Well, I’m not going to tell you about the history behind every attraction or my post will go on forever. Especially when it comes to Rome, where every corner has something to tell.
The cool thing is that with the entry ticket in each place usually comes a leaflet, telling all about it, so you can better understand what each site means.
When I went to Rome, I had no idea that I would write this blog, therefore the photos are not in the best angles or several of the places I ended up taking pictures of myself and my friends. That is a shame!
What to see in Rome?
Palatino and Roman Forum – are right in front of the Colosseo and the ticket is the same for the three locations. These ruins are fascinating because there was where Rome was founded (it has 7 hills, and the Palatine is one of them).
TIP: buy the ticket and visit the Forum first, then go to the Colosseo, because there is a different and smaller queue for those who leave the forum and enter directly into the arena.
Colosseo – one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world, this ancient arena of gladiators, continues to leave people intrigued by its beauty and history, in addition to its immense size, after all, is the largest amphitheatre ever built. Its construction began in the year 72 and took 8 years to complete.
The visit is super cool, it has signs telling the history, drawings of how the arena was when it was intact and so on.
Visit the site to buy the ticket in advance: https://www.il-colosseo.it/en/informazioni-colosseo.php (this ticket is valid for the Colosseo and the Roman Forum / Palatino, ok?).
Arch of Constantine – located between the Colosseum (Coliseum) and the Palatine, this arch was built in the year 315 and is the most well-preserved monument of ancient Rome.
Circus Maximus – it was an event centre of the time, with a capacity of 300,000 people. But there is hardly anything left of the ruins. Such a shame! I do not know how, but I lost the photos that I’ve taken of this place. I can’t believe!
Piazza del Campidoglio – considered one of the most beautiful squares in Rome, it was created by the famous artist and architect, the Michelangelo.
Monument Vittorio Emanuelle II or Altare della Patria – built in 1911 in honour of the first king after the unification of the country and today is the Central Museum of the Risorgimento.
Climb the stairs, and there is a terrace with a beautiful view of the Colosseum, Forum and Piazza Venezia (pictures on my previously post).
And behind the monument, there is a lift that goes to the top of it, and from there you have a panoramic view of the city.
Villa Borghese – one of the largest parks within a city in Europe. The park is beautiful, and it is a delight to walk around. We rented a cart/bike for 4 people and did a good part of the park on that. Inside the park, you will find the Borghese Museum, the Zoo and the Silvano Toti Globe Theater. To get there: get off at Spagna or Flaminio station.
Piazza del Popolo – here in this square you have the junction of three of the most important streets of the city, Via del Babuino, Via di Ripetta and Via del Corso. To get this beautiful view of the photo, go up the stairs on the side of the square on Pincian Hill (on the second picture behind). It is a must do and one of the best views of the city.
Piazza di Spagna and Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti – it is a staircase with a beautiful view of Rome. Here many tourists sit to rest (as you can see in the photo) and enjoy the Fontana della Barcaccia. If you walk down Via del Babuino, you will arrive at Piazza del Popolo.
Fontana di Trevi – considered one of the most beautiful fountains in Italy. Legend has it that if you throw one coin you will return to Rome, two coins and you will fall in love with an Italian or three coins and you will marry that person. Legends aside, what I say is good luck, because it is packed. Taking a cool photo there is almost a miracle.
Pantheon – with more than 2,000 years of history to tell, this church, once a temple, is one of the best preserved in Rome, in addition to being very beautiful, especially its interior. The entrance is free. Address: Piazza della Rotonda.
Piazza Navona – very beautiful but my pictures are not great because it was super crowded. This square has three fountains: Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro and Fontana del Nettuno. In the square, several artists are performing, playing music, etc. Cool!
Campo di Fiori – here, from Monday to Saturday, there is a market selling mostly fruits, vegetables and flowers. Very nice to walk and enjoy it.
Termas de Caracalla – I found this place very interesting. It was built between the years 212 and 216 and it was used by the public to bath, exercise and “meet with the crowd”. Nowadays, to visit these ruins, it costs around €6, and to get there, you leave at the metro station Circo Massimo.
Transtevere – be sure to take a walk in this area of the city. Here you will find several bars and restaurants and you will be amazed by the alleys and super cute streets.
Castel Sant’Angelo – this castle, which is very close to the Vatican, was built in 135 and is now a museum, the Castel Sant’Angelo National Museum.
Catacombs – there are 6 locations with several catacombs in the underground of the city and you can go for walks through them. To be honest, I did not know about this, and therefore I did not visit any of them.
Trajan’s Market – considered the first shopping mall in Rome and nowadays is the Museo dei Fori Imperiali.
Church of Saint Ignatius; Basilica Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Isola Tiberina, Bocca della Verità, square Piazza Barberini, Piazza della Repubblica
Galleria Borghese, Capitoline Museums, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Palazzo Altemps, Baths of Diocletian, Crypta Balbi, National Gallery of Modern Art, Palazzo Barberini, Galleria Doria Pamphilj, National Etruscan Museum, Villa Farnesina, Museo di Roma, Palazzo Venezia, Galleria Spada , Keats-Shelley House
As you can see, there are loads of things to visit in Rome. To help you out, I’ve made an itinerary, just click here.
I hope it helps you!