You Can’t go to Rome and Not see these 20 Must See Rome Attractions

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Rome – the eternal city. It should come at no surprise that there is an endless array of things to do, see, and marvel over for hours and hours on end. But what shouldn’t you miss if you’re in a hurry? While I could never recommend doing Rome in a hurry, I can certainly recommend the 20 Must See Rome Attractions to ensure you don’t miss anything out!

20 Must See Rome Attractions

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1. Colosseum

This is an amphitheatre that needs no introduction. And on the off chance you do need an introduction, why not check out the highly popular Gladiator (2000) featuring Russell Crowe – a great movie to get you in the mood before your Roman adventure.

2. Roman Forum

The Roman Forum is one of the most important archeological sites in the world, as it was once the political centre of ancient Rome. Nowadays all that remains around the forum are ruins, giving visitors a glance into what life must have been like in ancient Roman times.

3. Pantheon

The Pantheon is a Roman temple, built during the reign of Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD), and rebuilt in 126 AD by emperor Hadrian. In present day Rome, it is one of the best maintained buildings you can visit. The interior is absolutely stunning and it still operates today as a place of worship for Roman Catholics.

Vatican City

4. St Peters’ Basilica

Located within Vatican City is arguably the world’s most impressive religious structure – St Peter’s Basilica. The church is built on Vatican Hill, quite a stroll from the centre of Rome itself.

5. Trevi Fountain

Dubbed the world’s most beautiful fountain, this is a sight you surely can not miss. The legend holds that if you throw a coin into the fountain, you will return to Rome.

6. Vatican City

Vatican City has a lot to offer visitors, particularly if you are interested in the history of the Catholic religion. Inside the city walls there are a number of fantastic museums that will leave you in complete awe.


7. Palatine Hill

If you haven’t had enough of a history lesson already, then head on over to Palatine Hill – the centremost hill of the seven hills of Rome. It is a great vantage point to view the Forum from above, among other views.

8. Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is located inside Vatican City and is the chapel inside the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope. Open 9-6 daily, closed Sundays to visitors.

9. Piazza Navona

This is one of Rome’s most glorious city squares, and indeed one of the world’s. It is located in the Historic Centre of Rome, just west of the Pantheon.


10. Spanish Steps

With the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, the Spanish steps climb their way to the Trinità dei Monti church at the top. Although Spanish in name, this is a fine example of Roman baroque architecture and one of the most vibrant point of interest in the entire city.

11. Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

This extraordinary church is the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome, and oh boy, is it big. This is one of the 5 ancient basilicas in Rome and as such, is a popular stop for visitors to Rome.

12. Castel Sant’Angelo

This mausoleum was built for the Emperor Hadrian. There is a covered passageway that leads to the Vatican, making this an intriguing point of interest to visit in Rome.


13. Aventine Hill

One of the seven hills of Rome – great views over the surrounding neighbourhoods. If you have more time and are prone to wandering, this is a great place to pass by for a picnic lunch in the summer time.

14. Arcibasilica of St. John Lateran

Church cathedral with an impressive facade.

15. Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini

This palazzo is located in central Rome, not too far from Piazza Venezia.

16. Borghese Gallery

If you’re looking for a spectacular gallery in Rome, then look no further than the Borghese Gallery on Piazzale de Museo Borghese. Closed on Mondays.


17. Centro Storico

Much less an attraction, but the centre of it all itself, is “Centro Storico”. You can’t come to Rome and not find yourself in the neighbourhood…. so why not consider what’s around to ensure you don’t miss anything! When roaming around the centre of Rome, don’t miss: the Pantheon; Piazza Navona; Santa Maria del Popolo Church; Spanish Steps and of course, the Trevi Fountain.

18. Abbazia di San Paolo Fuori Le Mura

A stunning papal basilica from the 4th century, commonly known as St Paul’s outside the walls.

19. Church of Sant’Ignazio di Loyola

Though a smaller church, the Church of Sant’Ignazio di Loyola is delicately beautiful, particularly when looking up at the paintings on the ceiling.

20. Fountain of the Four Rivers

Or more formally known as Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, this is one of Rome’s lesser known but just as fantastic fountains to visit whilst in the city. You’ll find it at Piazza Navona.

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    June 18, 2015 at 5:21 am

    I fell in love with Rome and Italy. But my favorite place in Italy was Florence. A memoir of the same.

