What to see in Rome (20 places you have to visit + Restaurants)

Rome is the cradle of Western civilization as we know it today. Named as the Eternal City, the innumerable things to see in Rome make one of the most desired cities. Legend has it that a wolf nursed two brothers, Romulus and Rowing, which were already disputed as adults the creation of a new settlement. Romulus emerged victorious and founded Rome in the year 753 B.C. Legend or reality, Rome is undoubtedly eternal.

Roman Forum

What to see in Rome (20 places you won't forget)

Rome is a city to get lost, to almost spend a life, but if you only have a weekend or a bridge, we advise you to at least know these 20 places in Rome. You will not regret.

  1. The Roman Coliseum
  2. The Roman forum
  3. The pantheon
  4. The Trevi Fountain
  5. The church of San Pietro in Vincoli (Moises)
  6. Vatican Museums
  7. Spanish Square (Piazza di Spagna)
  8. The Castel Sant'Angelo
  9. Navona Square (Piazza Navona)
  10. St. Peter's Basilica and climb to the dome
  11. Pópolo Square (Piazza di Popolo)
  12. Victor Manuel II Monument
  13. Campidoglio Square
  14. Trajan's Column
  15. The Circus Maximus and the Mouth of Truth
  16. The Baths of Caracalla
  17. Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere
  18. Trastevere neighborhood
  19. Tiber River Walk
  20. Rome is to get lost

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1 The Colosseum in Rome

The majestic Rome Coliseum, of an imposing aspect from the outside, was able to lodge up to 50,000 spectators in each one of its performances. Fight of Gladiators, Plays, Hunting Sessions, Public Executions are one of many shows that had room in the enclosure. To highlight the Constantine's Arch outside, built in the wake of the victory of Constantine I the Great in the battle of the Milvian Bridge.

Rome Coliseum

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2 The Roman Forum

It was the central area where the daily life of the Ancient Rome. The paved streets and its alcantirallado indicate an advanced city for its time. Walking through its streets, implies not stop looking at the large number of sculptures and temples that await us there. It is one of the things to see in Rome as soon as you arrive, as it is one of the largest spaces in the city. Don't leave it!

Roman Forum

3 The Pantheon of Rome

Personally it is my favorite temple. Of enormous aspect and in the middle of the urban area, the Pantheon, the best preserved temple in the City. Built in 27 BC in honor of all the gods, it was destroyed 150 years later and later rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian. It has a dome of more than 40m in diameter, with a circular opening of 9m in its vault, which produces a waterfall effect on rainy days.


4 Trevi Fountain

Immortalized in the movie “La Dolce Vita“It has a beautiful story that ensures visitors return to Rome if they throw a coin in it. It is one of the keys of tourism in Rome. So much is the fervor to this legend, that every night the public service must perform a cleaning of the Fountain.

Fontana di Trevi
Trevi Fountain

Go to visit both during the day, about 12, and after dinner. Illuminated and less crowded

5 The Church of San Pietro in Vincoli

As a Church it does not attract attention, but its interior awaits one of the most famous sculptures in Rome, the Moises by Miguel Angel, aka Moises Cuckold. Presented with two horns on the head, due to the similarity of the words lightning and horn in Latin.

San Pietro in Vincoli

6 The Vatican Museum

The areas near the Vatican CITY and as in the previous map, it is advisable to do it on foot.

The most important Museum in Rome and the one that houses the longest queues. Why it is very simple, in it is the famous Sistine Chapel Painted by Miguel Angel, Botichelli, among many others. As a recommendation… Get tickets online.

Staircase of the Vatican Museums
Staircase of the Vatican Museums

7 The Spanish Steps

Another place immortalized by a movie, Holidays in Rome, starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn catapulted the Tourism of Rome. Its long staircase is used by many tourists to have an ice cream while they rest from the long walk. There is no day until the flag.

Spain Square

8 Castel Sant'Angelo

Very close to the Vatican City, there is the Castle of San Angelo or Adriano's Mausoleum. It was initially used as housing, castle and even jail and is currently a museum. It houses the tomb of Emperor Hadrian.

Castel Sant'Angelo

9 Navona Square (Piazza Navona)

This square has a number of sources of great beauty and its shape corresponds to the ancient Roman stadium that lies beneath its foundations. It is a very lively place full of terraces and restaurants, one of them we recommend at the end of this article. Visit it during the day and at night, there are two very, very different places :).

Piazza Navona

10 Vatican City and St. Peter

One of the keys to tourism in Rome is the Vatican, one of the main reasons and one of the things to see in Rome, yes or yes. It is the smallest country in the world and is housed within Rome. With own banking and embassies, it is still curious. Instead of Pope's residence, It contains two essential points of visit. The previously named Vatican Museums, and the San Pedro Cathedral.

