Rome – Italy

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Colosseum Rome Italy

Rome is one of Europe’s most popular vacation destinations. It’s home to historical monuments, ancient Roman ruins, fabulous museums, Renaissance masterpieces, and so much more. It’s no wonder that it is one of Italy’s most visited cities.

Fun Rome Attractions

Explore the Eternal City on your own or take a fun tour and visit Rome’s most popular sights. Must-see attractions include:

  • Borghese Gallery
    The Galleria Borghese is famous for having one of the most extensive art collections in the world.
  • Capitoline Museums
    The museums house an impressive collection of Romanesque paintings and sculptures.
  • Catacombs of Rome
    The Catacombs of Rome are Roman subterranean crypts, catacombs and burial chambers – very interesting and educational. Dress in layers as it can be cool and damp underground.
  • Colosseum
    The Colosseum is the largest amphitheater built during the Roman Empire, between 72-80 A.D. Once the site of Roman gladiators and thousands of cheering spectators, today the giant amphitheatre is one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions.
  • National Roman Museum
    The museum is composed of four different sites, housing some of the oldest and most spectacular masterpieces of sculptures, paintings and artifacts.
  • Pantheon
    This architectural wonder is one of Rome’s most visited attractions.
  • Palatine Hill
    The city of Rome was founded on the Palatine – archaeological discoveries included prehistoric remains and imperial palace ruins. The original city of Romulus was built upon Palatine Hill – the highest of the original three summits.
  • Roman Forum
    The Roman Forum housed ancient Rome’s temples and basilicas. Historical points of interest include the Via Sacra – the main street in ancient Rome that Julius Caesar walked more than 20 centuries ago.
  • Sistine Chapel
    The Sistine Chapel, located in the Vatican Palace, is famous for its Renaissance frescoes by Michelangelo. It is regarded as one of his most famous works.
  • Spanish Steps
    Be sure to visit the famous Spanish Steps at the Piazza di Spagna – it’s a popular gathering place for tourists and locals alike. Grab a seat (on a step) and watch the world go by. During our visit, we sat there for hours – it’s a FUN place for hanging out and you can’t beat the people-watching!
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
    One of the world’s holiest Catholic shrines, visited by thousands of pilgrims and tourists every month.
  • Trevi Fountain
    Throw a coin… or two into Rome’s famous Trevi Fountain (pictured above) to ensure your return to the Eternal City – and don’t forget to make a wish 🙂
  • Vatican City and Vatican Museums
    Tour the Vatican Musuems, climb the dome at St. Peter’s Basilica and admire Michelangelo‘s artwork on the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling, dating back to 1505-1512.
The Vatican, Rome

Book Rome Sightseeing Tours, Day Trips and Fun Things To Do

Get priority access to the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica on this Small-Group Guided Tour. Explore the Gallery of the Maps and Raphael’s Rooms. Step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire “The Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo. Book a Skip-the-Line Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill. Learn about the history of the Colosseum on this small-group walking tour that takes you to the first and second tiers of this iconic amphitheater. Visit the Roman Forum and its ancient ruins of the Temple Julius Caesar. See the House of Vestal Virgins and walk along Via Sacre. Get Skip-the-Line tickets and go underground and see Rome’s ancient Catacombs and Crypts on a Half-Day Small-Group Walking Tour. Visit the Domitilla Catacomb and Basilica of San Clemente. See Caravaggio’s “St. Francis in Meditation” painting in the Capuchin Crypt Museum. Take an open-top Rome Hop-On-Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour. Enjoy seeing all of Rome’s top attractions at your own pace.

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The Best Time To Visit Rome

The best time to visit Rome is during the Spring (April-May) and Fall (September-October) when temperatures are relatively mild. Peak tourist season begins just before Easter (when most tourists visit Rome) and runs thru’ October. June to early September is usually the most expensive and crowded time to visit Rome. 

Summers can be very hot, humid and crowded. Many of the locals go on vacation in August (especially during the last two weeks), so expect some of the hotels, restaurants and shops to be closed. Winters can be cool and wet. Visitors may be able to get good deals during this time (except during the holiday season) and enjoy the city without the throngs of tourists.

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