Things to do in Rome – 30 most beautiful places to visit in Rome
Things to do in Rome – 30 most beautiful places to visit in Rome! Rome has everything, from historical or religious sites, to ancient ruins, fountains, statues, squares, museums and galleries of every kind, unforgettable atmosphere and some of the best cuisine in the world.
But which places are best to visit in Rome? That’s hard question! Here I prepared a list of the 30 most beautiful places to visit in Rome, that no tourist would want to miss. I was in this city 2 times already and missed few of these places. Well, next time it won’t happen again!
Rome skyline, Lazio, Italy by Bert Kaufmann
Things to do in Rome – 30 most beautiful places to visit in Rome
Colosseum is considered to be the largest amphitheater in the entire Roman world. It used to have a capacity of around 50,000 – 80,000 spectators that can enter at the same time through its 80 entrances. Today, many people are paying just to see what is left of this historic place in Rome.
Its construction started in 72 AD during the reign of Emperor Vespasian and was completed within 8 years. The last performance here took place in the year of 523 and then the Colosseum was used for many purposes.
In the Middle Ages it was converted into a fortress, in the 15th century served as a source of building materials for the construction of various palaces (eg. Palazzo della Cancelleria or Palazzo Venezia), St. Peter’s Basilica and many others.
Colosseum – interior, Things to do in Rome, Lazio, Italy by User:Colin
2. Arch of Constantine
Near the Roman Colosseum you can also see beautiful and well-preserved Arch of Constantine, named after the first Christian Roman emperor Constantine. It was built in 315 AD to mark the 10th anniversary of his accession.
The arch is 21 meters high, 25.7 meters wide and 7.4 meters deep. The decoration is made up of some parts of ancient monuments that already existed at the time of construction.
Arch of Constantine, Things to do in Rome, Lazio, Italy by Tony Bowden
Arch of Constantine – detail, Things to do in Rome, Lazio, Italy by Xiquinho Silva
3. St. Peter’s Basilica
If you want to see the centre of the Catholic world, then you must come to the St. Peter’s Basilica. It is a huge basilica, with the height of around 120 meters, enough for the Statue of Liberty to fit inside of it. It is one of the must-go and must-see places of Rome.
What I liked the most during my visit were never-ending stairs leading to the top of Basilica. It really took a while, but the result was breathtaking! From the top, we enjoyed one of the most beautiful views of the whole city.
St. Peter’s Basilica – interior, Vatican city by Patrick Landy
Piazza della Rotonda is the square boasting the best-preserved monument of ancient Rome – Pantheon. Despite the fact that it was built already in 126 AD, the building is well preserved and since the 7th century, it has served as a Roman Catholic Church.
We came only accidentally to this piazza while strolling Roman streets and were not prepared for such a huge temple here. Perhaps Pantheon is what I liked the most about Rome. It is amazing not only from outside but even its interior worth a visit! Do not miss it!
Pantheon – interior, Things to do in Rome, Lazio, Italy by John Morton
5. Vatican Museums
For art lovers there are Vatican Museums inside the Vatican City, which hold many important relics of the world. Have you ever heard of the Sistine Chapel? If you want to see it then this is a place that you’ve got to include on your list.
Vatican Museums boast the largest collection of classical sculptures, a large collection of Etruscan art, Egyptian exhibition including Egyptian mummies, medieval and Renaissance art and especially the beautiful Sistine Chapel.
Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums by fortherock
Sistine Chapel – ceiling paintings, Vatican Museums by fortherock
6. Trevi Fountain
Planning to have a return trip to Rome? Then why not try your luck and throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain? This world-renowned attraction in Rome was made famous because of the legend that whoever throws a coin in the fountain, would one day go back to Rome. In 2016 the tourists threw 1.4 million euros in the fountain, so many people want to come back!
I did this in 1998 and I returned in 2006. 🙂 The fountain is definitely on top of things to do in Rome, but it is often crowded and you will need to wait some time to get closer. But once you get there, you’ll be amazed!
Trevi fountain at night, Things to do in Rome, Lazio, Italy by gnumarcelo
7. Spanish Steps
Need to meet up with relatives and friends in Rome? Try to meet up in the Spanish Steps which now serves as a perfect gathering place for tourists and their relatives. Usually crowded, the place is always full of energy.
