Attractions in Rome

Many attractions & Must See in Rome

From history to religion to art, there's something for everybody to see when it comes to Rome attractions. Like no other city in the world, Rome captures the way of life of ancient times in its amazing historical sights. Art lovers, too, will have lots to admire in the city's fantastic galleries. Of course, one of the most spectacular sights of all is Vatican City, a unique city state within a city that holds great influence over many of the world's people.

The Roman Forum

Perhaps the most unmissable Rome attraction that every visitor should see is the Roman Forum, the nerve center of ancient Rome and the hub of the whole Roman Empire. Even the least history-oriented traveller will be fascinated by these extensive ruins that shine a light on a 2,700-year-old society. Walking around this Rome attraction you'll feel like you're getting a live timeline of the city's ancient history as the ruins date from different eras. One of the most impressive elements of the site is the Temple of Saturn, which features eight enormous columns that continue to stand tall over Rome even though they were built all the way back in the year 42 BC. €10 admission to the Forum also includes entry to Palatine Hill – the ancient ruins of a palace 40m above the Forum – as well as entry to the Colosseum.

The Colosseum

Situated nearby the Roman Forum to the east, the Colosseum is one Rome attraction that almost anyone in the world can recognize. It's also one of the Roman Empire's highest achievements in architecture and engineering. In fact, it has been voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World by a recent international internet opinion poll. Step in to this 50,000-seat arena, and your mind will instantly conjure up images of epic gladiatorial battles. This venue will also be familiar from famous movies like ‘Roman Holiday’, ‘Way Of The Dragon’ and recent hit ‘Gladiator’, which created an amazing digital reproduction of what the arena would have looked like in its glory days.

The Vatican City

Located right in the heart of Rome, the Vatican City is a very special and sacred place despite its small size. It's the world's smallest country, with an area of just 110 acres, and it has the world's smallest population of just 800. Nonetheless it serves as home of the Pope and headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church – which has more than 1.1 billion followers. At its center is Saint Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the world. Its dome – which you can enter for an extra fee – stands proudly above most other buildings for miles around. The magnificent church itself and the enormous plaza of St Peter’s Square outside are free to enter. While you're on the plaza, try to find the vantage point from which the two-armed colonnade of stone columns melts into a single row.

The Sistine Chapel

Undoubtedly the world's most famous mosaic, the roof of the Sistine Chapel is perhaps the most iconic Rome attraction. Step inside and crane your neck to marvel at master painter Michelangelo's amazing depictions of biblical scenes. The chapel itself, of course, has a very important function for the church – it's where archbishops meet to elect a new Pope. You can access the Sistine Chapel through the Vatican Museums, which cost €15 per person to enter. While you're there, don't forget to spare some time to admire the hundreds of other priceless artworks on display. Book in advance online so you won't have to queue, and be aware that the museums are closed on 15 holy days each year.

The Trevi Fountain

The most beautiful Rome attraction is the splendid Baroque water fountain at Trevi Square. Although located in the heart of central Rome, the water for this fountain actually comes from Salone Springs 20km away. It's serviced by an aqueduct built by the Romans all the way back in 42BC that continues to supply water to all of the fountains in the historic center. The centerpiece of this large fountain, which was installed in 1762, is an amazing set of sculptures depicting Neptune, the god of the sea, with his chariot and horses. It's considered good luck to throw a coin over your shoulder into the water to show that you are fated to return to the Italian capital someday!

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