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1. The Colosseum

The Colosseum

1 km
from city center
1 out of 48
things to do in Rome

Colosseum or Coliseum is an oval amphitheatre located in the centre of the city of Rome. Often known as the Flavian Amphitheater, the Colosseum is strategically built near the Roman Forum, making it one of the most remarkably popular attractions in the country, with over 6 million people visiting it each year. Needless to say that if you’re in Rome, you’re definitely going to see the Colosseum.

2. Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums
3.8 /5

4 km
from city center
2 out of 48
things to do in Rome

The house of thousand arts, Vatican museums are one of the most popular art museums in Italy. With around 6 million annual visitors, this site is one of the oldest in Rome. Boasting one of the best art collections in the city, the Vatican museums include exhibits that run across around 7 kilometres of corridors and halls. This showcase of priceless art is definitely worth a visit for anyone interested in Roman art.

3. Roman Forum

Roman Forum

1 km
from city center
3 out of 48
things to do in Rome

The Roman Forum, or what they call it in Latin Forum Romanum, is an area of ruins that once used to be a shopping plaza with several important government buildings surrounding it. This was the place where all forms of public meetings, concerts, performances, law courts and public trials in the city of Rome were held.

4. Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain
3.6 /5

1 km
from city center
4 out of 48
things to do in Rome

Built in 1762 by artist Nicola Salvi, the Trevi Fountain or Fontana di Trevi, the Trevi Fountain is a must-visit for anyone who steps foot in Rome. People often talk about throwing a coin in the fountain. This tradition has been going on for decades, and the myth behind it is dependent on the number of coins tossed into the fountain.

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5. St. Peter's Square

St. Peter's Square

3 km
from city center
5 out of 48
things to do in Rome

St. Peter's Square is a sizable and beautiful piazza located at the base of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. It's an architectural wonder designed by Bernini. The square is comprised of an elliptical part and a trapezoidal part.

6. St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica

4 km
from city center
6 out of 48
things to do in Rome

The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, or just St. Peter’s Basilica located in the Vatican City in Rome is one of the world’s largest churches and definitely the holiest site for Christianity. It is also known as the “Greatest Church in Christendom”.

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7. Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona
4.5 /5

2 km
from city center
7 out of 48
things to do in Rome

Hailed as a masterpiece of Baroque architecture, the Piazza Navona is bristling with life in a hundred shops, restaurants and eateries that surround this historical place.

8. The Pantheon

The Pantheon
3.7 /5

2 km
from city center
8 out of 48
things to do in Rome

One of the most culturally significant and most well preserved buildings in Rome, the Pantheon houses the remains of several illustrious figures, including Raphael.

9. The Appian Way

The Appian Way
3.7 /5

32 km
from city center
9 out of 48
things to do in Rome

This is one of the most important roadways in Western history and also forms the basis for the proverb "All roads lead to Rome!" The historical road is lined with catacombs, tombs, mausoleums and villas that are all a part of the rich history that envelops the city.

10. Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps

1 km
from city center
10 out of 48
things to do in Rome

Spanish Steps is an area of steps between Piazza di Spagna at the lower part and Trinita dei Monti at the upper. They are a total of 135 steps designed in an authentic baroque style and serve as a perfect place to sit, relax and observe the daily hustle of the city.

11. Campo de'Fiori

Campo de'Fiori
3.6 /5

2 km
from city center
11 out of 48
things to do in Rome

The market of Campo de'Fiori is one of the biggest markets in the city, where you will find everything from ceramics and pasta cutters to fresh produce and porcini.Located in Piazza Navona in Rome, this rectangular square is one of the major hubs for the locals as well as the focus of Roman life.

12. Sistine Chapel

Sistine Chapel

3 km
from city center
12 out of 48
things to do in Rome

The Sistine Chapel is the official residence of the Pope, located in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City. Visitor’s primarily come here to see Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement, The Creation of Adam and his ceiling paintings. However, the side panels painted by other Renaissance artists also look incredible.

13. Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo

2 km
from city center
13 out of 48
things to do in Rome

Formerly known as Porta Flaminia, Piazza del Popolo is one of the most popular squares in the city of Rome. With three legendary churches bordering the square with an Egyptian massive obelisk in the middle, it is the centre of tourism in the city.

