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Welcome to Rome

An open-air museum home to two millennia of architecture, art, and culture, Rome is one of the world’s most visited cities—for good reason. You can spend hours exploring ancient wonders, traveling between attractions, or hunting for the best gelato; but those in the know stay ahead of the crowd with skip-the-line entrance tickets and guided tours. Hop-on hop-off tours allow visitors to breeze through must-do lists, while group visits to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Vatican Museums offer a more in-depth experience. For a true taste of Italy, take advantage of the city’s central location with day trips to Pompeii, Tuscany, and beyond.

Top 10 attractions in Rome

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Colosseum

Colosseum

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The Colosseum has been a symbol of Rome since 80 AD, and today it’s a top monument in Italy. Some 50,000 spectators once gathered in the amphitheater’s tiered seats to watch gladiatorial games, and though parts of its original marble facade were pilfered over the years to build the likes of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum remains remarkably intact 2,000 years later.More
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Roman Forum (Foro Romano)

Roman Forum (Foro Romano)

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A sprawling mass of ruins, the Roman Forum (Foro Romano) was once the center of ancient Rome, with temples, courts, markets, and government buildings in full swing until the 4th century AD. While all that remains today is an array of ancient columns and arches, the forum is one of the most important archaeological sites in Italy, and excavations occur to this day. Aside from a lesson in Roman history, visitors can get a great view of the Eternal City from the overlooking Palatine and Capitoline hills.More
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Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)

Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)

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The Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina), part of Rome’s Vatican Museums, was decorated by art masters Sandro Botticelli and Pinturicchio in the 15th century before being completed with Michelangelo’s stunning 16th-century ceilings frescoes and monumental “The Last Judgement,” which covers the apse wall. The fresco-covered ceiling is the artist’s greatest work and one of the most important masterpieces in history, while the Sistine Chapel serves as a glorious homage to Renaissance art and one of the most visited sights in all of Italy.More
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St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)

St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)

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The enormous St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro) dominates Vatican City, and its dome can be seen from all over Rome. Built on the site of St. Peter’s crucifixion and over his tomb, it’s the epicenter of the Catholic Church and the burial place of many popes, including Pope John Paul II. The lavishly adorned basilica is the largest church in Italy, and it's also a museum full of priceless works of art—including Michelangelo’s spectacular Pietà and Bernini’s bronze baldachin.More
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Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

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Home to some of Italy’s most important artworks—from paintings and sculptures to tapestries and classical antiquities—the Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) is one of the country’s top attractions. Explore the Pinacoteca, Egyptian Museum, Gallery of Tapestries, Pius-Clementine Museum, and Gallery of Maps, before admiring the crown jewels in the Sistine Chapel, famed for Michelangelo’s ceiling and The Last Judgment.More
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Pantheon

Pantheon

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Known for its massive dome and center oculus, the well-preserved Pantheon attracts millions of annual visitors to Rome—and its proximity to the gelaterias along Via della Maddalena is just a bonus. Highlights of this temple-turned-church, which is the burial ground for Renaissance artist Raphael and the first King of Italy, include awe-inspiring architecture and beautiful art.More
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Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

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One of the most famous and sumptuous squares in Rome, Piazza Navona is home to the Baroque Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone and Palazzo Pamphili, both overlooking Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s famousFountain of the Four Rivers. Bustling outdoor cafes and rowdy buskers lend a lively air to the otherwise stately square.More
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Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi)

Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi)

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The incredibly ornate Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) is the most famous fountain in Rome, and perhaps all of Italy. Centered around the Greek sea god Oceanus—as well as Tritons, seahorses, and other mythological figures—the baroque Trevi Fountain has made cameos on the silver screen and is a popular spot of superstition; throw in a coin and make a wish.More
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Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna)

Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna)

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Climbing from Piazza di Spagna to the Trinità dei Monti church, the Spanish Steps are one of Rome’s most recognizable landmarks, immortalized in countless postcards and films. Built between 1723 and 1725, the 138-step staircase is also one of the widest in Europe and serves as a lively meeting place for locals and visitors alike.More
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Campo de' Fiori

Campo de' Fiori

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One of the mainstays of daily life in Italy is shopping at the market, and the market, for many Romans, means Campo de’ Fiori. This historic square in the city center hosts one of the largest and most famous outdoor food markets each morning,, offering visitors the perfect opportunity to rub elbows with locals.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

