Rome is one of the first cities that comes to mind when thinking of a European vacation. The Eternal City is filled with history, architecture, and must-see attractions that can be found nowhere else on Earth. Many of Rome’s attractions are mandatory such as the Colosseum, the Vatican, and the Pantheon. There are also travel destinations off the beaten path. The Appian Way, Catacombs, and local spas are just as intriguing and shouldn’t be missed if time permits.
Petrolheads will find plenty of great reasons to visit the Italian capital. The Autodromo Vallelunga Piero Taruffi offers a one of a kind driving experience. The Museo delle Auto della Polizia di Stato is another can’t miss venue for car enthusiasts.
All roads lead to Rome and travelers should jump at the chance to see the Eternal City at least once during their lifetime.
Local Favorite: CarbonaraCarbonara is a traditional Roman pasta dish that is said to be misunderstood by people from outside of Italy. Traditional Roman carbonara is made with a sauce featuring cured pork cheeks known as guanciale, something you might not get in your dish outside of Italy. Tangy pecorino cheese and eggs are also added to make the sauce. Unlike non-Italian carbonara, no cream is used and never should be. The sauce is then served on pasta. If you try authentic Roman carbonara, it will be completely different than any you have previously eaten. The origins of carbonara are unclear, but one story suggests it was first made in Abruzzo by woodcutters in the Apennine Mountains.
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St. Peter's Basilica
Top Tourist Attractions
The Colosseum is Rome. No venue, attraction, or landmark defines the city like the Colosseum. No image or photograph does the Colosseum justice. It is massive and is everything tourists expect it to be. Lines to get inside can be long, but tourists can buy a Rome Pass which allows them to bypass queues to get inside many of the sites. While the outside of the Colosseum is impressive, nothing tops the inside of the arena. Visitors will see where thousands of Romans used to view bloody sporting events. The Colosseum influenced all modern sports stadiums. So, travelers shouldn’t miss the chance to experience the original.
Museo delle Auto della Polizia di Stato
The Museo delle Auto della Polizia di Stato, State Police Car Museum, is a small gallery that showcases police cars and motorcycles from Italy’s past. Car nuts and history buffs alike will revel in the automobiles on display. The museum is well off Rome’s beaten path. Tourists looking for something entirely different and something with cool cars will love a browse of the State Police Car Museum.
The Pantheon is the best-preserved historic building in Rome. It is more than 2000-years old, and along with the Colosseum, tells the story of Rome’s history better than any other landmark. The Pantheon’s interior is more spectacular than the exterior. Visitors are put into a trance-like state when entering the Pantheon. Its beauty and serene feel are overwhelming. The ornate images and statues are unmistakable. A visit to the Pantheon can last as long as travelers wish as they can get lost in the art.
No matter what a tourist’s religious affiliation is, Vatican City is one of the most memorable stops on a Roman holiday. Less than one-third of a square mile, Vatican City is the world’s smallest sovereign state. Despite its size, it provides a wealth of things to see and do. Visitors will be able to peruse the fantastic little shops that sell Pope inspired merchandise as they explore the area. St. Peter’s Basilica, and St. Peter’s Square are both found in Vatican City and are well worth seeing. The lines can be long, so travelers should get there early. Art lovers will find Michelangelo’s famous Pieta inside St. Peter’s Basilica, but the real highlight is Michaelangelo’s frescoed masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Tourists will find an assortment of other great museums inside the tiny state.