Are you ready to visit Rome?
Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and has a lot to offer. The “Eternal City” is home to some of the most iconic sites on Earth, from the Colosseum to the Vatican and Trevi Fountain. However, Rome can be very crowded and you’ll need probably a month or more to discover all the stunning and famous places in the city. That’s why we created a list of unmissable sights worth checking out. Whether you prefer the famous attractions, the hidden gems, museums or panoramic views, put these places on your bucket list and you will discover everything you need to know about Rome!
Of course, you can’t visit Rome without admiring the iconic Colosseum. Located in the center of the city, the Flavian Amphitheatre is the largest amphitheatre ever built and is still the largest standing amphitheater in the world today, despite its age. The Colosseum could accommodate more than 50,000 spectators and be equipped with 80 escape routes, numerous fountains, and a large curtain protected from the sun. It was used for gladiatorial shows and public spectacles including animal hunts, executions and even mock sea battles.
The Palatine Hill may be overshadowed by the fame of its next-door neighbour, the Colosseum, but you wouldn’t want to miss it. You can’t understand Ancient Rome without a visit to the most famous hill of Rome. Considered one of the most desirable neighbourhoods and home of aristocrats and important emperors, this is also the location where Romulus founded Rome.
This unique architectural complex was the center of the political activity of Ancient Rome. Formed by a series of buildings and monumental squares built between 46 BC and 113 AD, the Imperial Forums are a must-see in Rome, fundamental for understanding the history of the city.
The smallest state in Europe, the Vatican is the center of the Catholic Church and one of the most sacred places in Christendom. A unique collection of artistic and architectural masterpieces lie within the boundaries of this small state. It is a truly unique part of the world, with so much historic, artistic and religious significance that really cannot be missed.
The Trevi Fountain is the largest and most famous fountain in Rome. The iconic fountain has ancient origins and gets its water from the ancient aqueduct Aqua Virgo, dating from 1st century BC. There is also a legend linked to the Trevi Fountain saying that a coin thrown into the fountain will ensure a return to Rome.
The Pantheon is famous for being the most preserved monument of ancient Rome. It was constructed as a temple dedicated to the Gods and became the burial ground for several important people including famous artists and kings.
One of the most visible and photographed monuments in Rome is Altare della Patria, or Victor Emmanuel II Monument. The Altare della Patria is not only one of the most famous and photographed monuments in the city but it is also one of the most important for what concerns the history of Italy, the Risorgimento and the Savoy monarchy.
One of the most beautiful and famous squares in Rome was defined during the 15th century and is representative for the Baroque style. The most recognisable symbol of the square is Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, designed by the famous italian artist Bernini. The square is surrounded by small restaurants and terraces, giving Piazza Navona a lively and delightful atmosphere during the day. You can also enjoy performances by talented street artists here.
Piazza di Spagna and the famous staircase in Rome are a place you cannot miss visiting. It is one of the symbolic places of the Eternal City and represents one of the most popular and historical places in Rome.
The Borghese Gardens are the largest and most beautiful park in Rome. At one time, this estate belonged to the very wealthy cardinal Scipione Borghese, and was built around the villa of the same name. Since 1903, it has been in the possession of the municipality of Rome and serves as a public park. The famous Villa Borghese houses a museum displaying the large private art collection of Borghese. The gallery contains sculptures and paintings by famous artists such as Caravaggio, Rubens, Bernini and Leonardo da Vinci.
The Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the four papal churches and the largest Marian church in Rome. The church on the Esquiline hill dates from the 5th century and still contains many authentic mosaics. It also has a distinctive golden ceiling. It is said that there are even pieces of wood from the crib of Jesus under the altar.
Trastevere is a typical Italian neighbourhood and a real stunning place in Rome. Here you will feel the authentic Italian life, with narrow streets, old medieval houses, local restaurants and amazing views.
The Via Appia Antica is the old Roman Appian Way, one of the oldest and most important roads from Rome. During ancient Roman times, the road was essential in transporting troops down to the port of Brindisi in southeast Italy. Along the Appian Way, you will also find the Catacombs of San Callisto and Catacombs of San Sebastiano as well as various basilicas and tombs.
Piazza del Popolo is one of the largest squares of Rome. It is a major point of interest, with its fountains, 3 churches and obelisk. From the square, climb the stairs to the top of the hill to enjoy a beautiful view up to the Vatican.
The Aventine is one of the seven hills of Rome and an important place for the Roman mythology. Here you will discover a lot of legends and also stunning views, including the little hidden gem of Rome – the Aventine keyhole. Don’t forget to peek through the keyhole to admire the dome of San Pietro from a spectacular point of view.
Janiculum Hill is situated just outside the ancient city and is a great place to visit to get away from the bustle of Rome. Not to mention that the panorama from the top of the hill is breath-taking.
Trajan’s Column is a commemorative monument decorated with reliefs illustrating the Roman emperor Trajan with his 2 military campaigns in Dacia. The column was the first of many such monuments and it is also an invaluable source of information on the Roman Army and a lasting testimony to the Roman love of monumental architecture constructed to celebrate military victories and Roman leaders.
Located between the Aventine and the Palatine Hill, the Circus Maximus of Rome was a stadium with a capacity for 300,000 spectators. Its sandy track, 600 meters long and 225 meters wide made the Circus Maximus the largest stadium in Rome.
Castel Sant’Angelo was originally built as the tomb of Roman Emperor Hadrian in 135 AD. The mausoleum was eventually converted into a military fortress that protected Rome during the Middle Ages. Since then, it has served as the Papal Residence, a prison during the Renaissance era and now, as one of Rome’s museums. Other than serving as a repository of historical information, it is a site of immense cultural value that houses many sculptures, architecture, frescoes, and more.
Piazza Campo de’ Fiori is a square with the most famous market in the old center of Rome. In the evening it is very lively and cozy around Campo de’ Fiori with all the bars and typical Italian atmosphere. Literally translated, its name means “field of flowers”, derived from the Middle Ages when the area was still a meadow full of flowers.