Places to Visit in Rome
You’ve booked your flight, packed your bags and are ready to start your adventure to the Eternal City. However, you’re still unsure about what places to visit in Rome. So much to see, so little time…right? Luckily, we made a list for you that includes the top ten of places and areas you just can’t miss while visiting the city! Read on and let us know which one is your favorite!
We know, we know. The Colosseum…obvious and predictable choice, you might have a point there. But truth is, it’s really as magnificent as people describe it. Due to its impressive nature, it’s hard to imagine that it was built in only eight years. While it was still in use, it hosted different kinds of events, including sea battles, tournaments, hunts, and public events designed to entertain. As the first one among the places to visit in Rome, it’s very easy to get to, through the B line metro stop “Colosseo”. If you want to visit it and go inside, we have the tour just for you!
#2: Spanish Steps
Just a couple minutes away from the A line metro stop “Spagna”, the Spanish Steps is the stop you simply can’t skip. This set of stairs connects two popular locations: Piazza Trinità dei Monti and Piazza di Spagna. Apart from the famous historical areas, all around the Spanish Steps you’ll be able to find many places to shop. Along Via Condotti and Via del Babuino, for instance, you can buy a bunch of trendy clothes and accessories from some of the best Italian (and international) brands.
#3: Trevi Fountain
This might also come off as a bit cliché. However, bear with us, you won’t regret it. The Trevi fountain attracts so many tourists from all over the world. One of the reasons why, is that the fountain is one of the biggest ones of its Baroque genre in the city. An additional reason might be also because of how spectacular the statues that surround the fountain are. Then, of course, legend says that if you throw a coin in the fountain, fate will bring you back to Rome, eventually.
#4: Piazza Venezia
Piazza Venezia is one of the places to visit in Rome, especially if you’re into history. Once you get to Piazza Venezia, you’ll be able to see a balcony from which Mussolini delivered some of his speeches. Furthermore, if you look up, you’ll see the “Altare della Patria”, a type-writer shaped building (now a museum, for the most part), which dominates the scene around you (although the Colosseum is pretty close to the location of Piazza Venezia). Altare della Patria or Vottoriano monument has many nicknames like typewriter, wedding cake and Mussolini’s dentures. 🙂
Even though there’s a hole in the middle of its roof, water does not wet the floor of the Pantheon when it rains. To be more precise, the pavement just doesn’t get as wet as one would think, thanks to a very efficient drainage system. If you put this Ancient Roman building on your list of best places to visit in Rome, you won’t be disappointed. Converted into a Christian church, the Pantheon is where the kings and queens of Italy were buried, including Regina Margherita, the one who discovered the pizza 🙂 . Another famous person who was buried in the Pantheon is Raphael, one of the greatest artists who ever lived.
Its central location makes it easy to reach from anywhere in Rome.
#6: St. Peter’s Basilica
Another place to visit in Rome that you shouldn’t skip is St. Peter’s Basilica. Designed during the Renaissance, artists such as Bramante, Michelangelo, Bernini gave their personal touch to this gorgeous church. The inside of the basilica is naturally filled with art so beautiful, it’s breathtaking. If you want to reach it to pass by and say hi to Pope Francis :), then take the Subway and get off at “Ottaviano” station. Or take a tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel!
#7: Sistine Chapel
You’ll be able to visit the Sistine Chapel if you enter the Vatican Museums. Before you go admire the scenery, make sure that your neck can stretch well, or you’ll potentially miss part of the “magic”. In fact, the ceiling inside the Sistine Chapel is completely decorated with paintings made by the great Michelangelo. Once you get there, you are not allowed to take photos nor videos; You’ll also be asked to keep quiet while admiring the stunning art in front of you. The museums can be easily reached though the A line metro station “Ottaviano”, and take a few minute walk.
#8: Roman Catacombs
If you want to experience something extraordinary and a bit creepy, then the Roman catacombs are for you! Built in the first century AD, the catacombs are simply underground cemeteries. Millions of bodies were once buried there including Christian martyrs and early Popes. The Roman catacombs are located outside the city walls, and are hard to reach by public transport. On our tour of the catacombs we throw in two more venues: Saint Clement’s Basilica and The Capuchin Crypts.
#9: Trastevere Neighborhood
Trastevere definitely needs no introduction among the locals. For those who instead live outside of this Roman gem, let us explain why this neighborhood is one of the best places to walk around while you visit the city. The nightlife and the Tiber river should already be a good enough reason to go. However, if you’re not convinced yet, we should probably mention that Trastevere offers the best typical Roman cuisine there is. Should you be in need of more encouragement, here you can find an article about the neighborhood you might find interesting.
#10: Jewish Ghetto
Last, but definitely not least: the Jewish Ghetto. Located near Trastevere right in the heart of the Eternal City this is, without any shadow of a doubt, one of the places to visit in Rome. The amount of history and traditions it holds as a neighborhood should be enough to make you plan a visit there. You will drool over a plate of “Carciofi alla Giudea” (artichokes), but also stop for a moment in front of the plaques that indicate Jewish victims of the Holocaust. If you want to know more about the Ghetto, here’s another article we wrote a while ago about it.
We hope you enjoyed reading about the best places to visit in Rome. Surely, there are many more. However, we believe these are the ones you must see at least once to make your stay in the Eternal City memorable. Remember to check out our tours in Rome to see if there are any you might enjoy. Let us know with a comment below if there are any other places you think should be on this list!
Bye for now,