Rome, Italy, is a beautiful city with a long history of global influence. Rome was founded in 753 BC. Once the seat of the Roman Empire it is now the capital of Italy. Rome is an extremely popular destination for tourism. I spent time studying in Rome and have visited it several times with plans to return.

Much of Romes attractions can be seen in the same day as they are close together. However to get a true experience from your visit you should take several days to see all that Rome has to offer.

Colosseum

Inside the Colosseum in Rome.

Inside the Colosseum.

The Colosseum was completed in 80 AD. It was home to many public spectacles and gladiator fights. Today you can explore the ruins of the once great Colosseum.

Under the floor of the Colosseum

Under the floor of the Colosseum.

 

Roman Forum

Admission to the Roman Forum is covered by the same ticket that gets you into the Colosseum. The Forum was once the center of ancient Roman society. Give yourself at least one if not two hours.

Columns standing in the roman forum

Roman Forum

Vatican Museum

The Vatican Museum houses one of the most impressive collections of art and artifacts. When you choose to visit the Vatican Museum I recommend you get your tickets ahead of time online. If you don’t want to get your tickets ahead of time get there early as the line for tickets builds quickly. You could easily spend days admiring what the museum has to offer. To get the most out of your visit I would recommend spending at least half a day exploring the halls of the Museum.

Saint Peters BasilicaSun beams down on the alter.

Visiting the Vatican is not complete without a stop into Saint Peters Basilica. Get here early in the morning to avoid the crowds and feel like you have the place to yourself. The Basilica was completed in 1626 AD.

Castle Sant’Angelo

Castel Sant'Angelo seen at night from the Passetto di Borgo wall.

Castel Sant’Angelo seen from Passetto di Borgo.

Once a mausoleum for Hadrian the building was completed in 138 AD. In 401 AD it was converted into a military fortress. A wall, Passetto di Borgo was built in 1277 and connected the Vatican to Castel Sant’Angelo. This led to the Castel being used as a papal fortress. Pope Clement VII fled from the Vatican to Castel Sant’Angelo using the Passetto in 1527 escaping during the sacking of Rome. Today it is a Museum open to the public.

Trevi Fountain

Built in 1762 in the Trevi district of Rome. The Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome. The Fountain has a draw to it. You will hear its rushing waters from nearby streets and be drawn in. It’s said that if you throw one coin into the fountain you will return to Rome one day, two coins and you’ll find love and with three coins tossed in you will find marriage.  As far as I can tell this is true as I throw a coin in each time and have returned to Rome.

Pantheon

Facade of the Pantheon

Rome’s Pantheon was built by Emperor Hadrian, completed in 125 AD it was a temple to all of the Roman Gods. Nearly 1900 years after its completion its dome remains the worlds largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world.  In 609 it was given to Pope Boniface IV.

The ruins of the Ancient Roman Port of Ostia Antica are found just 15 miles from the city. This site is well worth a visit as it contains an impressive amount of ruins of old houses, shops and much more. I suggest you spend half a day wandering the streets.

Captioline Museum

Opened in 1734 AD and located at Piazza del Campidoglio, 1, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

It houses an impressive collection of art and artifacts. The Museum can claim the title of being the oldest national museum in the world with its roots in 1471 AD.  This museum is worth the trip.

Spanish Steps

Built in 1725 AD the Spanish Steps are 135 steps connecting Bourbon Embassy to the Trinità dei Monti church. Today the Spanish steps are a popular spot to hang out and have been popularized by many movies. Tempted as you may be however eating/picnicking on the steps is forbidden.

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is one of my personal favorite places to spend an evening in Rome. While I was studying in Rome my favorite night time haunt was the Cuccagna Pub at the end of Piazza Navona.  Piazza Navona is renowned for its fountains. The center fountain is the fountain of the Four Rivers.

 

Whatever brings you to Rome these sites and museums are worth checking out! I hope you enjoy your visit to Rome, Italy. Can’t find someone to travel with you to Rome? Check out this article on why you should try Traveling Solo. If you have any stories of Rome or want to visit share in the comments!