4 things to do in Rome

The Colosseum
The Colosseum in Rome. (Photo by Lauren Klamm)

1.  Channel your inner gladiator at the Colosseum

When I got my first glimpse of the Colosseum, I was baffled by its size.  People say everything is bigger in Texas, but it is now obvious that ‘those’ people have never been to Rome. Everything is gigantic, including the Colosseum.


Admission into the Colosseum cost 12 EUR. I also purchased an audio tour for an additional 5 EUR and it was well worth it. The tour is concise and gives you great insight into the history and creation of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. If you arrive at the Colosseum around opening time, you are more likely to miss the lines and the heat. My friend and I didn’t stand in line for more than ten minutes.

This admission ticket is also good for entrance into the Roman Fourm.

2. Stroll through the Vatican

When you go to Rome, you must see the Vatican! Admission into the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel is 8 EUR with a student ID.  Entrance into St. Peter’s Basilica is free.

Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain in Rome (Photo by Lauren Klamm)

3. Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain is a great place to stop and admire on your way to dinner.  This fountain was completed in 1762 and stands at an incredible 86 ft. high and 161.3 ft. wide. It is constructed completely of marble and is one of the most famous fountains in the world.

While you are admiring the sculpture, don’t forget to make a wish and toss a coin into the fountain. Put a coin in your right hand and toss it over your left shoulder. About 3,000 EUR are thrown into the fountain every day. That is almost 1.5 million USD a year! But don’t think you can hop in there and fish for some extra change. This place is guarded like Fort Knox.

4. Be Artsy in a Piazza

Piazza Campo dei Fiori and Piazza Navona are great piazzas to visit. Campo dei Fiori is a perfect for bar hoping or evening cocktails. Piazza Navona is filled with street entertainers and artists.