27 Unmissable Places to visit in Rome
Rome is an incredible city and to visit all the famous places you would need to stay there probably for a month or more. If you, unfortunately, don't have a whole month to visit Rome, this is the list you were looking for. Here are all the most stunning and famous places to see in Rome.
That's why I listed all the best and unmissable places here for you.
They could look like many (I mean, they are 27 after all) but they are all in the city centre, so you will probably need just a few days, maximum a week, to see them.
Then, of course, pick up what is more interesting for you and add it to your list of sights you wish to see in Rome.
Make sure to have enough time to visit some museums, enjoy just walking around the city and of course, do some shopping!
So get your pen and paper and start to write down some notes.
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Historical Sights in Rome
1. The Colosseum:
The Colosseum, called initially Amphitheatrum Flavium (in Italian: Anfiteatro Flaviano or simply as Anfiteatro), is located in the centre of the city of Rome and it is the largest amphitheatre in the world.
The theatre was built in the Flavian era on an area at the eastern limit of the Roman Forum, and it took five years to be completed.
The idea of the Roman Emperor Vespasian was to return to the Roman people what had been tyrannically taken from them by Nerone.
The Colosseum is the symbol of Rome and Italy. It was called this way in medieval times because of a massive statue of Nerone on its side, the Colossus.
The Colosseum was an arena where fights between gladiators and ferocious animals were the best show for the Romans. (Have you ever seen the movie The Gladiator? If the answer is no, I suggest you watch it because it is worth it).
The Colosseum could accommodate more than 50,000 spectators and be equipped with 80 escape routes, numerous fountains, and a large curtain protected from the sun.
All the Roman people had free access to the shows, including slaves.
You can purchase the entrance ticket to the Colosseum, which also includes Palatine Hill and Roman Forum on the spot at the ticket office, but keep in mind that the queue to visit the Colosseum can be hours long.
When I visited it, I purchase them in advance and this gave me the chance to skip the queue and save hours of time.
Opening Times: Every day from 10 am to 7 pm. (it is free every 1st Sunday of the month from 8.30 am to closing time, but the queue will be very long, so be prepared to stay in a line for hours or go there at 7 am).
2. Il Palatino:
Palatine Hill, the centre of the Seven Hills of Rome, is one of the most antique parts left in Rome. Located between the Roman Forum and the Circo Massimo, it is one of the most visited places in Rome. Click here to get your ticket, skip the queue, and save money and time.
This is where Romulus apparently founded the city in 753. Look out for the Stadio (stadium), the ruins of the Domus Flavia (imperial palace), and views over the Roman Forum from the Orti Farnesiani.
Opening Times: Every day from 10 am to 7 pm.
3. I Fori Imperiali:
The Imperial Forums of Rome are a unique architectural complex and collect a series of monumental squares built between 46 BC. and 113 A.D.
They are considered the centre of political activity in ancient Rome, a place that has been enriched with structures and buildings over the centuries.
Opening Time: Every day from 10.30 am to 7.15 pm.
4. Arco di Costantino:
Built in 315 AD, it is a triumphal arch of three arches, one central larger than the others, and four Corinthian columns set on the walls which celCConstantine'svictoryvictory over Maxentius, which occurred three years earlier in the battle of Ponte Milvio.
The arch of Constantine is located between the Colosseum and the Arch of Titus, along the road travelled to celebrate the triumphs of ancient Rome.
The monument was dedicated by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine's victory at the Battle of Milvian Bridge against Maxentius.
5. La Colonna Traiana:
This column is a memorial built in Rome to celebrate the conquest of Dacia (Romania) by emperor Trajan.
It remembers all the remarkable moments of that territorial extension. Behind the column stood the Basilica Ulpia, while in front stood the Temple of the Divine Trajan.
Opening Times: 9.30 am to 7.30 pm.
6. La Bocca della Verita'
It is incredible how this sculpture has become one of the monuments of Rome where tourists love to be photographed, even paying 2 euros.