14. Arch of Constantine

Arch of Constantine

2 km
from city center
14 out of 48
things to do in Rome

Arch of Constantine is a massive arch located between the two most important attractions of Rome - the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. Considered to be the largest Roman arch ever built, it is dedicated to Constantine, a great Roman emperor.

15. Borghese Gallery

Borghese Gallery

1 km
from city center
15 out of 48
things to do in Rome

Located at Piazzale Scipione Borghese in Rome, Borghese Gallery, also referred to as the Galleria Borghese, is one of the most prestigious art galleries in the world. Situated in the Borghese Gardens on Pincian Hill, it houses the Borghese collection of antiquities, paintings and sculptures dedicated to Renaissance art and ancient and contemporary style. In addition, the museum can leave visitors in awe with its well-maintained frescoes and mosaics, which adorn the ceiling and the walls.

16. Castel Sant'Angelo

Castel Sant'Angelo

2 km
from city center
16 out of 48
things to do in Rome

Castel Sant'Angelo, also called The Mausoleum of Hadrian, has served as a fortress, a mausoleum, a hideaway and a museum in different periods of history. Located in Parco Adriano region of the capital city of Rome, this cylindrical monument is one of the most popular landmarks of the country. The building has been a part of Roman History for different purposes and has seen the transformation of this huge empire. A visit to Castel Sant'Angelo will prove to be a different experience altogether and will leave you in awe of its architecture, its history and the thousands of lives that were lost in battle on the same ground. The most famous feature of this monument is a terrace that offers a stunning view of the whole city with a cute little aesthetic cafe that remains crowded at all times.

17. Santa Maria Maggiore

Santa Maria Maggiore

1 km
from city center
17 out of 48
things to do in Rome

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is one of Rome's four major Catholic churches. Also known as the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, it is a 5th-century church that underwent substantial reparation and renovation until the mid-20th century. The church is known for its massive size, mosaics and masterpieces created by the best of that time.

18. Ostia Antica

Ostia Antica

26 km
from city center
18 out of 48
things to do in Rome

Ostia Antica is now an archaeological site which once served as the harbour city of Rome. The town which was once buried for ten centuries is now located 25 kilometres southwest of Rome. The word Ostia or ‘os’ is a latin word for mouth, hence the name of the town since it was at the mouth of the river Tiber. However, it is now situated 3 kilometres away from the sea as a result of siltification. It was one of the most important cities in ancient Rome since it acted as a harbour point for Rome as the city did not have any of its own. However after the fall of the empire, people eventually started leaving the city and it has remained abandoned for centuries.

19. Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill

2 km
from city center
19 out of 48
things to do in Rome

Palatine Hill is one of the Seven Hills of Rome and the oldest part of the city. It is in the central location and located 40 metres over the Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum. It is this place only from where Roman civilization started and dates back to 1000 BC. Most of the famous monuments of Rome are located very close to Palatine Hill. No place in Rome has witnessed as much history as this place, and a visit would take you through a beautiful journey of ancient Rome.

20. Centro Storico

Centro Storico

2 km
from city center
20 out of 48
things to do in Rome

Centro Storico is a historical centre located in the heart of the city of Rome. The whole region can be covered on foot and consists of the best historical monuments located in the city of Rome. Centro Storico is the place where every tourist should spend the maximum of their time in Rome. With the classic baroque architectural buildings, well laid pavements to walk on and the best shopping and dining places in the city, Centro Storico will give you every piece of satisfaction. A walk throughout the region will definitely prove to be the best walk of your life.

21. EUR

EUR
4.2 /5

9 km
from city center
21 out of 48
things to do in Rome

Esposizione Universale Roma was built by the Fascist dictator Mussolini to celebrate 20 years of Fascism.

22. San Giovanni in Laterano

San Giovanni in Laterano

2 km
from city center
22 out of 48
things to do in Rome

Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano is the highest ranked and the oldest church among the four main basilicas in rome. It holds the precious title of the ‘archbasilica’ and the ecumenical mother church of the Cathlolic faithful. The reason for its archbasilica title owes to the fact that it is the official seat of the Bishop of Rome - that is the Pope. Also known as the Papal Archbasilica of St John Lateran, it has served as the principal residence of Pope till the 14th century and the centre of all catholic culture.

23. Baths of Caracalla

Baths of Caracalla

3 km
from city center
23 out of 48
things to do in Rome

The Baths of Caracalla located in the capital city of Italy were considered to be the second largest public baths. They were built between AD 212 and 216 under the reign of Emperor Caracalla, and hence are known by his name. It can be visited along with your visit to Appian Way as it is located next to it. Over the centuries, the walls and other parts of what used to be a marvellous thermae have collapsed and all that remains now are some vaults and corridors.

