A Checklist For Every Sight You Have To See In Rome
This magical city of Rome has so many icons and wonders of the world, it’s hard to know where to start. As much as the ancient city is known for putting on a spectacular show for tourists, it can also be overwhelming with the sheer amount of attractions and experiences to be had. That’s why we put together this checklist of sights you have to see during your time in Rome. We also tried to vary our selections to showcase a good range of unique experiences found in this majestic city.
On that note, here are some must-see attractions to check out when in Rome:
The Colosseum And The Arch of Constantine
To this day the marvellous Colosseum of Rome is still imitated by modern day sporting arenas. The legendary structure was built back in 72 AD and hosted everything from theatrical performances and festivals, to sports and deadly gladiator battles. Next to the Colosseum you’ll find the equally impressive Arch of Constantine. This historical arch was built by the Senate to honor the victory in the battle of Milvian Bridge. In both of these attractions lines tend to be long and move slowly. To skip the queues you can sign up for special tours, complete with a knowledgeable guide.
One of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions, the 17th-century Trevi Fountain has been made famous by many films and is a must to tick off the bucket list. Follow Roman tradition by throwing one (and one only) coin into the fountain and assuring your return to Rome. The city’s largest fountain, Trevi was created for Pope Clement XII between 1732 and 1751. The design depicts the sea god Neptune, along with his horses, tritons and shells. As mentioned, the fountain is always filled with coins as the water rushes and swirls around the beautiful figures and artificial rocks.
The Pantheon is known as the best preserved monument of Roman antiquity, remaining remarkably intact considering it’s over 2000 years old. The 43 meter dome of this structure shows off Roman architecture at its finest. The architecture inside also works in perfect harmony, and the height is the same as its diameter. Over the years the Pantheon has been the burial place of many Italian royals, as well as the infamous painter Raphael.
The Vatican City
Explore the smallest independent state in the world. The Vatican city has an area of less than half a square kilometre and is enclosed by the Vatican walls. Inside these walls you’ll find the Vatican palace, St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square – the area ruled by the Pope. Between the museums and the infamous basilica, tourists have plenty to feast their eyes on. Just be aware that the lines for the Vatican’s most popular attractions can be extensive. To save time you can book “skip the line” passes for an additional cost. However, the wait times can span several hours, so you might find it’s well worth the extra price.
The Roman Forum
Step back in time a millennia or two, as you walk through this historic part of a thriving modern city. The Roman Forum will impress you with its surviving pieces of fallen columns, majestic arches and imposing walls – which originally stood for centuries. This area was the centre of Roman politics and religion. It wasn’t until the seventh century that the buildings fell into ruin. Things not to miss in the Roman Forum include the Temples of Castor, Saturn and Pollux, as well as the Arches of Septimus Severus, Curia and Titus.
Return To An Exquisite Boutique Hotel Following Your Adventures
Once you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll want to return somewhere just as compelling as the sights you’re seeing. Our selection of boutique hotels will ensure you have the perfect stay in Rome.