Choosing the things to do in Rome (P1)


¡Bieeeeeeennnnn! Well, this is not the best introduction in the world for an article, but as you read a few days ago at the beginning of our preparations for trip to Rome in 4 days, we go on a trip to the Eternal City with our friends Cris, Silvi and Javi. 4 days (or 4 days plus Vatican) that we will surely not forget and where the most beautiful part arrives, that of choose the things to do in Rome that we want more once we have travel, flight and accommodation insurance, the 3 essential to leave.

This getaway makes us especially excited for many reasons but also, why not ?, we want to renew the Chavetas newspaper since it is a little behind in time. So let's follow the New York scheme to suggest this first list with all the things that can be done in Rome and in the next step we will decide how to organize the route with detailed maps so that those who want them Prepare the trip STEP BY STEP, you think?ALL ORGANIZED ROME PREPARATIONS:

"1. Choosing the things to do in Rome (P1)" Which are your favorites for the itinerary?
"2. Map of Rome with detailed plans for your trip (P2)" to place all the attractions
"3. Excursions from Rome (in Spanish or by free) (P3)" to complete your trip if you have more days
"4. Vatican and Roman Colosseum Tickets! NO TAILS! (P4)" which are possible to buy online
"5. Routes through Rome, design your itinerary (P5)" Have you decided all the above? You already have a final itinerary
"6. 30 Tips for traveling to Rome important (P6)" Those details that have escaped you. Review them with us.


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Choosing things to do in Rome (and where they are located)

Of course Rome raises passions and we are aware that it is one of those cities that many times you visit it, you will never get tired and that, as some of us already know, you will always be surprised by a corner that you had not seen on other occasions. In this first list we will do some "braimstorming", that is, we will write down all those things to do in Rome that appear in the guides as well as the most alternative (Once again we have counted on your help to not forget anything or discover those corners that we would not reach without you)

Remember that, as we saw in the preparations for trip to Rome in 4 days, we are going to SIMPLIFY the city areas (a good way to have the future route almost done) in North Zone (Trident with Trevi and Quirinale), Historic downtown area(Piazza Navona, Campo di Fiore and Piazza Venecia), Imperial zone (Forum, Palantino, Colosseum, Esquilino, Caracalla and Laterano), Vatican (includes surroundings) and Trastevere. Apart we will consider possibilities in surroundings of Rome. All this will be with detailed maps in the following article but we will choose what we want to see first. Do you take out pencil / pen and paper and start? Or better, why don't you print this list and point out what you most want to see?

Visits and walks (entering or without entering)

