Top 10 Rome Attractions

Rome is a city bursting with historic attractions, sites, landmarks and things to do that you won’t want to waste a second of your time missing out on what’s best to see. To help you see the best of the city, here are some top 10 things to do in Rome, and they’re all well within budget! You don’t need to splash out to have fun – so visit the Coliseum for free, eat a cheap local pizza and see one of the best views in the world…

Colosseum

Coliseum

The Coliseum is one of the most iconic landmarks in Rome and it’s a must-visit on your trip to Rome. Make this top of the list on your things to do and see the historic site where brutal gladiator fights took place, walk along the ancient tiers and corridors that date back over 2,000 years and learn about what really went on as life as a gladiator through fascinating exhibits. See the armour they used to wear and weapons each gladiator fought with depending on their rank and training.

Address: Piazza del Colosseo , 00184 Rome
Metro: Colosseo (Metro line B)
Visit duration: 2 hours

Roman Forum

Roman Forum

The Roman Forum is one of the most impressive historic sites in the city of Rome. Once a bustling market place, you can walk along the cobbled streets and see how the Ancient Romans once lived their day-to-day lives as merchants and traders. The ancient city’s arches and pillars are a reminder of the grand Roman Empire that once was. Look out for the Arch of Septimus Severus, Temple of Romulus of the main square.

Address: Via di San Gregorio, 30 - 00184 Rome
Metro: Colosseo (Metro line B)
Visit duration: 2 hours

Borghese Gallery

Borghese Gallery

The Borghese Gallery is one of Rome’s finest art galleries and anyone who wants to indulge in a bit of culture should visit this beautiful building. Set in the heart of Rome’s most loved parks, Villa Borghese, the Gallery is the oldest private collection of art – dating back to Scipione Borghese in the 16th – 17th century – who was also the patron of Caravaggio and Bernini whose pieces feature heavily throughout.

Address: Piazzale del Museo, Borghese, 5 - 00197 Rome
Bus: Pinciana- Museo Borghese
Visit duration: 2 hours

Eat a Gelato

Giolitti

You’ll never be short of a gelaterias in Rome. The sweet ice cream and sorbets can be found around the city, each vying to outdo each other on their range of flavours. From the renowned Giolitti, around the corner from the Pantheon, to the hidden away Gelateria del Teatro, why not experiment with their wide range of taste from lavender and peach, or even tiramisu and hazelnut.

Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums

Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums

The Sistine Chapel in the Vatican is one of the best things to do in Rome – if not in the world! Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement is famous around the globe and you must see it on your trip to the Vatican City to appreciate the sheer skill that went into its creation over 400 years ago. Within the Vatican Museums you can also see the history of the Papal lineage – covering over 9 miles – including busts, sculptures, tapestries and paintings.

Address: Viale Vaticano, 00165 Roma
Metro: Ottaviano-S.Pietro-Musei Vaticano (Metro A line)
Visit duration: 4 hours

St Peter's Basilica

St Peter's Basilica

St Peter’s Basilica is a stunning historic building in Rome and one of the most important religious sites, welcoming thousands of pilgrims a year. As one of the most famous churches in the world, St Peter’s boasts the largest dome in history, as well as a huge Baroque Baldachin under which the Pope gives mass. Climb to the top of the dome for breath-taking views over the city and St Peter’s Square.

Address: Piazza San Pietro, Vatican City
Metro: Ottaviano-S.Pietro-Musei Vaticano (Metro A line)
Visit duration: 2 hours

Eat a Roman-style pizza

Rome Pizza

Rome and Pizza go together, hand in hand. And like gelaterias, you won’t struggle to find a slice or two during your visit. The Italians have pizza al taglio which simply means by the slice so you can find a small, open countered pizzeria and pay by the measure. That means you can try more flavours, too! Alternatively head into one of the many trattorias for a sit down pizza and you’ll fall in love with the soft doughy crusts and melt-in-your-mouth mozzarella.

Discover the skyline of Rome

Janiculum Hill Rome

The Janiculum Hill (or Gianicolo) in Rome is the second tallest hill in the city. This means that you are guaranteed unparalleled views from this western vantage point over Rome. This summit is loved by visitors and locals alike who climb up to watch the sun go down, or visit at night, buy a Peroni or two and take in the views over the city – illuminated in the dark.

Address: Passeggiata Del Gianicolo, 00165 Rome
Bus: Piazzale Garibaldi
Visit duration: 2 hours

Fontana di Trevi

Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain is one of the most impressive Baroque sculptures and landmarks in Rome. Built in the 1760s it’s now one of the most famous fountains in the world – and a non-mover on the top 10 things to do in Rome. Tradition has it that when you visit you must toss a coin over your left shoulder to ensure you return to Rome! Visit it at night and you can see the white marble and pool illuminated – a great photo opportunity!

Address: Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma
Metro: Barberini (Metro line A)
Visit duration: 1 hour