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Welcome to Rome

An open-air museum home to two millennia of architecture, art, and culture, Rome is one of the world’s most visited cities—for good reason. You can spend hours exploring ancient wonders, traveling between attractions, or hunting for the best gelato; but those in the know stay ahead of the crowd with skip-the-line entrance tickets and guided tours. Hop-on hop-off tours allow visitors to breeze through must-do lists, while group visits to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Vatican Museums offer a more in-depth experience. For a true taste of Italy, take advantage of the city’s central location with day trips to Pompeii, Tuscany, and beyond.

Top 10 attractions in Rome

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Colosseum

Colosseum

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The Colosseum has been a symbol of Rome since 80 AD, and today it’s a top monument in Italy. Some 50,000 spectators once gathered in the amphitheater’s tiered seats to watch gladiatorial games, and though parts of its original marble facade were pilfered over the years to build the likes of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum remains remarkably intact 2,000 years later.More
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Roman Forum (Foro Romano)

Roman Forum (Foro Romano)

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A sprawling mass of ruins, the Roman Forum (Foro Romano) was once the center of ancient Rome, with temples, courts, markets, and government buildings in full swing until the 4th century AD. While all that remains today is an array of ancient columns and arches, the forum is one of the most important archaeological sites in Italy, and excavations occur to this day. Aside from a lesson in Roman history, visitors can get a great view of the Eternal City from the overlooking Palatine and Capitoline hills.More
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Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

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Home to some of Italy’s most important artworks—from paintings and sculptures to tapestries and classical antiquities—the Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) is one of the country’s top attractions. Explore the Pinacoteca, Egyptian Museum, Gallery of Tapestries, Pius-Clementine Museum, and Gallery of Maps, before admiring the crown jewels in the Sistine Chapel, famed for Michelangelo’s ceiling and The Last Judgment.More
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Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)

Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)

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The Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina), part of Rome’s Vatican Museums, was decorated by art masters Sandro Botticelli and Pinturicchio in the 15th century before being completed with Michelangelo’s stunning 16th-century ceilings frescoes and monumental “The Last Judgement,” which covers the apse wall. The fresco-covered ceiling is the artist’s greatest work and one of the most important masterpieces in history, while the Sistine Chapel serves as a glorious homage to Renaissance art and one of the most visited sights in all of Italy.More
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Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio)

Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio)

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Looming above the Bay of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio) erupted in AD 79 and covered Pompeii in ash, preserving parts of the ancient city that can still be seen today. The volcano itself is still active—the only active one in continental Europe—and, though dormant, is considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes. Despite this, many visitors hike the mountain to see its infamous crater and are rewarded with stunning views of Pompeii, the Bay of Naples, and the surrounding Italian countryside.More
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St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)

St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)

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The enormous St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro) dominates Vatican City, and its dome can be seen from all over Rome. Built on the site of St. Peter’s crucifixion and over his tomb, it’s the epicenter of the Catholic Church and the burial place of many popes, including Pope John Paul II. The lavishly adorned basilica is the largest church in Italy, and it's also a museum full of priceless works of art—including Michelangelo’s spectacular Pietà and Bernini’s bronze baldachin.More
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Pantheon

Pantheon

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Known for its massive dome and center oculus, the well-preserved Pantheon attracts millions of annual visitors to Rome—and its proximity to the gelaterias along Via della Maddalena is just a bonus. Highlights of this temple-turned-church, which is the burial ground for Renaissance artist Raphael and the first King of Italy, include awe-inspiring architecture and beautiful art.More
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Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

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One of the most famous and sumptuous squares in Rome, Piazza Navona is home to the Baroque Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone and Palazzo Pamphili, both overlooking Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s famousFountain of the Four Rivers. Bustling outdoor cafes and rowdy buskers lend a lively air to the otherwise stately square.More
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Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi)

Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi)

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The incredibly ornate Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) is the most famous fountain in Rome, and perhaps all of Italy. Centered around the Greek sea god Oceanus—as well as Tritons, seahorses, and other mythological figures—the baroque Trevi Fountain has made cameos on the silver screen and is a popular spot of superstition; throw in a coin and make a wish.More
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Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna)

Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna)

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Climbing from Piazza di Spagna to the Trinità dei Monti church, the Spanish Steps are one of Rome’s most recognizable landmarks, immortalized in countless postcards and films. Built between 1723 and 1725, the 138-step staircase is also one of the widest in Europe and serves as a lively meeting place for locals and visitors alike.More

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Don’t-Miss Dishes in Rome

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Top activities in Rome

Small Group Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Guided Tour with Positano from Rome
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Guided Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum
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Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

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Pompeii Ruins Day Tour from Rome
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Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

