Five Things You Must Do When in Rome

Rome. The place needs little introduction. With almost 3,000 years worth of history sprawled across a landscape of art, architecture and culture. Like many others, Rome (and Italy) has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. Dreaming of visits to the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the Colosseum. There was so much I couldn’t wait to do – so I was absolutely ecstatic when Scott surprised me last Christmas with a long weekend he’d booked for the Eternal City!

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“Veni, vidi, vici.” – Julius Caesar

I came, I saw, I conquered.

While exploring Rome it’s safe to say that I picked up a few tips. That’s what I wanted to focus on today, simple tips and tricks that will change your trip exponentially. None of these cost much money, or will set you back, but all of them will hopefully make your stay in the Eternal City a hundred times more memorable.

Eat Gelato

Italian gelato is there to change your life. That’s not an exaggeration. A food pyramid of what I ate while in Rome would be at LEAST two thirds gelato, because, well, it was incredible!

I'm so happy I read these before going! 5 Things You MUST Do When in Rome!

My favourite place to get gelato was at a store called Gelateria Wonderful Ice Cream – it’s ranked #31 out of 10,691 places to eat in Rome on Trip Advisor (look at ‘dem receipts) and when I took my first bite – wooooow. Make sure you get the 4 scoop cone (for 5 euros!), I filled mine with Tiramisu, Ferrero Rocher and two scoops of Nutella *which was basically just syrupy Nutella goodness*

Walk as Much as You Can

When I used to think of Rome, I’d think of all these incredible attractions stretched far and wide over a ginormous city. But, honestly, the reverse couldn’t be more true. Everything in Rome is relatively close-by, and if you happen to find yourself staying in the centre, or near any tourist spots in particular, you’ll probably find that you can walk to almost every sight you’re dying to see!

I'm so happy I read these before going! 5 Things You MUST Do When in Rome!

Scott and I stayed at a B&B called Domus Liberius which was halfway between Termini Station and the Colosseum, and we found it more than manageable to walk everywhere! The only time we got the metro was to Vatican City, and that was solely because the queues at the Vatican get so intense that arriving as early as possible can be a game changer!

5 THINGS TO DO WHEN IN ROME | The city of Rome is full of magic and wonder, and after visiting I've come away with some great tips and tricks for you to take on yours.

5 THINGS TO DO WHEN IN ROME | The city of Rome is full of magic and wonder, and after visiting I've come away with some great tips and tricks for you to take on yours.

Do as the Romans Do

Arriving in Rome, a piece of advice we received from the apartment owner was to pay attention to the locals to tourists ratio at any eateries you’re looking at visiting. This is pretty solid advice for visiting anywhere, actually, and he backed that up by saying that traditional Italian cuisine won’t actually cost much money at all – while the tourist traps (being the wonderful traps that they are) will cost an arm and a leg, while skimping on any traditional Italian goodness. After that, Scott and I payed close attention to the restaurants we were interested in and it changed our trip entirely.

I can hands down say that the pizza I had in Rome was the freshest, tastiest pizza I’ve ever had in my entire life. And at 6 euros per pizza on average, it was a steal!

Experience Wonder

The architecture in Rome is simply breath taking. Everywhere in the city is steeped in history, and it’s pretty impossible to NOT marvel at the gorgeous sights of this beautiful place. Let yourself stare, gasp and wonder about how many generations of people before you have walked these same steps. How many people have sat in the Colosseum, how many have worshipped at the Roman Forum.

5 THINGS TO DO WHEN IN ROME | The city of Rome is full of magic and wonder, and after visiting I've come away with some great tips and tricks for you to take on yours.

I'm so happy I read these before going! 5 Things You MUST Do When in Rome!

5 THINGS TO DO WHEN IN ROME | The city of Rome is full of magic and wonder, and after visiting I've come away with some great tips and tricks for you to take on yours.

Instead of viewing these places solely as sights you need to see before moving on to the next one, really take your time to visualise the immensity of seeing something that’s stood – sometimes for over 2,000 years – in that same spot, and what scenes have played out among it’s walls. This simple, often overlooked, tip can really change your entire trip. I know it changed mine.

Fall in Love

Try to come away from Rome without a deep love and appreciation for the place, I dare you. The city is breathtaking and I’m already so excited to return and explore more of it. If you have any stresses, any worry about transport or capturing that perfect picture at that perfect time, honestly my best advice is just to let it go.

5 THINGS TO DO WHEN IN ROME | The city of Rome is full of magic and wonder, and after visiting I've come away with some great tips and tricks for you to take on yours.

But, what I’m trying to say is, you’re exploring one of the most gorgeous cities in the world. Somewhere that’s seen the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, that’s got buildings over 2,000 years old stood casually next to tiny pop-up shops. It’s a wondrous place, and please don’t let anything ruin that for you.

If you’re thinking of visiting, I can’t recommend it enough. Go, see, conquer. It’ll be worth it, I promise you.

I hope you’re having a lovely week,

This was originally posted during March 2017.
  • HandLuggageOnly

    That’s it! Between this post and the ‘carbs’ one – I think I just need to book that ticket back to Rome! ?

    • Thank-you so much guys! Omg, definitely! Just do it – get that ticket booked! We both know you won’t regret it! ?

