There really is no place like Rome. With nearly 3,000 years of ancient culture to its name, strolling around Rome is like walking around a fascinating museum. It’s one-of-a-kind thanks to its delicious cuisine, exquisite architecture and thrilling culture. In addition to direct flights from Ireland to either Fiumicino or Ciampino Airport and seamless transfer options, Rome is a great option for a weekend city break.

So, we’ve picked our must do’s and top food picks in this guide to Rome, to add to your city break itinerary. As Rome wasn’t built in a day, there are endless options for activities to see and do.

Here are our must do’s and top food picks in Rome…



This ancient ruin is the landmark of Rome and the biggest amphitheatre ever built. A trip to Rome is not worth mentioning without a visit to this symbolic icon. This once upon a time marble structure, could hold 50,000 spectators, who would watch warriors fight and slaughter wild beasts. Nowadays, it’s one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

Visitors can take audio and guided tours of the marvellous man-made structure. Book your tickets in advance to save the pain of waiting in a lengthy queue and skip happily passed everyone else. Colosseum tickets allow entrance on to Palatine Hill and the Roman Forums too, which are worth the visit to admire picturesque views across the city. Adult tickets cost €18.00 for General Admission.

Roman Forum

Roman forum in Rome

The Roman Forum is one of Romes most magnificent sites to visit however it does not get much attention. In our opinion it is definitely worth a visit! The Roman Forum was once where public and religious activities would take place. It covers a large area where there is much to see as you walk along ancient streets. It is located right next to the Colosseum making it easy to tick off two attractions at once!

Aventine Hill

View from the Keyhole of Malta in Rome

Firstly, there’s a gorgeous, quieter area of Rome, which is located near Circus Maximus and sometimes overlooked by tourists. This area is Aventine Hill. The first stop here has to be the Rose Garden of Rome, which has over 1,100 varieties of magnificent roses and has an outstanding view of the ruins of Rome. Followed by the Orange Gardens which is the perfect spot for sunset with a beautiful view of Rome.

When finished admiring the skyline of Rome, the final stop, is a short stroll up to a view that’s off the beaten track to some tourists. The Keyhole of the Knights of Malta. Atop of Aventine Hill, visitors will come across a green, ornate door with a semi-secret kaleidoscope view. Peer through this keyhole to see a well presented framed vision of St. Peter’s Basilica, perfectly dotted with hedges and trees. It’s mesmerizing, truly one of a kind and free to visit!


Tonnarello restaurant in Rome
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Tonnarello is one of the best restaurants in Rome with delicious food! Make your way to the unique neighbourhood of Trastevere. Make sure to explore while you’re in the area and walk the cobbled stone streets and checkout the cute shops. The restaurant does not take bookings so you may find yourself queuing however it goes quickly. The menu is full of delicious foods however the Carbonara is a showstopper and worth the trip alone!

Vatican City

Vatican City

A visit to the Vatican City should certainly be on your list, whether you’re religious or not. You can easily spend the day exploring the Vatican Museums, St Peters Square and St. Peter’s Basilica. The Vatican museums are where visitors will find extraordinary collections of art including Michelangelo’s masterpiece – The Sistine Chapel. There’s over 7km of halls and 54 galleries dawned with Roman and Egyptian artefacts, sculptures, decorative ornaments and modern paintings to commend. Buy your tickets in advance to bypass the queues that form around the corner for the museums.

Michelangelo created the dome and his works of art are apparent in every nook and cranny of St. Peter’s Basilica. Climbing the dome takes in two main levels. Firstly, the interior of the dome where visitors can admire the artwork up close. Secondly, is the long trek to the top of the Dome, which can be done by foot or by elevator. Entry to the dome is free; Climb to top €8; Lifts €10.

Rome by Vespa

Couple on Vespa in Rome

Vespa scooters are one of the first things people think of when imagining Rome. They’re ubiquitous in the city and can be rented in a multitude of places. A guided tour by Vespa is a great alternative to your hop-on, hop-off bus tours and perfect for adventurous souls.

Zipping around Rome’s Palazzos and Piazzas, stopping at the enthralling Trevi Fountain and sublime Spanish Steps is definitely an experience to add to the bucket list. You can book your own Vespa or join a guided tour. Prices range from: Self-drive 1 person Vespa from €90; Self-drive 2 people on 1 Vespa from €135.

Trevi Fountain

Trevi fountain in Rome

The Trevi Fountain which is one of our favourite attractions in Rome is a must see. Pictures simply cannot describe how beautiful it truly is. Of course, it draws in many crowds however there is a peaceful atmosphere around it. There are many great gelato shops around the fountain so grab yourself an ice-cream and find yourself a spot on the wall. Listen to the water fountains, take in the beauty, and make sure to toss in a coin for good luck!

Il Trapizzino

Il Trapizzino

Il Trapizzino is located in the popular Travestere neighbourhood in Rome and will make your trek over worthwhile.  Trapizzinos are hybrids of pizzas and sandwiches and are popular street food choices in Italy. The fillings aren’t your typical pizza toppings, as the bread is designed to hold decadent fills. For example, oxtail cooked with tomato, chicken and bell peppers, and my personal favourite, meatballs in a rich tomato sauce.

Trapizzinos are the perfect treat when you’re looking for more than a snack but not quite a dinner, and for €4 they’re a must. Lastly, make sure to add a side of suppli to your order – deep-fried rice balls filled with melted mozzarella and succulent Bolognese sauce.

The Pantheon

The Pantheon in Rome

Visiting the Pantheon in Rome is an inspiring experience that transports you through time. The Pantheon which is a former Roman temple and now a Catholic Church is famous for its beautiful dome. Explore the Pantheon with a guide or an audio guide depending on what you prefer. If your lucky on a sunny day you can even, see beams of sunlight shine through the dome or on a rainy day the rain will come through the dome and drain into the floor.

Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps in Rome
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The Spanish Steps are also a popular attraction and a must see. The steps were built in the 18th century. They were made to connect the Piazza di Spagna at the bottom with the beautiful church on the top. The piazza is in a great area of Rome with lots of shopping options. Climb the steps to the top and enjoy the amazing view of the city and the square below. However, make sure not to sit on the steps as that is not allowed!


Bonci Pizza Selection in Rome

Some readers might recognise Bonci from its appearance on TV programmes. The scissor-cut squares of pizza are served by the slice and made with fresh, seasonal ingredients designed for quick consumption. It’s quite an interesting experience which attracts tourists and locals by the hordes. This pizzeria is 10-minutes’ walk from the Vatican. During the visit, you’ve to take a number and wait to be called upon, making it an ideal post-Vatican Museum fix.

Villa Borghese

Villa Borghese in Rome
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Villa Borghese is a stunning public park in Rome that you should explore if you have the time! Its especially lovely in the summer to relax and take in the sunshine. Rent a bike or walk around the park or even visit the onsite museum with paintings from famous artists. It’s the perfect place in Rome to escape the busy city and enjoy the peacefulness of the park.

So, why not experience this culture first hand and taste the finest Italian cuisine Italy has to offer.