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Rome Tour Guide

Rome makes for an epic experience, particularly as a weekend getaway and touring the city is a daily adventure, providing new insight into the Roman culture and way of life that differs somewhat from the other countries around the world. A trip through the ancient icons and the ruins left behind offer a glance into a time long forgotten.  Once home to the Roman Empire and the great gladiators; the Eternal City has underwent a significant shift and evolved into the prominent commune it is today. Rome offers so much to see. I’m excited to share my best places to visit in Rome in this Rome tour guide.

Make sure not miss out the 10 places listed below!

No 1. The Colosseum – Best Places to visit in Rome

When considering the places to explore in Rome, the Colosseum almost always tops the list. The giant monolith with its gory history is a titillating sight for many. Famous for the battles that took place among the gladiators as they put on a spectacle for the raucous audience under the instructions of the reigning Caesar, the amphitheater, although in a ruinous state, still calls forth massive crowds that wish to inspect the structure. One almost feels transported back in time when it was used for cruel purposes back during Caesars reign when standing within the stone edifice. It is highly recommended to join a guided tour, private or shared. Book online or outside the Colosseum.

Taking it all in, inside magnificent Colosseum
Taking it all in, inside magnificent Colosseum

No 2. The Roman Forum – Best Places to visit in Rome

Another historically important area of interest is the Roman Forum (Forum Romanum) that includes various government buildings from the ancient times that are now lying in ruins. What used to be one of the most public meeting places with temples and the sort spread across the premises, the forum is now a great tourist site, especially for the historians. One hour or two among these ruins, quickly brings you back in time!

Forum Romanum
Forum Romanum

No 3. The Trevi Fountain – Things to do in Rome

The Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) is not only one of the most beautiful fountains of the world, it holds great cultural significance as well. A bevy of architects constructed it. Nicola Salvi was credited as the major architect behind it.  Many of the tourists thrown coins into the water; as it is said that doing so ensures ones return to the great city of Rome. If you want some personal time with this fountain, I recommend to go here early morning or weekdays; as it is one of the most crowded places in Rome.

Fontana Di Trevi
Fontana Di Trevi – One of the most beautiful fountains I have seen…

No 4. Altar of the Fatherland – Things to do in Rome

In the midst of the Pizza Venezia is the Altar of the Fatherland (Altare della Patria) which was made to honor the first king Victor Emmanuel of Italy. The imposing structure offers a panoramic vista of Rome in such majestic beauty that one must visit the place at least once.

The Altare della Patria from a distance
The Altare della Patria from a distance

No 5. St. Peter’s Basilica & The Vatican

One of the finest works of Renaissance architecture, the church of St. Peter’s Basilica is among the largest churches in the world and was designed by some of the biggest architects of the period. Behind the Basilica is the Vatican Museum, a place of immense wonder and creativity, displaying eminent sculptures and paintings done by some of the biggest names in art history all available for the perusal of the connoisseur. You can easily spend a day here admiring all the beauty in this place, listening to the tremendous stories.

The Basilica & the Vatican Museum are  one of the most famous land marks of Rome and also one of the most crowded ones. Make sure to buy skip the line tickets, including the basilica on line or ask your hotel to arrange it as the normal cue is crazily long!

St Peter’s Basilica
St Peter’s Basilica
The Vatican Museum – So much beauty in this place
The Vatican Museum – So much beauty in this place

No 6. Piazza Navona 

One of the central squares in Rome, the Piazza offers a colorful array of activity with Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi as its main attraction. The roads are usually teeming with tourists and the like admiring the view. A multitude of café and restaurants adorn the streets with many artists busy at work.

A Morning in Piazza Navona
A Morning in Piazza Navona

No 7. Spanish Steps

With 132 steps in the entire stairway, the Spanish Steps are one of the most popular tourist sites in Rome. The steps were built by an obscure architect, Francesco de Sanctis mainly to link the Trinita dei Monti church at the top of the hill with the Spanish square below. It served as a place for miscellaneous artist and poets to gather about and feel inspired.

Walking down the Spanish Steps
Walking down the Spanish Steps

No 8. Pantheon

Thousands of centuries old, the temple of Pantheon is a spectacular building to behold much for its elegance and architectural design. Made as a temple to all gods, the Pantheon is the most well preserved buildings in all of Rome.

Famous Pantheon by Night
Famous Pantheon by Night

No. 9 – The Tiber River

Being the third longest river in Italy, the Tiber offers beautiful walks and views. Take a walk along one of the many bridges, admire St Peter’s Basilica from a distance or end the night after dinner in Trastevere by an evening walk along Tiber in light!

Tibern with St Peter’s Basilica in the background
Tibern with St Peter’s Basilica in the background

No. 10 – Rome Life in the Picturesque Streets

Once you have seen all above, you have to enjoy the Rome life, the food the wine & the ice cream and this is best done in the vibrant and picturesque hoods surrounding Via dei Coronari or Trastevere.

A Cosy Street around Via Dei Coronari
A Cosy Street around Via Dei Coronari

The Eternal City of Rome requires time and patience; to gain the most from the experience by devouring and exploring. So plan ahead all the places to visit and see and enjoy a marvelous trip to the extraordinary land.

Want to find out more about Rome?  Read my Rome Travel Stories and the Full Rome Travel Guide.

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