Things to see in Rome
Tips from real travelers about attractions and what to see in Rome.
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The Colosseum is definitely one of Rome's main tourist attractions and is considered one of the 7 wonders of the world. It could hold 40,000 seated spectators (and another 10,000 standing), making it the largest theater in the entir...
The Trevi Fountain has its origins in the year 19BC when a freshwater spring was discovered, supposedly with the help of a Virgin. The discovery of this spring led Romans to build an aqueduct which, as was the tradition of the time,...
For centuries, the Roman Forum was a marshy and unpleasant gully that the Romans used as a cemetery. The Etruscan kings finally drained it and the resulting space became used for public events. Walking through the forum is like bein...
The essence of Rome's charm lies in its historic ruins and architecture, two facets of the Eternal City which continue to seduce and enchant thousands of visitors. Aside from the city's imperial highlights, a certain Etruscan fla...
The Piazza del Popolo is one of the most famous squares in Rome and its name means "the People's Square." It’s located at the north gate of the Aurelian walls where the Porta Flaminia once marked the beginning of the Via Flaminia, t...
"Angelic and non-human design," was how Michelangelo described the Pantheon 14 centuries after its construction. The highlights are the gigantic dome, the upper eye, the sheer size of the place, and the harmony of the whole building...
Once in Rome you will pass by the Piazza Venezia a thousand times, situated in the Neuralgia center of the Eternal City. Many main roads start here, such as Via del Corso, Via dei Fori Imperiali, Via del Plebiscito, etc. Piazza Vene...
I don't know if it's a blemish on a city with so much beautiful art or if I should take it as another piece of history that's worth investigating. The emperor Hadrian decided that he wanted his remains buried in a garden that had lo...
The Piazza Navona is one of the most famous squares in Rome. It's located east of the river not far from the Vatican. This is where the Stadium of Domitian was located in ancient times and if you view the area from above, you can st...
Built of white marble between 1895 and 1911, this is a grand memorial to Vittorio Emmanuel II (1830-1878), the first king of unified Italy. It's located on the Piazza Venezia at the end of the Via del Corse and close to the Roman F...
The Tiber is the third longest river in Italy and has a length of 405 kilometers. It begins in the Apennines and winds its way through other cities, and then crosses Rome from north to south. In Roman times it was an important means...
Piazza di Spagna is one of the most famous squares in Rome. You can reach it by following the Via Due Maccelli. If you’re coming from the Trevi Fountain, go past the Column of the Immaculate Conception and you’ll find Bernini’s famo...
This church was founded in the 6th century on the remains of a 1st-century Roman building, probably a chapel dedicated to Hercules. In the 8th century, it was donated to the Greek community inhabiting the area at the time. Thereafte...
First off, if you can, try to be at the tabularium for sunset...the view is magical, especially during the low season when there aren't many visitors. This is the main museum of the city of Rome. Paintings, bronzes, busts, coins, a...
No one really knows for sure why Trajan's Column was built. The reason, though, might be a figurative representation of the "comments” of the Emperor. His comments were prose narratives describing the wars against the Dacians in the...
For me, this is the most impressive arch in Rome. It's located on a road between Caelian Hill and Palatine Hill where they once celebrated victory marches. It's 21 meters high, 26 meters wide, and more than 7 meters thick. It was bu...
This is surely the most famous hill in Rome and where the city's first inhabitants settled more than a thousand years before Christ. In fact, it's known as the birthplace of Rome. According to legend, in 750 BC, Romulus and Remus fo...
My favorite church in Rome is in the heart of the bohemian neighborhood of Trastevere. It's not the most impressive nor the most fraught with artistic treasures, but for me it's simple elegance makes it the most beautiful. This is t...
The Villa Borghese is located in northern Rome and is one of the most famous parks the city. To get there, take the metro to the Flaminio stop at Piazza del Popolo and then you can walk from there. Alternately, there’s a bus that go...
The external statues at St. John Lateran are of indescribable beauty. It's the official cathedral of the Roman diocese and where the Episcopal see of the Pope is located. It's one of the oldest churches in Rome though little remains...
None of the great Roman basilicas represent a mixture of different styles so skillfully as Santa Maria Maggiore. Her triple-hall format is lined with columns from the original 5th-century building. The floor is made of cosmatesqu...
In 1456, Pope Callixtus III paved this area as part of a major project preparing for the construction of several important buildings nearby, including the Orsini Palace. After the project, the area attracted a bustling horse market ...
The Bocca della Verita is the most famous lie detector in Rome. What it is is a marble mask with a hole in the mouth, which is supposed to bite the hand of liars. Those who pass the test are allowed to enter the 8th-century Chiesa d...
The Catacomb of Callixtus was discovered in 1819 and is considered the most extensive known Christian burial complex. It bears the name of the 3rd-century pope Callixtus and was a customary burial place for Christians during Roman t...
The Fountain of Neptune is one of the works of art that decorate the Piazza Navona in Rome. There are 3 fountains in total in the square, the main, in the center, is the fountain of 4 rivers, one of the best works by Bernini. The Fo...
One thing you cannot miss in Rome is an afternoon walking along the Via Appia Antica. Built in the 3rd century BC, it was called the "Queen of Roads", for its length, age and almost perfectly straight path. It was created to unite R...
This has been preserved thanks to it's being part of the medieval fortifications of the Frangipani Family. You can find it in the Roman Forum. It was restored in the 19th century and the top bears a Latin inscription reading "The Ro...
As soon as you exit Roma Termini Station, walk about four blocks or so and you will reach a very pretty square, the Piazza della Repubblica. You can see the Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri as well as the Museum and the Roman ...
This church is hidden...it's close to the hustle and bustle of downtown Rome but it seems miles away from the hectic sea of tourists and its architectural treasures go somewhat ignored. That's fine with me! It does occasionally attr...
These are some of the ancient largest and best-preserved ancient baths still standing today. While at first glance, you might only see bare brick walls, collapsed porticoes, and beautiful floor mosaics, the entire base structure of ...
The church of San Pietro in Vincoli is located close to the Colosseum and is a fascinating visit for loversof art, painting, and sculpture. Michelangelo's sculpture of Moses is a work so impressive and majestic that it can hardly be...
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