Rome, Italy also known as the Eternal City, is one of the oldest destinations in Europe, spanning back thousands of years to days when toga-clad Romans walked the streets and chariot racing took place in impressive amphitheaters.
Things to do in Rome
- The Colosseum – Rome’s most iconic landmark sits in the heart of the city, its preserved ruins offering a glimpse into the past and embodying the city’s previous life.
- Roman Forum – Another of the city’s ancient wonders, the Roman Forum combines a selection of ruins from antique government buildings.
- Pantheon – This centuries-old edifice was commissioned during the famous reign of Augustus and has been preserved over many years. It’s an iconic image of Rome, with its Corinthian columns and grandiose architecture.
- St. Peter’s Basilica – Set inside the smaller, independent Vatican City – home of the Pope – the Basilica was designed and built by Michelangelo and a selection of other legendary Italian artists.
- Palatine Hill – In the middle of the Seven Hills of Rome, Palatine Hill remains one of the oldest parts of the city, looking down on the Roman Forum to one side and the Circus Maximus the other.
- Trevi Fountain – Flick in a coin and make a wish at the Trevi Fountain, a pivotal part of Rome’s culture designed by renowned architect Nicola Salvi.
- Piazza Navona – Grab a drink and a bite to eat in this old city square which lies on the site of the old Stadium of Domitian – a 1st Century structure that was the centrepiece of ancient Rome.
- Sistine Chapel – Be sure to visit the official residence of the Pope and see Michelangelo’s world-famous ceiling mural with your own eyes.
- Spanish Steps – A popular meeting point for locals and tourists alike, the Spanish Steps show a familiar scene of Rome alongside the Trevi Fountain.
- Capitoline Hill – Another of Rome’s Seven Hills, Capitoline was once the main citadel of the earliest Romans, providing a fascinating insight into days-gone-by.
- Borghese Gallery and Museum – Art and culture lovers should not miss the Borghese, the bastion of Roman art spanning numerous years. Here, you can wander amongst works by some of Italy’s greatest painters.
- Castel Sant’Angelo – Also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, the Castel Sant’Angelo was commissioned by Hadrian himself, and is now his official resting place.
- Circus Maximus – Once the home of ancient chariot racing and other entertainment, Circus Maximus is the perfect place to explore the culture of ancient civilisations.
- Altare della Patria – Built to honour the first king of Italy, Victor Emmanuel, the Altare remains a popular haunt for tourists on the hunt for history and culture.
- Capuchin Crypt – Set below the grounds of the Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini church, this eerie network of chapels was once a hugely important part of Roman life.