What to see in Rome – Top 10 places must be seen!

It’s so difficult to create a list of what to see in Rome, it is immense. Rome is packed with tourist attractions and world famous sites. From world renowned and bustling tourist hubs like the Colosseum, to the suggestive Monument for Vittorio Emmanuel II and far more beyond, Rome simply has so much to see!

So if you’re going to visit the Eternal City and want to make the most of your trip, we have made for you a selection of Rome’s top tourist attractions.

The Colosseum

It can be considered one of the main symbol of the Eternal City. Once the largest amphitheatre of the Empire, where gladiators, criminals and lions alike fought for their lives, the Colosseum is an absolute must for any tour of Rome, despite crowds and cheap costumes…

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, nothing represents the sheer power and magnificence of the Roman Empire like this stunning piece of ancient architecture. The Colosseum, or ‘Colosseo’ in Italian, was built in the first century A.D. by the Emperor Vespasian as a place for the people of Rome to enjoy and , for instance, was originally named the Flavian Amphitheatre.

A visit to the Colosseum offers a great insight into ancient roman history. In particular, it is now possible to tour the underground hallways and corridors where the gladiators of ancient Rome would prepare to fight and ponder their mortality.
There is a museum within the Colosseum with a wealth of interesting artifacts and information and audio guides are available in a number of languages

St Peter’s Basilica & Vatican Museums

Even though it’s located in Rome, Vatican City has been an independent state since 1929 with its own flag, coins and stamps. The first impressive site is St. Peter’s Square itself designed by Bernini in the late 17th century. The church itself is magnificent and inside you can view a wealth of historical art as well as the tombs of many Popes. Inside St Peter’s Basilica, visitors can view a wealth of historical art, mostly Renaissance, and the tombs of popes such as Pope John Paul II (died in 2005). Many of their tombs are located in the basilica’s Grottoes. Also contained in the Vatican’s walls, the Vatican Museums hold Italian masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s painted ceiling at the Sistine Chapel.


The Pantheon is one of the best-preserved ancient buildings in the world. Rome’s temple to the gods is remarkably intact, a great feat considering that it was originally constructed in 27 B.C. and was later rebuilt in the early 2nd century A.D. after fire damage. An altar was later added for Christian worship after the country abandoned its pagan gods. After the Renaissance, the Pantheon took on yet another role as a designated tomb for some of the city’s artists and elite including the painter Raphael and former kings of Italy.

                The Trevi’s Fountain

It is one of the largest and most iconic fountain in the city. A stunning depiction of several ancient deities and resplendent with frescos of legends and myths, the Trevi Fountain attracts floods of tourists, keen to throw their coins into its waters to assure their return to Rome – or so goes the myth. And you can feel good about your charitable donation as the money (nearly $3,500 each day) collected from the fountain is used to support food programs for the city’s poor.

                The Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps are a set of steps climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinita dei Monti at the top dominated by Trinita dei Monti Church. The steps are at the eastern end of the old city centre. They were called the Spanish Steps after the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See, then located nearby. A popular spot since the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, today this beautiful staircase is always buzzing with tourists and leads to Rome’s most upmarket shopping area.

   Monument to Victor Emmanuel II (“Milite Ignoto” as is named in Italian)

Walking from Roman Forum and Colosseum, arriving to “Piazza Venezia”, you’ll can not be impressed by this big and suggestive monument. This huge sites in fact celebrates the first king to rule a unified Italy and is pretty darn impressive. The Monument to Victor Emmanuel II is an ostentatious white marble structure inaugurated in 1911. A statue of the king himself sits in front of a stairway leading up to a large, ornate white marble building with Corinthian columns.

                Castel Sant’Angelo

This fortress on the Tiber River was originally designed by the Emperor Hadrian to be used as a mausoleum for his own family. Castel Sant Angelo looms large over the Tiber making it one of the most striking sites to see in Rome. Today, it is home to a museum as well as the remains of the Emperor’s Mausoleum, medieval prison cells and the papal apartments.

                      Roman forum

One of the most famous places to visit in Rome, the Forum was the centre of Roman life. Today it lacks its former grandeur and needs a bit of imagination to really get the idea – until the oft-touted Roman theme park is built of course – but it does have loads to see. There are free tours you can join and these are worthwhile.

                        Palatine Hill

One of the most famous places to visit in Rome, the Forum was the centre of Roman life. Today it lacks its former grandeur and needs a bit of imagination to really get the idea – until the oft-touted Roman theme park is built of course – but it does have loads to see. There are free tours you can join and these are worthwhile.

                       Piazza Navona

One of Rome’s most characteristic Baroque squares, Piazza Navona still has the outline of the Roman stadium built here by Emperor Domitian. It was still used for festivals and horse races during the Middle Ages, and was rebuilt in the Baroque style by Borromini, who also designed the magnificent series of palaces and the church of Sant’Agnese, on its west side. Although Borromini designed the square and its surrounding facades, it was his archrival, Bernini, who created its centerpiece, the beautiful Baroque fountain, “Fontana dei Fiumi”. The spirited fountain represents the four rivers then thought to be the largest on each of the known continents, with figures personifying the Nile, Ganges, Danube, and Rio de la Plata around the large basin, each accompanied by plants and animals of their respective regions. The two other fountains in the square are the 16th-century “Fontana del Moro” in front of the Palazzo Pamphili, erected by Giacomo della Porta, and the 19th-century “Fontana del Nettuno” with its figure of Neptune.

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