The Top 5 Places to Explore in Rome
Rome is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. With its rich history and historical architecture, there’s no shortage of incredible sites to see and places to explore. With this in mind - below are the top five places to explore in Rome.
1. The Colosseum
Situated in the centre of Rome – visiting The Colosseum is a rite of passage for anyone visiting the city for the first time. The Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre ever built and is breath-taking to behold when you see it up close.
It’s estimated that it could hold up to 80,000 spectators and would regularly attract crowds of 65,000 who would watch battle re-enactments, dramas, executions and gladiatorial contests amongst other spectacles.
The Colosseum is a must-see when visiting Rome.
2. Vatican City
Vatican City is the smallest city state in the world, both in terms of area and population. Within the Vatican walls there is an incredible amount to see, including the Sistine Chapel ceiling – home to Michelangelo’s most famous work.
There are also number of museums to explore in Vatican City, such as the Museum of Secular Art and Etruscan Museum as well as the palace and gardens and St Peter’s Square.
Although ticket lines can be very long for the Vatican’s main attractions, the experience is well worth the wait.
3. Trevi Fountain
Of the incredible number of fountains that Rome has to offer, the Trevi Fountain is undoubtedly the most famous. Immortalized in countless films over the years, the Trevi was built from 1732 to 7151 for Pope Clement XII. It features the sea god Neptune as well as snakes, winged horses and tritons.
The basin at the foot of the fountain is always filled with coins tossed in by tourists, that are collected each week and used to support a supermarket for the poor.
4. Roman Forum
Once home to bustling marketplaces, courts, brothels and meeting places – the Roman Forum offers a fascinating glimpse into the past.
Interestingly it’s not until the 18th century onwards that the most famous attractions of the Forum were brought to light after extensive excavations; until that point they had been buried under rubble after being allowed to fall to ruin after the 7th century.
Religious and political life was centred at this location during the Roman Empire and although what’s left of the structures are badly decayed, it’s still an incredible place to explore for anyone visiting Rome.
Among the highlights of the Roman Forum are the Curia, the Temple of Vesta and the Temple of Saturn.
5. Santa Maria Maggiore
Rome has some truly spectacular churches, but few can match Santa Maria Maggiore. Built in the 5th century, the interior of the church is truly spectacular, with marble and granite columns spread along its aisles.
The church is also home to some of the oldest mosaics in Rome, which adorn its upper walls while the first gold to reach Italy from the Americas is featured on the ceiling.
If you’ve never visited Santa Maria Maggiore before then you’re sure to be impressed.