Villa Borghese and stroll through its gardens, the largest park in Rome North Zone.
- Borghese Gallery, a must-visit art gallery with works by Rafael or Bernini North Zone.
- Stairs of the Plaza de España with the Church of the Trinitá dei Monti North zone.
Own Spain Square and the Fontana della Barcaccia at the foot of the northern zone stairway.
- Via Condotti, the fifth Roman avenue North zone.
- Piazza del Popolo with its Santa María del Popolo Church where we can contemplate the works of Caravaggio North Zone.
- Monte Pincio, located north of one of the seven hills from Piazza Popolo, Quirinal, to escape to see the spectacular views from here North Zone.
- Via Veneto, the street of the Dolce Vita de Fellini North zone.
- Fontana de Tritone in Piazza Barberini, One of Bernini's first sources. Here we will also find the famous Hotel Bernini North Zone.
- Fontana di Trevi, the most famous fountain in Rome North Zone.
Hadrian's Temple North Zone.
- The church of San Andrés del QuirinaleAlso of interest are the sacristy and the rooms of San Etanislao North Zone.
- Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels, built in the Diocletian Hot Springs North Zone.
- The museum of Roman frescoes in the Palazzo Massimo alle TermeNorth Zone.
- Il Pantheon, also known as the Temple of all gods Center-historical zone.
- Piazza Navona, the most famous square in Rome with its source of the four rivers (Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi with Nile, Ganges, Danube and Rio de la Plata) Central-historical area.
- Fiori Field Historic downtown area.
- Church of Santa María sopra Minerva in the area of ​​Campo de Marte, the only gothic church in Rome Centro-historico area.
- Church of Santa Maria in Aracoel Historic downtown area.
- Church of San Ignacio de Loyola, near Piazza Rotonda, one of the coolest baroque churches in the center-historical area.
- Church of San Luigi di Francesi with his famous painting of Caravaggio Center-Historic Zone.
- Piazza Venezia, where the Vittorio Emanuelle monument is located downtown-historical area.
- Colonna de Marco Aurelio, located in the Piazza Colonna Historic downtown area.
- Church of the Gesú, first Jesuit Church in Rome Center-historical area.
- Palazzo Farnese and Spada Historic downtown area.
- Colosseum, one of the symbols of Rome Imperial Zone.
- Roman Forum, the central area of ​​the Roman Empire, the Arch of Titus, the Temple of Saturn or La Curia are some of the most representative Imperial Zone.
- Capitoline Museums Imperial Zone
- Constantine's Arch, the largest and best preserved city in the imperial zone.
- Santa Maria in Cosmedin Church, famous for the Bocca della Veritá Imperial zone.
- Massimo CircusIn ancient times it housed car racing, today it is a public park Imperial Zone.
- The Moses of Michelangelo in the Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli, located in the square that bears his name Imperial Zone.
- San Giovanni in Laterano, the Cathedral of Rome until the 14th century Imperial zone.
- Basilica of Santa María la Mayor Imperial Zone
Cestia pyramid, Egyptian style pyramid in Rome Imperial zone.
- The Hot Springs of Caracalla Imperial Zone
- Catacombs of San Calitxo Imperial Zone
- Piazza di San Pietro Vatican.
- Basilica of Saint Peter, seat of Catholicism (not to miss, among others, the sculpture of La Piedad by Michelangelo) Vatican.
- Vatican Museums, galleries of great artistic value with the Vatican Sistine Chapel.
- Sant'Angelo Castle, in the surroundings of the Vatican Vatican.
- Sant'Angelo Bridge and enjoy the ten angels of Bernini Vatican.
- Trastevere,in case, it doesn't need Trastevere presentation.
- Church of Santa María in the Trastevere neighborhood, one of the oldest places of worship Trastevere.
- San Francesco to Ripa with the essential sculpture of Bernini by Beata Ludovica Albertoni located in the last chapel on the left Trastevere.


Although we always give you all the information to organize the trip on your own, if you have little time or prefer to forget about preparations, you have the following option COMPLETELY IN SPANISH and with VERY GOOD OPINIONS from other travelers. It is a very complete way to take advantage of the day SKIPPING ALL THE TAILS that you visit in the morning Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica and in the afternoon the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine

Vatican, Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Tour

Experiences (a step beyond traditional visits, including shopping)