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Unbelievable experience
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Rome By Night Bike Tour
Unbelievable feeling to bike around Rome in the summer evenings as it cools down.
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Great tour
John, Jul. 2021
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
This is a great at to spend half a day seeing the biggest attractions in Rome.
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Excellent ride.
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Rome 3-Hour Sightseeing Bike Tour
It was a great and informative way to see most of Rome’s major attractions in a short amount of time.
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Loved it
Amanda_S, Jul. 2021
Haunted Rome Ghost Tour - The Original
Such a great way to see Rome at night too!
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Building memories that last
Michael_G, Jul. 2021
Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator
With so many things to do and see in Rome it can be overwhelming.
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A pleasure
Enrico_P, Jul. 2021
Rome by Night Walking Tour - Legends & Criminal Stories
The tour guide spoke excellent English.
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Best tour in Rome
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Exclusive Early Access Vatican Semi Private Tour | with Private Option
Also it was incredible to see Vatican museums without huge crowds.
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What a fun way to see Rome!
Jared_G, Jul. 2021
4-Hour Rome's Highlights by Vespa Scooter Private Tour
We got to see things we would never thought about seeing!
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Fun and fast
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Rome by Golf Cart Private Tour
Perfect with friends and family to see in few hours the most of Rome’s famous buildings.
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Private Arrival Transfer from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Rome City
When we asked for recommendations on what to do, or see, he had great ones!
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Hannah_J, Jul. 2021
Tuscany Countryside Day Trip from Rome including 3-Course Lunch & Wine Tasting
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Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome
I would certainly book with her again especially since we had limited time in Rome and wished to see as much as possible.
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Kimberly_K, Jul. 2021
Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena
make sure you bring a water bottler or an empty water container to fill up at the spring water locations within the tour.
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Worth every penny!
Mary_F, Jul. 2021
Rome by Golf Cart Private Tour
The absolute best way to see Rome!
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Amazing experience! We will be back!
HeatherChavez, Jul. 2021
Rome For Kids: Small Group Pizza Making Class
Our chef was so amazing and great with kids.
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Highly recommended!
Stefan_W, Jul. 2021
Morning E-Bike Tour in Rome
Highly recommended and a very pleasant and easy way to see the beautiful city!
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Rome in a Golf Cart
His Golf car is best way to visit Rome!
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Liesel_C, Jul. 2021
Skip the Line: Colosseum, Vatican and Historic Rome Small-Group or Private Tour
5 hours) but was able to see a lot of great spots.
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Enchanting and knowledgeable
Renita_M, Jul. 2021
Vespa Tour By Night
People on the road were enchanted to see the Vespa on the road and were waving to us.
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Way way better than I imagined
Tyler_D, Jun. 2021
Rome by Night E-Bike Tour
Wow, what an amazing way to see Rome!!!

All about Rome

When to visit

Avoid Rome in July and August unless you can handle heat and humidity. Spring and fall offer perfect conditions, but the trade-off is peak crowds and prices. Instead, visit during the off-season months of October through April, when you’ll trade shorter opening hours for fewer crowds. Winter is crisp, but nothing a light coat can’t handle.

A local’s pocket guide to Rome

Emiliano Esposito

Born and raised in Rome, Emiliano is a software engineer now living in the UK. With family roots in Naples, he’s been a seafood lover from birth.

The first thing you should do in Rome is...

visit the Colosseum and learn all about its history, before trying a typical Roman dish, like spaghetti alla carbonara or coda alla vaccinara, in a nearby trattoria—Luzzi, near the Colosseum, is my favorite.

A perfect Saturday in Rome...

includes shopping in Via Del Corso; visiting the Spanish Steps, Barcaccia Fountain, and the Pantheon; and finishing at the Imperial Fora. Don’t forget to stop at Giolitti’s for a fabulous multi-flavoured gelato!

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the Pantheon. It still has many original features and the dome is considered one of the ancient world’s most astonishing architectural feats. Oh, and did I mention it’s free to enter?

To discover the "real" Rome...

take a walking tour of Trastevere and visit Tiber Island, where you’ll find many restaurants still serving rare but traditional Roman dishes such as pajata (unweaned calf intestine).

For the best view of the city...

head to the Janiculum Hill. If you happen to be there around noon, you might also catch the cannon that’s fired daily in the direction of the Tiber.

One thing people get wrong...

Pizza is not a typical dish in Rome. If you want to taste something close to Neapolitan-style pizza (but still really typical of the city), look for Pinza Romana on the menu.

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