Rome Attractions · Antiquity · Monuments

Rome Attractions. In Rome there are sights for every taste. With its three thousand years of history, Rome offers a wealth of monuments from antiquity to modern times. Emperors, kings and popes have left their marks here. The journey to Rome and the pilgrimage to Rome has been one of the things a persons has had to do in its life for millennia.

Whether ancient, medieval, Renaissance or Baroque, ecclesiastical or secular buildings, in Rome there is something for every visitor.

We introduce you to the top attractions in Rome and reveal some less well-known places.

St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica dome inside viewThe visit of St. Peter’s is the top destination of all pilgrims and most visitors to Rome. What to pay attention to when visiting St. Peter’s Basilica, you will learn in our info on St. Peter’s Basilica>

Most Roman visitors are only a few days in Rome. How you comfortably accommodate your visit to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica in half a day, you will learn in a morning in the Vatican>

Best time to visit: all year round
Duration of the visit: 1-2 hours, dome and caves each +1 hour (without waiting times at the security check)

Vatican museums

Vatican museums skip the lineThe Vatican Museums are among the most important museums in the world and are the top attraction for every art lover. About the Vatican Museums>

Best time to visit: November-February, in high season with early entry or during the special opening in the evening
Duration of the visit: at least three hours (with skip the line ticket) – 1 day

The Colosseum

Colosseum Forum Romanum PalatineWith more than 7 million visitors in 2017, the Colosseum is the most visited museum in Italy and the top attraction of ancient Rome. To optimize your visit to the Colosseum despite the large number of visitors, you can read our information about the Colosseum>

How to explore Colosseum, Palatine and Roman Forum in a half day, you will learn in a morning at the Colosseum Archeopark>

Best time to visit: all year round
Duration of the visit: Depending on the duration of the tour 1-3 hours without queuing

Ancient Rome

Forum Romanum and CapitolPalatine, Caelius and Oppius are three of the seven hills on which Romulus founded the city. We’ll give you an overview in our info about ancient Rome>

Best time to visit: all year round
Duration of the visit: 2 hours for Palatine and Roman Forum, half a day for Caelius and Oppius hills

The catacombs

Rome catacombs of CalixtusIn the Regional Park of the Appia Antika are the most visited catacombs in Rome.

On a walk or bike ride along the Via Appia you can see ancient ruins and inscriptions that you can only admire in museums in London and Berlin. About Appia Antica and Catacombs>

Especially nice is a walk on a Sunday afternoon on the Appia Antica>

Best time to visit: all year round, in summer particularly pleasant because it’s fresh in the catacombs
Duration of visit: 2 hours – 1 day
How to get there: Bus 118 from Piazza Venezia Bus 218 from San Giovanni, violet line of the Big Bus

The Campus Martius

Rome center Piazza di PietraCampo de’ Fiori, Palazzo Farnese, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps are just a few of the highlights on the Campus Martius. The Campus Martius is located outside the area of ancient Rome and corresponds to the present city center of Piazza del Popolo to the hill of the Quirinale and to Piazza Venezia. Popes, cardinals and influential merchants have also left their mark on the farthest corners of the Roman city center.

You’ll receive orientation in the city center with information on public transport, parking and trails. Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Renaissance can be found here one on the other. Admire monuments, experience culture, shopping, eating and drinking, here you will find everything that holds body and soul together.

We will inform you how to organize an afternoon in the city center.

Duration of the visit: at least a half day

The most beautiful views

The most beautiful views CaracallaWhether Aventine, Gianicolo or Pincio, here you will learn all about viewpoints with breathtaking views over Rome>

Best time to visit: all year round, but not in rainy weather
Duration of the visit: Every viewpoint roughly 1 hour + road

The seven Pilgrim churches

Seven pilgrim churches St. PaulThe seven churches pilgrimage is part of a centuries-old pilgrimage whose tradition is still cultivated today. We introduce the seven churches pilgrimage to you.

In addition, we show you, how to visit three pope basilicas and the catacombs in one afternoon, following the seven churches pilgrimage route.

Best time to visit: all year
Duration of the visit: You need one day to visit the seven churches.


The museums are among the top attractions in Rome. A list of the State museums and museums of the municipality of Rome can be found in our post about the museums hours. Particularly noteworthy are, in addition to the Vatican Museums, the Capitoline Museums and the Gallery of Villa Borghese. For these museums you have to book.

The neighbourhood of Coppedè

Attractions in Rome Coppedè
Neighbourhood of Coppedè Frog fountain with fairy villa

The neighbourhood was designed by the architect Gino Coppedè. The project began in 1916 with a construction period of more than 10 years. It is located north of Buenos Aires Square on the Via Tagliamento, Buenos Aires tram line 3 and 19.

The Garbatella

Places of interest in Rome Garbatella
Back side of the building in Piazza Brin

The Garbatella is a district in the south of Rome. It extends east of metro line B between Garbatella and San Paolo railway stations to Via Cristoforo Colombo. The Garbatella was planned as a garden city. The founding stone of King Victor Emmanuel III of 18 February 1920 is on the right side of the passage of the building in Piazza Brin. In 1931 it was visited by Mahatma Gandhi.

Gandhi Garbatella
Gandhi in the Garbatella December 1931

There are several architecturally interesting folk dwellings in the Garbatella. Today it’s likely used as a backdrop for movie records.

Through the Garbatella leads Via delle Sette Chiese, the path of the Seven Churches Pilgrimage, which connects the Basilica of St. Paul with the Catacombs and the Basilica of St. Sebastian. It is largely pedestrianized and is well suited for a walk and access to the central part of the Garbatella from the Basilica of St. Paul or from Via Cristoforo Colombo, Piazza Navigatori stop of the bus lines 30, 160, 671 and 714.

The Testaccio

The testaccio extends within the walls from the pyramid to the Tiber south of Via Marmorata. The name comes from a mountain of pottery shards, which has accumulated here in ancient times during the transfer of goods arrived in Rome over the sea.

Places of interest in Rome Immigrants cemetery
Foreigner graveyard at the city wall

Just behind the pyramid is the cemetery of non-Catholics – or foreigners cemetery – where many celebrities, among them also Goethe’s son, are buried. Around the clay shards hill numerous pubs and discotheques are located as well as the old slaughterhouse, to the Tiber River, which today is used for cultural events and a small Sunday market. The newly built market with interesting corners, among them a Paninoteca, which filles bread with ingredients from the traditional Roman cuisine, is located in front of the old slaughterhouse.

The monumental cemetery Verano

Attractions in Rome Verano
In the monumental cemetery Verano

Mostly unnoticed among the attractions in Rome is the monumental cemetery Verano, although it’s, as we believe, in nothing worse than other graveyards such as for example the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. It’s full of tombs and works of art from all eras. Among other things, the tomb of the Garibaldi is located here. The cemetery is suitable for long walks. It is located behind the Basilica of St. Lawrence and is reachable with the tram lines 3 and 19 and by bus 492.

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