Rome: The Eternal City — Travel Tips and Must-Visit Spots

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Considered as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Rome is the capital of Italy and also the province of Rome. Featuring the ancient coliseum, historic monuments, arts, and haunting old world infrastructure, the Eternal City is teeming with must-visit spots! Check out our travel tips to keep in mind the fun activities to try out when visiting this beautiful city.

Visiting the Pompeii Ruins

The ill-fated city of Pompeii is an ancient Roman town near Naples. The city is very old; it was founded during the 6th or 7th century BC by the Osci of Oscans and became a Roman colony in 80 BC. Pompeii was home to 11,000 people before the volcano, Vesuvius, killed all of its inhabitants. After the volcanic eruption, the city was erased from the map, only to be rediscovered in an excavation in 1748.

What remained from the city are ruins of buildings, well-preserved frescoes, and plaster cast of the city folks still in situ. The paved streets of Pompeii were remarkably intact.

The Vatican City

Also known as the Holy See, the Vatican is the central governing body of the Catholic Church. The Vatican draws millions of tourists from around the world and it’s definitely the reason for Rome’s thriving tourism. From touring the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter’s Basilica or simply walking around the city’s quaint neighborhood, the Vatican is a spot that shouldn’t be missed out on your visit!

The Colosseum

The ancient Colosseum of Rome is witness to the love for violence and gore of the Roman leaders. The place was used to entertain its citizens with warriors fighting to the death. But the line towards the Colosseum is very long so visit this iconic landmark only when you’re staying in the city for a while or go during off peak season.

The Roman Night Life

Rome comes alive in the evening. Hundreds of bars and clubs are found within the city and beyond. Some of the popular clubs to check out on your visit is the Trastevere that sits between the Ponte Sisto and Ponte Garibaldi bridges. San Lorenzo is also a great club for those looking for cheap food and trendy partygoers. The very popular Madonna dei Monti is the best place to chill out in cages and look for great fashion finds.

A Gastronomic Adventure

If you love food then you should try the local fare; they’re some of the best cuisines in the world. Rome is chockfull of little food shops and farmers markets. There are also food tours that will take you to cheap diners that are popular among tourists to cafes that are only known by locals. If you’re trying out authentic Roman fare, the Testaccio is a great place to start. It’s a little neighborhood located south of the Colosseum and it’s Rome’s oldest food markets. It’s home to the city’s best food tours. Want to eat vegan? Check out Cantina & Cucina. Eat lunch at the OKM Market near the Roman forum. The place is teeming with food stands and hot meals from back corners. The OKM market is also a cheese paradise, so expect a lot of cheese sampling in this very popular spot.