In Rome there are a number of attractions which I consider to be must-see. So I’ve made this list of places you should visit. I hope that it helps you have the best possible experience when you’re in the Eternal city.
The Colosseum will top most people’s lists of places to visit. I arrived early in the morning having booked tickets online. This saved me from waiting in an enormous queue. I was very impressed and you can also access a few different levels for good views of the Colosseum and surrounding area.
After going through the main entrance, it’s only a short walk to the top of Palentine Hill. At the summit you will be met by the ruins of palaces and the stadium. There are some great views of the Roman Forum and the city. The botanical gardens are picturesque but we couldn’t appreciate them properly as it started raining during our visit.
The Roman Forum is the ruins of of a once impressive ancient city. The city included temples, basilicas, gates and public spaces. If you’re visiting in the summer bring sun cream and water as the area is quite exposed. If you buy a ticket for Palatine Hill the admission to the forum is included.
Capitoline Hill is home to Piazza del Campidoglio and the Capitoline Museums. The best way to reach the piazza is via the Cordonata, an impressive staircase. The bronze statue of Marcus Aurelius in the centre of the piazza is a copy. The original is housed in the adjoining museum.
Altare della Patria
A short walk from Capitoline Hill is the Altare della Patriaa, built in honour of Victor Emmanuel. It’s an imposing monument that towers over Piazza Venezia. You can get a lift to the top for great views of Rome.
Piazza del Popolo
Located in the northern part of the city is the vast Piazza del Popolo. It’s said that this space was the scene for public executions in times gone by. There are a number of churches located here as well as the impressive Porta del Popolo.
The Spanish Steps are a great spot to rest your weary legs and to people watch. Good weather really helps to add some beauty to the place. There is a lovely church for you to see at the top too.
Designed by Nicola Salvi, the Trevi fountain is so big that it makes the square it’s located in feel small. It’s best to visit this fountain at evening so you can appreciate it properly. Watch out for flying coins as it’s traditional to throw one over your shoulder and into the pool. I got hit by two!
One of Rome’s must see attractions is the Pantheon because of its stone columns and domed roof. The temple is free to enter so you can admire the roof from the inside too.
Piazza Navona, Rome
Right in what feels like the centre of Rome is Piazza Navona. Ancient Romans used to come here to watch the ‘games’. Nowadays the square is known for its beautiful baroque buildings as well as its fountains and nice cafes.
Ponte Sant’Angelo is an ancient bridge located opposite the castle of the same name. Not only are there nice views from the bridge, but you can also admire the figures of angels that line it.
Vatican City is the smallest country in the world. Unless you like queuing, do not turn up at the Vatican Museum without buying a ticket in advance. The museum was full to the rafters on our visit so was hard to take in. You follow a path through the museum to the Sistine Chapel. St. Peter’s Basilica is incredible inside and out. Go to the top of the Basilica for great views of St. Peter’s Square.