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!
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- Rome 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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This was a wonderful option with kids. This allows you to just skip the line, go right in and and see what you want-no tour guide. This was so important in the summer heat. With young kids, we opted to bypass a lot of the museum (the first half) and go into the Sistine Chapel... in order to get into the Sistine Chapel during the busy summer months, you still have to see a good portion of the museum anyway as you work your way on the path to the Sistine chapel. With this ticket, you aren’t with a tour so you don’t have to wait in a group... you can go at your pace. After the Sistine Chapel you can also go into St Peters Basilica-Free and open to just walk in before leaving Vatican City. Enjoy!
Silvia was a very good, cheerful and personable guide who coped well in hot weather despite some of the group not being physically capable of completing the tour in full. There are too many ruins in the Forum to really understand the layout in the time available but it was a good introduction for further reading. The Colosseum was the centrepiece and did not disappoint. Again, there was too much information to digest at the time but Silvia's explanations whetted my appetite for more. So, definitely worth it and I would recommend this tour to others as long as they're fit enough to handle all the walking.
The tour, of this amazing architecture was amazing with good organisation on the ground of the separate parts , first with an archaeologist giving very interesting and detailed information about the Colosseum and then another , very friendly and engaging guide giving information about the Roman forum. The Roman forum guide also gave useful info about other aspects of how to enjoy our visit to Rome. Highly recommended!
Matteo was our guide. He was the most friendly, knowledgeable and great person you could wish for. On top, during the 3 hour bus rides to and from Pompeii he was acting almost as a stand up comedian, so funny, we were very entertained and enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you Matteo !
Supposed to have 25 people max on the tour and we were 29 .. not acceptable.. already 25 is a large group but here, it was not manageable...wrong advertising. Already we faced alors of tourists ....and I lost the guide couple of time... The guide was good and dynamic...fortunately !