Must See Sites In Rome
Here’s some advice if you’re planning on visiting Rome – bring comfortable walking shoes. There are so many things to do in Rome, you’ll be walking your feet off. We only had four days in the city, and I knew it was going to be difficult to see everything. If you’re in the same pickle, here’s my condensed list of must see sites in Rome.
Here Is A List Of My Must See Sites In Rome:
This one my #1 attraction in Rome. You could hear the rushing water from blocks away, and once you catch a site of the largest Baroque fountain in the city, you’ll understand why it’s considered the world’s most beautiful.
Before I stepped foot in Rome, I was obsessed with this fountain and I considered it one of my must see sites in Rome and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.
I had read reviews before our trip, and most people complained about the large crowds and the difficulty getting close to the fountain. Luckily we didn’t have that problem. We were able to walk right up, flip our coin over our shoulders and make a wish.
Legend has it that if you throw a coin into the fountain, you’ll be sure to return to Rome. An estimated 3000 euros in coins are thrown into the fountain each day.
If you’re in the area I would recommend getting some gelato and finding a comfortable spot near the fountain. The only drawback is the vendors selling souvenirs. A minor problem in the beautiful location.
There’s no way you can visit Rome and not visit the Colosseum. In fact, Tripadvisor rates it the #1 attraction in Rome. As we walked towards the iconic amphitheatre, we were approached by numerous tour operators offering guided tours of the Colosseum. We opted to go with City Wonders and bought the Colosseum & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour with Forum & Palatine Hill package.
For $60 per person you receive a 3 hour tour with an English speaking tour guide. The group is limited to a maximum of 25 people and audio headsets are provided so you’ll always hear the guide.
The best part about this guided tour, you get to skip the line!
The tour was fantastic! It was informative without being boring and really brought the history of the Colosseum to life. On a side note, Gladiator got it all wrong.
We decided to stick with City Wonders and did a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Despite being 14km long, it receives over 6 million visitors each year and can be pretty overwhelming.
With our guide we followed a planned route that allowed us to see all the major attractions – ancient sculptures, tapestries, medieval maps, paintings and precious relics. Our group was small, but it does get crowded, so it was great getting to skip lines and access certain areas quickly.
You are not allowed to take photos in the Sistine Chapel; however, you can in most places in the museums. There will be signs to tell you when you can use flash, so keep an eye out.
Remember The Vatican carries its own dress code. Ensure your knees and shoulders are covered.
Finally, some of the highest rates of petty theft are in front of Michelangelo’s Pieta in St. Peter’s Basilica, so remember to keep a close eye on your possessions.
Another highlight for me was the Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna). It was bustling with activity and of course – like the Trevi Fountain – you’ll get harassed by a few vendors selling souvenirs, selfie sticks and the like. But despite that, I enjoyed walking the steps and seeing the great view.
We decided to visit the steps straight after our tour of the Vatican City. This would not be recommended. I couldn’t feel my legs by the time I was done at the Vatican, and walking the steps and surrounding areas had me wanting to cry.
It’s a great place to people watch and just enjoy the beautiful surroundings, but there are around 135 steps, so make sure you’re prepared.
Parks and Churches
I also have to tell you about the park surrounding Villa Borghese. It’s near the Spanish steps and if you can handle a further walk you won’t be disappointed. The view is breath-taking. It’s a quiet area, and we chose to simply walk around and relax on park benches. The energy of the area is what I really enjoyed. It’s a simple park, but a nice quiet respite from the bustling city.
I can’t write a post about Rome without mentioning the beautiful churches. We would often find ourselves wondering the streets and popping into churches as we passed them. They are stunning. I would absolutely suggest walking through small side streets to see what hidden treasures you can find.