Looking for some fun things to do in Rome? You just found the right place.
Rome, known as the Eternal City, has plenty of historical monuments and buildings to visit and see. So many that you can even get bored. That is why we searched and found 32 fun things to do in Rome. Because we all need some joy and fun while our travelings, right?!
Rome is a city where you can see and still feel the ancient ages: the Colosseum (where the gladiators fought for their lives), the Pantheon (an ancient god’s temple), churches, catacombs… You will feel the ancient ages and the glamour of non-forgotten times all around.
So, let’s have some fun between Gladiators, vespas, cooking classes with Nonnas, and everything in between.
1. American style Brunch
Cinecaffé is located in Villa Borghese park, the main park in Rome. This café offers brunch every Sunday in an American style. From eggs to carrot cakes, all you need to enjoy your brunch in a different way. As a tourist, this may sound odd as you are in Italy, but for locals? Think about it…
2. The time machine to a different era
Tramjazz is a tram with jazz live music. You can book your dinner and experience the city in a special way. Regional Italian food, local wine, and live jazz music.
3. Skate and feel like Bart Simpson
Get to the Bunker Skatepark and feel like Bart Simpson for a day! There are different areas for different levels, and there is also a skateboard school.
4. Discover the Roman street art
Ostiense is known as the underground neighbourhood in Rome. It is also a street art museum! Wander around the streets of Ostiense and be amazed by graffiti. You can find graffitis from international urban artists, such as Ron English, Jim Avignon, Malo Farfan…
5. Taste a wine, no wait, a good wine!
Located in one of the most hipster neighbourhoods, San Lorenzo. Il Sori offers a wide range of Italian wines. Slow down and taste authentic Italian flavours
6. Experience Rome driving a vintage Fiat 500
Loving how cool do Fiat 500 look? Imagine driving this old school bad boy through Rome! A funny Italian experience which will never be forgotten. With Driving tour by Vintage Fiat 500 you can take charge of the streets of the Eternal City with a candy-colored fiat 500.
7. Get lost in Villa Borghese park
Villa Borghese is a great park in the city center. It is the place to get lost, refill your energy, or just lie under some shadow during summer season. You can find plenty of activities : walks, mini car rental, bike rental… There is also the Galleria Borghese, an Art gallery with Caravaggio, Bernini and Titian paintings.
Also in the park, you can find cafés and bistrots in case you are hungry.
8. People watching on Spanish stairs
The spanish stairs are one of the mandatory stops when in Rome. Once there, practice your people watching skills. Is that a skill?? Anyway, it is very funny! From young girls trying to model to thousands of sellers, couples, and tourists from all over the world. Don’t forget your camera.
9. Pet a cat in a cat-café
Romeow (you just have to love that pun!) is a cat café which not only has cats to cuddle, but also amazing food. Enjoy your breakfast, lunch or dinner and… play with the cats!
10. Vespa tour
Okay, okay…how about a Vespa ride?
Take an old Vespa for a ride exploring Rome. You can fulfill your dream! Rent a Vespa and drive along Rome streets. Not experience riding a scooter? Then we recommend to join scooter tours. Just sit on the back and enjoy the ride.
11. Become a Gladiator
12. Turn back in time
Palazzo Valentini bring ancient Roman houses back to life! Using laser and sound effects, you will be able to see how ancient roman houses looked like. It is a fascinating new form to learn historical facts.
13. Check if your partner is lying to you
“Boca della Verità” is a face carved in Marble which is known as a lie detector. The legend says: If you tell a lie with your hand on the mouth’s sculpture it would be bitten off. Do you dare to try?
We warned you…
14. Watch an AS Roma match
When in Rome, do as the Romans do… That means to see a football match of the local AS Roma team. “Calcio” (Italian for football) is very important for Romans, even for women! Take your chance to go to the AS Roma stadium or, at least, watch the match in a bar.
15. Stroll surrounded by Happy Acquedotti
Parco degli acuqedotti is known as the Happy Acquedotti Park. No, the aqueducts won’t make you laugh! The name was given by the Pope who build the aqueducts, Felice Peretti. Occasionally, there are some Music events and markets hold in this park. Check out the official website for events
16. Discover the art district
San Lorenzo has this special bohemian vibe all around. This is due to the Sapienza University, which is super close. This neighborhood has plenty of underground bars with live music, cafés, hip discos… And also lot of artisan shops!
