Here are the top 32 tourist attractions to see in Rome:

1. The Colosseum

1 km
from city center
1 out of 32
places to visit 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. Piazza Navona

4.5 /5

2 km
from city center
2 out of 32
places to visit 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. One of the most beautiful squares in the historical capital city of Rome, Piazza Navona is the one of the most frequented tourist spots in the city. With three splendid fountains, a baroque church in the background and a lane full of restaurants and street performers, this square surely looks like a dream. As you take a stroll around the fountains you would witness paintings being put on display by the local artists, the smell of fresh street food being cooked and the magicians, dancers, singers and gymnasts bringing life and energy into gazing passersby.

3. EUR

4.2 /5

9 km
from city center
3 out of 32
places to visit in Rome

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

4. Vatican Museums

3.8 /5

4 km
from city center
4 out of 32
places to visit 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.

5. Galleria Borghese

3.8 /5

1 km
from city center
5 out of 32
places to visit in Rome

The Galleria Borghese is one of the most extensive and impressive private collections in the world. If they had to choose one museum to visit during your Roman vacation, many people would choose this over the Vatican!

6. The Appian Way

3.7 /5

32 km
from city center
6 out of 32
places to visit 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!"

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7. The Pantheon

3.7 /5

2 km
from city center
7 out of 32
places to visit 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.

8. Trevi Fountain

3.6 /5

1 km
from city center
8 out of 32
places to visit 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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9. Campo de'Fiori

3.6 /5

2 km
from city center
9 out of 32
places to visit 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. A must visit if you want to try the freshest foods in the city! Campo De Fiori, often known as the jewel of Rome is also a nightlife centre by night. 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. It is often the busiest during the night when visitors and tourists splurge over the bars and restaurants offered at this location.

10. Borghese Gallery

1 km
from city center
10 out of 32
places to visit 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 the Renaissance art and ancient and contemporary style. The museum attains distinction and can leave visitors in awe with its frescoes and mosaics which adorn the ceiling and the walls and have been taken well care of over the years.

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11. St. Peter’s Basilica

4 km
from city center
11 out of 32
places to visit 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. Known as the “Greatest Church in Christendom”, it is visited by millions of catholic pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. The reason for this church to be considered the most important catholic shrine goes back to the fact that it served as the death as well as the burial ground for Saint Peter who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ and the first pope in the Catholic world. The structure that we see today took over a hundred years to complete by the best architects of all time. The magnificent structure can easily accommodate a total of 60,000 visitors at a time.

12. Castel Sant'Angelo

2 km
from city center
12 out of 32
places to visit 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.

13. Roman Forum

1 km
from city center
13 out of 32
places to visit 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. Elections, rallies, matches and other public events made this forum to be known as the most celebrated place in all of history. The offices that surrounded the forum gave it a touch of eliteness, at the same time a bustling place for recreation of all types. Hence it served as a major social, political and religious centre in the Roman empire.

14. Piazza del Popolo

2 km
from city center
14 out of 32
places to visit 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. The square has been a huge part of Roman history as it served as the main gateway to the city of Rome where the foreigners had arrived. Piazza del Popolo was the first look of the city that any foreigner got of Rome and hence it had the quality of always being crowded and bustling.

15. Spanish Steps

1 km
from city center
15 out of 32
places to visit 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. The steps are decorated with plants and flowers that make it the number one photographed spot in the city. For years, it has acted as a meeting point for people and a platform for artists and performers to display their skills.

16. Santa Maria Maggiore

1 km
from city center
16 out of 32
places to visit in Rome

The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is the largest Catholic Marian church in the city of Rome. Also known as the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, it is a part of Rome’s four most prominent basilicas which makes it a must visit monument in the city. The church is known for its massive size, marvellous interiors and the masterpieces created by the best of that time. The construction of the different parts of church has happened in different phases of history which is what makes it so unique and popular.

17. Ostia Antica

26 km
from city center
17 out of 32
places to visit 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.

18. Palatine Hill

2 km
from city center
18 out of 32
places to visit 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.

19. Centro Storico

2 km
from city center
19 out of 32
places to visit 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.

20. Appian Way

20 out of 32
places to visit 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.

21. Arch of Constantine

2 km
from city center
21 out of 32
places to visit in Rome

Arch of Constantine is a massive arch located between the two most important attractions of Rome - the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. It was built to celebrate the triumph of Constantine I over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312 AD. Considered to be the largest Roman arch ever built, it is dedicated to Constantine who is considered to be one of the greatest Roman emperors that has won many battles and expanded the Roman empire.

22. San Giovanni in Laterano

2 km
from city center
22 out of 32
places to visit 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

3 km
from city center
23 out of 32
places to visit 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

3 km
from city center
24 out of 32
places to visit 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

25 out of 32
places to visit 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. Galleria Borghese

1 km
from city center
26 out of 32
places to visit in Rome

One of the most popular art galleries in Rome, Borghese Galleria is definitely a must-visit spot for all the art freaks out there. Featuring impressive collections from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century, this gallery captures the work of Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the nephew of Pope Paul V from 1536 to 1633. The gallery caters to people of all ages and should definitely be on your Rome itinerary.

27. The Pantheon

2 km
from city center
27 out of 32
places to visit 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.

28. Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere

3 km
from city center
28 out of 32
places to visit 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.

29. Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

1 km
from city center
29 out of 32
places to visit in Rome

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the four major Catholic churches in Rome. It is also the first and the largest church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Locals sometimes refer the church as “Our lady of the snow”. It is popular for the mosaics, serene ambience and its grandeur.

30. Capitoline Museums

2 km
from city center
30 out of 32
places to visit 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.

31. Baths of Diocletian

0 km
from city center
31 out of 32
places to visit 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.

32. National Roman Museum

0 km
from city center
32 out of 32
places to visit 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.

FAQs on Rome

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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How much does a package cost for Rome?

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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.

What are the top activities in Rome?

The top activities in Rome are Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket in Rome, Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour, Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Ticket with Escorted Entry, Day Trip to the Ruins of Pompeii, I Love Rome Hop On Hop Off Panoramic Bus Tour, Rome Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St.Peter's Basilica Half Day Tour.

What are the top hotels in Rome?

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