Top Ten Sights in Rome, Italy
Rome, the eternal city, known for its endless historic streets, delicious food, and ancient architecture. It is one of the oldest European cities. Rome is almost 500 square miles so there are tons of places to see. I’m here to outline the “Top Ten Sights in Rome” to make sure that you don’t miss out on anything!
Things to Know Before Visiting Rome, Italy
- Plan to walk A LOT, especially on cobblestone streets. You’ll want to bring comfortable shoes and since it’s Italy you need to be stylish. Below I’ve linked the best comfortable shoes that are also stylish!
- Rome is one of the most visited cities in the world see beware of gypsies and pick-pocketers. They usually prey on tourists and try to persuade you with “gifts” so be smart out there.
- When visiting churches you’ll need to have your shoulders covered so if it’s summer, keep a light scarf in your purse (I’ve linked some below).
- Only make a wish at Fontana Di Trevi.
The Pantheon, is one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings. It was built in the 7th century has been in continuous use throughout its history. Which is very rare. Like many of these photos, the photos just do the size of this building justice. From where we were standing, the Pantheon exuded an incredible ominous and powerful vibe.
Sistine Chapel / St. Peter’s Basilica
The Sistine Chapel is one of the holiest Catholic shrines in the world. Unfortunately, to preserve the beauty of the Sistine Chapel there is no photography and minimal talking when inside the chapel. Photographed above is St. Peter’s Basilica and The Sistine Chapel is located inside. St. Peter’s Basilica was given it’s name after one of Jesus’ apostles, Saint Peter who is buried below the Basilica.
The Colosseum is the main attraction in Rome, you’ll see why the moment you bestow your eyes on this beaut. It was built 2000 years ago and was named one of the Seven World Wonders in 2007. Back in The Colosseum’s prime, the entire facade was covered in marble and the finishes we’re the richest in the Roman Land. Man what I would give to be a fly on the wall back then!
Fontana Di Trevi (The Trevi Fountain)
One of the most well known Roman legends is throwing a coin in the Fontana Di Trevi. Why you may ask? Well, it means you’ll return to Rome someday! If you throw two coins into the Fontana Di Trevi it ensures romance with a Roman (either male or female). And if you throw three coins you will be married soon. Always remember, coins need to be thrown from the right hand over the left shoulder for those wishes to come true!
The locals also say that you should not throw coins in any of the other fountains, it’s bad luck!
The Spanish Steps
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The Spanish Steps are such a romantic part of Rome. They date back to 1723 and artists flock here to paint portraits. The steps connect Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Trinita dei Monti with a beautiful church sitting atop. It may be a huge tourist spot, but it’s one of the most beautiful places to post up in Rome. Did I mention there is an array of designer shops located nearby? A girls dream!
The Roman Forum / “The Ruins”
Many of the oldest and most important structures of Ancient Rome were located in The Roman Forum. It is commonly referred to as “The Ruins” because well, all that remains are ruins of what was once Rome’s vibrant city center. You can head to this site for tickets and hours of operation.
Piazza Venezia / Capitoline Hill / “The Wedding Cake”
The Piazza Venezia, as grand and beautiful as it is, is actually disliked by many locals. For starters, it was built in 1935 (which is incredibly RECENT in terms of Roman years) and many feel as though it’s just excessive and pompous… Regardless, be a tourist, and go check it out.
Once the tallest building in Rome, Castel Sant’Angelo started out as a mausoleum but was later used as a castle, fortress, and now, of course, it’s a museum.
The Vatican is the holiest land to Catholics. I mean, The Pope lives here. You need to visit the Vatican when in Rome. On a normal day, The Vatican has over 30,000 visitors so be prepared for the crowdest place you will ever visit. I recommend getting a “skip the line” ticket on VIATOR. This is a great option to enter quickly!
Fun Fact: Did you know the Vatican is it’s own country? The smallest country in the world to be exact.
I hope you enjoyed this my “Top Ten Sights in Rome” and it helped you plan out your itinerary to sightseeing in Rome! For more of my Italy guides head here!
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