Rome is the city that has it all: it’s steeped in history, full to the brim with culture, and perfect for anyone who loves good food. Known as the Eternal City, there are so many amazing attractions in Rome; from the iconic Colosseum to the beautiful Trevi Fountain.
Whether you’re visiting with family, friends, or on your own, the attractions below are a must-see in the city of Rome.
1. The Colosseum
The Colosseum is the most visited attraction in Rome and it’s not hard to understand why. An impressive amphitheater that housed 65,000 spectators at a time during the time of the Romans, this iconic landmark is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world. Choose to sit in the stands, stand in the arena, or explore the underground tunnels where the gladiators and beasts were kept.
2. The Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain is a stunning sight to behold and is often described as one of the best things to see in Rome. Located on the Piazza di Trevi, this baroque fountain was built in the 18th century and displays Neptune, the god of the sea, and his chariot.
Throw a coin into the fountain and guarantee yourself a return visit to this amazing city. The easiest way to get to this amazing attraction is by booking a hop on hop off bus tour Rome, which allows you to explore the entire city at your own pace.
Another building from Roman times, the Pantheon is a former temple and, since AD 609, has been a Catholic church that was commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus.
Boasting one of the largest unsupported concrete domes in the world, it has been over 2,000 years since the Patheon was completed. To get to this landmark, you can take either a bus or the Metro and get off at the Barberini stop.
4. St Peter’s Basilica
St Peter’s Basilica is the spiritual center of the Catholic Church and the residence of the pope. Situated in the Vatican City, this is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the city of Rome, even if just for a few days. It’s home to several masterpieces such as Bernini’s Baldachin and La Pietà by Michaelangelo, and you can also explore the crypts which feature 148 papal tombs.
5. The Sistine Chapel
Every year, millions of people from all over the world visit the Sistine Chapel to marvel at the works of the famous artist, Michaelangelo. Set in the confines of the Vatican City, during the rebuild of the chapel, Pope Sixtus IV commissioned the likes of Botticelli and Rosselli to help to decorate the walls and ceilings. Today, some of its most popular depictions include The Creation of Adam, The Fall of Man, and The Fall and Expulsion from Garden of Eden.
To make the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime sighting, book a guided tour which will allow you to skip the lines, provide some great historical context, and bring the artwork to life.