What to do in Ancient Rome

What to do in Ancient Rome

Are you wondering what to do in Ancient Rome once you have arrived in the Eternal city? Follow these tips and suggestions to maximize your vacation and find out what to do in Rome. This post is written  for those who have accommodation in Via Labicana or in Via San Giovanni in Laterano.

what to do in ancient rome
Ancient Rome Colosseum

The center of Rome is quite large and it can be divided in 4 areas:

Ancient Rome, Historical Center, the Vatican area and Trastevere.

Your apartment is located in the heart of the Ancient Rome. All the following attractions are within walking distance:

– Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill

I suggest you to book a walking group tour or a private tour with a ticket to skip the line, especially from March to November and in Christmas/New Year’s time. Lines are terribly long!

what to do in ancient rome
Ancient Rome

– Basilica of Saint Clement

This is one of the most beautiful churches in Rome. Frescoes, mosaics and the Mithraeum (underground) are awesome.

Ancient Rome - Basilica of Saint Clement
Ancient Rome – Basilica of Saint Clement

The Basilica of Saint Mary Major

This is the most important Basilica in Rome devoted to Maria. Really worthy to visit during the day and at nights (you will appreciate the light system)

Ancient Rome Saint Mary Major
Ancient Rome Saint Mary Major

Colle Oppio Park and the Nero’s Golden House (Domus Aurea in Latin). If you have time it would be nice to plan an exclusive tour. For more information click here.

Ancient Rome Domus Aurea
Ancient Rome Domus Aurea

– Saint Peter’s in Chain’s. 

The Church is nice and the plus is the inside Michelangelo’s Moses

Ancient Rome Michelangelo's Moses
Ancient Rome Michelangelo’s Moses

– Via dei Fori Imperiali

This is the streets that connects the Colosseum to Venice Square. It is impressive due the atmosphere given by the ruins and large number of people.

Ancient Rome Via dei Fori Imperiali
Ancient Rome Via dei Fori Imperiali

Vittoriano and Venice Square

At the end of Via dei Fori Imperiali there is a huge, withe monument also known as “Wedding Cake” or “Typing Machine”.  It is possible to enjoy a 360° wonderful view over the Roman roofs and the monuments while having a coffe or a glass of wine at the rooftop bar.

Ancient Rome Vittoriano Venice Square
Ancient Rome Vittoriano Venice Square

Other interesting sites are:

– Circus Maximum, Caracalla Bath, Pyramid, Santa Maria in Cosmedin Church (with the famous Mouth of Truth), Aventine Hill (with Chiesa di San Saba, Parco Savelli and the Hole of Rome).

Here are other useful information for those who have accommodation in the Ancient Rome area:

The nearest supermarket is located in Via Santissimi Quattro, very close to the Colosseum (map). It is open from 8am to 9pm (8pm on Sundays). By the front door there is a little convenient store open till late: you can get fruit, drinks, milk, eggs, detergent, etc.

In via dei Fori imperiali there is a Visitor Center where you can get touristic information (map). From 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. a multilingual staff provide tourist information. There you can buy the Roma Pass.

Ancient Rome Via dei Fori Imperiali Visitor Center
Ancient Rome Via dei Fori Imperiali Visitor Center

Transportation:

From Via Labicana or Via San Giovanni in Laterano you can easily walk through the Ancient Rome and get also to the Historical center (Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, etc.). The nearest metro stations are Colosseo (Line B) and Manzoni or San Giovanni (Line A). You can take the Metro A to get to the Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Villa Borghese. The Pantheon, Navona Square and Campo dei Fiori are easy to reach from the Spanish Steps Metro Station. As alternative, you can catch the bus from Via Labicana (map) to the Historical Center (#85, #87, and more). The tram #3 allows you to reach Trastevere and the most famous second hand Market “Porta Portese”.

It is possible to buy the transportation tickets at the tobacco shops, newspaper kiosks or at the metro stations. More information on transportation tickets here.

Transportation Ticket machine
Transportation Ticket machine

See also ROME COLOSSEUM RESTAURANTS and ROME COLOSSEUM PIZZERIAS in the Ancient Rome.

Check out the Ancient Rome Map.

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