with the knowledge to rebuild the ruins in your imagination. You get the whole package with a Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum tour.
Unlike some of Italy’s other major tourist cities, Rome is enormous and its popular tourist attractions are quite spread out. Some of the city is quite walkable, but trying to cover the whole thing on foot would get exhausting really quickly. Taking public transit in Rome is a must, but there are some very good reasons why you should skip the Metro and take the bus instead.
The luxurious Amalfi Coast is one of the most popular destinations in Italy for visitors, but if time is tight and you don’t plan to stay for a few days in one of the towns then a day trip is the next best thing. Amalfi Coast day trips from Rome can be done, but the two areas sit a good distance apart — which makes for a very long day.
By now most Italy-bound travelers know about the Jubilee Year of Mercy which began in late 2015 and continues through late 2016. What you may not know is what this means for your upcoming trip to Rome — and what it would mean if you were to visit Rome during any Jubilee Year in the future. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect during a Jubilee year visit to Vatican City and Rome.