Katie Kinsley

Things to do on Your First Trip to Rome

vatican city statue

Zack and I spent our third anniversary in Italy, but I never shared any of the trip.

1. Palatine Hill

The Palatine Hill is considered to be the birthplace of the Italian capital and is believed to have been inhabited since the year 1000 B.C.

We went on a tour of this place and it is huge. They gave us headsets so we could listen and there was lots to walk through.

palantine hill rome italy

palantine hill garden rome italy

palantine hill rome italy

Katie and Zack Palatine Hill

2. Colosseum

I have been to Rome previously, but I never went inside the Colosseum. I really only stopped at the Spanish Steps.

It was really quite a sight to see inside the walls of the Colosseum.


Colossuem Road Sign

Colossuem Christian Sign

3. Castel Sant’angelo

We did not go inside Castel Sant’angelo because we were just leaving our tour of the Vatican. You really need to allot for the time to visit all of places throughout the city.

Castel Sant'angelo

4. Trevi Fountain<

The Trevi Fountain is always super busy. I have found that one of the best times to visit is early in the morning – around 7 a.m. Both times I walked by that early and there are usually only a couple of people walking by. It’s the perfect time to get your photos without having to photoshop anyone out of them!

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

5. Pantheon

The Pantheon is another place where we didn’t have time to go inside.

the Pantheon

the pantheon

6. Vatican City

This trip was my first time inside Vatican City. I thought the grounds and the museum were so beautiful.

You cannot take photos while you’re inside the Sistine Chapel, but we saw several people with their phones out.

vatican city entrance

St Peters Basilica inside

The Fontana della Pigna or simply Pigna

Michelangelo The Pietà

Vatican Museums

7. Eat Gelato

If you’re headed to Italy, please make sure you have room for gelato. I had maybe three or four cones during one trip. It’s delicious and there are gelateria’s all over the city.

Gelato Gelateria Bar

stracciatella gelato

8. Spanish Steps

The same with the Trevi Fountain, if you can get to the Spanish Steps early in the morning (7 a.m.) you will be able to get all the photos your want without the pesky crowds.

Once the late afternoon hits, there are tons of people sitting throughout all the steps.

Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps from the top

9. Villa Borghese Gardens

The Villa Borghese Gardens was something new to me during this visit to Italy. They did not disappoint. The weather was lovely to walk through the gardens and we stopped at a restaurant and had a little snack before heading back to the hotel.

Located right off the Piazza del Popolo, the Villa Borghese Gardens

Piazza del Popolo

Villa Borghese

Aperol Spritz


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Katie Kinsley is a Texas-based digital marketer and aspiring influencer. This is a lifestyle blog focused on Katie’s work-in-progress life. She’s focused on creating joy in the everyday, sharing adventures throughout Dallas/Ft. Worth (and the world), and empowering women to find their confidence — all in her unique unfiltered style.
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