Filled with icons of the Christian faith and antiquity, Rome is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Whether it’s your first time visiting Rome or not, you won’t regret spending your time there.
Best places to visit in Rome
Once you get to Rome, there is so much to see – I hope you have enough time to see it all. If you don’t know where to start, below are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Rome.
- The Roman Forum
Best known as the monumental center of ancient Rome politics and social activities, the Roman Forum is an international destination that attracts over 4.5 million visitors annually.
Also known as Forum Romanum in Italian, the Roman Forum is a rectangular plaza that is surrounded by ruined ancient government buildings. It’s located in a small village between Capitoline Hills and Palatine. It’s a home to some of the most impressive ancient temples and monuments of Roman history.
Considered as the largest un-reinforced concrete dome, the Rome Pantheon is a masterpiece of engineering and architecture you can’t miss out on. What’s fascinating about the Pantheon is that it’s over 2,000 years old, and it’s still standing.
The Pantheon was built around 126 AD as a Roman temple by Marcus Agrippa. It was then reconstructed in the 2nd century by Emperor Hadrian. Since the 7th century, the Pantheon was turned, and even now, it’s used as a catholic church.
- The Colosseum
Also known as the Flavian Amphitheater, the Colosseum is a large amphitheater build by Vespasian in 72 AD. It was used to show hunting scenes, gladiator fights, dramas, public executions, and reenactments.
Visiting the Colosseum will help you to understand in detail how the underground theater system was designed and operated with ramps, freight elevators, animal traps, gladiators, and scenic machinery.
- The National Roman Museum
If you want to enjoy the most out of the Roman history, cultures, and heritage, then don’t miss to visit the National Roman Museum, also known as the Museo Nazionale Romano in Italian. It’s, however, worth noting that these collections are placed in multiple destinations all around the city, convenient for you if you want to explore more of the city.
For instance, if you want to find the Roman artifacts, jewelry, and amber, you should visit the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme. On the other hand, you can visit the Roman Baths, it’s found at the restored historic site of the Diocletian Baths.
- Trajan’s Market
Constructed by Emperor Trajan around the 100 to 110 A.D, Trajan’s Market is a renowned complex of ancient stores, alleyways, and administrative offices. It’s considered to be the 1st closed shopping mall in history. The tour to the Trajan’s Market also offers access to the famous Imperial Forums Museum.
From historical monuments to museums to churches, Rome has preserved some of the most intriguing historical attractions in the world that you can’t afford to miss.