10 Reasons to Unearth Rome

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Discover why Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Gary and I have visited Rome on two occasions, the first experience in 1999 was memorable for the wrong reasons really, as we had an unfortunate experience with a taxi driver, nearly missed our return flight and lost our luggage. So, all in all could have been better.

Not to be defeated we returned in 2015 and the trip was fantastic, this time it was memorable for all the incredible reasons, as to why Rome is such a beautiful city to visit any time of the year.

The view of the Basilica from the Ponte Umberto, Rome, Italy

So, without further ado, below are our reasons why you will love the ancient city of Rome. Slip on those comfy shoes and discover what the Romans did for us.



The  Colosseum, Rome, Italy

The Colosseum in Rome is probably the most iconic sight in the city, and it is incredible. Built-in 70-80 AD, this stunning feat of human engineering, cannot be missed. I know it is popular, however, a visit inside the amphitheatre is a must.


Roman Forum

The Forum from on high, Rome, Italy

Once the centre of day to day Roman life, the Forum is incredible to wander around. Centuries of ancient footsteps would have passed through the ruins of the Temples and Shrines that remain today.

Our Tip

The queues to buy tickets for the Colosseum can be long. I suggest you visit the Forum first and you can buy a joint ticket, this allows you to bypass the Colosseum queues.



The Pantheon from our room, Rome, Italy

This was one of our favourite places to visit, the former Roman Temple is located in Piazza della Rotonda and is magnificent. It has eight Corinthian columns at the entrance and after nearly 2,000 years, contains the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.


Vatican City

One of the colonnades in St Peter's square, Rome, Italy

A City within a city, here you will be able to visit the impressive St Peter’s Basilica, where the Pope is selected. The elegant square that lays out before it and also the Sistine Chapel, displaying Michelangelo’s ‘Creation of Adam’.


Trevi Fountain

Confession is needed here; when we visited in 2015 the Trevi Fountain was undergoing a major restoration; therefore, the photo is from 1999.

The Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy

What is impressive with the location of the Trevi Fountain and with other parts of Rome, is that you wander along a narrow lane not knowing what you will find the other end, and then an ancient work of art appears before you.

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Piazza’s & Fountains

Another reason to fall in love with Rome is the significant number of Piazza’s and fountains, that are dotted around the city.

Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy - II

You’ll find every size, from the elegant Piazza Navona where you could while away hours watching the world go by. To the tranquil Piazza Mattei, with the intriguing Fontana delle Tartarughe.

Did you know?

That the Historic Centre of Rome has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1980.


Spanish Steps

A visit to Rome wouldn’t be complete without climbing the 135 steps, leading up from Piazza di Spagna to the Trinità dei Monti church above.

The crowded Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy

A bustling area of Rome and a wonderful place to socialise and enjoy an Aperol Spritz.



The food market in Piazza Campo de' Fiori, Rome, Italy

Take a visit to the colourful market in Campo de’ Fiori, displaying fruit and vegetables and enjoy the floral aromas from the flower stalls.

Have You?

Visited a city that you could return to time and time again?


Pontifical Swiss Guard

Take a stroll around Vatican City, and you may come across the Pontifical Swiss Guard. The small military force of 100 men is responsible for the safety of the Pope since 1506.

The Swiss guard protecting the Vatican City, Rome, Italy

Wearing quite a distinctive uniform, hopefully, they shouldn’t be too hard to find.


Walk, Walk & Walk some more

A Lion on the approach to Capitoline Hill, Rome, Italy

I can’t stress this enough, as there are so many nooks and crannies in Rome, that you just need to keep walking and find that hidden gem. Your camera will go into overdrive, but the memories will be worth it.

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About the Author


Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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10 Reasons to Unearth Rome was last modified: February 12th, 2018 by Janis