24. Villa Farnesina

Villa Farnesina

3 km
from city center
24 out of 48
things to do in Rome

Villa Farnesina is a massive mansion built during the Renaissance Period (1505 - 1511) in the Trastevere district of Rome. The name of the villa is given in dedication to the one of the owners of the villa Cardinal Alessandro Farnese. Villa Farnesina is not just known for its magnificent building, but also for the interiors and the decorations.

25. Via Appia Antica

Via Appia Antica

25 out of 48
things to do in Rome

Also known as the Appian Way, Via Appia Antica is a stretch of an ancient road that connected Rome to Brindisi. At present, the route is part of the Parco Regionale dell'Appia Antica, an archaeological park in Rome. Via Appia Antica is a long stretch of road that people visit for early morning jogs, walking their dogs, or just exploring the ancient heritage of Rome and its scenic surroundings.

26. Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere

Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere

3 km
from city center
26 out of 48
things to do in Rome

Santa Maria in Trastevere is a 12th-century church located in the district of Trastevere, Rome. The monument is a titular minor basilica. This is the first church in the city dedicated to Mother Mary and a popular tourist attraction. Tourists opting for walks or tours through Trastevere to explore and learn about its history, culture and traditions often cover this church along with other attractions.

27. Domus Aurea

Domus Aurea

1 km
from city center
27 out of 48
things to do in Rome

The Domus Aurea, or the Golden House, is situated in Rome on the Via della Domus Aurea, close to the Roman Colosseum. Constructed as Emperor Nero’s residential palace, it is very lavish and exudes extravagance. It has a dazzling golden dome and ceilings studded with semi-precious stones and is covered in frescoes and mosaics. Guided tours also include a VR experience, enabling you to see what the palace actually looked like.

28. Capitoline Museums

Capitoline Museums

2 km
from city center
28 out of 48
things to do in Rome

Located on the top of Capitoline Hill, Capitoline Museums is a group of museums in Rome consisting of archaeological and art museums. The museums date back to the late 15th century when it started with a small collection of bronze statues donated by Pope Sixtus IV. Visitors get to check out a large collection of exhibits that were either donated or collected over the years. Capitoline Museums is one of the most recommended attractions for tourists to get insights into ancient Roman art and archaeology.

29. Baths of Diocletian

Baths of Diocletian

0 km
from city center
29 out of 48
things to do in Rome

Also known as the Baths of Diocletian, Terme di Diocleziano is the ancient public baths of Rome. It was named after Emperor Diocletian who ruled Rome in the late-2nd century and early-3rd century. It was built in honour of the Emperor and commissioned by Maximian. These baths are considered the largest baths of ancient Rome. A visit to this historical attraction is included in most tour packages of Rome and it can be covered along with the National Roman Museum that the baths are a part of.

30. Villa Borghese

Villa Borghese

1 km
from city center
30 out of 48
things to do in Rome

The Villa Borghese Gardens is a park located in the Piazzale del Museo Borghese in Rome. Spanning 80 hectares, this is an excellent spot to relax and look at some exquisite Roman art. The Borghese Gallery here has paintings on display by renowned artists like Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and Caravaggio and some statues, like "Apollo and Daphne" by Bernini. 200 different species of animals can be found in the Rome zoo (Bioparco di Roma). Rentable scooters, bicycles and rollerblades are available if you want to tour the park this way.

31. National Roman Museum

National Roman Museum

0 km
from city center
31 out of 48
things to do in Rome

National Roman Museum is a group of museums located at different sites in Rome. These museums were established to display a vast collection of pre and early historical artefacts discovered during archaeological excavations in the regions nearby. It takes about 5 to 6 hours to cover all the museums but a day out exploring the culture of the city through the displays is sure to be worthwhile.

32. Palazzo Doria Pamphilj

Palazzo Doria Pamphilj

1 km
from city center
32 out of 48
things to do in Rome

The Palazzo Doria Pamphilj is a private museum owned by the Doria Pamhilj family on the Via del Corso in Rome. On display are many masterpieces by Raphael, Tiziano, Caravaggio, Correggio, Velazquez and Bernini. Out of these, Velazquez's realistic portrait of Pope Innocent X clearly shines through and is given its own room. The museum experience is complete with a free audio guide narrated by Jonathan Pamphilj, offering anecdotes and tidbits about the family history.

