What to see in Rome: So, are you going to visit Rome during your next trip to Italy? With your sweetheart or family, Rome is the perfect place to spend a weekend of 2-3 days, especially since the city can be easily visited on foot! To help you plan your trip to Rome, I put on this guide about the best places to see in Rome, with all the attractions and sights not to be missed.
Visiting Rome: The most important places of interest
1.The Colosseum and its bloody games
Let’s start this list of the best places to see in Rome with the Colosseum, located in the Historic Center. It is the most emblematic monument to visit during your holidays in Rome!
With an ability to accommodate over 50,000 spectators, it is the largest amphitheater in the Roman world.
A lot of blood was shed in these arenas, in which the famous gladiator fights, animal fights and roman games were carried out, always followed by horrible deaths.
The visit is not free and you will most likely have to wait a few hours before you can enter especially if you go there during the high season.
Here’s my tip: to avoid waiting in line for hours, you can:
- Buy skip-the-line tickets to the Colosseum, with or without a guided tour.You can buy them here.
- Buy the City Pass “The Best of Rome” (click here), a 3-day pass with free skip-the-line entrances to major tourist sites in Rome and the Vatican. (the Colosseum is obviously included). You will also have a free audio guide!It’s a real novelty, and it offers incredible savings!
- Buy the Vatican & Rome City Pass (Omnia Card) – click here: it’s the most comprehensive pass to visit Rome.You will receive discounts on over 40 attractions + free public transport.
2.The Roman Forum
The ticket purchased at the Colosseum also includes access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill (I‘ll tell you about it in a moment), so it would be a real shame not to see them, since these 3 tourist sites are related to each other.
The forum was the center of the city and you can see the ruins of ancient markets, administrative and religious buildings.However, you won’t find any explanatory panel on the site, so if you’re interested in history, you should really opt for a guided tour.
This is the third point of interest in Rome included in the ticket to the Colosseum.
The Palatine Hill, one of the 7 hills of Rome, according to mythology is precisely the place where the city was founded by Romulus and Rear.
As you may know, it is the twins who were found and lured by a wolf inside a cave. At the top of Palatine Hill, you’ll have access to this cave and the ruins of the residences of historical figures such as Augustus, Rome’s first emperor.
4. Venice Square
Not far from the Roman Forum, at the other end of via dei fori imperiali, you can find Piazza Venezia, one of the main squares of Rome. From there, all roads lead to Rome’s top tourist attractions!
Here you can admire the Monument to Victor Emmanuel II, also called “Altar of the Fatherland” or “Vittoriano”, a huge white marble building dedicated to the first king of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele II.
Next to the square, there is also the famous column of Trajan, with bas-reliefs that retrace the military conquests of emperor Trajan.
5. Piazza del Campidoglio
Arrive at the top of the wide staircase that leads to the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II to reach Piazza del Campidoglio. Designed by Michelangelo himself, it was once the political and religious heart of Rome. In Piazza del Campidoglio, you can see:
- The Senatorio Palace
- The Conservative Palace
- Palazzo Nuovo, which today houses the Capitoline Museums and the Museum of Art and Archaeology. One of the most famous pieces of art that you can find here is the statue of the Capitoline Wolf: that of the legendary wolf that coached Romulus and Rear. You may have seen it before since it’s featured on almost every history book! Don’t forget to buy your tickets here in advance.
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