Top attractions in Rome
So, the Eternal City is on your bucket list? Prepare to mix and match 2500+ years of history and discover your own version of Rome. You could fall in love with this city without ever seeing a museum -- but here are some of the more noteable sights.
Vatican City is the world's smallest independent international state, a walled-off enclave within Rome. It's home to 842 people, the Sistine Chapel, and St Peter's Basilica.
Some of the world's most important relics -- the Sistine Chapel, for example -- are located inside the Vatican Museum. A guided tour here is worth every penny.
Located inside the Apostolic Chapel, within the residence of the Pope, Michelangelo's ceiling fresco in the Sistine Chapel is a sight to see. Also, spend time studying The Last Judgement on the altar wall.
This is where to go when you want to see Roman ruins. The Roman forum itself was once a marketplace or plaza, and is surrounded by the remnants of ancient government buildings.
Tour this famous ampitheatre and reflect on the incredible architecture from 72 AD. The Colosseum is more impressive than any football stadium you've ever seen, AND it's 2000 years old.
It's thought that Palatine Hill is where Rome began. Excavations show that people have lived there since 1000 BC, and the ruins are steeped in mythology.
This tourist attraction is also the center of the Catholic world. The stunning St Peter's Basilica was built on the site where Peter, the apostle and first pope, was buried.
Raphael's 16th century frescoes line the walls of the Palace of the Vatican's four public reception rooms, also called Raphael Rooms.
Known to be one of the best museums in Rome, the Galleria Borghese is a 17th century villa is located in the sprawling Borghese park. You'll see antiquities, Rennaissance art, and early Baroque pieces.
Rome's world-famous Trevi Fountain depicts the mythological Neptune, backed by two Tritons. A fun place to grab a gelato, throw a coin in the fountain, and people-watch.
We can promise you won't get bored! You could manage to hit a lot of attractions in 4-5 days, or you could stay for months. Rome is incredibly walkable -- meaning it's easy to get a sense of the city just by exploring the neighborhood where you decide to stay. You'll quite quickly discover hidden-gem Italian restaurants or accidentally stumble upon Roman ruins.
The big attractions charge you an entrance fee. Colosseum tickets start at 10€ to tour the inside. You can plan on seeing a lot of the ruins and churches from the outside for free, and you will find delicious Italian food for reasonable prices. One very cool free activity: the Casa del Cinema at Villa Borghese. The city of Rome subsidizes the outdoor film screenings here. Buy some wine and pizza, sit on the grass, and take in a free movie.
This completely depends on your budget and style. You'll probably walk down Via Connotti on your way to the Spanish Steps. That's where to go if you're looking for the great designer houses of Italy, like Prada and Gucci. Alternatively, check out the Mercato Monti in the neighborhood near the Colosseum. It's open daily for your fashion and trinket flea market fix.
Roman tradition suggests the city was founded in 753 BC, and archaeologists suggest that inhabitants were settled there even earlier!
- CurrencyEuro (€)
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- Country Code+39
- Best time to visitRome is in southern Italy, so winter weather is mild. One tip: keep major Catholic holidays in mind. It may mean things are closed; more likely, it will mean huge crowds. Whether or not you want to see Easter at the Vatican, it will help your hotel (or flight) plans if you know in advance.
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What people are saying about Rome
Our guide was exceptionally knowledgeable. She gave us ample time to see all of the fabulous sights. Very knowledgeable about the Popes over the decades. Very articulate. She really enjoyed her job
Touring the Vatican is barely controlled chaos, I couldn’t imagine doing this without a skip-the-line tour and guide, and Julia was great. She not only clearly loved sharing her enthusiasm for the treasures within, but she also knew just where to stop (or not to!) for breaks and how to make everyone comfortable along the way. Well, as comfortable as you can be packed like sardines, but that’s how it goes. You just have to roll with it!
Aperitiv is a glass of prosecco or softdrink and a snack (chips or popcorn) at the guide's office. Tour started outside with a one hour introduction and historical background via á vis the colosseum. Then we were taken to the colosseum entry and a new guide (from the colloseum) took over. We went through the colooseum from the top (second "floor") to the cellar and saw some small multi-media shows and a large one inside the arena. Tour was about 2.45 hours (starting at 7 pm, ending at 9.45 pm).
this was one of the highlights of our month in Italy , the guides were knowledgable and engaging , the walk to the colosseum was brilliant and the guide that showed us through the amazing feat of engineering has been involved iOS some recent excavations . When we walked past during the day it was a swarm of people , everywhere as far as you could see line ups for miles , we casually walked in a special entrance and saw no other people during our tour although there was two other small groups somewhere . I can only suggest dont even bother with any other tour just book this tour !!
Really enjoyed this facility in learning about Rome, which has so much to offer. Also used to book visits to specific sites we wanted to spend more time at. Loved that we could get on and off to experience certain places more indepth. Would definitely use again in other cities.