8 essential places to visit in Rome

It is almost impossible to see everything that the Italian capital has to offer us in a single stay ... unless we stay to live a year! For a short break or a trip we tell you what are the places you can not miss in Rome.

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While the capital of Italy has too many attractions, yes we can meet the highlights in a weekend getaway or on a trip of, for example, 4 or 5 days. You cannot leave Rome without having visited:

1. The Colosseum

Colosseum in Rome - prochasson frederic

The city icon, the monument that represents an empire and one of the most visited sites in the world. This amphitheater, built between 72 and 80, was the place chosen to celebrate different events.

With 188 meters in length, 156 meters in width and 57 meters in height, 50,000 spectators fit in it. A spectacular venue where death fights were held between gladiators, executions, naval battles and wild animal exhibits.

"I'd rather be the first in a village than the second in Rome."

- Julius Caesar -

2. Pantheon of Agrippa

Pantheon of Agrippa - Givaga

It is another of the masterpieces of antiquity that we can know in Rome. The best preserved Roman era building in the city, with its more than two thousand years of life. It was erected in honor of all the gods (in Greek "bread" means "everything" and "teo" means "god").

Outside there are 16 magnificent granite columns. Inside you will be amazed by the concrete dome, larger in diameter than that of St. Peter's Basilica.

3. Roman Forum

Roman Forum - IVP

In the city center, the forum was the place where men and women developed their public activities in ancient times: trials, business, commerce and even prostitution.

Connected to the Colosseum through the Via Sacra, The Roman Forum is a perfect place to imagine what life once was like. The arches of Titus and Constantine, as well as the ruins of the old buildings will leave you speechless when you imagine the spectacular dimensions they should have had.

4. The Vatican

The Vatican - luckyraccoon

Although it is an independent State (it does not belong to Italy or Rome) the Vatican is included in visits to the city because "it is inside." We recommend that you book at least one day just to tour the smallest country in Europe.

St. Peter's Square and the basilica of the same name, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and the Necropolis are essential. Be very patient because the lines to access can be hours! Because It is better to book tickets in advance.

5. Navona Square

Navona Square - Aetherial Images

At every step Rome gives us an attraction or something worth admiring. Walking through its streets is to discover small treasures and ancient jewels. The city squares are a spectacle in themselves.

One of them is Navona, considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Ideal to enjoy while enjoying an ice cream or coffee. It travels through its three “fontanas”: Quattro Fiumi, Nettuno and Moro. And visit the cloister of Bramante and Santa María della Pace, with Rafael's frescoes.

6. Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain - Matej Kastelic

No one can say that he has been to Rome if he does not know this famous source. According to tradition, throwing a coin in it will return one day to the Italian capital. Remember to throw it on your back and over your shoulder! If not, the magic does not work (or so they say).

The Trevi fountain occupies one of the walls of the Poli Palace and is beautiful where you look at it. The best, contemplate it day and night.

7. Capitoline Museums

Capitoline Hill - Phant

Among its most prominent objects we can say that The Roman and Greek sculptures on display are spectacular. The Capitoline Museums are two and are located opposite each other in their respective palaces: Nuovo and dei Conservatori.

You can't miss the Venus Capitolina, the statue of Marco Aurelio and the paintings of Velázquez, Tiziano, Caravaggio and Van Dyck.

8. Trastevere

Trastevere - Olga Gavrilova

This beautiful and picturesque neighborhood has become an essential part of Rome for its history and architecture. Built on the right side of the river, it was the place of residence of fishermen, artisans, merchants and foreigners. The villas and gardens, like those that belonged to Julio César, are a pleasure for all the senses. It is also an ideal place to walk between alleyways and squares of medieval times.

Of course in Rome there is much more to see: the Palatine, the Campo di Fiori, the Plaza de España, the Via Appia or the catacombs of San Sebastián, among many other treasures.

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