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First time in Rome? Make sure you do these 5 activities

I cannot think of one place in Rome that didn't leave me in awe. With just over 48 hours to spend here, I packed as much as I could into a day - and I wasn't disappointed.

Here are my must do activities for a quick adventure in Rome:

Contemplate at the Colosseum

It boggles my mind to comprehend everything that has happened here since its completion in 70AD. Its construction is a great architectural achievement in itself and the events must have been an amazing spectacle, yet graphic and horribly cruel. I couldn’t help but picture the people who attended and watched the shows.

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Peruse the Pantheon

Perched in the middle of what seems like a residential area you’ll find the spectacular Pantheon. Take a moment to sit down in the square by the fountain with some yummy gelato and think about where you are, what’s going on around you and what has happened thousands of years before you. Trust me, you’ll know the feeling once it hits you.

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Eat, eat and eat some more

Take your time when you’re looking for the perfect spot for lunch or dinner. Rome has an abundance of gorgeous cafes and restaurants and not all of them are surrounding the tourist spots. Pop down the alleys and see what you can find around the corner, as often the best spots are where the locals are. Grab a table on the street, drink the wine, eat the pasta and enjoy!

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Perch on the Spanish steps

At the Piazza di Spagna, as it is in known in Rome, lies the Spanish Embassy and this is where the steps begin. At the top of the steps, the Piazza Trinità dei Monti is dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church. With an irregular butterfly shape, the Spanish Steps are a beautiful example of Roman Baroque Style. If you’re looking for some designer shops, take a wander down the skinny side streets and you will find all things luxury – handbags, shoes, you name it.

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Visit the Pope

Home to the Pope and a treasure trove of iconic art and architecture, the Vatican City is a must do when visiting Rome. While I didn’t quite have enough time go inside the Sistine Chapel or the Vatican Museum, standing in the courtyard was an incredible experience in itself.

I can’t begin to describe the scale and detail of the architecture here, all I will say, is that it is like nothing else that I have ever seen. I felt tiny walking around on the cobbled pavement, surrounded by so many beautiful fountains and sculptures. It really is a surreal experience.

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