(Closed) What to see in Rome?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
746 posts
Busy bee

@chasesgirl:  Sites like the Colosseum, the Forum & the Vatican Museum (obviously w/St. Peter’s Basilica) are kind of “must-sees” for most first time visitors to Rome.  (My husband is also a “history nerd,” so we saw many more things that the usual tour groups go to.) There is so much to see & do in Rome that’s off the beaten path.  You can’t go wrong with going to the “Eternal City” for your honeymoon!

Post # 4
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

everything! oh, sorry, that’s not helpful. Watch the movie “Roman Holiday” with Audrey Hepburn…that’ll give you great ideas!

Post # 5
46 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m going to give you some non-touristy suggestions…if you have time for them. If you are history nerd, you may already know about them.  By far the coolest historical site I’ve ever seen is the Necropoli (city of the dead) in Cerveteri which dates back to Etruscan times.  It’s city of grass dome tombs and dirt paths they built for their dead.  It’s only an hour or so outside of Rome and you can get there by train very easily.  The hardest part is getting to the actual site once you arrive in Cerveteri.  If you can find a bus stop…take the Blue bus and using your best Italian say you are going to the Necropoli.  Better yet, take a taxi!

The second is Ostia Antica which is 20 min trip on a regional train.  The ruins are fantastic and you can really imagine how Romans lived.  Plus to get to that regional train you see a really cool part of Rome.  

Tivoli is a good option too, only about 1 hour away by bus.  You can see Villa D’Este and Villa Hadriana.  Villa D’Este is easy to find (the bus drops you off right there), you can catch another bus to Villa Hadriana there too, just wait until you see an actual building to jump off.  I made the mistake of jumping off too early and having to walk like 3 hours in 90 degree heat to get there.  

Pompeii is great too, but staying in Naples (which is a hellhole) is not so great.  But at least Naples has fantastic pizza.  You can also catch ferry to Capri (I’ve never been, but I hear its lovely).

Obviously if you have limited time, stay in Rome and see it all.  Pantheon, Colusseum, Vatican, Villa Borghese, Foro Romano, Trevi Fountain, Fountain of Truth, Campo Dei Fiori, Catacombs St.Agnes, Spanish Steps, Baths of Caracalla, Palatine Hill, Trajan Market (if its open again…it wasn’t 2 years ago) a gazillion cathedrals, piazzas, cappucinos and gelatos of course 🙂  

How long are you there for?  If you have anymore questions, let me know.  I went there once for a summer abroad and then re-did the trip with my fiance 2 years ago.  I still kind of remember how to get around.  Another piece of advice, do not buy an advance Eurail ticket for the train.  It’s a rip off.  Just pay per ride like 30 min before departing, its a lot cheaper.

Post # 6
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I highly reccomend Capri. When I was in italy 2 years ago (contiki bus tour) we stayed in Sorrento, which was a BEAUTIFUL little town on the coast, right where you take the ferry to Capri.

I love ancient history, so I’ll say all the usual spots. I was highly dissappointed with palatine hill however, but that may have been due to my overwhelming exhaustion.

There is an intereting tour that you can do in St. Peters where you go down into the necropolis (where the popes are all burried). Book it through the vatican website. You can also book a 2 hour guided tour of the Vat. museums that ends in the sistein chapel. Best thing about this – you don’t have to wait in line, and then you can exit the sistein chapel into st. Peter’s Basilica.

you can also climb the cupola in the Basilica for some amazing views (I could see the pantheon from there) – it’s crowded, and there are alot of steps, but worth it!

I took the green hop -on- hop – off bus, which takes you out to catacombs outside the city walls.

Hope that helps!

Post # 7
5271 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Catacobms were one of the coolest things we saw there – so good thing its on your list.

I have a suggestion for food, however. You MUST eat Amatriciana in Rome – we had the dish in other parts of Italy, but the Romans say their food isn’t “Italian” its “Roman” so you must have Roman Amatriciana & Roman Carbonara – TO DIE FOR!!!

Post # 8
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Ooo!  I’m so excited for you!  Fiance (back when he was my bf) and I took a two week trip to Italy a couple years ago!  We did the main touristy-stuff in those main touristy cities since it was our first trip (Rome, Florence, Venice with day trips to Pompei and Pisa). 

In Rome we saw the Coloseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Domus Aurea, the Pantheon, did a day of Pompei (SUPER TIRING), did a guided Vatican tour (totally recommend this as the PP above said with not having to wait in line) — plus the guide gives you good tips and such.  We also did the stairs to the top of St. Peter’s (breathtaking views!) and the Necropolis downstairs.  We also ate gelato and drank a bottle of wine with dinner every night. 🙂

Fiance wants to go back there again some day — there’s just way too much to see!

Eep!  So exciting!!!  Have (sooo much) fun! 🙂

Post # 10
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I highly highly highly recommend Dark Rome Tour Company for any little tours you want to do.  My husband and I booked a couple of our tours through them (Ancient Rome, the Coloseum, and the Vatican) and LOVED their services.  They were phenomenal and we will be using them for any other traveling we do in Europe.

Post # 11
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011


If you decide not to go with a prearranged tour, definitely download Rick Steve’s Audiotours of the major sites (free on itunes) for your ipod. We used those to wander through the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Vatican Museum. He has other audiotours for other cities–Florence, etc–so check to see what matches up with your itinerary. He is cheesy in a good way, but its nice to be able to use your ipod/iphone to listen to the material rather than a bulky and often expensive audio guide.

A tip for the Colosseum–see if your hotel concierge can arrange for tickets in advance for you. That way you can just waltz up to will call rather than wait in the lengthy line. If you email with the hotel in advance they usually can arrange for something if you tell them the date and time (Morning or Afternoon) that you want to go. 

Have so much fun and eat as much gelato as you can.

Post # 12
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I was just there! Okay, the things to see in the city are obvious and everyone is going to tell you those things.. what I can tell you thats different is to go to Tivoli (which is a city) right outside of Rome, it will give you a much more real feel of Italy. There is a place called Villa d’Este and another called Adrian’s Villa and they are both incredible. Spend a day in Tivoli, get some authentic Italian food- you WILL NOT regret a second of it!

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