If you’re planning on going to Rome, first and foremost you have to be prepared for crowds. It is literally one of the oldest European cities and Rome is a large city – almost 500 square miles to be exact. With both those things said, we highly recommend bringing quality walking shoes as each of our Top 10 Sights are quite a ways away from each other.
We’ll start our Top 10 off with…
#1 – The Pantheon —
The Pantheon, although it’s from the 7th century, is one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman building in large part because it has been in continuous use throughout its history. 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.
#2 AND #3 – Sistine Chapel / St Peter’s Basilica –
We found out that there is no photography allowed IN the Sistine Chapel so this is actually a photo OF the Sistine Chapel – better known as St Peter’s Basilica. The Sistine Chapel is actually IN St Peter’s Basilica. These ancient icons are regarded as some of the holiest Catholic shrines – even St Peter, one of Jesus’ apostles, is buried below here.
#4 – The Colosseum –
Besides the fact that the Colosseum was built over 2000 years ago, you know you’re a big deal when you’re the only Colosseum in the world allowed to be spelled that way – every other ‘colosseum’ in the world is spelled “coliseum”.
#5 – Trevi Fountain –
Bring spare change. Why? Well, throwing ONE coin in the Trevi Fountain means you’ll return to Rome someday. TWO coins ensure romance with a Roman (either male or female). And THREE coins thrown ensures the marriage with him or her. Also, coins need to be thrown from the right hand over the left shoulder for those wishes to come true.
#6 – The Spanish Steps –
We didn’t get a good photo of the steps themselves but don’t let that hold you back from checking this place out. Once you’re there, you’ll probably recognize the steps of some famous movies!
#7 – The Roman Forum / “The Ruins” –
Many of the oldest and most important structures of Rome were located in the Forum. These days it’s also known as “The Ruins” because well, it literally is the ruins of what was once Rome’s vibrant city center.
#8 – Piazza Venezia / Capitoline Hill / “The Wedding Cake” –
This building, as grand and great as it is, is actually disliked by many locals. For starters, it was built in 1935 (which is incredibly RECENT in Rome years) and many feel as though it’s just excessive and pompous… Regardless, be a tourist and go check it out.
#9 – Castel Sant’Angelo –
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.
#10 – The Vatican –
It’s the flipping VATICAN. The Pope lives here. You HAVE to go here. But just know that literally, every single person from all over the world is trying to go here so the crowds are like nothing you have ever seen before – but then again, The Vatican is like nothing you’ve ever seen before!
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