September 28, 2020

City Guide: Hot Spots in Rome

Rome—one of the most beautiful and visited cities in Italy, calls you. In fact, it is the third most-visited city in all of Europe and the fourteenth in the world. It’s not only the seat of the Catholic faith but is also called the Eternal City with its many treasures and offerings. This region is blessed with nature, sea, good food, and villages that brim with art and history. Of course, it has lakes, rivers, hills, and vineyards that surround Rome, making the city a kaleidoscope of attractions and diversity for nature lovers.

So, if you want to experience Rome in its full glory, let us give you a rundown of its picture-worthy attractions and timeless sites.

Top 3 attractions of Rome

When you come here, you might be overwhelmed by the numerous attractions that will catch your senses. Check out our top 3 recommendations so that you can experience Rome in the best ways possible.

1. Colosseum

Rome: ruins of the Colosseum with tourists walking around it

See the main symbol of Rome, the Colosseum, which was constructed some 2000 years ago. Coming here shows you the way of life of the Roman Empire. Its construction started in year 72 and was finished in the year 80 during the rule of Emperor Titus. After it was completed, the Colosseum became the greatest amphitheatre with a height of 57 metres, length of 188 metres, and a width of 156 metres.

2. Roman Forum

The Roman Forum was the centre of the public and religious life of ancient Rome and was the location of the courts, markets, and meeting places. Along with the Colosseum, this place was the greatest symbol of the splendour of the Roman Empire. When you come here, you can see triumphal arches, fallen columns, and the remains of its walls that continue to impress onlookers even after thousands of years.

3. St. Peter’s Square

Rome: Aerial view of the St. Peter's Square on a sunny day

Locally called the Piazza San Pietro, this site is one of the most famous squares in the world that was designed by Bernini in the 17th century with a capacity of 300,000 people. This is a no-ordinary square with its 284 columns and 88 pilasters that compose the square in a colonnade of four rows. Above this are 140 statues of saints that were created by the disciples of Bernini in 1670. Don’t miss to spot the obelisk and the two fountains situated in the middle of the square. You’ll be fascinated to learn that the obelisk is 25-metres tall and was carried from Egypt to Rome in 1586.

Top 3 piazzas and fountains

They say that when you first visit a place, you have to see one of its fountains and drop a coin into it to get a wish come true. But in Rome, there are so many squares and fountains, and you might find it difficult to choose which to visit first. The good news is that you’ll have more than one wish coming true if you visit our top three recommendations.

1. Piazza Navona

Fountain of Piazza Navona with its light green water and statues in the daytime

Visit Piazza Navona and find three beautiful fountains designed during the papacy of Gregory XII: Fontana del Moro, Fontana del Nettuno, and Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi. The square is in Baroque-style and is one of the loveliest in all of Rome, situated on the site of the Stadium of Domitian founded in 86 AD. An interesting fact about this place is that every summer until the mid-19th century, the drains of the three fountains were blocked to flood the centre of the square to make the ‘Lake of Piazza Navona’.

2. Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps

A semi-bird's eye view of the Spanish Steps with buildings and a fountain in the frame

This is one of the most renowned squares of Rome whose name comes from the Palazzo di Spagna, which was the seat of the Spanish Embassy for the Vatican. As it is located in one of Rome’s most popular neighbourhoods, it is surrounded by impressive 17th and 18th-century villas. As for the Spanish Steps, these were built in the 18th century to connect Piazza di Spagna and the Church of Trinita Dei Monti. These steps are popular especially among tourists where they can sit, relax, and admire the surrounding scenery.

3. Campo de’ Fiori

Rome: A statue of a robed man in the middle of Campo de' Fiori

Called Field of Flowers in English, this square is one of Rome’s main squares. Since 1869, it houses a market of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as flowers, displayed every morning from Monday to Saturday. And after the sun sets, it transforms into one of the city’s most vibrant meeting places characterised by restaurants, cocktail bars, and terraces.

Top 3 galleries and museums

Rome brims with history and arts. In fact, it is home to some of the world’s most popular geniuses in the arts. Visit our three recommendations.

1. Galleria Borghese

Rome: the garden and fountain of Galleria Borghese

The Borghese Gallery is situated within the Villa Borghese, which is a beautiful and elegant mansion. It is one of the world’s most renowned art museums whose building’s garden is also a popular attraction being the third largest park in Rome. The exhibitions are on the top and bottom floors of the mansion with the first floor housing the works of art by Raphael, Caravaggio, Tiziano, Rubens, and Botticelli. On the ground floor, you can see classic antiquities from the 1st to the 3rd centuries AD. Don’t miss to admire the captivating mosaics and sculptures, as well as preserved frescoes that adorn the ceilings and walls of the mansion.

2. Capitoline Museums

Rome: Artefacts, statutes, and paintings adorn the Capitoline Museums

Standing in the Piazza del Campidoglio is the Capitoline Museums, owned and governed by the Municipality of Rome. The exhibitions in this museum were donations from Pope Sixtus IV’s collections to the citizens of Rome in 1471. This makes it the oldest museum in the world. Here, you can find two imposing buildings, the Palazzo dei Conservatori and the Palazzo Nuovo, which are both linked by the Galleria Lapidaria. What makes it unique is that this gallery is an underground tunnel that takes you under the piazza without leaving the museum.

3. National Roman Museum

Rome: the facade of the National Roman Museum

Be fascinated to discover that the National Roman Museum is located in four different buildings including the Palazzo Altemps, Baths of Diocletian, the Crypta Balbi, and the Palazzo Massimo. The gallery features famous Roman and Greek sculptures and status, high reliefs, and impressive sarcophagi. You can also find the world’s best-preserved Roman frescoes that sometimes cover up an entire room. Not only that, but there is also an impressive collection of mosaics from the 2nd and 4th centuries AD.

These are not the only things you can explore in Rome. In fact, there is still so much more that we ourselves have to discover. This is exactly why we are planning another trip to Rome to fully experience the city’s vibrancy and vigour.

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