Rome is a very walkable experience for tourists
Rome sightseeing is exhilarating and exhausting, and the fact that the city was not built in a day will quickly be evident when one starts to explore the residences, basilicas, temples, churches, piazza, palazzi, fountains, and museums, added with what the Vatican offers sightseers as well.
Rome, tagged as the “Eternal City”, is a very walkable experience for tourists who put on a good pair of walking shoes, others can take the brilliant public transport service such as tram, metro or bus, which offers a very good service, just make sure you keep a watchful eye for pickpockets. Some take an experience with the bikes, doing what locals do and renting a scooter.
Apart from the immense number of charming piazzas, Roman relics and magnificent churches, Rome sightseeing should include visiting the rich, independent state of the Vatican, including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain which is beautiful by night, Piazza Navona circled by extravagant palaces, Campo dei Fiori open air market, and the Trastevere locale.
The best starting point for Rome sightseeing is centro storico
Rome sightseeing can be a challenging task because there is simply so much to see, and a month is needed to truly see everything that Rome has to offer, so if your time is a little limited, then making a list of your “must see’ places is very advisable. The Vatican alone can effortlessly eat up the entire weekend, and most tourists end up overpowered and remain torn between running from place to place to see everything or lingering over some monuments and museums. The latter is however, strongly recommended, with an interruption of coffees, ice creams, and serene walks in the city parks such as Villa Borghese which is one of the loveliest. As for Rome sightseeing in most of the holy sites, clothes that covers up the shoulders, midriffs, and legs is suggested, particularly for visits to the Vatican.
The best starting point for Rome sightseeing is centro storico, which has the most concentration of classical Christian sites enclosed in a moderately small space. Part of the pleasures of wandering around the streets of Rome is stumbling upon ancient frescoes, Renaissance fountains, and beautiful piazzas. Rome has four major basilicas, namely St. John Lateran, St. Peter’s, St. Paul’s, and St. Mary major, and over four-hundred churches.
However, San Clemente through San Giovanni in Laterano sums up the multi-layered labyrinth of Rome. The street level is faceted with a 12th century basilica with beautiful mosaics. A well-preserved Roman basilica is down one level. Deeper still takes one to more ancient Roman remains, until lastly the deepest level is the temple to the oriental cult of Mithras.
Rome sightseeing is a wonderful way of truly partaking in what Rome has to give each visitor. If Rome is your next stop for a vacation, be ready for an exciting and memorable experience of “the beauty that was Rome”.