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,...
  • "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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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 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...
  • Moses is a white marble sculpture created in 1509 by Michelangelo (1475-1564) and depicts the biblical character Moses. It was originally designed for the tomb of Pope Julius II in St. Peter's Basilica, but was finally set in the mi...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • The Piazza del Campidoglio is located on Capitoline Hill in downtown Rome just behind the monument to Vittorio Emmanuele. Michelangelo was originally commissioned with the design of the entire square, including the pavement, but the...
  • 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...
  • After testing the Bocca della Verita, we took the opportunity to continue our walk through Rome. We took the Via Luigi Petroselli and arrived directly at the Theatre of Marcellus. Unlike the mighty Colosseum, the Theatre of Marcell...
  • Long walks in November along the city's most charming streets, full of history. The Circus Maximus, Piazza Navona, the Vatican ... Rome is a city to visit and revisit a thousand times. Walking the streets is sometimes a dream come t...
  • 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...
  • The Trinità dei Monti is located at the top of the Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna. One of the classic tours through the center of Rome starts here as the metro stop is very close to the square. It’s open from 10.00 to 12.00 and f...
  • The Arch of Septimius Severus is at the Roman Forum at the foot of Capitoline Hill. It was built in the year 203 to commemorate the victories of Emperor Septimius Severus and his sons Caracalla and Geta over the Parthians. The arch ...
  • The Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi is a baroque masterpiece located just in front of the Sant'Agnese in Agone in Piazza Navona in central Rome. The fountain represents the four major rivers of the world at the time: the Danube in Europe,...
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