- Take something in a jazz club General.
- PutItalian music from the moment you take your flight to Rome General.
- Get a Vespa or a Cinquecento to tour the General city.
- Enter the Capuchin Crypt in Santa María de la Concepción North Zone.
- To trick yourself of Quartiere San Lorenzo and enjoy a beer North Zone.
- Buy in Gammarelli, the clergy shop Central-historical area.
- Approach the Market of Campo di Fiore Sunday morning downtown-historical area.
- Buy a pinocchio inBortolucciHistoric downtown area.
- Let yourself be duped by him Ghetto, includingfrom the portico of Ottavia (on the Pórtico D'Ottavia road) until the Teatro di Marcello and the Temple of Apollo Historic downtown area.
- Reach Navona Square touring the Via Coronari street near the Vatican Center-historical area.
- Discover the Arco degli Acetari, a courtyard that is accessed by the Pellegrino route, near Campo dei Fiori, ”a different corner, very Roman and very cool” (by Ana Blanco, hehe) Downtown-historical area.
- Discover the turtles of Piazza Mattei, its beautiful fountain, the Fontana delle Tartarughe Center-historical area.
- TourVia Gulia full of charming little houses parallel to the Tiber downtown-historical area.
- Travel the nearby Tiberina Island Historic downtown area.
- Go up to the panoramic terrace of Monument to Vittorio Emanuele IIand have a good coffee Vatican downtown area.
- Sfinish a photo at the Umberto I Bridge, a beautiful panoramic downtown-historical area.
- Gossip for the "secret" lock from the village of the Knights of the Order of Malta after walking through the Piazza dei Cavalieri Imperial zone.
- Enjoy some of the best views of Trastevere from Savello Park, also known as the Orange Garden,in the Monte Aventino Imperial zone.
- Contemplate the views from the balcony of the Colosseum Imperial Zone
- Go up to Piazza del Campidoglio from the Forum and enjoy one of the best views from the top (and the statue of Romulo and Remo) Imperial zone.
- Stretch in the first prison,Mamertine prison or "Tullianum" under the Church of S. Giuseppe dei Falegnami, where the apostles San Pedro and San Pablo imperial zone were imprisoned.
- Explore the underground of the Church of San Clemente where you can see the remains of the first Christian church Imperial zone.
- Move to the Roman Empire by Via Appia Antica, the first road in southern Rome Imperial zone.
- Climb the 551 steps of the Vatican dome and get the best views that the Vatican Pope has - Decipher the mysteries of Catholicism in the Vatican Necropolis and / or Via Triumphalis Vatican.
Take a cruise on the Tiber river Vatican center-historical area.
- Contemplate the views of Rome from the Gianicolo hill and even if the day accompanies, enjoy a beautiful Trastevere sunset.
- Walk from Piazzale Garibaldi to Trastevere passing through the Spanish Academy watching the Templete del Bramante and the residence of the Spanish ambassador Trastevere.

Gastronomy (special recommendations)

- Try the spaghetti carbonara in the pizzeria Antica Ostería Piccola Roma North Zone.
- Antico Caffé Greco located on the Via Condotti, next to the Plaza de España, a classic and the oldest café in the city and the second in Italy. Its capuccinos are famous North Zone.
- Trattoria Tritone near the Trevi Fountain North.
- restaurant Il Chianti next to the Fontana Di Trevi. Delicious food, super nice terrace and nothing expensive for the quality and the zone North zone.
- Try the hundreds of pasta possibilities of the Spaghetteria L'Archetto near the Trevi Fountain North.
- Next to the Trevi Fountain there is a cafe-shop, which for € 0.80 you drink coffee (or you can buy it) North zone.
- Leave the diet aside in thePalazzo del Freddo Giovanni Fassi North Zone.
- restaurant Da tonino, homemade food in the center Historic-downtown area.
- Da II Baffetto, a pizzeria in Via dei Governo near the Navona Square and the oldest in Rome Center-historical area.
- In Piazza Navona, enjoy the tartufo (exquisite dark chocolate) Historic downtown area.
- Take something in the coffee shop Giolitti or take an ice cream since it is the oldest ice cream shop in Rome, near the Pantheon Center-historical area.
- Frigidarium he famous ice cream with “chocolate crosta” White or black (they tell us the best in the world) in the Navona Square Downtown-historical area.
- Taste a coffee in Caffe St Eustaquio or the Caffe della Pace, in the Piazza Navona downtown-historical area.
- Monte Carlo Pizza, in the same center Downtown-historical area.
- Test the ricotta cake in the pasticceria Boccione in via Portico d'Ottavia Center-historical area.
- Take a memorable lasagna in the Pizzeria Luzzi near the Church of San Clemente Imperial zone.
- Pizza Forum in Via San Giovanni in Laterano Imperial zone.
- restaurant Carlo Mint, good price and good food in Trastevere Trastevere.
- Fraschetta, restaurant located in Trastevere Trastevere.
- Ai Marmi pizzeria for dinner at Trastevere Trastevere.
- La Scaletta, a menu for € 10 of three dishes with dessert including all homemade, with exquisite Trastevere terrace.
- Ombre Rosse in Trastevere Trastevere.
- restaurant Casetta dei Trastevere and his most famous dish, the rigatoni della casetta Trastevere.
- Meridionale Tratoria, famous but not very expensive, small and pleasant Trastevere.
- Tratoria Dar Poeta in Trastevere Trastevere.
- Try the Jewish-style artichokes with recipe originally from Rome since the 16th century
- Try an Italian sandwich or i panini.General.