The Mouth of Truth, in fact, is nothing more than a large marble mask.
This large bearded male face whose eyes, nose and mouth are pierced was probably a manufactured cover of the Cloaca Massima, one of the most extensive sewers in all of Rome.
The sculpture dates back to the first century, and the mask is very well known. It is assumed that this is the object mentioned in the early Mirabilia Urbis Romae, a medieval guide for pilgrims, where the mouth is assigned the power to formulate oracles.
Opening Times: 9.30 am- 5.30 pm.
7. Augusto's House:
The House of Augustus, located on the southwestern side of the Palatine Hill, was the result of several republican houses (including perhaps those of the great orator Quinto Ortensio Ortalo and the consul Caio Lutazio Catulo), which Octavian Augustus gathered in one on the return to Rome from Sicily after the victory against Pompeo's son Sesto in 36 BC.
The choice of Augustus to live on the Palatine Hill, also in consideration of the fact that he was born there, will condition the history of the hill because even the subsequent emperors elected it to their home until it transformed the hill into a single, immense imperial building.
Opening Times: From Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 am to 2 pm.
8. National Roman Museum, Baths of Diocletian:
Built during the mandate of Diocletian, in 305 AD, the Baths of Diocletian were the largest thermal complex in Ancient Rome.
The Baths of Diocletian could accommodate 3,000 people inside, with a capacity greater than twice that of the famous Baths of Caracalla. It took 30 years for the restoration works.
Currently, you can visit one of the few surviving parts of the impressive building, where you can imagine the large size of these spectacular spas and where you can walk inside a cloister with gardens, where about 400 works are exhibited, such as statues, sarcophagi and reliefs.
Opening Times: every day from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm.
9. Le Terme di Caracalla:
The Thermae Antonianae, one of the most significant and best-preserved examples of an antique spa complex, was built under the rule of Emperor Caracalla in the southern part of Rome.
The building was finished in 216 A.D. At that time, a spa was not only an area dedicated to bathing, sport and health. It was also a place of study and for relaxing.
The spa of Caracalla is one of those rare old models in which it is possible to reconstruct something of the internal decoration.
Written manuscripts indicate colossal marble columns, flooring made of coloured marble, mosaics of glass and marble on the walls, painted stuccos and hundreds of statues.
The water system was made possible by the construction of a special duct from the main aqueduct called the Aqua Antoniana.
The spa was reconstructed several times before closing in 537 A.D.
Opening Times: every day from 9 am to 6 pm. (free every 1st Sunday).
10. Il Circo Massimo:
The Circus Maximus is the most extensive construction for the spectacle of antiquity and one of the largest of all time.
With theatres and amphitheatres, Roman circuses were the most important places of entertainment in Ancient Rome.
They were extended enclosures where recreative activities took place, such as chariot races.
Located between the Aventine Hill and the Palatine Hill, the Circus Maximus of Rome was a stadium with a capacity for 300,000 spectators. Its sandy track, 600 meters long and 225 meters wide made the Circus Maximus the largest stadium in Rome, more spacious than the Circus Flaminio and the Circus of Maxentius.
Every day from 9.30 am to 7 pm in summer and winter till 4.30 pm.
11. Le Catacombe di Roma:
Another interesting activity to do in Rome is to explore the Catacombs of Rome where, first, the pagans and then the Christians buried their dead.
It can be an interesting activity for the curious who, through the discovery of galleries and tunnels, can explore the uses, customs and traditions of the ancient Romans.
Around Rome, there are more than 60 catacombs and thousands of tombs. There were also six Jewish catacombs: four have disappeared, and the other 2 are closed.
The Roman catacombs were built along the consular roads, such as the Via Appia, the Via Ostiense, the Via Labicana, the Via Tiburtina, and the Via Nomentana.
In our days, only five of the Roman catacombs are open to the public: they are those of San Callisto, San Sebastiano and Santa Domitilla in the area of the ancient Appian Way and those of Priscilla and S.Agnese in the Nomentano-Salario area.