Rome Il Vittoriano area

Planning to explore the city of Rome during your next vacation? Located in between Piazza Venezia and Capitoline Hill is the famous and controversial Il Vittoriano; also known as the Altar of the Fatherland. Completed in 1925, this huge white marble building was built in honour of the first king of a unified Italy – Victor Emmanuel II.

The building has a huge flight of stairs which lead to a big colonnade. To the right and left of the main entrance are two fountains that represent the two seas that border Italy. By climbing to the top, you will have a 360 degrees view of Rome that will be imprinted in your memory for life.

Il Vittoriano has been said to resemble a typewriter or wedding cake because of its white colour and its crowded nature. The Romans themselves are not particularly fond of this large monument.

Explore Il Vittoriano area in Rome

Looking for interesting things to do and see in Il Vittoriano area? In short walking distance, north east from the “wedding cake”, is the Trajan Forum. This Forum, built in 106 AD, was one of the grandest architectural wonders of the world. Here you will see a lot of history including the Trajan Column and remainder of the Trajan markets. By having a vivid imagination, you may be able to picture the life of the Roman Empire.

Another Forum that is particularly close to the Vittoriano is the Roman Forum– only 300m away south east. Although this popular tourist attraction may look disorderly, it is in fact a place of great historic importance. It is the ideal place to admire the many basilicas, temples and triumphal arches.

Next place we suggest you visit is an iconic symbol of Rome – the Pantheon. This age-old Roman temple is to the north east of the Vittoriano about 600 meters away. Known as the temple of Gods, there is a lot to appreciate here including the oculus, the impressive dome and its interior marble floor. Entry is free and the Pantheon is open daily from 8:30 am till 7:30 pm. Watch our special video guide to learn more about the Pantheon.

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

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.

USD 70.65$

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

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.

USD 60.22$

Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

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!

USD 382.19$

Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

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.

USD 155.19$

Capri Day Trip from Rome

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.

USD 149.63$