There is so much more to see than these 10 sights but here are some of our favourites. If you’d like to know more we have a free ebook on visiting Rome when you subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom of our website.
1. The Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
I’ve grouped these together as they are usually visited at the same time and the The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are considered one large complex. An Obvious first answer but you should definitely see the Colosseum and visit our favourite area, The Arena Floor with and exclusive tour or The Colosseum Underground.
In the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill you’ll see the ruins of where emperors once lived, House of the Vestal Virgins, Temple to Caesar and the place his body was cremated plus more.
Check out our Private Colosseum Arena Floor Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
2. The Spanish Steps
Constructed in 1725 in what is one of the most affluent and beautiful neighbourhoods in Rome. At the bottom of the steps sits the “Fountain of the boat” created by Pietro Bernini and possible with the help of his even more famous son, Gian Lorzeno Bernini. It’s centrally located and not to be missed when exploring the city center. See our “Discover the Historical Center of Rome” tour.
3. Trevi Fountain
A short walk from The Spanish Steps you will find yourself at Trevi Fountain. Likely the worlds more renowned and famous fountains. Completed in 1762 and the still supplied with water from Ancient Aqueducts that provided water to the Ancient Romans. See our “Discover the Historical Center of Rome” tour.
4. The Pantheon
Claimed to be the best preserved structure in Rome from antiquity with the largest non-reinforced concrete dome constructed, even today. It was commissioned by Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd Century A.D. Built of the remains of two other temples that burnt down before it. It’s completely free to enter and contains the tombs of Raphael and Victor Emmanuel II. See our “Discover the Historical Center of Rome” tour.
5. Piazza Navona
Rome’s main square and home to the Pamphili Palace that is now home to the Brazilian Embassy. Piazza Navona is a place for outdoor dining and culture. In the center is one of Romes many Egyptian Obelisks in the middle of Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers. Piazza Navona was built over the the Stadium of Domiziano from the 1st Century A.D. You can still visit it’s ruins today by following the signs for Piazza Navona Underground. See our “Discover the Historical Center of Rome” tour.
6. Castel Sant’Angelo
Originally known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, it was commissioned by Emperor Hadrian along with the bridge Ponte Sant’Angelo for the family tomb. The contents and urns were all lost since the sacking of Rome in 401 A.D. This impressive structure was once the tallest building in Rome and was later on used as a Fortress by the popes.
No visit to Rome is complete without seeing the Vatican City, It’s impressive Museums and St Peters Basilica. It’s filled with artwork and artifacts dating back to antiquity. Some of the highlights are Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms, Nero’s Bath, and St Peters Basilica. You can even climb the dome of the Basilica for an incredible view of the City.
There are many catacombs in Rome, the oldest being Domitilia that span across 15 kilometers in distance and up to 16 feet deep. These tombs were used from around the 2nd Century A.D and contain around 26,000 tombs. However, unlike the catacombs in France, all the remains have been removed to the lower levels that visitors cannot access. So If you’re looking for something a bit more Eerie, check out the Capuchin Crypts.
You can access the gardens from the top of the Spanish Steps. It’s a nice place to walk around and relax. The gardens are the 3rd largest public park in Rome.
The Villa is now home to the Boghese Gallery where you’ll find an impressive private art collection from Cardial Borghese’s family. Admire works from Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Caravaggio.
10. Baths of Caracalla
This is one of the less frequented sights in Rome, but one of our favourites.
the Terme di Caracalla are an impressive set of ruins of an ancient public bath house inaugurated by Emperor Caracalla in 215 A.D. They sit on 27 acres of ground and were once a place for ancient Romans to read, relax, bath, swim and socialise.
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