Rome is one of the most walkable and greenest cities in the World, and many would argue that the Eternal City is the most beautiful of them all. Most people stay in Rome for less than a week, and because of the high quantity of art and museums, sites to see and things to do, it's not usual for visitors to leave the Eternal City feeling like they haven't even managed to cover the basics. Walkable Rome helps visitors live Rome like a local: we know exactly what you need to do to fully appreciate the Italian Capital.
Below is a list of the 5 essential things to do in Rome. We don't want you to be kicking yourself on the plane journey all the way home. We don't want you to leave the Eternal City with a heavy heart full of regret and an extreme case of FOMO.
1. Visit Rome’s iconic symbols
It sounds obvious, but if you come to Rome and don’t get to visit Rome’s iconic symbols, you've done your Roman trip all wrong. We’re talking about entering the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, visiting the St. Peter’s Basilica as well as the Vatican Museums, climbing up the stairs of Campidoglio and Spanish Steps, watching the Roman fountains around the centre of Rome, and much more…
2. See Rome’s city sights from the highest vantage points
Thanks to a gentle climate, Rome benefits from many sunny days throughout the year. Why not make the most of this by finding great spots to observe Rome from a raised point of view? Gianicolo, Pincio and Campidoglio are just some of them…
3. Eat authentic Roman food
It's not difficult for tourists to find good food in Rome. For native Romans, "good" is not enough; Walkable Rome wants you to taste great food, and that means venturing far away from the tourist traps. Authentic local restaurants with typical Roman dishes are the best: eat like a local and you’ll totally embrace the place!
4. Walk through the Center
When in Rome, you can’t avoid walking a lot, and it’s one of the few cities in the World where this is not a negative aspect. Walking through the Center of Rome is like walking through an open-air museum: so many details to notice, so much history to review, so much art everywhere. Nietzsche was right: “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
5. Speak to locals to really appreciate the Roman spirit
Paul Theroux once said: “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.” Embrace your inner traveller, and explore the place by trying to understand the locals. Roman people are not very international but they have a big heart as well as a long history of traditions that a visitor can only understand by speaking with them.