Planning to visit Rome? The Eternal City is packed with beautiful monuments, grand building and magnificent attractions – so many, that you could easily get overwhelmed! So watch our videos to get a better idea of all top attractions in Rome and to plan your vacation in the best possible way. But first, let’s start with our top 10 things to do in Rome:
Number one is the Vatican. The smallest country in the world, with population of around 800 people, is also one of the busiest tourist destinations worldwide! It could very well take a full day to explore all the treasures this complex holds, so avoid the long lines by pre-booking your tickets. You should also obey the dress code and cover your shoulders and knees, or else you will not be allowed to enter the place.
Next, head to Trevi Fountain. This is the biggest Baroque fountain in the city, raising 26 meters high and 49 meters wide. Throw a coin into the fountain to ensure you’ll return to Rome at least one more time, as the legend says. Just make sure to use your right hand… Don’t miss the Trevi fountain illuminated at night, as this out-of-scale fountain is even more impressive after dark! Learn more about Rome’s nightlife in our special nightlife video guide.
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Number 3 is the Pantheon, one of Rome’s oldest buildings still standing. Originally it was built at 118 AD, and according to the legend, was built at the exact burial place of Rome’s founder – “Romulus”. Originally used as a worship place for Roman pagan gods, but no one knows how they actually performed their ceremonies, as this temple doesn’t look like any other Roman temple. In fact, the famous Michelangelo felt it was built by angels rather than human-beings. No wonder then, that it became the most imitated building in the ancient world!
Another ancient landmark is the Roman Forum, located right at the heart of the ancient city who ruled the world for a 1000 years. Here you could find Rome’s most important public buildings, and the top sights include the Arch of Titus, the Temple of Saturn and Vesta, and the church of San Luca e Martina. Entrance includes a visit to the Colosseum.
Our next attraction is Piazza Navona, considered to be the most beautiful square in Rome, surrounded with many restaurants and ice cream shops. The piazza presents 3 different fountains, the most important one is the fountain of four rivers, designed by Bernini. The fountain shows 4 figures which represent The Nile, the Ganges, the Danube and Rio della Plata. Another worth-while attraction in the Piazza is St Agnese church, which is considered to be one of the most important Baroque masterpieces of the city.
For number 6 head to Trastevere. This area was the “international” district of the city since Roman days, and even today attracts most of the foreigners residing in Rome. What makes this area so special is not only its extraordinary monuments but also the unique atmosphere. Unlike other districts in the city, Trastevere is a safe and friendly neighborhood day and night. Looking for a place to eat or drink? Check out Piazza Santa Maria, which is a popular gathering area.
In number 7 is Testaccio, named after Rome’s eight hill, which is actually an artificial, man-made hill. Stretching along the Tiber river, this area is all about the authentic vibe of modern Rome. Testaccio is packed with great restaurants and bars, popular among locals, making a perfect area for a great night out. Watch our ‘Rome’s nightlife’ guide for more ideas about an evening out in Rome.
For attraction number 8 go for some quite time in Villa Borghese, the largest public park in the city. The park is located only minutes away from the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo. Villa Borghese is also called ‘the park of the museums”, as is home for several of them such as Galleria Borghese, which has a collection of sculptures and paintings from artists like Raphael and Bernini. Other museums in the park include Galleria Nazionale and National Etruscan Museum, which presents pre-roman objects.
Next to the park you can find our next landmark – the elegant Via Veneto which has been considered to be the most expensive shopping street in Rome for years. If shopping is not your thing, you might want to enjoy some coffee at one of the many cafes along the street or walk towards Piazza Barberini to view the Fountain of Triton, signed by Bernini, and to visit the fascinating Capuchin Church and its crypt, decorated with the bones of 4000 monks.
Finally, our last, must-visit attraction is one of the world’s most famous buildings – the Colosseum. The Colosseum is a very popular tourist destination, so expect long lines in peak season and weekends. Our tip is to plan your visit in the late afternoon hours, when it’s less busy. This amazing Amphitheatre used to successfully host 55000 Romans, who enjoyed competitions between slaves and prisoners. The shows went on until the ground became too soaked with blood!
These were just 10 top things to do in Rome. As you probably know, there is much more to say about Rome. So watch the rest of our free video guides about the Eternal City for tips and ideas that will help you make the most of your trip to Rome.