A city renowned for its art, culture and history, Rome has no shortage of things to do and see. We have narrowed down the extensive list to just the unmissable attractions! Read on to find out about the top 5 things to do in Rome, you’ll regret not visiting them on your trip to the Eternal City!
Everyone’s heard of this Roman masterpiece! Step back in time as you venture through the ancient arches. There’s much more to this attraction than what meets the eye, such as one of the outer walls being taller (as you can see in the photo) is not part of its structure on purpose… it is actually because the local white marble that it was made of was highly sought after by architects and developers at the time, so it was stolen! There’s many more interesting pieces of information hidden inside the Colosseum, so it can be beneficial to visit with a tour guide in order to not miss anything! This also means less queuing, as does buying your tickets online in advance.
2. roman forum
Situated just next to the Colosseum, this historical site was initially a burial ground but became the marketplace of Rome and also the business district and civic centre. There are many interesting individual pieces among these ruins, even though you may feel a bit lost at first! It is worth doing some research on what each individual piece is before you arrive so you know what you are looking at, as it can be a little overwhelming! The site serves as a timeline of many famous historical events, with the most ancient monuments here being from the first kings of Rome, even the funeral of Julius Caesar took place here!
3. Vatican City
No trip to Rome would be complete without a visit to the Vatican city, the smallest country in the world! The Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museums’ star attraction, is home to two of the world’s greatest masterpieces: Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes and his Giudizio Universale. Head to the chapel’s main entrance, opposite the visitor entrance for the best views of the ornate ceiling. St Peter’s square is another must see whilst in the Vatican, if you’re visiting on a Sunday or a Wednesday, you can join the crowds waiting for the pope’s midday Angelus. The famous St. Peter’s Basilica is a must-see, being one of the holiest sites in Christendom, but be warned – the dress code for entering the Basilica is strictly enforced so be sure to cover up!
4. trevi fountain
This famous fountain is one of the most famous fountains in the world and stands at 86 feet high! Around 3000 euros are thrown in to the fountain every day as it is supposed to bring luck to the thrower and ensure that you’ll return to Rome. Every day these coins get taken out at dawn and are given to charity so be sure to toss a coin in when you visit. The beautiful façade is made up of mythological figures and horses and must be seen to be believed! There are always people admiring this fantastic piece of architecture but visits later into the evening are recommended to catch the fountain at its least busy time.
5. The Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps are another must-see attraction for your visit to Rome! Their area is also well known for being the shopping centre of Rome and a great spot for people watching. The magnificent church which sits at the top of the 135 steps was commissioned by King Louis XII of France, which gives reason to its french name, La Trinité-des-Monts. They get their name from being close to the location of the original Spanish embassy in Rome. The fountain at the bottom of the steps has a more unusual name however, translating to “Fountain of the Ugly Boat”.
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