Rome, the city that dominated the world and is full of corners with great history and beauty, being able to say that it is a great open-air museum. Its churches, monuments, squares and fountains together with a great gastronomy make it one of the most fascinating and visited cities in the world. There are many essential places to visit in Rome, we have made a selection of 10 that we believe you should not miss, especially if it is your first time in Rome.
To make the list we have based on the three times we have visited this impressive city, the last on a trip that we stayed for a month in Trastevere and from where we wrote this travel guide to Rome. We start!


1. The Trevi Fountain

After a few years in which you could only see scaffolding for restoration work, today we can say that the Trevi Fountain now looks at its best. They say that it is the most beautiful fountain in the world and although we will not confirm or deny, what we do know is that one of the places to visit in Rome is essential.
Although normally always overflowing with tourists, if you go first thing in the morning or late at night, you can take good photos and enjoy it with more tranquility, although we must also consider that seeing it surrounded by people is also part of its attractive. By the way, don’t forget to throw a coin if you want to return to Rome.
A good option to enjoy Rome at night is to book this tour with a guide in Spanish that passes through the buildings and squares, such as La Fontana di Trevi, best illuminated in the city.

2. Maximum Circus

It is in the Circus Maximus that the chariot races of Ancient Rome were disputed. Given that it could house up to 300 thousand fans to see up to 12 cars trying to get the victory, you can imagine the greatness of the place, right ?. Right now there are few ruins left to remember what it was, although we are sure that with a little imagination you can recreate its history by seeing the huge esplanade that can be seen today. Free entrance and not too visited, the Circus Maximus is one of those places to see in Rome that you can go at any time of the day.



3. The Colosseum

The Colosseum in Rome is the most spectacular and well-known monument in the city and one of the most visited in the world. To see and enter this incredible place is to go back 2000 years, to one of the times of maximum splendor of the Roman Empire. In the past it served as a distraction to the people of Rome, formerly it was called Flavio Amphitheater and all kinds of gladiator fights were carried out, executions … and today it is one of the most visited tourist attractions and how could it be otherwise, you can not Get lost in Rome.
To visit it you must take into account the large queues that are formed at the entrance, especially on weekends or holidays. A good option to not waste time is to book the guided tour of the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine or this offer that includes the Vatican, both with a guide in Spanish with which you can skip the queues in addition to knowing first hand the history and crowd of curiosities.
A good option if you are going to visit its main monuments and buildings is to book the WMO Vatican and the Rome Card, you will save time and money.
The Colosseum opens every day at 8:30 a.m. and closing time is 4:30 p.m. in winter and 7:30 p.m. in summer. More information in this article of the Roman Colosseum, skip-the-line tickets and guided tour.

4. Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is one of the most beautiful squares and one of the most essential places to visit in Rome. In this great square its three baroque fountains stand out: Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro and the Fontana del Nettuno. Always in our opinion, the source of the 4 rivers is the most spectacular representing the 4 most famous rivers of that time: the Danube, the Nile, the Ganges and the Río de la Plata.

5. Roman Forum

The Forum is next to the Roman Colosseum, the place that will transfer you most to ancient Rome, once the center of social life. In the Forum there are many buildings and corners that are worth visiting with a guided tour, if you do not want to miss much of its history and curiosities. To highlight the Via Sacra, the Arch of Titus and that of Severe Seventh, the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine, the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, the Temple of Castor and Pollux … and we stopped as we would continue for months and that is if not You’ve noticed, this is one of our favorite places in Rome.
To have good views and a good photo of the Roman Forum we recommend you go to the Palatine and the Plaza del Campidoglio, from where we assure you, you have unique perspectives.
Visiting hours are the same as those of the Colosseum, every day at 8:30 and the closing varies according to the time of the year. More information in this Roman Forum article, skip-the-line tickets and guided tour.

6. St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the places to visit in the Vatican, is the largest and most important temple of Catholicism. Just to see the Pieta by Michelangelo or the Bernini Baldachin, is it worth the entrance. Its dome is also impressive and the climb to it will allow you to have stunning views of St. Mark’s Square with all of Rome in the background. Your visit with the Vatican Museums is one of the best tours you can do in Rome.
The visiting hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the climb to the dome from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Entrance included with the OMMIA Vatican and the Roma Card, you will skip the lines.

7. Sant’Angelo Castle

The Castle of Sant’Angelo located on the bank of the Tiber River was built as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian and is another place to see in Rome that you can not miss. You can take the best photo of the castle from the beautiful Sant’Angelo Bridge with its beautiful statues on each side. We recommend you to come through the area both day and night, at which time the city lights up and this area looks especially beautiful.
As a curiosity we will tell you that there is a corridor that connects the castle with the Vatican City, so that in case of danger, the Pope could escape.
A good option is to book this guided tour in english to learn more about its history and save your queues. Visiting hours are Tuesday through Sunday from nine in the morning until seven in the afternoon.

8. Trajan’s Market, one of the best places to visit in Rome

The Trajan’s Market is what today could be compared to a shopping center. Built by Apollodorus of Damascus, one of the greatest architects in history by order of Emperor Trajan, although almost 2000 years have passed since its construction, it is preserved quite well and is one of the things to visit in Rome that we recommend not you lose
Visiting hours are from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 in the morning to 7 in the afternoon.
A good option to learn more about the history of the city is to book this free tour of Rome with a guide in English.

9. Spain square

The Plaza España is one of the most popular squares in Rome, surrounded by some of the most famous shopping streets such as Via dei Condotti. In addition to the views that you can have from the surrounding streets you can not miss spending a while sitting on the steps of 135 steps, which reaches the church of Trinità dei Monti, to enjoy the good atmosphere of the square and of course, taste An ice cream from one of the many ice cream shops in the area.

10. The Capitoline Museums

Located in the Plaza del Campidoglio, the Capitoline Museums are formed by the Palace of Conservatives and the New Palace joined by an underground gallery, the Galleria Lapidaria.
Among his many famous sculptures and paintings we can highlight the Venus Capitolina or the Capitoline Wolf, the wolf that nursed Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome, from which you can find a copy next to the Campidoglio Square.
Visiting hours are from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. You can book the ticket here in advance.