What to do in Rome? Enjoy our top ideas to answer this question!

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day, but When in Rome, the City is Eternal…

Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Colosseum in Rome. Photo courtesy of Thom Ehrnman who entered it in our Picture Perfect Contest.

Clichés abound, but Rome really has it all. And with Rail Europe, sightseeing in Rome is a bellissima breeze. Here’s our top list of what to do in Rome. But don’t stop in just the capital, from Rome to Pompeii and even the Amalfi Coast, it’s all within reach by way of train. Let’s build your travel empire to one of the world’s most beloved and historical cities.

Rome in a Day – Or Two

Built in a day? No. (We covered this cliché at the top.) But if you only have a day or two, wondering what there is to do in Rome, and want a great overview of the city, the Rome City Sightseeing Tour is just the ticket. Hop on and off over the course of 24 or 48 hours, at eight different sights, including The Colosseum, Vatican City, the Trevi Fountain, Circus Maximus and more. You could also give your feet a break and stay on the bus for the full 100-minute ride as history passes you by. This is a great option to get a grip on Rome sightseeing .

Trevi Fountain Rome, Italy
The iconic Trevi Fountain located in Rome, Italy

La Dolce Vita:

It’s an iconic scene in movie history: Fellini’s film starring Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni taking a tantalizing dip in the Trevi Fountain. You too or *two* can be part of movie history – or simply throw in some coins and make a wish.

To continue the sweet life, head over to the Spanish Steps or Scalinata. The widest staircase in Europe with 135 steps, this monumental climb is best savored with two scoops of authentic Italian gelato. Join the locals and tourists in this classic Rome rite of passage.

Roman Ruins
Ancient Roman Ruins, located in Rome, Italy

Seize Rome like Caesar:

Want to really delve into the Eternal City’s history? On the Ancient Rome Tour, you’ll first visit the Forum, which was the center of social and political activity. From there, you’ll head to the Colosseum and NOT WAIT IN LINE. Learn how the structure was built and could once hold 50,000 spectators. On a recent, the guide was particularly excited that Elton John had once played there. But moving on. You’ll head up to Palatine Hill and Constantine Arch, and with a group no bigger than 12. A tour such as this makes sightseeing in Rome stress-free and fun!

Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II
Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II. Photo courtesy of Jim Whitton who entered it in our Picture Perfect Contest

Is it a Wedding Cake or a Typewriter? You Decide:

It’s a mouthful, and to some locals, a bit of an eyesore, but the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II is a gargantuan monument crafted of white marble from Botticino in the province of Brescia. Decorated with allegorical figures, reliefs and murals, it’s over 260 feet tall and a 400 feet wide. The most important part of the monument is likely the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where guards of honor stand by day and night. The views from the top are worth the visit alone.

Vatican City, Rome Italy
St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Italy

Holy and Wholly Wondrous: The Vatican

We all recently witnessed the pomp and circumstance of electing a new Pope. Worshippers flock from the world over to simply be in the presence of the Holy See. Now it’s your turn. Imagine having a full four-hour tour of both the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel with our Vatican Sistine Chapel Tour. And you won’t be surrounded by hoards. With a maximum of 12 guests, you’ll journey through religious and art history like never before.

Tour the private apartment of Pope Julius II, known for his patronage of the arts. Marvel at the famed frescos depicting the Book of Genesis. Stare at the ceiling until your neck hurts. At St. Peter’s Basilica, the world’s largest holding 60,000 parishioners, find more important works like Michelangelo’s Pieta.

Aside from the Vatican Sistine Chapel Tour, we also offer the Omnia Vatican and Rome Card. This card offers you not only entry into the Vatican, but it provides Rome sightseeing benefits such as free access to a hop-on, hop-off bus tour and unlimited travel on the public transportation system in Rome. As if that weren’t enough, you’ll also get entry into any two of Rome’s favorite Rome attractions including: the Coliseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum, Capitolini Museums, Borghese Gallery or National Museum of Castel St. Angelo. If you’re not sure what to do in Rome, this is the perfect sightseeing option foryou!

Pompeii, Italy
Lost city of Pompeii, Italy

Lost City Found: Side Journeys from Rome

With the train, you’re within easy reach of big cities (Florence, just two hours) and smaller gems – like the gravity-defying town of Positano. We’ve bundled two dramatic sights in one amazing tour: the Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast Day Tour. You’ll travel by air-conditioned Mercedes minivan, to ruins and resplendent views.

This trip is a whopper – 15 hours including a private two-hour tour of Pompeii. Considered the ultimate “lost and found,” archaeologists are still digging up dirt in this lost city once covered in ash.

From here, hold on to your Italian designer hat, for a dizzying and exhilarating drive up the Amalfi Coast. Enjoy a walking tour as well as free time in Positano, before a stop in Amalfi for some lunch and Limoncello.

At day’s end, you’ll return to the Eternal City. Because all roads DO lead to Rome.

If you plan to take a trip to Rome, these sightseeing ideas are things most travelers wish to cross off their bucket lists. Let Rail Europe help you make the most of your precious time abroad.

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