Rome, the capital city of Italy, has a long and illustrious history. The city boasts a myriad of attractions to see and things to do. Although many people claim that autumn is a great season to visit Rome, I can surely say that visiting the city in spring or summer has its own benefits too. No matter the season, if you plan to visit this mesmerizing city, be sure to check out the following things to do; you’ll enjoy each experience and see the best the city has to offer!
1. Sistine Chapel
Consecrated in 1483, this marvelous chapel is located in Vatican City. The location of Papal conclaves, the meeting place of the College of Cardinals, the Sistine Chapel is also home to some of the world’s most famous art work like the chapel’s ceiling painted by Michelangelo. The chapel’s incredible frescoes and art works attract visitors from all over the world.
Built between 70 and 80 A.D., the Colosseum is one of Italy’s most famous historic attractions. The one-time site of gladiators and notorious massacres, the amphitheater symbolized the greatness of the ancient Roman Empire. Tourists from all over the globe travel to see this landmark in person and to walk the grounds once frequented by Roman emperors.
3. Trevi Fountain
Designed by Nicola Salvi and constructed in 1762, this world-famous fountain is a major attraction of the city. Visitors come to witness the marvelous architecture of the fountain, which is fed by ancient water sources, and to throw coins into its glittering depths. Be sure to visit the fountain to make your wish!
4. Campo dei Fiori Markets
Located south of Piazza Navone, the Campo dei Fiori Market is said to be the city’s oldest market. Not only do locals and visitors alike visit the market for its excellent quality fish and produce, there are also a myriad of stalls that sell fine quality handicrafts. It’s a great place to shop for souvenirs and to experience a great historic market that continues to draw crowds of buyers and sellers alike.
5. Basilica of San Clemente
This unique layered structure represents three levels of history. The present basilica was built around the year 1100. Beneath the structure is a fourth-century basilica, and beneath that level is a home that dates to the Roman Fire of 64 A.D. Visitors can tour each level of this thrilling archeological site.
6. St. Peter’s Basilica
This celebrated Vatican City church is regarded as the burial site of St. Peter. According to historians, there has been a church present on the site since the time of Constantine the great. The basilica is one of the most outstanding examples of Renaissance architecture. It was designed by such celebrated artisans and artists like Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Michelangelo, and Donato Bramante.
Constructed in 126 A.D., the Roman Pantheon boasts the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. An illustrious work of architecture, the Pantheon was commissioned by Marcus Agrippa. Originally built as a temple, the Pantheon was later converted into a church. It’s one of the best-preserved Ancient Roman buildings that many people want to visit at least once in a lifetime.
8. Galleria Borghese
Home to a large portion of the Borghese collection of art works and paintings, the Galleria Borghese is a must-visit cultural attraction. Home to such renowned paintings as Sacred and Profane Love by Titian, Deposition by Peter Paul Rubens, and Lady with a Unicorn by Raphael, the gallery is a world-class treasure trove of historical art.
9. Spanish Steps
The massive staircase known as the Spanish Steps is a major Roman landmark. Enjoy a gelato while soaking up the Roman sun as you lounge on the steps. At the top of the staircase is the elegant Trinita dei Monte Church. The Villa Medici can also be reached from the summit of the staircase. Spanish Steps are not the best place for eating lunch, though (it’s actually forbidden), so make sure you have your lunch before visiting this place.
10. Via dei Condotti
Shoppers will delight in this world-famous street filled with shops, boutiques, cafes, salons, and more. Experience the visual splendors of this shopping haven that boasts stores like Chanel, Bulgari, Prada, Dior, and more. Enjoy a Roman lunch at one of the charming cafes and search for something special as you mingle with Romans and other travelers to the city.
Be sure to add these exciting attractions to your itinerary when you visit Rome. You’ll enjoy getting to know this historic city and all of its timeless charms. Although most hotels and hostels are open all year round in Rome, it’s recommended to book months before you get here. Not only will you be sure you have a place to stay at, you will save some money as well. Is Rome on your travel bucket list?