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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



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
Roman Forum (Foro Romano)

Roman Forum (Foro Romano)

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
Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)

Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)

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

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

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 all of Christendom, and it's also a museum full of priceless works of art—including Michelangelo’s spectacular “Pietà” and Bernini’s bronze baldachin.More
Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

The Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) is an enormous complex of galleries holding some of Italy’s most important art, from paintings and sculptures to tapestries and classical antiquities. Adjoining St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums' miles of corridors connect buildings and courtyards housing the Pinacoteca, Egyptian Museum, Gallery of Tapestries, Pius-Clementine Museum, and Gallery of Maps. But the crown jewels are the Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelo's ceiling andThe Last Judgment, and the 16th-century frescoes in the Raphael Rooms.More


Best recognized for its massive dome and center oculus, the Pantheon attracts millions of visitors as one of the most influential and well-preserved buildings of ancient Rome—its proximity to the gelaterias along Via della Maddalena is a bonus. Since AD 125, the temple-turned-church has astounded visitors with its awe-inspiring architecture, beautiful art, and Roman history. It also serves as the burial ground for the first king of Italy, Victor Emmanuel II, and Renaissance artist Raphael. You'll find tourists and locals admiring the structure from the steps of the obelisk in Piazza della Rotonda, a popular break spot.More
Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi)

Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi)

The incredibly ornate Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) is the most famous fountain in Rome—and perhaps in all of Italy. At the baroque masterpiece’s center stands the Greek sea god Oceanus, who is surrounded by Tritons, seahorses, and other figures from ancient Greek and Roman mythology. Visitors to the Eternal City flock to the Trevi Fountain, as it is internationally recognized thanks to its appearances in many films, and for the legendary good-luck connotations of throwing a coin into its waters.More
Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

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
Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna)

Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna)

Climbing from Piazza di Spagna to the Trinità dei Monti church, the Spanish Steps is one of Rome’s most recognized landmarks, immortalized in countless postcards and films. Built between 1723 and 1725, the 138-step staircase recently underwent a meticulous cleaning, restoring the marble landmark to its former glory.More
Campo de' Fiori

Campo de' Fiori

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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Don’t-Miss Dishes in Rome

Don’t-Miss Dishes in Rome

First-Timer's Guide to Rome

First-Timer's Guide to Rome

Top activities in Rome

Rome by Golf Cart Private Tour

Rome by Golf Cart Private Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

Lovely Tour of Rome
Cj_A, Oct 2020
Trevi Fountain and Hidden Gems Walking Tour in Rome
The tour was a really great way to see central Rome.
Emily_H, Sep 2020
Rome by Vespa: Classic Rome Tour with Pick up
Took us to places we wouldn’t of went to as well as the main tourist attractions.
Lovely tour
Polikseni, Sep 2020
Trevi Fountain and Hidden Gems Walking Tour in Rome
The walking tour was a great way to see Rome and hear the stories you would easily miss.
Excellent way to see Rome
TobiasStjernegaard, Sep 2020
Fast and Curious: Vespa 125cc Half-Day Rental in Rome
Really good way to see Rome and all it’s beauty, I was a little bit skeptical to drive in a foreign country but it turned out just fine and the traffic was not bad at sunday
Fantastic experience!
Madalina_D, Sep 2020
Rome by Vespa Sidecar with Cappuccino
By far the best way to see Rome and learn about its history!
Fascinating deep dive ...
Joanna_P, Sep 2020
Ticket to Piazza Navona Undergrounds Stadium of Domitian
The information on each exhibit is provided in English as well as Italian.
Excellent tour in every way!
Suzanne_G, Dec 2020
Exclusive Early Access Vatican Semi Private Tour | with Private Option
And we got to see the Sistine Chapel and Rafael rooms without standing among throngs of other tourists.
Just simply the best way to see Rome !
paul_p, Oct 2020
Rome by Vespa Sidecar with Cappuccino
The tour itself was awesome - great fun and the best way to see a wonderful city.
If you are thinking about it, book it you wont regret it.
Nickiy2j, Sep 2020
Rome by Night E-Bike Tour
In my opinion THE BEST WAY to see Rome.
Rome Experience
Paul_S, Sep 2020
Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Taking us around the Colosseum, The Forum and Palantine Hill she spoke to us via a microphone with personal headphones she supplied making it more enjoyable as we could hear her easily above the people around the attractions.
Fantastic, Best Way To See Rome!
Sarah_L, Sep 2020
Vespa Tour By Night
It was a fantastic way to see the highlights of the city and get an idea where everything was.
Great tour with a super good guide
Lisa_S, Sep 2020
Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena
His English was amazing and he was able to answer all questions in a great and engaging way.
Fun time seeing the sites
Nick, Sep 2020
Rome by Golf Cart Private Tour
We signed up for this trip as a family of 4 with our teens to see the sites without having to walk to them all.
Franco and tour are amazing
Sarah_M, Sep 2020
Ultimate St. Peter's Basilica Dome Climb and Tour with Papal Crypts
You could tell he knows his stuff and was constantly giving great English references to help us understand the history of the Basillica.
Fantastic Tour
Kathryn_D, Sep 2020
Colosseum and Ancient Rome Small Group Tour
All the major attractions have temperature checks and enforce social distancing and wearing masks so we felt very safe throughout our trip.
Really enjoyed
Edna_M, Aug 2020
Rome: 24hr, 48hr & 72hr Hop-On Hop-Off Guided Walking Tour
He gave us loads of tips on things to see and do and his commentary of the sights as we strolled through the city was super.
URSZULA_F, Aug 2020
Colosseum with Arena Access and Ancient Rome Small Group Tour
Very good English.
Great tour, Knowledgeable guide, highly recommended
Dijana_M, Aug 2020
Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tour
Perfect time to visit Rome and explore!
Great Day Tour!
Ray_D, Jul 2020
Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este
Would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see something outside of the Rome area.
Rome’s Culinary Delights
Gill_B, Jun 2020
Jewish Ghetto and Navona Food Wine and Sightseeing Tour of Rome
It’s a great time to see Rome (post lockdown, less tourists), and the stops on the tour are well chosen.

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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