Everyone has wanted to visit Rome at one point in their lives. An epicenter of culture, history, art, and cuisine, a visit to Rome is like transporting into the past. Beautiful museums filled to the brims with works of famous sculptors and centuries-old buildings filled with the history of our dreams (Sistine Chapel, anyone?), Rome is a must visit for your next European adventure!
When to Visit
As with most locations, the height of tourists, and weather, in Rome is the summer months of July-August. You will see high temperatures reaching the 80s and the longest daylights. But, since Rome’s attractions are not generally weather dependent, you do not need to stick to these times.
Are you looking for a time to visit with the least amount of tourists? Anytime between October and April would be the perfect time for you! Although a warm jacket may be needed, you won’t see the temperature get too cold and you will benefit from fewer crowds.
Want to split the difference? May and September are both great times to visit to miss the bulk of the tourists and pleasant weather. Temperatures in these months are generally high-60s and low-70s.
It would be impossible to visit Rome without visiting the most monumental architectural accomplishment of the Roman people – the Colosseum. I think it goes without saying that this is a must-see for vacationers in Rome. Holding upwards of 50,000, this wonder is one of the most amazing pieces of rich and preserved history you can find.
The Trevi Fountain is also a must-see in my book. This gorgeous Baroque masterpiece is not only a delight to look at but also boasts some folklore in Rome. There are different outcomes that are thrown around as results of throwing three coins into the fountain, one of which is that you will return to the city of Rome again.
Another essential historical sight in Rome would be the Pantheon. The Pantheon was built as a temple for the gods of Rome in about 27 B.C. It eventually became a tomb for artists and the elite of the city, including painters and former kings.
One of the first lesser known gems is the street Via Piccolomini. This street has a crazy optical illusion in regards to St. Peters dome. Driving towards the dome will make it seem like it is getting farther away while driving away will make it seem closer.
Domus Aurea, or the Golden House, was built by Emperor Nero after the city-wide fire of Rome in 64 AD. Being one of the most beautiful and luxurious palaces in history, Nero’s home is worth a visit!
Foods to Try
If you are visiting Rome in February to May, you need to try carciofi alla giudia! Rome’s artichokes are unlike any others in the world and the Jewish-style preparations are the best. These vegetables have even been bestowed with protected-origin status from the EU.
Pasta does not need to be complicated and the Roman dish, cacio e pepe is about as simple and delicious as you can get. Al dente pasta coated with cooking water, fresh cheese, and cracked pepper is a must try!
You cannot skip out on Roman antipasti dishes and one of my favorites is saltimbocca. This first dish features beautiful cuts of veal wrapped in the Italian specialty, prosciutto, and sage, and it is marinated in white wine and fried to perfection.