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Fantastic tour! Highly...
Paul_B, Nov 2021
Underground Rome:Capuchin Crypts And Museum Entrance Tickets
Highly recommend if you want to see something slightly different in Rome with a really informative tour guide!
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Fun experience
Sarah_G, Nov 2021
Pasta Making with Wine Tasting and Dinner in Frascati
Frascati is also an interesting commune of Rome to visit.
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Standard HOHO
Joseph_M, Nov 2021
Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
If you have energy, the most you'll have to walk is an hour one way to the furthest attractions otherwise everything is with 30 mins of each other.
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Best tour ever!
Jessica_B, Nov 2021
Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Guided Day Trip from Rome
Don’t miss this tour to see some of the most beautiful scenery.
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We loved the Vespa tour! ...
Nikki_T, Nov 2021
Rome by Vespa Sidecar with Cappuccino
This was a fun way to see Rome!
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Funnest Tour so far! Vespa by night is awesome!
jennifer_J, Nov 2021
Vespa Tour By Night
Easily one of the funniest things I have done in Rome so far!
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Absolutely Amazing!
Jamal_R, Nov 2021
Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este
I would highly recommend it to those that want to see ancient history of Rome and the beautiful palace!
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k_c, Nov 2021
I Love Rome Hop on Hop off Open Bus Tour
Great way to see the sites in Rome.
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Best experience ever
Nicole_S, Nov 2021
Rome by Vespa Sidecar with Cappuccino
What a great way to see Rome
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Nice tour of a beautiful city
Tracy_H, Nov 2021
I Love Rome Hop on Hop off Open Bus Tour
Lovely tour of rome, we didn’t get off to see the sights as the weather was bad but still lovely to see.
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pedro_f, Nov 2021
Buzz Buggy Tour - you drive we'll lead!
The best way to visit Rome.
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Amazing your with very informative guides
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Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome
Great tour with brilliant tour guides, extensive knowledge, Rome is a beautiful city with so much to see but this tour is fantastic for the two most main attractions.
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Recommendation for Manuela Saolini - who made our visit to the Vatican unforgettable
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Early Vatican Museums private tour.
Thank you so much Manuela, we hope to see you again on our next trip to Rome x
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Missouri sisters see Rome by night!
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Rome by Night with Pizza and Gelato (max 8 people with driver)
It was absolutely magical to see the iconic sites of Rome at night.
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eBike Fun in Rome!
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Rome: City Sights Highlight Private Bike Tour
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Rome in a day: Vatican, Colosseum, Fountains and Squares Private Tour with Lunch
Her English was fluent, lunch was amazing, we saw Rome in a day just like we wanted!
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Jacob_G, Oct 2021
Skip the Line: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Small-Group Walking Tour Including Pantheon and Piazza Navona
I highly recommend this for people that want to see some of the highlights Rome has to offer.
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A Day In Rome
Michael_P, Oct 2021
Chauffeured Private Tour of Rome
His willingness to adopt the tour to accommodate what we had already experienced by suggesting alternate activities that are all part of Rome’s culture.
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An Excellent Day
LInsay_M, Oct 2021
Golf Cart Tour admiring the beauty of Rome!
This was a great way to see the sites, and learn about the history of Rome.
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Peter_B, Oct 2021
Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena
We went to visit Rome for a couple of days and I can recommend this tour, it was really good and informative.

All about Rome

When to visit

Avoid Rome in July and August unless you can handle heat and humidity. Spring and fall offer perfect conditions, but the trade-off is peak crowds and prices. Instead, visit during the off-season months of October through April, when you’ll trade shorter opening hours for fewer crowds. Winter is crisp, but nothing a light coat can’t handle.

A local’s pocket guide to Rome

Emiliano Esposito

Born and raised in Rome, Emiliano is a software engineer now living in the UK. With family roots in Naples, he’s been a seafood lover from birth.

The first thing you should do in Rome is...

visit the Colosseum and learn all about its history, before trying a typical Roman dish, like spaghetti alla carbonara or coda alla vaccinara, in a nearby trattoria—Luzzi, near the Colosseum, is my favorite.

A perfect Saturday in Rome...

includes shopping in Via Del Corso; visiting the Spanish Steps, Barcaccia Fountain, and the Pantheon; and finishing at the Imperial Fora. Don’t forget to stop at Giolitti’s for a fabulous multi-flavoured gelato!

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the Pantheon. It still has many original features and the dome is considered one of the ancient world’s most astonishing architectural feats. Oh, and did I mention it’s free to enter?

To discover the "real" Rome...

take a walking tour of Trastevere and visit Tiber Island, where you’ll find many restaurants still serving rare but traditional Roman dishes such as pajata (unweaned calf intestine).

For the best view of the city...

head to the Janiculum Hill. If you happen to be there around noon, you might also catch the cannon that’s fired daily in the direction of the Tiber.

One thing people get wrong...

Pizza is not a typical dish in Rome. If you want to taste something close to Neapolitan-style pizza (but still really typical of the city), look for Pinza Romana on the menu.

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