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    June 13, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Looks like a great trip! I have very fond memories of Rome myself, such a wonderful city! And the ice cream, oh, the ice cream;)

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    June 11, 2015 at 5:17 am

    loved rome, although the trevi fountains were such a let down ! just been to venice, loved it even more that rome

    June 11, 2015 at 4:23 am

    you forgot the trastevereeeeeee!!!! 🙂

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    Backpack Babe
    June 8, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Rome is so beautiful!! <3 so much culture and history… and the FOOOD. mouthwatering! I still think Trevi Fountain is one my favorite spots, with a pistachio gelato in hand :p

    Saakshi Kumar
    June 6, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Rome is that city that I definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on. The names are insanely attractive for some reason. 😀

    June 2, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I was in Rome last month. Even though the Trevi Fountain is currently being restored (it has been drained), it’s a fantastic time to visit. They have built a viewing platform over where the water should be, so you can get up close and person with the beautiful sculptures. Even though I will have to go back to see it in all it’s glory, it was a special way to see it.

    June 2, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    This is a perfect list! I think the only other thing I would add is the Roman Catacombs–so cool to tour! I’ve only been to Rome once and it was 8 years ago, so I am dying to visit again 🙂

    June 1, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Rome so much to offer and one of my favorite cities due to the Colosseum.

    June 1, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Love this list! There were plenty of things on it I already wanted to do and so many I had not even thought of.


    Leanne Winters
    June 1, 2015 at 4:14 am

    I so badly want to visit rome next year, i think im going to make it happen x

    Alisha Paul
    May 30, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    There are an excess of spots to go in my brief while (2 days!) there! Will most likely attempt to look at the initial 10 or something like that, however.

    May 30, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    I just got back from Rome, well like two months ago haha and I did about 15 of these on your list! Definitely a very impressive city.

    Victoria Kristine (BlasianGurl)
    May 30, 2015 at 10:19 am

    love rome!!!

    May 30, 2015 at 5:13 am

    There’s indeed so much to see in Rome! A lifetime isn’t enough to explore it all completely!

    Jana Miller
    May 30, 2015 at 5:03 am

    Oh the Pantheon-so lovely in the rain 🙂 Rome changed me!

    Shanny | FiftyTwo Truths
    May 30, 2015 at 3:47 am

    Belissimo, bella! Now you have my heart aching to return to my favourite city in the world – grazie xx

    Shanny | FiftyTwo Truths
    May 30, 2015 at 3:28 am

    Belissimo, bella! An excellent post that has my heart aching to return to my favourite city in the world. Grazie xx

    Vera Yates
    May 30, 2015 at 3:15 am

    We just came back from Rome a couple weeks ago. We did visited most of the site you recommended. Hoping we’ll get to go back and explore more. Love reading your blog!

    May 30, 2015 at 3:08 am

    I’m going to Italy in the summer and this is soo useful for planning what I’m going to do during my four days in Rome! I can’t wait! Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

    May 30, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Wow, I’m pretty glad I’ve just booked 5 days in Rome!


    Mima Isono
    May 30, 2015 at 12:48 am

    You make me wanna book flight ticket straight to Rome after reading this post. Definitely Rome is in our bucket list

    May 29, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    I would highly recommend Giolittis, for out of this world gelato!!

    Laura @ Roam + Golightly
    May 29, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    After living in Rome for a while and returning home, reading this is making me super nostalgic! Fantastic round up for sure. I would also add a nice aperitivo (sort of like happy hour, but BETTER!) and passiagata (a slow stroll) through Trastevere, the working man’s Rome for an authentic feel of this ancient city 🙂

    May 29, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    It’s like you read my mind! My dear family are coming over to visit me in July and we’re having a few days in Rome together before they fly back. Now I know where to begin! xx

    May 29, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    thanks for sharing ! great post 🙂
    I cannot wait to go to Rome soon hopefully this year .

    Karen Farber
    May 29, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    So much history in this gorgeous city! Can’t wait to see it someday

    ~ Carmen ~
    May 29, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Darn it! I hardly saw any of these when I visited Rome. Gotta put these on the bucket list to explore. :]

    May 29, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Perfect overview. Thanks for compiling the list. I have dreamt of visiting Rome for years and years. I am hoping to finally make my dream come true next summer!

    May 29, 2015 at 10:47 am

    There are too many places to go in my short time (2 days!) there! Will definitely try to check out the first 10 or so, though.

    Christina -
    May 29, 2015 at 8:31 am

    These are all great attractions, and they are famous for a reason 🙂 But I must say, after living more than a year in Rome: there is so much more to Rome than this! I would highly recommend a visit to Basilica San Clemente, not a lot of people know about this place, but it is truly amazing! You should also check out some of the suburban areas, there is a lot of history and charm there as well 🙂 Safe trip!

    May 29, 2015 at 7:58 am

    So nice to see Rome again! 🙂 Great post Brooke!

    Nicola Easterby
    May 29, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Yay! I’m heading back to Rome in just over a month and I’m so excited to be able to rediscover it’s beauty <3

    May 29, 2015 at 7:53 am

    So peaceful looking there. I love the designs of the buildings, they look so detailed 🙂
    XO Janina