Spanish Steps are most beautiful when they are decorated with flowers. It means that you will need to visit Rome from late April to early May only, for the rest of the year the steps are decorated occasionally only.
The Spanish Steps from Piazza di Spagna with Fontana della Barcaccia, Things to do in Rome, Lazio, Italy by Dark Rome Tours & Walks
8. Roman Forum
You’ve got to be in Roman Forum if you are interested in ancient Rome. This served as its heart and as a venue for elections and speeches in ancient times.
At present, however, there are only ruins. Anyway, it is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Although no longer amaze visitors with its ancient beauty, it is very attractive for its faded glory and mysterious atmosphere.
Roman Forum – panorama, Things to do in Rome, Lazio, Italy by DannyBoy7783
9. Castel Sant’Angelo
If you have watched the film “Angels and Demons” then you might recognize Castel Sant’Angelo by looking at its pictures. That is because this place was used as a setting for the movie. Castel Sant’Angelo is now one of the museums that have to be visited while you are in the city of Rome.
The place is also very nice in the evening when you will have an opportunity to make some of the most beautiful photos from your visit to Rome. Try to do so from nearby bridge Ponte Sant’Angelo.
Castel Sant’Angelo, Things to do in Rome, Lazio, Italy by Giuseppe Milo
Castel Sant’Angelo and Ponte Sant’Angelo, Things to do in Rome, Lazio, Italy by Ben Cremin
10. Piazza Navona
If you like to just walk and walk, take pictures and go to crowded places for a little adventure, then the Piazza Navona is a perfect place for you. It is one of the famous squares in all the city of Rome as well as one of the most beautiful ones.
It is considered one of the most beautiful squares not only in Rome, or Italy but throughout the whole world as well! The best atmosphere here is in the evening.
Piazza Navona, Things to do in Rome, Lazio, Italy by N i c o l a
11. Campo de’ Fiori
While walking in the Piazza Navona, you will also need to pass through the nearby Campo de’ Fiori. It is a famous marketplace in Rome where you can buy some fruits, vegetables, fish and flowers. It is a perfect place to roam around the city.
If you want to enjoy real Italian atmosphere then this place is my tip for you to visit. Local wineries and lively pubs are here open long into the night.
Campo de’ Fiori, Things to do in Rome, Lazio, Italy by Jari Sjölund
Campo de’ Fiori square, Things to do in Rome, Lazio, Italy by Myrabella
12. Baths of Caracalla
In 193 AD when Septimius Severus became the Roman emperor, he and his son Caracalla decided to build a huge complex of baths. On the area of 100,000 square meters, they built amazing spa centre – Baths of Caracalla.
They were able to accommodate up to 10,000 people a day. The baths were completed in 217.
Baths of Caracalla, Things to do in Rome, Lazio, Italy by Patrick Denker
Baths of Caracalla – panorama, Things to do in Rome, Lazio, Italy by Chris 73
13. Piazza del Popolo
In the centre of Rome, there is a large square Piazza del Popolo, which is a reflection of the monumental architectural style originating from Paris. The name of the square comes from the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, which is its main landmark.
However, the square is a home to other two churches Santa Maria di Montesano and Santa Maria dei Miracoli. They look to be identical but there are some differences.
Piazza del Popolo and Vatican as seen from Villa Borghese, Things to do in Rome, Lazio, Italy by Umberto Rotundo
14. Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano is one of the four patriarchal basilicas of Rome. It was built in the 4th century AD, and today is the official seat of the Pope. “Omnium Urbis et Orbis ecclesiarum mater et caput” – the “mother and head of all the churches of the city and the world”.
The basilica was built in the 4th century by Emperor Constantine. Since then it was looted several times, burned or damaged by the earthquake but it was always well renovated.
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, Things to do in Rome, Lazio, Italy by Simone Ramella
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano – Cloister, Things to do in Rome, Lazio, Italy by Dnalor 01
15. Piazza Farnese
Piazza Farnese is one of the most picturesque squares in Rome dominated by Renaissance Palazzo Farnese, which was built in the 16th century and currently serves as the French Embassy.
On its construction participated all the great Renaissance artists, so it is considered the most beautiful Renaissance building not only in Rome but in all of Italy.
Fountain of Piazza Farnese, Things to do in Rome, Lazio, Italy by schizoform
Piazza Farnese, Things to do in Rome, Lazio, Italy by Michele Ursino
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