Top 10 Places To Visit In Rome

  • Post by Apoorva Shetty
  • Mar 11, 2020


“I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble”

- Augustus, Roman emperor

1) Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hills

 💳 €14 | 🕑 3.5 hrs

What is it?

The Colosseum was an indoor amphitheater. Built between 70-80 AD the first question that pops in the head is – How in the world did they manage to build something this huge back then?? The structure has four stories with the first three stories having eighty arches each. This ivory white stunner was built by a dude named Vespasian in AD 72 and was finished in AD 80 by his heir Titus. The Colosseum served as a meeting place for Romans to come together and watch events like Gladiator fights, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on mythology. It could hold around 50,000 – 80,000 spectators at once. An earthquake in the 13th century is the main reason for the ruptured structure.
The Roman Forum was the commercial and political center of Rome back in the days. A bustling market place, it served as a plaza hosting temples, important buildings and was the heart of the city.
Palatine Hills is in the center of the seven hills on which Rome sits, making it the hot-shot neighborhood where the wealthy built their homes and palaces. Of the ruins left behind, you can still imagine the luxurious villas that once stood tall. Thanks to the hills height you get an amazing top view of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum from here.

What to expect?

Colosseum will sure mesmerize you. I am not somebody who gets blown away by architecture but Colosseum managed to do that! Please make sure you take some kind of audio tour because the place has too many details and you will be satisfied when you can connect the dots. Rick’s narration took us through the glorious history of the Colosseum, its structural details, imaginary Gladiator fights, animal-human fights, executions and what not! It withdrew me back in time and I almost felt like I’d viewed a live gladiator fight and saw the King seated right at the front with the 7 virgins in the opposite deck and spectators echoing their favorite gladiators name!

How to get there?
Metro : Hop on Metro Line B and get down in the stop “Colosseo”
Bus : The nearest bus station is also called “Colosseo”.
Bus numbers : nMB,51,75,85 and 87 would get you here!
Ticket Links: I would highly recommend buying your tickets online. The queue can get pretty crazy if you plan to buy the ticket on the spot with wait time as high as an hour. Best to buy the normal ticket costing €14 without the audio guide. There are multiple freely downloadable audio guides available. The one we used was by Rick-Steve . The €14 ticket gets you one time access to all three monuments in the title. We bought ours from CoopCulture . Print out not required. Just carry it along in your device and zoom right through the frantically long line!

2) Pantheon

 💳 Free | 🕑 1 hr

What is it?

The Pantheon was an ancient Roman temple dedicated to all Roman Gods. The word Pantheon literally means ” all the gods of a people or religion collectively “. Before Christianity, the people of Italy believed in Polytheism ,meaning they worshiped multiple Gods and even spirits.Hence the presence of so many statues making it a pagan temple. The temple was later converted to a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary and martyrs.

What to expect?

The present day Pantheon interiors is a church setting with statues of Roman Gods filling the niches. The architecture is quite intriguing. The entrance is a huge patio supported by granite columns. Behind this is the church built as a hemispherical dome. The top of the dome has a circular opening called the “Oculus” which is the only source of light for the church. And yes, when it rains it does pour into the Pantheon as well.

How to get there?
Metro : Unfortunately, no metro station is close by. Suggest taking the bus.
Bus : The nearest bus stop is “Rinascimento”. Bus Numbers : 70, 81, 87, 492, 628, n70 and n913 would get you here!

3) Trevi Fountain

 💳 Free | 🕑 1 hr

What is it?

A fountain built at the intersection of three streets, hence the name “tre” (Three) “vie” (streets). It is Italy’s largest fountain standing 85 feet high and 161 feet across. At the center is the statue of Oceanus, god of the sea. He is seen standing on a chariot pulled by two sea-horses. The horse on the left is calm while the one on the right is wild, depicting the true nature of the sea.

What to expect?

