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
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
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
5. Roman Forum
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
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
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
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
10. The Capitoline Museums
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.