Are you planning a holiday in the Eternal City? Searching for the best attractions in Rome? There is no shortage of fascinating places to explore and great things to do in this ancient city! This city was the most important city in the world for more than 2000 years, and it is still one of the most popular destinations for tourists today.
The list of Rome attractions is very long and this can be quite overwhelming for any first time visitor – where to go, what to see, in just a few days time? That’s why we advise to carefully plan your holiday itinerary. To help you with that, we’ve produced more than 28 video guides with great tips on visiting Rome. Our videos include special sightseeing guides for The Vatican and the Colosseum, how to visit Rome with Kids, Nightlife attractions and many more. If you are looking for special tips on how to plan your Roman vacation, you’ve come to the right place! To give you a first idea about what you can expect, here are our top tips about the best attractions in Rome:
Top Rome attractions
Visiting Vatican City: It is the smallest country in the world, and the biggest attraction in the city. Every first time visitor in Rome is planning to visit this place, this is why you should follow couple of simple rules and avoid the very long queues at the entrance of the museum. There are 11 museums in Vatican city, and each one of them can easily take a day to tour. Therefore it’s important to plan where you want to go inside the Vatican, so you will not miss the essentials! Dedicate a minimum of 4 hours for a brief visit, or a full day, if you are passionate about art and culture.
So let’s start with avoiding the long lines for the Vatican attractions: the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Raphael Rooms… There are 3 ways to do it – First you can purchase in advance a skip the line ticket. This will cost a bit more than a regular ticket, but we think it’s worth the extra costs if it helps you save 1-2 hours on your precious vacation. Another great way to avoid the long line is to book a guided tour. There are several tours on offer, so be sure to book a tour from a professional and trustworthy company or tour guide. Finally, if you are really passionate about visiting the Vatican why not visit it before or after regular visiting hours? This tour costs more than the regular tours, but it gives you the amazing opportunity to explore the huge corridors of the Vatican museum, and the famous Sistine chapel while it is empty.
Next, let’s talk about the dress code for the Sistine Chapel and the St. Peter’s Basilica. To avoid disappointment be sure to cover your knees and elbows. Women should also bring a shawl with them. Just in case… You should also pack light – if you are travelling to Rome with a backpack leave it somewhere else, as security around the Vatican is very serious and it will take you longer to go in.
You see we’re just getting started. There is so much more to see in Rome except for the Vatican City. Make sure you don’t miss other Rome attractions such as the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the century old ruins of the Roman Forum, the wonderful Capitoline Museums, the city’s many beautiful churches, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, the famous Trevi Fountain, and of course don’t forget the delicious food and wines that you can enjoy here on almost every piazza!
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Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! With some 12,000 rooms spanning nearly 4,000 years of history, the Vatican’s magnificent museum complex can be overwhelming, so let an expert guide introduce you to its defining highlights on this 3-hour tour. Visit Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and more, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s fresco ‘The Creation of Adam.’ Finish with a St Peter’s Basilica tour and hear the secrets of the holiest place in Christendom. Choose from four different start times or upgrade to a small-group tour (12 people maximum). Skip the long lines for St. Peter’s Basilica with special access directly from the Sistine Chapel.
Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines.
Leave the crowds behind and head straight inside the Colosseum with your skip-the-line entrance ticket! In a group of no more than 25 people, explore the first and second tiers of this A-list attraction with a guide, learning about the gladiators who competed in the Colosseum’s gory gladiatorial games. Finish with a tour of the Roman Forum in Ancient Rome and admire incredible ruins, like the Temple of Julius Caesar.
If you want to see the Colosseum Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier, then upgrade! – These areas that are either newly opened or normally off-limits.
See the Vatican as VIPs do – with this once-in-a-lifetime private Sistine Chapel viewing and tour of the Vatican Museum's secret rooms. This exclusive gives you unprecedented VIP access to the magnificent rooms that are usually off-limits to the public, allowing you to see a side of the Vatican that most never will. Be awed by secret rooms like the Niccoline Chapel and the Room of Gold, and see sights like Raphael’s Rooms.
Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines. End your tour with an after-hours private viewing of the Sistine Chapel, empty except for your group (average 15 people) and guide. Michelangelo's fresco in the Sistine Chapel – including The Creation of Adam – is considered the most influential fresco in the history of Western art. See it with no crowds, linger over every detail, and earn one-of-a-kind bragging rights for the rest of your life!
Hike up Mount Vesuvius and then explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii on a must-do day trip from Rome! Going at a steady pace, the hike includes a walk on the ridge of Italy’s famously feisty volcano, allowing incredible views down into the crater itself. After a pizza lunch in Naples, head to Pompeii to see the havoc that Mount Vesuvius reaped on it in AD 79. Tour the UNESCO-listed excavations, seeing fossils and well-preserved ruins while hearing the horrors that befell this intriguing ancient city.
Mount Vesuvius is inaccessible from November 1, till March 8. During these months, your volcano hike is replaced with a tour of the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii.
Visit the chic island of Capri on a day trip from Rome, led by an expert local guide! After traveling from Rome to Naples, cross over to the gorgeous island to see its highlights. Hop aboard a boat to the Blue Grotto if you wish, and enjoy a relaxing lunch in the hilltop village of Anacapri. Explore Capri’s main town at leisure, and then leave the island for your journey back to Rome.