Rome is a wonderful city to visit, with rich history, exquisite architecture, and splendid art. Not to mention, great coffee!
Florence has the Medicis, Venice has the Doges and Rome has the Caesars and Emperors. Don’t miss out on a visit to the Colosseum, and the nearby Forum and Palatine Hills. One ticket lets you visit all three places.
One tip to skip the long ticket buying line: take the official guided tour. The official guided tour has a separate line (just ask the guard). It is very informative and is cheaper than the private guided tours offered by agents at the gates.
Rome is walking friendly and is fun to explore on foot. There are also four or five major Hop-on Hop-off bus services, and we found them to be quite useful to visit major sights, such as Vatican City and the Pantheon.
The Pantheon is pretty impressive! It is the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world, with an oculus that opens to the sky. We visited on a rainy day, and it was fun to see the rain falling inside the building.
Another must see place in Rome is Vatican City. The lines to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica are generally shorter earlier in the day. Also, there is a shortcut between the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter’s Basilica. Look for the ‘tour group only’ door on the right as you face the rear of the chapel. Follow it and you will be right in the Basilica and skip the long security line there.
Rome is a great city to visit. Relax, stroll around and enjoy the beautiful architecture and art, while savoring a delicious gelato. That’s what I call a good life!