With the abundance of historical and cultural sites to visit in Rome, it is hard to pinpoint just a few! The ancient city is packed with exciting sights and activities beyond the ruins and beautiful holy buildings in the capital of the roman empire
We have researched and reviewed the best places to visit and the top things to do in Rome. Whether you are a fan of the cobbled streets and city life or prefer to head toward the surrounding nature, we have you covered. Read on for a guide of excellent things to do in Rome.
It’s probably not enough a question if you are visiting The Colosseum, but rather when. The site of Rome’s bloodthirsty entertainment and one of the seven wonders of the world, it really is a must see. In the summer months the attraction is saturated with tourists. Make sure to plan accordingly and be cautious of peddlers outside the arena looking to offer non-authentic tours.
In ancient Rome, the Forum was the center of city life, playing host to festivals, celebrations, funerals and rituals. From the early 19th century to current, it stands as a space to marvel at the structures and arches or join a tour group for a more detailed history of the area. End the visit by climbing to the top of Palatine Hill for sweeping views of the city.
The Pantheon’s architecture has inspired architects around the globe with its tall columns, expansive interior and impressive dome. The Pantheon, whose name comes from the Greek for ‘temple of every God’ has also been designated to hold the tombs for some of the city’s artists and elite including the former kings of Italy.
Rome is known for it’s beautiful squares and Novana is the loveliest of them all. This piazza was once the site of sporting events, but now contains 3 fountains including the Fountain of the Four Rivers with each statues representing a river from different continents.
At this world famous fountain you can master the art of coin-throwing and wish for your most prized outcome. Take some time to explore this Baroque masterpiece showing the god Neptune riding in a shell-shaped chariot led by seahorses. You can leave feeling good about where you coins went, as all daily collections are donated to charity.
Today it is a national museum, but from 123 AD until 139 AD it served as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian. There is a statue at the top of the castle which according to legend appeared on the top of the fortress and ended the plague in Rome.
Visited by 5 million people every year, it would be a crime not to carve out some time to visit this mastepiece. Located in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City, this precious work of art had so many famous Italian artists had work on it and is famous for its frescos or interiors that adorn the inside, most notably Michelangelo’s ceiling.
Located within Rome, The Vatican is an independent state city with the pope as it’s monarch – the smallest in the world with around 1000 residents. Visit here to simply enjoy the beauty of your surroundings – St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square and the obelisk in the middle, that was constructed more than 3000 years ago.
The Ruins of Villa Aldobrandini
Located on a hill overlooking the forum and column of Trajan, the ruins of a once-grand renaissance villa are now a park. Take a nice stroll, or bring your pup for some company and relax.
Parco Regionale dell’Appia Antica
Gorgeous place with gorgeous views along the way. Some of the sites and attractions are quite tricky to find but the catacombs are a must at €8 each. Rent a bike and enjoy the line of fountains along the route.
At the north of Rome lies a beautiful park with great views across the city. Within the park is the bioparco, a small zoo with a variety of animals.
Today what’s left of the ancient chariot racing stadium is a green open field where the City of Rome puts on free concerts, art exhibitions and other cultural events.
Villa Borghese Park
Labeled the central park of Rome, Villa Borghese is a favorite for tourists and the locals alike due to its central location and beautiful scenery. Villa Borghese is also famous for its historical buildings and world-class museums such as the Galleria Borghese, a children’s cinema, and a place where you can rent bikes. Enjoy any of the attractions, or just chill out and have a picnic.
Campo De’ Fiori Market
Take a stroll through this open air market to get a glimpse of real Italian culture. With vendors a plenty, the Campo de’ Fiori market sells all types of fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, meats and even fish.