17. Enjoy a panoramic view from Monte Mario
Monte Mario is the highest hill in Rome. Located on the northwest side of the city, it is the best place for a panoramic view. Bring some picnic with you, and relax while watching the sunset.
18. Change your point of view
See Saint Peter’s church with a different point of view. From Buco della Serratura Priorato dei Cavalieri di Malta, you can see Saint Peter’s church from a keyhole. Not easy to find, but totally worthy!
19. Smell the passionate stories at Giardino degli Aranci
Parco Savello, also known as Giardino degli Aranci, is a lovely park full of orange trees. It offers one of the best views of the roman skyline. You know, besides Monte Mario.
Walk around and smell the passionate stories which took place right here. This park is so beautiful that has seen lot of stolen kisses.
20. Enjoy an aperitivo with locals
If you went to Rome just for the food (yes Mr and Mrs food lovers, we got you!), you should be aware about Aperitivo. Lot of bars offer aperitivo in Rome. The aperitivo consists of free dish (or even buffet) with a drink during the evening, it starts around 18:00. One of the most local place for an aperitivo is: Freni e frizoni.
21. Jump the que at the Vatican Museum
There is nothing more boring than…queuing! If you just want to skip the line for the Vatican Museum (which is usually loooong), just get a guided tour. You won’t have to queue, plus you will get plenty of extra information!
22. Learn how to cook… with the Nonna!
Once in Rome, take the opportunity to go inside a grandma’s appartment. And learn how to cook roman specialities!
In Eating Italy food tours they use only local and fresh ingredients. Afterwards, you will also enjoy the homemade meal that you just learned how to cook.
23. Bargain at Porta Portese Flea Market
Have fun bargaining at this second hand market. Porta Portese is the biggest flea market in Rome. You can find lots of second hand clothes, souvenirs, and so on every Sunday. On a sunny day, expect it to be crowded. We recommend to go early to avoid the big crowd.
24. Get to know Rome by bike
Join a bike tour to be able to see the old ruins present in the countryside in less time. Furthermore, with the guide bike tour, you will learn lot of fun facts!
25. Open air cinema
During summer season, Casa del cinema offers free open air cinema. It is located at the ground of Villa Borghese park, the main park in Rome. Most films are just in Italian, but there are some which are in the original version. Check out all the program at Casa del cinema website.
26. Visiting a Cript of Skulls
Ok this might be creepy, and not even fun.
In Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini Church, a church near Piazza Barberini, you can find skeletal remains. There are more than 3700 capuchin friars bodies remaining. Room after room, you will see skulls, bone chandeliers…
A total different experience! For sensitive people…we do not recommend it.
27. Open air concert
If, by any chance, you are in Rome for the 1st of May, you have to visit the Primo Maggio concert. It is a free open air concert at San Giovanni square. This musical highlight is a wonderful reflection of the Italian music scene. Lots of people from all over Italy come to the city just for this concert!
28. Refresh in a water park!
Just during summer season, there is the possibility to go to a Water Park in the eternal city. Good way to refresh!
Rome in summer can be suuuuper hot. So when coming here in August, going to the Water Park is a good call!
Fin all the information in the hydromania website.
29. Hide in a natural salty cave
Have you ever been in a salty cave? Salty caves are not very known, but they provide lot of good properties for our bodies and mind.It is not only impressive, but also healthy. You can visit one salty cave in Rome, and even sit there and relax… Give it a chance, you will feel better afterwards!
30. Get insulted by the restaurant staff
Okay, before you run away, hear us out!
La parolaccia is a restaurant in Rome where waiters will bring you the dishes loaded of good food… and bad words!
Don’t take it personally! It is just a show where they use abusive language. The best part? You can also use as many as you want. Maybe a good bar to check out after a bad day?
31. Get out of a wedding cake
Did you know National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II is know as the wedding cake monument? Okay, most likely not a lot of people actually know that…
Best part, you can get on top of it with an elevator and get a stunning views of the city.
32. July sounds extra good
Almost all months sound great to visit Rome, but July has an extra argument to count in: awesome concerts at the Auditorium Music Park! The Music Association in Rome, called Auditorium, has organized open air concerts during July. Check out the events calendar and plan your trip around that great concert.
Summary for having fun in Rome
Seriously, you are still here? Fair enough. You can find more tips in our travel guide for Rome.
Do you have any other cool recommendation for some entertainment in Rome? Share your thoughts in the comments below.