Top 10 Rome Attractions You Must See !
Lets take a look at all the ancient and historical Rome sights you should not miss when visiting the Italian Capital with our list of the Top 10 Rome Attractions !
Top 10 Rome Attractions
1. The Pantheon
The Pantheon is a spectacular sight during the day or at night time and from the inside or outside. It was the largest freestanding dome in the world until 1436 when in Florence Cathederal (Duomo) was built. But lets not forget that the Pantheon held the mantle for over 1300 years. The great Michelangelo was inspired by the Pantheon and called it one of the greatest ever feats of human architecture that was built by angels. He used the ideas of the Pantheon to create the façade at St Peter’s.
The Pantheon is probably the most well preserved structure of Ancient Rome on the list of top 10 Rome Attractions, however its said that it has been re-built 2 with the original facing the opposite way. Its free to go inside so dont miss this one.
It must be the most famous fountain in the world and most people know about throwing a coin in to make a wish. Throwing the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder – that will ensure a return to Rome is the saying. The fountain took around 30 years to build and was completed in 1762. The name comes from the fountain where the three streets meet – Via De’ Crocicchi, Via Poli and Via Delle Muratte. You will find it hard to visit the Trevi when its not full of tourists as even throughout the night visitors come and go and its estimated around 3000,00 Euros is swept up from the fountain daily and given to local charities.
The vast Museums of the Vatican expand over 9 miles and is the largest collection of religious artifacts in the world. The museums are actually a collection of museums with work from some of the Rennaisance’s finest artists with work such as the Rafael rooms and Sistine Chapel where conclave takes place just to name a couple.
With a total of 54 museums and 1400 rooms, chapels and galleries that constitute former wings of the Vatican Palace. You will have to be selective on your visit as you cannot see it all but if you have time to see one museum in Rome then the Vatican Museum is the one to do.
4.St Peters Basilica
The Basilica of St Peters is a symbol for the Christian world located in the Vatican State which is officially the smallest country in the world. The Basilica you see today was built and opened in 1626 taking 120 years to construct. It is the burial site of St Peter. Throughout the year on sundays the pope makes mass and a blessing on the wednesdays so its worth making the visit but you can expect large crowds of pilgrims. Inside the Basilica is like a museum itself with Michelangelo’s Pietà and the Papal Altar designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Aside from a visit inside the Basilica many take the 551 steps from St Peter’s to the Cupola for breathtaking views of the city and the Vatcian gardens.
The symbol of Rome and the Roman Empire and it power is simply unmissable. Built for gladiatorial battles and public spectacles it is thought that over 500,000 people lost their lives over the years in the battles and over a million animals. The Colosseum was built in only 10 years and opened in 80 AD. Today the great amphitheater is a tourist attraction and open everyday of the year apart closing only on Xmas day and New Years day. It often hosts music concerts and the visit inside is well worth it and the ticket is valid for the Forum and Palatine Hill too.
The Roman forum as you see it today shows evidence from several centuries all together as the Romans built over earlier ruins. The name comes from Foro (Forum) which was the central square from the early settlements and eventually became home to the senate and a place for emperors to make public speeches among many other things. The Roman Forum was only discovered in 1803 by archeologist Carlo Fea. You can see the forum overlooking from Foro Imperiale or with the ticket for the Colosseum you can enter into the ruins.
7.The Spanish Steps
Over looking Rome’s most prestigeous shopping street Via Dei Condotti and located in Piazza di Spagna. There are 135 steps upto the top which is overlooked by the church Trinita Dei Monti. At the botton in the Piazza there is the “Fountain of the ugly boat” or “Fontana della Barcaccia” in Italian and was built by Bernini. The steps gain their name from being in the vicinity of the Spanish Embassy. Its a great place to sit down and take in some sun and people watch or just take a break from the shopping. Please note it is forbidden to eat or drink on the steps to keep them clean.
8.Campidoglio & Monumento Vittorio Emanuele II
In Piazza Venezia looking one way you can see all the way down Via del Corso towards Piazza del Popolo, turn around and you will be facing the huge monument of Vittorio Emanuele II. It has the nickname of “The Wedding Cake”. You can have a walk inside where there is a free war museum about the unification of Italy and go upto the Terrance to check out the views. The top terrance of Quadrighe is paid if you want to take the elevator to the top. Just to the side on the top of the Capitoline Hill is Piazza del Campidoglio with its beautiful square designed by the great Michelangelo. In the centre you can find the huge equestrian statue of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius.
Of all the top 10 Rome Attractions, for the best view of Rome you will have to go up to the Gianicolo Hill to the west of the Tiber. It offers a panoramic view of the whole city and you will find visitors there day and night taking in the views. The Gianicolo Hill does not actually count as one of Rome’s 7 hills as its outside of the Ancient City. At noon each day a single cannon shot is fired from Gianicolo under the of Pius IX in 1847. The original idea was so the churchs of the city would chime in unison. You will also find the statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi who was instrumental in the unification of modern Italy.
10.Castel Sant Angelo
Located last on the list of top 10 Rome Attractions Castel Sant Angelo is on the banks of the Tiber and close enough to St Peters that there is secret corridor, known as the Passetto di Borgo that links to the Vatican and was used as a refuge in times of attack. The Castle was constructed by Emperor Hadrian and finished in 139 AD. Todays name derives from archangel Michael in which an archangel stood atop of the fortress in 590 AD and legend has it ended the severe plague in the city. Today its a national museum and you can walk upto the top to see the views and there is also a cafe at the top where you can have lunch.