Holidays in Rome? Top 10 places to visit

Rome is very huge and it is, consequently difficult to make a list of just 10 places to visit, especially if you have few days to spend there. So if you’re planning to visit the Eternal City, you can try our list and then you can tell us how is it!

  • Colosseum


Of course. Rome is known in the word especially for its symbol. The main point of attraction for turist. It tells all about the ancient Roman Empire, the costumes and the traditions. The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre or Colosseo, is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of concrete and sand, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built. The Colosseum is situated just east of the Roman Forum. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72, and was completed in AD 80 under his successor and heir Titus. Further modifications were made during the reign of Domitian (81–96). These three emperors are known as the Flavian dynasty, and the amphitheatre was named in Latin for its association with their family name (Flavius).

Ticket for colosseo, foro romano and palatino exhibition – 2 days expiry date – il biglietto può essere utilizzato entro il 31/12/16

With the same ticket you can visit also, foro romano and palatino where you will find the exhibitions:

  • santa maria antiqua tra roma e bisanzio in the church santa maria antiqua in the foro romano.
  • par tibi, roma, nihil in the palatino.
  • rinascere dalle distruzioni. ebla, nimrud e palmira in the colosseo.


intero: € 12,00

ridotto: € 7,50

biglietto on-line:
diritto prenotazione: € 2.00

It is closed on 25 December and 1 January.

  • Roman Forum


The Roman Forum, or Forum Romanum, was the very centre of ancient Rome. Throughout the lifespan of Roman civilisation the Forum served as the focus of political, civic and religious life. First built in the 7th Century BC, the Roman Forum has seen any number of buildings large and small constructed, destroyed and demolished over the years. Today much of the grandeur of the Roman Forum has been lost to the ages, as the buildings were pillaged and the material used elsewhere. Some of the key structures have survived due to their conversion to Churches or other uses.

The entry ticket is included in the Colosseo one.

  • Vatican Museum


The Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) house some of the most impressive and important historical artefacts and works of art in the world. Originally the site of the Vatican Museums was used for papal palaces, but they are now a series of galleries in Vatican City. It s an Italian Renaissance church designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter’s is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and one of the largest churches in the world. While it is neither the mother church of the Catholic Church nor the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, St. Peter’s is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. It has been described as holding a unique position in the Christian world and as the greatest of all churches of Christendom. Construction of the present basilica, replacing the Old St. Peter’s Basilica of the 4th century AD, began on 18 April 1506 and was completed on 18 November 1626.

St. Peter’s Basilica is open daily, Apr-Sep 7:00-19:00; Oct-Mar 7:00-18:00.

Dress code is strictly enforced at St. Peter’s Basilica. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts. This applies to both men and women.

  • Pantheon


The Pantheon in Rome is one of the most famous and well-preserved ancient buildings in the world. Originally built by Marcus Agrippa in 25BC, the Pantheon served as a temple to the many gods of Rome. The original Pantheon was destroyed by the great fire of 80AD and the structure which stands today was completed around 125AD during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian.  In 609AD the Pantheon was converted to a Church and this helped preserve the building from the destruction of later times. In the middle ages the Pantheon was also used as a burial chamber for notable figures and even Italian kings.

It is open every day from 9.00 to 19.30 and on Sunday from 9.00 to 13.00.

It is closed on 25 December, 1 January and 1 May.

  • The Ara Pacis


The Ara Pacis Museum (Museo dell Ara Pacis) in Rome houses the Altar of Peace, which was built under instructions from the Emperor Augustus and sanctioned by the Senate.
Augustus decided to build the Ara Pacis to celebrate his military campaigns which resulted in the outbreak of peace in the Mediterranean. Dedicated on 30 January 9 BC, the Ara Pacis was originally located on a site known as the Field of Mars. The altar itself is surrounded by marble walls adorned with elaborate friezes of various figures, including senate members and members of Augustus’s family. These carved figures take part in a procession celebrating the peace brought about by Augustus.

The Ara Pacis Museum is open daily except Mondays, 9am-7pm (ticket office to 6pm).

It is closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 Decemeber. Entry costs €6.50 (€4.50 reduced).

  • Trevi Fountain


The Trevi Fountain (Fountain di Trevi) is an iconic eighteenth century monument in Rome. It was designed by Nicola Salvi, but following his death in 1751 it was continued by Giuseppe Pannini and completed in 1762. A stunning depiction of several ancient deities and resplendent with frescos of legends and myths, the Trevi Fountain attracts floods of tourists, keen to throw their coins into its waters to assure their return to Rome – or so goes the myth. It is famous for «La dolce vita» Federico Fellini‘s movie where the gorgeous Anita Ekberg walks undisturbed in the fountain. Don’t try to do it now: it is severely punishable!

  • The Spanish Steps


The Spanish Steps (Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti) are one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions. A grand staircase with 138 steps leading down to the Piazza di Spagna, the Spanish Steps were designed in the 1720s by Francesco de Sanctis, an Italian architect, and completed in 1726.
They were called the Spanish Steps after the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See, then located nearby. A popular spot since the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, today this beautiful staircase is always buzzing with tourists and leads to Rome’s most upmarket shopping area. In fact it has been several times the background for runaway shows.

  • Catacombs of san Callisto


The Catacombs of San Callisto are just one of the many catacombs of Rome, five of which are regularly open to the public. These Catacombs were used by Christians as subterranean burial places. Built in around 150 AD, the Catacombs of San Callisto span five floors and hold over half a million bodies, making them the largest of their kind in Rome. Whilst some believe that the practice of underground burials derived from the persecution of the Christians and thus the need to keep the graves safe, others think that this was just the custom at the time and due to the fact that they owned little land. The most famous residents of the Catacombs of San Callisto are a number of popes of the third century, but not Pope St. Callixtus after whom the catacombs are named. Instead, this pope was responsible for part of the construction and expansion of the Catacombs of San Callisto.

The Catacombs of San Callisto are open daily except Wednesdays, 9am-5pm (closed from midday to 2:30pm). They are closed in February, on 25 December, 1 January and at Easter. Admission plus a guided tour costs around €8 or €5 with concession.

  • Villa Borghese Gardens


Villa Borghese is a landscape garden in the naturalistic English manner in Rome, containing a number of buildings, museums and attractions. It is the third largest public park in Rome. after the ones of theVilla Doria Pamphili and Villa Ada. The gardens were developed for the Villa Borghese Pinciana, built by the architect Flaminio Ponzio, developing sketches by Scipione Borghese, who used it as a villa suburbana, a party villa, at the edge of Rome, and to house his art collection. The gardens as they are now were remade in the early nineteenth century. Just go, relax, read a book and escape from the lively city.

  • Orange Garden


The Orange Garden is the name used in Rome to describe the Savello park (Parco Savello). It is about 7,800 square meters and is located on the Aventine Hill. The park offers an excellent view of the city. The garden, as it is today, was designed in 1932 by Raffaele De Vico. It was constructed to offer public access to the view from the side of the hill, creating a new ‘’belvedere’’, to be added to the existing viewpoints in Rome from the Pincian Hill and the Janiculum. Near the Garden you can also find the «Villa del priorato di Malta», arguably best known for a small hole in the arch-headed central portone, through which the copper-green dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica.

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