Ancient ruins from history’s greatest empire crumble next to medieval piazzas and open-air markets, while artists capture every moment on canvas in The Eternal City.
While Rome isn’t the center of the civilized world any longer, it’s still an incredible place to visit. Its long and storied past includes the raising of the ancient Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Pantheon alongside the rise of an empire. The ancient center of the city is now an UNESCO World Heritage Site, but waking up to views of these incredible relics outside your window is entirely possible.
If you’re wondering what to do in Rome, see some art. Anywhere. From gorgeous piazzas and beautifully restored architecture to modern artists staked out with canvas and brushes on street corners, art is everywhere in Rome. Centuries of masters have contributed to institutions such as Villa Borghese, Capitoline Museums, and more. While you’re here, take in another form of art pioneered and perfected in Italy: theater. While it may be harder to find a touring troupe of Commedia del Arte performers, you can still catch an Italian opera or theatrical production at dozens of venues around the city.
If you’re looking for more things to do in Rome, pack your stretchy pants. The food here really is as good as Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love fame says it is. Enjoy your meals al fresco (outside) at hundreds of places to eat in Rome, or book a food and wine tour. Then there are the cooking classes led by some of the world’s top chefs. It’s enough to put on a few pounds in even the shortest of visits.
Of course, when you book Travelocity’s Rome vacation packages, you’ll be able to afford a longer visit than you’d think—and still have enough left over for a heaping spaghetti budget. Order up!