  • Joanne

    Oooh beautiful photos, you captured Rome so beautifully! I’ve visited there before and I tooootally agree on the gelato part. There’s nothing quite like enjoying it in the city! That and basically most of their food is to die for. And it IS a stunning city to walk in. I loved reading this and seeing your images..
    Have a good week!

    Joanne | Life in Blue Skies

    • Thank-you so much Joanne! That’s so kind! I absolutely loved exploring Rome and already can’t wait to go back! I hope you have a lovely week, too!

  • Last year I’ve been in Rome also and lucky me I tried the exact gelato from Gelateria Wonderful Ice Cream, it was a great trip. Have so many beautiful memories from there. Great post!

    • It’s amazing isn’t it!? I wish our ice cream was like the gelato in Rome! Thank-you so much for the lovely comment, I hope you have a wonderful start to your week!

  • Dawn Lioutas

    Great post! Heading to Rome in a few weeks and these tips are great.

    • Thank-you Dawn! I hope you have a magnificent time! The city is so beautiful and there’s so much to do there! I hope you’ve had a wonderful end to your weekend!

  • Salena

    Beautiful photos! We have friends that just got back from Italy and they said the same things about falling in love with the place! You just can’t not fall in love while there!
    Also, gelato is life! Gotta go just for that ?

    • Thank-you so much Selena! Most definitely, Rome is somewhere that you visit – then immediately want to visit again! Ha! Especially for the gelato, too!

      I hope you have a lovely end to your weekend!

  • Victoria McGill

    Rome is by far one of my favourite destinations! I went as a teenager and againwith my husband for our honeymoon. I know we will be back again to see different parts of the country and frequent or favourite gelato shop!

    • Yes, I’d definitely go back for the gelato alone! Ha! It’s so beautiful – I absolutely loved just walking around the city, through all the intricate side streets and seeing the side of Rome you don’t necessarily see online! I hope you’ve had a lovely week!

  • Ahhh this is making me miss Rome heaps! Wonderful shots here. x

    Hannah | Stories Of A Telescope

  • Violette

    I went to Rome few months ago and love it! It’s a beautiful!

    • I totally agree with you, Violette! It’s such a great city! Thank-you so much for commenting, I hope you have a wonderful start to your week!

  • Esther

    I really enjoyed reading this article. Your pictures are beautiful and I think Rom will be on my list now. Never been there so far. Have a nice week.
    Love, Esther

  • Courtney Livingston

    Eating gelato is a must!!! Thanks for sharing!
    Courtney //

    • I completely agree with you, you can’t have enough gelato! Thanks for the comment Courtney! I hope you have a lovely Monday!

  • Carina Vardie

    Rome is charming, I visited it a long time ago and fell in love. Beautiful pictures and advice.


  • Great photos Michael – and yes I completely agree about appreciating the history and generations of people that have walked in your footsteps. I found this so profound when walking through the Forum and down the Appian Way.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more, Jamie! It’s such a brilliant feeling – there’s just so much history and it’s wonderful to be in a city so celebrates it’s history so vibrantly! I hope you have a great week!

  • Kim

    Rome looks absolutely beautiful! I would have no problem with your #5, falling in love with the city! And I wouldn’t argue with having 2/3 of my meals as gelato in a day. Hope you have a great week, Michael.

    Simply Lovebirds

    • Gelato is definitely one of the better things to be having 2/3 times a day! Ha ha! It really is such a beautiful place! Thanks for the lovely comment Kim, I hope you have a great Tuesday!

  • Your photography is beautiful! I remember reading Julius Caesar a few years ago, and ever since then, I’ve wanted to visit Rome.

    I recently came across your blog, and I absolutely fell in love! I would love to include you in my directory for bloggers – a great tool to discover other bloggers. If you’re interested, please visit

    kind regards,
    grace ♥

    • Thank-you so much for the lovely comment, Grace! Rome is such a beautiful city – I honestly couldn’t recommend it more!

      Wow that’s amazing! I’d love to be included, thank-you so much! I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

  • Wish I could be there! So beautiful!

    Daniel x

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  • I have plans to go to Rome next year and will deff keep these in mind. Wish I was there now.

    xo. SN |

    • I hope you have an incredible time when you get to Rome, Sahony! Thank-you for the lovely comment, I hope you have a great Wednesday!

  • All of your recs and photos are so gorgeous! I love that street shot and the shots of the beautiful historic buildings!

    Characters & Carry-ons

  • I agree! The best way to explore a city is to walk around and get lost in it. You won’t believe how many gems I’ve stumbled upon just by walking somewhere, instead of, lets say taking a taxi

    • I completely agree with you, Brien! It’s such a great way to explore anywhere – I love it! I hope you have a great start to your week!

  • Ah Rome… My husband and I were there about 6 years ago (along with time in Paris) and fell in love with Rome more than we thought we would.

    It is a ramshackled place, busy, full of people but oh what a city.. The food, the people, the sights, the history. And yes the only way round is to walk it..

    Definitely going back as there is still so much to explore. I hope you got the opportunity to do the Baths of Caracalla.. mind boggling.. thank you for the wonderful reminder.

  • Great photos! Made me miss Rome!!