THINGS TO DO
Explore the sites
Don your comfiest shoes and prepare to spend a day on your feet. The main historical sites are generally within walking distance from one another, meaning you can forgo public transport and taxis and get a bit of exercise instead. Spend your day marvelling at the incredible structure of the Pantheon, gazing up at Michael Angelo’s exquisite ceiling in the Sistene Chapel, wandering the ancient ruins of the Colosseum and Palantine Hill, and soaking up the beautiful works of art in the Galleria Borghese. We’d recommend planning your day as a walking route, stopping off at the main attractions as you go - or else, look into booking an ‘eco-tour’ with a conscientious tour company such as Eden Walks. While seeing the main sites is a must, try to do it as early in the morning as possible to miss the crowds and heat. Furthermore, researching and visiting alternative spots is another great way to combat overcrowding. Step away from the main tourist thoroughfare and you’ll find that streets full of hidden churches, quiet museums and secret crypts, perfect if you want to enjoy the rich history of the place without being packed in like a sardine. The Crypta Balbi is one such spot, as is the Centrale Montemartini - an old electricity plant which is enjoying a second life as a museum for ancient Greek and Roman sculptures.
Avoid bottled water
Remember to bring your own water bottle while you’re out and about instead of buying it bottled. There are so many beautiful fountains (or nasoni) across the city of Rome, pumping out pure and delicious-tasting water, which remains cool and fresh even in the sticky heat of summer. If you’re going in without a bottle, then make sure your mouth doesn’t touch the spout of the fountain or (due to a new set of 'Tourist Rules') you could face a fine from the local authorities.