The truth is that we have a great deal to do in Rome thanks to all of you who immediately give us your advice so that we don't miss anything. Now what we have left is to distribute our tour of zones taking into account all your recommendations that we will do in the following article (and also see if it compensates to take any bonus -Roma Pass, etc ...)

And around Rome (and possible excursions)?

There are many possibilities near Rome that will not leave you indifferent. Leaving a little of the usual areas you have in theMercatino di Ponte Milvio a curious market on Sundays, the real neighborhoodQuartiere Coppedé, theBasilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls or the so-called little Pompeii in Ostia Antica. Several kilometers away but well connected by public transport you can visit the Villa Doria Pamphilj (the largest in Europe) orParco degli Acquedotti. There are also many excursions that can focus on the capital of Italy of which the most famous for visitors are:

Excursion to Florence by high-speed train about 13 hours long, ideal for a full day
Excursion to Capri also for a full day with about 14 hours
Excursion to Naples and Pompeii same as the previous one of 14 hours
Excursion to Orvieto and Assisi which is another full-time possibility with 13 hours duration
- Excursion to Villa Adriana and Villa del Este for part-time with its 5 hours duration

Of all this we will speak more calmly IN A DEDICATED ARTICLE and much more broken down, with all the possibilities to do for free or in all forms for those who have more limited time.

Our "essentials" to do in Rome that will not be missing

As with almost all trips, time is never enough. Even if you have been 2 or 3 times in Rome it is impossible to fit all of the above. Anyway, for the first time we are going to list the ten “essentials” that we cannot miss in any of the visits we make to Rome (all the photos are from the data bank ofShuttershock to which we are subscribed - we have not gone yet-)

1. Feeling Maximum Tenth Meridio in the Roman Colosseum

2. Throw one (or two or three) coins in the Trevi Fountain (and return to Rome)

3. Be amazed at the Pantheon, a construction that makes you small

4. Stroll through the bohemian neighborhood of Trastevere! And get lost!

5. Go up to the skies in the Dome of St. Peter's Basilica and feel Pope for a day

6. Transport yourself to the times of the Roman Empire in the Forum and Palatine

7. Sit in Piazza Spagna and enjoy the best atmosphere of Rome

8. Stay speechless under the Sistine Chapel

9. Explore some catacombs (or even necropolis) of our ancestors

10. Eat and drink like a good Roman: pasta, ice cream, coffees and everything you see

Starting to design our itinerary with all the things to do in Rome

Even with all of the above, there is a fundamental ingredient that cannot be missed on the trip. Is calledimprovisation and it is one of the keys that many of you have given us. These days (and with these articles) we will be planning our trip to Rome in which everything will be defined and distributed by PEROO zones as in any trip (and more in a city like Rome) it is key not to make our guide a bible but Letting yourself be LOST and IMPROVISING will allow us to reach unknown sites and even relax.

CHAVETAS ITINERARY: Here we will leave our route as we move forward in our preparations. In this case it is still empty because we have not made decisions

DAY 1/29 September (Thursday): (arrival 11'20)
DAY 2/30 September (Friday): -
DAY 3/01 October (Saturday): -
DAY 4/02 October (Sunday): - (return next morning)


Have you already chosen your favorites to do in Rome on your trip? Well, in the next article we tell you how to distribute everything on a map so that you almost have everything ready. Did you like this article of preparations?

Silvia, Javi, Isaac, Paula and Cris, preparing our trip to Rome