WHAT SHOULD YOU
10 MUST SEE PLACES
WHEN IN ROME
WHAT SHOULD I NOT MISS IN ROME?
Rome it's the perfect place to spend a 2-3 days week-end, especially since the city can be easily visited on foot!
In order to help you plan your stay, I have written for you a small guide of the best thing to do in Rome , with the must-see attractions.
So, what are the best places to visit in Rome? Let’s find out!
1) The Colosseum
Let's start with the Flavian Amphitheater, commonly known as the Colosseum, is one of the greatest achievements of antiquity.
A stadium in the center of Rome that could seat between 45k – 80k spectators and feed their thirst for blood.
During Roman age the Colosseum was used to entertain the inhabitants of Rome, while today it's the most famous iconical shape of Rome around the World.
Colosseum admission tickets also includes the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum.
If you travel across the world to visit Rome, this is the epicenter of your trip!
We definitely recommend a guided tour of the Colosseum.
2) The Roman Forum
Roman Forum is the most important square of the ancient Rome, situated on low ground between the Palatine and Capitoline hills.
The Roman Forum was the scene of public meetings, law courts, and gladiatorial combats during the Republican times and was lined with shops and open-air markets.
Under the empire, when it primarily became a centre for religious and secular spectacles and ceremonies, it was the site of many of the city’s most imposing temples and monuments.
In this place were set a lot of important eveniments of Roman history, for example Julio Ceaser was cremated here, Roman commanders celebrated their victories with triumphal marchs and the famous 6 virgin vestali took care of the eternal fire in the Shrine of Vesta.
Today, its a well preserved archeological site that is down-right cool. You can’t skip it and you’re going to want to see it close up.
The Pantheon is the best preserved ancient building in Rome and another must-see touristic attraction to add to this list!
Originally this temple was built by Vipsanio Agrippa in the 26 b.C. and restored by the Emperor Adrian in the second century a.C. and it was dedicated to all mythology divinities, it became a Christian church in the 7th century.
Don’t hesitate to enter, the visit is free of charge, which is rare enough to mention it!
Inside, admire the immense dome and the oculus (the opening in the dome), giving the place a unique lighting.
In the Pantheon, you can also see the tombs of Raphael (the famous painter) and the King Victor Emmanuel II (first King of Italy), King Umbert and Queen Margherita from Savoia.
4) Trevi fountain
The most famous of the Roman fountains: a jewel of water and stone .
The Trevi Fountain was the splendid setting for the most famous scene of the film La Dolce Vita by director Federico Fellini; a provocative Anita Ekberg wrapped in a long black evening dress calls Marcello Mastroianni: “Marcello, come here!”, while sinuously plunges into the sparkling waters of the fountain.
Its name derives from a toponym in use in the area since the mid-20th century, Regio Trivii, referring to the confluence of three streets in the square and it is dedicated to the Water like element of nature.
Before leaving, do not forget to throw a coin into the fountain, you will definitely return to Rome, as the custom says.
The Basilica of St. Peter, which is part of the Vatican City, and is the most important church ever constructed under Christiandom.
Even if you’re not a believer, a visit to the Vatican is a must during a stay in Rome.
It’s the smallest country in the world, yet is one of the most visited places during a tour in Italy. Only priests and nuns, some dignitaries, guards, and of course the pope are allowed to live there.
In the Basilica you can admire the famous Pietà realized by Michelangelo and his dome, while in the Vatican Museums you will be fascinated by the Sistine chapel and by Raphael paintings.
6) Spanish steps
The Spanish Steps are a set of steps dating from 1723, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinita dei Monti at the top dominated by Trinita dei Monti Church.
The steps are at the eastern end of the old city centre. From the base there is a maze of very narrow lanes crammed full with designer shops waiting to be explored.
The Spanish Steps are still a place for artists, painters and poets to visit. Today, at the top of the Spanish Steps you will find a cluster of artists painting visitor’s portraits.
The stairway itself is of 138 steps and it became famous with the movie "Roman holidays" with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.
7) Piazza del Popolo
The Piazza del Popolo or People’s Square is located near Villa Borghese.
It’s one of the largest squares of Rome. It’s a major point of interest, with its fountains, 3 churches and obelisk.
The iconical obelisk, that stand in the center of this square, originally was located in the Circus Maximus, the famous Roman chariot races stadium
From the square, climb the stairs to the top of the hill, you will have a beautiful view up to the Vatican.
8) St. Angel Castle
The fortress St. Angel is standing today nearby the Vatican city.
In the past it was the famous Adrian mausoleum, built in the 2nd century a.C.
We suggest you to have a visit and to reach the top of this monument from wich you will admire a beautiful panoramic view of Rome
9) Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona is one of the largest and most beautiful square in Rome with three impressive fountains, like the Fountain of 4 rivers with its large obelisk at the centre, a masterpeace realized by Gianlorenzo Bernini in the 1651.
The baroque church of Sant'Agnese in Agone, made by Francesco Borromini in the 1672, provides an impressive backdrop.
This square is located in the heart of the historic center, not far from the Pantheon. it’s one of the most beautiful and famous square of Rome!
10) Campo de Fiori
The Campo de'Fiori, which was once a field of flowers, and thus the name, was paved in 1456 under Pope Callistus III.
Thanks to the prominent buildings surrounding the piazza, such as Palazzo Orsini, the Campo de’ Fiori became a very popular part of Rome frequented by the most influential historical figures.
Its popularity drew new businesses to the area, opening workshops, inns and taverns making this neighborhood one of the most prosperous of the city.
Public executions took place in this square, which is nowadays commemorated by the impressive statue of Giordano Bruno, in the centre of the piazza. The Italian philosopher was burnt at the stake in 1600 for heresy. The monument was built in his honour in 1889.