33. Basilica di San Clemente

Basilica di San Clemente

1 km
from city center
33 out of 48
things to do in Rome

The Basilica di San Clemente is a minor basilica located in the Piazza di San Clemente in Rome. This monument takes you through various stages of Roman history. The Medieval period basilica is built on top of a fourth-century church and includes the house of a Roman aristocrat—together, forming three layers. The basilica features many beautiful frescoes and a mosaic depicting the Triumph of the Cross. The Old Sacristy of the basilica includes the entrance to the church underneath. Further down, you will find a first-century Roman aristocrat’s house and a dark second-century temple to the God Mithras.

34. Piazza Venezia

Piazza Venezia

1 km
from city center
34 out of 48
things to do in Rome

The Piazza Venezia, or Venice Square, is located at the intersection of the four roads—Via del Corso, Via del Plebiscito, Via di Teatre Marcello and Via dei Fori Imperiali. The square takes its name from the Palazzo Venezia, one of Rome's most significant historical monuments. The Piazza is home to several other historic buildings and offers delightful backgrounds for photos.

35. Altar of the Fatherland

Altar of the Fatherland

1 km
from city center
35 out of 48
things to do in Rome

The Altar of the Fatherland is an imposing, majestic building located in the Piazza Venezia. It has various names such as Vittoriano, Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II, and The Wedding Cake or The Typewriter building. At its nucleus is the equestrian statue of Victor Emmanuel Ⅱ, the first king of unified Italy. A grand staircase takes you to the Altare della Patria and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The staircase continues and terminates at the highest point of this 81m tall marble monument, offering a splendid view.

36. Palazzo Colonna

Palazzo Colonna

1 km
from city center
36 out of 48
things to do in Rome

The Palazzo Colonna is the largest private palace in Rome, located on the Via della Pilotta. This grand palace is truly a gem in hiding as it gets overshadowed by a myriad of other public museums and palaces and is open just once a week. Annibale Carracci’s Il Mangiafagioli (The Bean Eater) is the most admired painting in the Colonna collection. The ceilings are adorned with Pinturicchio frescoes, and there are artworks by artists like Jan Brueghel the Elder, Bronzino, Guercino, Veronese, Tintoretto and others.

37. Terme di Caracalla

Terme di Caracalla

3 km
from city center
37 out of 48
things to do in Rome

The Terme di Caracalla is a complex of old ruins located on the Via delle Terme di Caracalla in Rome. The Baths, which were the city’s second-largest Roman public baths, in this complex, are the most visited site here. Virtual Reality visors available at this archaeological site engender an excellent audio-visual experience of how people lived here in ancient times. In summer, the Teatro dell’Opera hosts fantastic concerts, operas and ballet performances.

38. Santa Maria della Vittoria

Santa Maria della Vittoria

0 km
from city center
38 out of 48
things to do in Rome

The Santa Maria della Vittoria is a church situated on the Via Venti Settembre in Rome. It has a fancy interior and is blessed with a lot of natural lighting. The most notable artwork here is Bernini’s racy Santa Teresa trafitta dall’amore di Dio (Ecstasy of Saint Teresa), displayed in the Cornaro Chapel. There are also other art pieces by painters like Guercino, Nicolas Lorrain, and Domenichino.

39. Church of St. Louis The French

Church of St. Louis The French

2 km
from city center
39 out of 48
things to do in Rome

The Church of St. Louis The French is located in Rome in the Piazza di San Luigi de' Francesi. It houses many statues of saints and historical figures like Charlemagne and Saint Louis. Fans of Caravaggio’s works and others would be genuinely delighted by three of his most exquisite works of art displayed here—The Martyrdom of St. Matthew, The Vocation of St. Matthew and St. Matthew and the Angel—in the famous Contarelli Chapel.

40. Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini

Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini

1 km
from city center
40 out of 48
things to do in Rome

Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini is the recently discovered archaeological remains of ancient Roman villas and houses beneath the Palazzo Valentini. Guided tours are arranged to take you through the restored ruins on glass walkways. The experience is enhanced by multimedia projections of what the ruins were like before. Old baths and patrician residences are covered in pretty frescoes and stunning mosaics.

41. Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola

Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola

1 km
from city center
41 out of 48
things to do in Rome

The Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola is a 17th-century Jesuit church located in the Piazza di Sant'Ignazio in Rome. This church is most well-known for the remarkable trompe l'œil frescoes by Andrea Pozzo. You will be amazed by how one of them imitates a dome, creating a splendid optical illusion. The other fresco, which is equally incredible, is drawn on the nave ceiling. It depicts St Ignacius' entry into paradise surrounded by angels.

42. Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary

Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary

2 km
from city center
42 out of 48
things to do in Rome

The Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary is a no-kill cat shelter located at the historical site of Largo di Torre Argentina in Rome. This ancient site has become a cat-lovers paradise and is home to over a hundred feral cats. Volunteers at the sanctuary also arrange for adoptions, spaying and neutering and feeding the cats who live here, many of which have disabilities. The sanctuary also sells feline toys and souvenirs and relies on visitors to make donations to keep helping these cats. You can adopt these cats and take them home or even ‘adopt at a distance’, i.e., give monthly donations to a specific cat at the sanctuary.

43. Trastevere

Trastevere

3 km
from city center
43 out of 48
things to do in Rome

Trastevere is a pretty Roman neighbourhood contiguous to the River Tiber (tras Tevere = across the Tiber). Stroll through charming old-fashioned cobblestone streets or enjoy an appetising meal in an intimate open restaurant. The Piazzi di Santa Maria is a popular landmark in Trastevere. There’s a basilica here with a lovely fountain near it where people can relax.

44. Ponte Sant Angelo

Ponte Sant Angelo

2 km
from city center
44 out of 48
things to do in Rome

The Ponte Sant’Angelo or the Saint Angelo Bridge connects centro storico to the Castel Sant'Angelo, crossing the River Tiber. It’s a flat stone bridge with 5 arches lined with 10 beautiful angel sculptures designed by the talented Gian Lorenzo Bernini on the sides. It is worth a quick stop for a photo session, especially after dusk.

45. Quirinale Palace

Quirinale Palace

1 km
from city center
45 out of 48
things to do in Rome

The Quirinale Palace is situated atop a hill in the Piazza del Quirinale in Rome. It is currently the official residence of the President of the Italian Republic. It houses buildings and structures like the Temple of God Quirinus, which gave the hill its name, and the grandiose Monte Cavallo Fountain with the Dioscuri—two giants named Castor and Pollux. Artworks ranging from ancient to contemporary such as paintings, statues, tapestries, frescoes and porcelain, are on display here.

46. Stadio Olimpico

Stadio Olimpico

5 km
from city center
46 out of 48
things to do in Rome

The Stadio Olimpico, or the Olympic Stadium, is the stadium of two big football clubs—AS Roma and SS Lazio—located in Rome. Besides football matches, the stadium hosts rugby games and international pop and rock concerts. A guided tour of the stadium gives you a look at the changing rooms, media rooms, the turnstiles and the pitch. You can also access the museum and marvel at the jerseys and photos of accomplished players.

47. Appian Way

Appian Way

47 out of 48
things to do in Rome

Appian Way is considered to be the oldest highway in Europe and one of the strategically important roads in Rome. It served as the primary road that helped in the transport of military equipment, food items and other resources to other cities in the empire. It connects Rome to Brindisi in southern Italy and other small cities on the way. Known as the “Queen of Roads” as it was a 300 mile long road that was constructed at a time where no other major roads existed, that is 312 BC.

48. The Pantheon

The Pantheon

2 km
from city center
48 out of 48
things to do in Rome

The former Roman temple, now a church, the Pantheon is one of the most ancient buildings in Rome. The oculus in this building is the main source of natural light and has been in continuous use throughout its history. Adopting a different, non-traditional structure from other Roman monuments, this attraction is one of the best-preserved buildings in the nation and is a must-visit for anyone who is interested in Roman history.

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What are the top sightseeing places in Rome?

The top sightseeing places in Rome are Piazza Navona, Colosseum, EUR, Vatican Museums, Galleria Borghese, The Appian Way.

How can I commute within Rome?

The two best ways to get around the city are by using public transport or by hiring a bicycle. The public transportation system includes the metro, the trams and the buses. They all have the option of buying single day passes, tourist passes which are valid for three days and weekly passes. Not using the taxis is recommended due to city's chaotic traffic. Rome is best experienced first hand, so most travellers recommend hiring a bicycle or walking around. Though it might tire you out, it is definitely the best way to soak in the soul of the city.
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