I must warn you that it gets pretty crowded in the evenings. Plan to go here before 5pm and you should be able to enjoy some good pictures without others unintentionally photo bombing you from all directions! The fun element of the fountain is its custom of coin throwing. Millions of tourists rush to this fountain each year to throw coins in the hope that good luck come their way. It is believed that if you throw one coin into the fountain you would go back to Rome someday, two coins and you would enjoy romance with a Roman boy/girl and three coins would get you married to him/her! Well since I was already married when I visited the fountain, I threw one coin! Let’s see when I next meet Oceanus and his horses!

How to get there?
Metro : Hop on Metro Line A and get down in the stop “Repubblica”
Bus : The nearest bus station is also called “Repubblica” .
Bus numbers : n5,n8,n11 would get you here!

4) Altar Of The Fatherland

 💳 No Ticket for entrance. (Ticket of €7 can be bought at the entrance only if you want to use the elevator to get to the terrace) | 🕑 1 hr

What is it?

This gigantic marble edifice was built in the honor of unified Italy’s first king Victor Emmanuel II. Italy for a very long time was not a singular country, but an amalgamation of numerous smaller chunks of land controlled by various leaders and foreign emperors. Thanks to some well received campaigns and deserving figureheads, in the middle of the 18th century a gradual unification of the country came into being. Right at the center of the monument is a bronze statue of Victor on a horseback. Inside there is the museum of Italian Unification displaying its history, huge staircase on either side that leads to an enormous terrace and the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. There are also two crystal elevators that take you to the terrace.

What to expect?

This place is not a favorite among the Italians and is often mocked for its pretentious architecture and for being very different from other Roman monuments. Right from the striking white color to the design of the structure its unlike any other you will see in Italy. I personally loved the enormity of this place and intricate statues that it hosts! One cannot miss spotting it from the road from numerous adjacent areas. Its not so crowded even during the peak seasons so you can visit anytime of the day. I am not a huge fan of museums so would not say the museum is something you cannot miss. The terrace sure gives a great panoramic view of the city!

How to get there?
Metro : Hop on Line A and get off the station “Spagna”.
Bus : The nearest bus stop is “ Venezia”. Many buses come this way.

5) Villa Borghese & Pincio Promenade

 💳 Free | 🕑 1.5 hrs

What is it?

Villa Borghese is known to be the largest park in Rome. It hosts several buildings, temples, fountains, a lake and acres of lush greenery. Pincio promenade is a viewpoint in one of the entrances of Villa Borghese area. You get to see a brilliant view of the Piazza del Popolo (People’s square) from here. Piazza del Popolo is yet another popular plaza in the city and is filled with eateries, performers and lots and lots of localities as well as tourists.

What to expect?

Rent out a segway for 10 Euros per hour and “segway” your way through these huge acres of greenery and wide roads. Not a lot of vehicles come around these roads and since the roads are wide, pedestrians are always along the sides – Perfect to go crazy with your segway and breeze through in top speed! We used the segway to check out this huge piece of greenery and then walked to the lake near Villa Borghese and had our lunch in the shade of the tree! Perfect place to just chill and reflect on the wonderful beauties you witnessed through the day!

How to get there?
Metro : The nearest metro station is “Barberini” of Line A, but this is far. I suggest you take the bus.
Bus : The nearest bus station is “Pinciana/Allegri”. Bus numbers : 52,53,63 and 83 would get you here!

6) Spanish Steps

 💳 Free | 🕑 30 minutes

What is it?

It is a set of steep steps that connects the Spanish Plaza ( Piazza di Spagna) and the Roman Catholic church of Trinità dei Monti, which was under the guardianship of the then King of France.

What to expect?

Expect to see a lot of tourists concentrated in this area clicking a lot of photos. There is a fountain followed by the Spanish steps which is further followed by the church. In one frame, all 3 of these together makes for the perfect picture! Just go there in the evening, click some fun pictures, enjoy the piazza and bask in the hustle bustle of this touristy spot!

How to get there?
Metro : Hop on Line A and get off the station “Spagna”.
Bus : The nearest bus stop is Trinita Dei’ Monti. Bus number 119 would get you here!


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