The 5 Best Areas in Rome for Tourists (First Time Visit)
1. Historic City Centre (Trevi – Spanish Steps – Pantheon)
Kick off your tour of the Rome City Centre at the Trevi Fountain. It is fed by the Acqua Vergine, which has been bringing water from the eighth mile of the Via Collatina since 19 B.C. Refrain from climbing into the fountain since it is illegal.
Pantheon is a vast concrete structure with a perfectly hemispherical dome that is perfect displays Roman architecture at its finest. The tombs of the first kings of Italy are within the Pantheon. A great way to finish your tour of the City Centre is by climbing the 138 stairs of the Spanish Steps to experience the breathtaking views at the top.
The Vatican City is a tiny country within Rome that is filled with attractions such as the world famous St. Paul’s Museum, Sistine Chapel, the Castel Sant’Angelo, and the fascinating Vatican Museum.
Make a stop at Prati, which is not too far from the Vatican, for some retail therapy on Via Cola di Rienzo. After a day of shopping, grab something to eat in magnificent restaurants such as La Pratolina and Luma Bistro in the area.
Although Termini Train Station area is not as popular as some other Rome destinations, there are some wonderful places you can visit such as Palazzo Massimo Alle Terme, a neo-renaissance palace that displays classical art collection, and decent eateries in the trendy Pigneto.
An added advantage is the relatively cheap accommodation in the neighbourhood. A budget hotel with great reviews where you can stay is Hotel Leone.
One of the must-see attractions in Rome is the Colosseum, the grand oval amphitheatre in the city centre. With almost 2,000 years of history, the Colosseum is the greatest tourist attraction in Rome, along with Vatican City.
To avoid the huge crowds that normally flock the area, arrive early in the morning or buy an entrance ticket in the Palatine Hill. If you are not a big fan of crowds, opt to visit the Monti neighbourhood nearby. Snag an outdoor table at La Bottega Del Café, which overlooks the Piazza della Madonna dei Monti, or dine at La Casetta Della Madonna which is just as scenic.
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Explore Trastevere, a popular and vibrant neighbourhood in Rome. Take a stroll through the picturesque cobblestone streets that are flanked by ochre-coloured buildings. Discover the Basilica of Santa Maria, one of the beautiful churches in Rome.
If you are lucky, catch a concert at Piazza Trilussa, which is right on the river, and when you get hungry, order a delicious pizza from La Boccaccia, and later on in the night, sample craft beer and interact with locals at Freni e Frizioni.