TOP THINGS TO DO IN ROME

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Rome is one of the top destinations in the world and no one should miss it. It has plenty of cultural things to do (some of the considered best monuments from different periods are here). It is a modern and cosmopolitan city mixed with a typical relaxed Mediterranean city. Everyone likes Rome.

The main tourist attractions are marked on the map below

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Google maps showing the main tourist areas

The visitor should spend at least two days to see everything described in this article.

THE VATICAN

This country-city is one of the biggest attractions in Rome because of ST. PETER’S BASILICA and the VATICAN MUSEUMS. Two separate posts are dedicated to them.

Apart from the Vatican, located west of the city, we suggest the following route from south to north.

THE COLISEUM

Open daily from 8:30. It closes differently depending on the sunset. That ranges from 15:30 in winter  to 18:15 in summer. Admission € 12/7 adult / reduced, can be booked in advance for 2 more euros. It includes admission to the Forum and the Palatine. Completed in the first century and used during almost 500 years, it is one of the largest amphitheatres that were built in the Roman Empire (housed 50,000 people), but it is also known for being probably the best preserved one. Even though, it lacks a large portion of the outer arch. Currently it is under restoration. Inside, you can see the area that was under the arena, mostly galleries and rooms for gladiators and animals, since it was based on wooden boards. The Coliseum won the New7Wonders contest in 2007, and since then it is considered one of the new 7 wonders of the world.

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Exterior of the Coliseum
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Interior of the Colosseum

ROMAN FORUM AND PALATINE

Admission included with the Coliseum. The ancient Roman forum, the very center of the city in old times. Currently, most of it is in ruins, so it is difficult to get an idea of the importance it used to have. The Palatino is a hill where (supposedly) Romulus founded Rome.

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What remains of the Roman Forum

VENEZIA SQUARE

The main attraction is the Grand Venice Palace, built partially with marble from the Coliseum.

PANTHEON

Open daily from 8:30 to 19:30 (Sundays until 18:00). As the coliseum, is 2000 years old. Gigantic for the time, the former Roman temple is now a catholic church. The dome was the largest in the world until the 15th century.

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In front of the Pantheon

PIAZZA NAVONA

Probably the most famous square, known for its buildings, sculptures, fountains and restaurants.

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Fountain in Piazza Navona

TREVI FOUNTAIN (Fontana de Trevi)

Recently restored, the most famous fountain in Rome, is also one of the most famous in the world. Its beauty is undeniable, although it may not be reflected in a photograph. The square where it is placed is so small that no matter how one tries to go backwards, you can not take a picture of the entire fountain (bring your fisheye lens). It is a real source of income for the city as a daily average of € 3,000 in coins are thrown into this fountain. At night there is usually few people.

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Fontana de Trevi

SPANISH STEPS (Piazza d’Espagna)

Took its name is after the Spanish embassy which used to be here. Known for the steps leading to the Church of Trinity.

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The steps of the Piazza. If you think that the scaffold ruins the picture, guess why there is no picture of Piazza Venezia.

PIAZZA DEL POPOLO

Famous for its two symmetrical churches.

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Piazza del Popolo
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