If you’re the type of traveler that loves history and marvels both the new and the old, you will surely love visiting Rome – the city often described as the world’s biggest open-air museum. Once the greatest center of the Western Civilization and one of the first cosmopolitan cities, Rome has left a legacy on law, art, architecture and engineering.
Being a tremendous place with thousands of sights, a month or two of living in the Eternal City is not enough to see everything. With a history spanning more than 2,000 years, Rome indeed, has plenty to offer. From its magnificent churches, ancient monuments, great museums, majestic parks, historical building and world-class cafes, Rome is truly a dream vacation rolled into one. Top Attractions in Rome, Italy is a list on the must-see places when you travel to the Eternal City. This way, you will not miss the popular attractions and favorites among the tourists like you!!!
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1. Castel Sant Angelo
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Translation: Castle of the Holy Angel
Location: Lungotevere Castello, 50, 00186 Rome, Italy
The Castel Sant Angelo is a national museum located on the right back of the Tiber River. It was originally built as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian and his successors, became a fortress and later a refuge for the popes. Its rich history and amazing views offered is a must-see for all tourists. The statue at the top is that of the archangel Michael who was believed to have appeared on top of the fortress thousand of years ago which miraculously ended the severe plague that infested the city.
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Location: Piazza del Colosseo, Rome, Italy
Regarded as the most impressive building of the Roman Empire, the Colosseum is an amphitheater built used mainly for big events, though today, guided tours are being offered to those who wish to see and explore this imposing and beautiful site.
3. Fontana di Trevi
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Translation: Trevi Fountain
Location: Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Rome, Italy (Trevi)
One of the most famous and beautiful fountain in all of Rome is the Trevi fountain. Located in the Quirinale district, it is said that once a person throws a coin into the fountain, the person will return to Rome.
4. Foro Romano
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Translation: Roman Forum
Location: Piazza Santa Maria Nova 53, 00186 Rome, Italy
The Foro Romano is a rectangular plaza in Rome that is surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings. Nestled between the valleys of Capitoline Hill and the Palatine Hill, the forum is a sprawling ruin of architectural fragments where tours are offered for tourists visiting the site.
5. Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II
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Translation: Victor Emmanuel Monument
Location: Piazza Venezia, Rome, Italy
Built as a monument to the first king of a united Italy, Victor Emmanuel II, the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II is an enormous white marble monument dominating the Piazza Venezia. Aside from the grandiose monument, great views of Rome can be seen at the top.
6. Musei Capitolini
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Translation: Capitoline Museum
Location: Piazza del Campidoglio 1, 00186 Rome, Italy
The Musei Capitolini is regarded to be the first public museum in the world and has a rich and wide collection of Roman art through the ages. Among the museum’s most famous artworks are the poignant Dying Gaul, the regal Capitoline Venus and the Esquiline Venus.
7. Ostia Antica
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Location: Rome, Italy
Travelers wishing to explore ancient buildings, magnificent frescoes and impressive mosaics, the Ostia Antica is the perfect place to visit. Ostia Antica is a large archeological site which was the location of ancient Rome’s harbour city. Here you will be able to see amazing ruins and so much more.
8. Palatine Hill
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Location: Via S. Gregorio 30, Rome, Italy
Palatine Hill is Rome’s strong link to its mythology. This is where the twins Romulus and Remus were said to have been found by their four-legged shepherd mother in the Lupercal Cave. Today, the hill is made up of amazing ruins and is still the centermost of the famous seven hills of Rome.
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Location: 00186 Rome, Italy
One of Rome’s most beautiful and famous squares, the Piazza Navona is a large and lively square with three magnificent fountains and the Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone. The fountains are the Fountain of the Four Rivers, Neptune Fountain & Moor Fountain.
10. Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti
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Translation: Spanish Steps
Location: 00187 Rome, Italy
The Spanish Steps is a set of stairs between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top. The stairway has about 135 steps and one of the notable landmarks is the Fontana della Barcaccia or the “Fountain of the ugly Boat”.
11. The Vatican City
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Location: Rome, Italy
Vatican City is the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population. It is a landlocked sovereign city-state whose territory consists of a walled enclave within the city of Rome. The gardens at the Vatican City are decorated with fountains and sculptures and cover approximately 23 hectares (57 acres).
12. Via Appia Antica
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Translation: Ancient Appian Way
Location: via Appia Antica, 00178 Rome, Italy
The Via Appia Antica is a consular road that was completed by 312 BC. The road is one of the original seven roads leading to Rome and is lined by catacombs and Roman Ruins. It is a great place for biking and hiking.
13. Villa dei Quintili
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Translation: Villa of the Quintilii
Location: Via Appia Nuova 1092, Via Appia Antica, Rome, 00178
Villa dei Quintili is an ancient Roman villa with 52 rooms. The ruins of the villa offers a breathtaking sight of the ancient Rome’s opulence.
One of the interesting places to visit Rome are its churches. Representing different races and beliefs, the church in Rome are as grand and as unique as the rest. Get to know more of its famous churches right here!!!