Views from San Pedro
St. Peter's Square

11 The Pópolo Square (Piazza di Popolo)

The Piazza di Popolo or the town square is a square built on an 11th century chapel. It is a very lively square, with live music and access to several of the main pedestrian arteries of Rome. In the middle there is a huge egyptian obelisk, brought from Heliopolis, dedicated to Ramses II. On one of the sides are the calls twin churches. On the left Via Babuino and in the center Via del Corso.

Popolo Square
Popolo Square

It is a very lively square and somewhat different from the others. The Egyptian touch is something different among Roman scenography

12 Victor Manuel II Monument

It is a huge building built of white marble, near the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Trajan's Column, where its frontal view stands out as well as the Monument to the Unknown Soldier and the views on the top floor. It has barely a century of life, and the truth is somewhat chanting about everything around it. Impress, yes, but it seems something placed in a privileged place at the wrong time.

Victor Manuel II Monument

13 Campidoglio Square

Next to Victor Manuel II Monument, above all, this is a small and busy square, which gives access to some impressive views of the Roman Forum.

Campidoglio Square

14 Trajan's column

We were always struck by this unique piece of ancient Rome, a commemorative monument by order of the emperor Trajan. 30 meters high, spiral and low relief drawings. The column is built with 18 blocks ofCarrara marble, of 40 tons each.

Trajan's Column

15 The Baths of Caracalla

These hot springs, less visited than other monuments of Rome, were a discovery among so many people visiting other places in the capital. They must have been great, since they are huge and the bathrooms / pools that are reflected in the sketches of the entrance, make you fly the imagination of what they came to be. The original site came to have no less than 10 hectares. Recommendable!.

Termas di Caracalla

16 Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere

In the picturesque Trastevere neighborhood We have this beautiful, somewhat hidden basilica, where its 13th-century facade and the beautiful wooden roof is what attracts the most attention.

Trastevere Basilica

17 Trastevere Neighborhood

It is one of the most beautiful areas of Rome. It is charismatic, with a lot of atmosphere, dozens of pubs, restaurants and somewhat noisy in the summer nights, as it is filled with terraces in any corner where they can put a table and chairs. Do not hesitate, it is one of the things to do or see in Rome.


Ideal for dinner or a drink on a terrace

18 A walk on the Tiber river

We don't understand a city like Rome without its Tiber river, but we don't understand how a city like this has such poor care of the paths that run along the river. In any case, see the Isola Tiberina or the Ponte RottoThey deserve a good walk, even if you have to go down to those paths that are a bit dirty on the river bank.

Tiber river

19 Circus Maximo and the Mouth of Truth

On the other side of the Termas de Caralla is the Max Circus, currently a park, and the Mouth of truth. There is little left of the circus, part of its stands and the shape of the field, so going to see it is wanting to give it imagination. Still, it's worth it.

Max Circus

20 Rome is to get lost

Although it seems incredible to see all this is possible in a weekend if you feel like walking. And remember the saying “Rome, one life is not enough“, It takes more than one life to know Rome.

Practical data

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When to go?

Rome, despite being 30km from the sea, has a cool winter weather, as well as hot and humid in summer. The most comfortable climate is in spring / autumn, however Rome is one of those cities that the weather should not be a barrier to visit. As a personal recommendation, the months with more influx of tourists They are the Holy Week and the months of July and August. Rome is next to Paris, one of the most visited cities in the world.

How to get?

There are two airports relatively close to Rome. The biggest is the Leonardo Da Vinci Airport ó Fiumicino, about 30 km from the city center. The other airport, Ciamonchino, is smaller and widely used by low cost airlines. Curiously, it is closer to the previous one, just 15km from the center.

Ciamonchino being so far the best option is the taxi, which leaves for about € 30, but beware, sharing is a scam. You don't share, in the end, everyone pays the same.

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Both airports have train and bus lines to connect with the city.

Where to eat?

  • Il Corallo. This does not fail. The pizzas are from best of Rome and above with good prices
  • Saltimbocca ristorante. All delicious and in a very lively area near the Piazza Navona
  • Tonnarello Lovely restaurant in Trastevere, that although it is always full, if you catch a table it is a delight

What to wear

to get started Comfortable shoes. Rome is a city to walk and walk all its streets on foot. Although it has good public transport, with Trams, Metro and Buses, it is possible to walk from the Colosseum to the Vatican without any problem. The truth is that doing it in a single day is strange to do, since between these two points there are so many things to see, which will take us at least 2 days. The rest of utensils to take usually are the common thing to this type of trips.

Rome tours

We recommend you do some guided tour of Rome. There are many things to see in Rome of which you have to know its history. There are lots of tours, and best of all, there is more than one where you won't wait in line :).

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