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3 Fun Things to do in Rome

My husband and I have been vacationing in Europe for a decade and many of our destinations not only have great historical significance but personal importance as well. Macedonia neighboring Serbia even has its own tale in our house (read more about the origin of our son's nicknames in the post The World is Mine). This year, Hubby and I snuck away for a weekend in Rome, the Eternal City. There was so much beauty, art, culture, and history to take in that I don't know where to start. Here are a few highlights from our fun trip!

The Colosseum

Our stay at Hotel Coloseum was excellent in hospitality and service (use CODE: mycolosseum for a discount on their best rate) and the complimentary breakfast was a great start to our day. Located at the center of the city, the hotel is just a five minute walk from the main train station, Termini, and steps from the brilliant historical landmark Colosseo, the biggest amphitheater built by the Roman Empire and famous host of the Gladiator contests. Damaged by earthquakes and fires, the Colosseo has been preserved for the world to see. 

Of course Hubby booked us tickets to see AS Roma play at Stadio Olimpico. The largest sports facility in Rome, the stadium was the home of the 1960 Summer Olympics. Renovated several times, it hosted the 1990 FIFA World Cup and maintains its historic Italian beauty and authenticity with marble Roman statues along the perimeter. Make time to arrive early enough for an espresso or at one of the local pubs near the stadium before the fans start crowding.

A backdrop in many popular films from Roman Holiday to The Talented Mr. Ripley and a busy attraction for tourists and locals, Piazza di Spagna or The Spanish Steps is a must see when you visit Rome. The famous steps ascend to the church Trinita dei Monti and lead down to the monumental shopping plaza housing the world's top designer brands. It's also walking distance to the famous Trevi Fountain.

On the piazza or at a restaurant nestled away from the tourist scene, enjoying Italian cuisine is a huge part of a trip to the special city of Rome. Pizza, pasta, gelato, espresso and more await you! Don't mind the calories, just enjoy and work off the evidence as you walk around town.  

The Vatican City is a magical place and not just for art lovers, history connoisseurs, and religion experts! The many galleries of paintings, sculptures, and murals will captivate you as you ascend to the Sistine Chapel to witness the greatness of Michelangelo. I can say I've seen it twice and I would return tomorrow just to take another look. To avoid long lines, book tickets online and purchase a guided tour with quick entry to St. Peter's Basilica. Our Roman holiday was just what we needed for inspiration in the New Year.

Have you booked your tickets to Rome?