Top 5 places to visit while in Rome (and a few extra!)

Finely detailed yet breathtakingly dramatic, classical with modern elements and with history, art, architecture and fashion, it is easy to see why visiting Rome is so appealing.

The capital of Italy is a treasure trove of archaeological and artistic gems waiting to be admired, exquisite architecture, elaborate fountains, epic views and attractions to see that are known all over the world. Visiting Rome is sure to be an experience you will never forget.

Planning your visit should be an enjoyable experience but with so many amazing experiences to see where do you begin?

This article includes the top 5 places to visit while in Rome plus a few extra ideas to make your planning experience a little easier.

The Colosseum or Flavian Amphitheatre as it is also known

The largest amphitheatre ever built, a dominant oval in the center of Rome built of travertine, tuff and brick-faced concrete. It first began construction under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72 and was completed in AD 80 under his successor and heir Titus, Domitian later made modifications during his reign between AD 81-96.

The Colosseum is of epic proportions and was to hold 50,000+ spectators for events such as gladiatorial contests and public events.

Today the Colosseum is a worldwide spectacle to be seen and is rich in history and stories to be discovered. To have stood strong through earthquakes, it really is an awe inspiring vision of architectural beauty.

The best way to make the most of your experience at the Colosseum is to hire a guide and make sure you pre-book tickets in advance.

Trevi Fountain

An exquisite example of Baroque style, the Trevi fountain showcases the ornate details, fine sculptural skills and extravagant qualities of the architectural movement. Designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci the fountain is famous all over the world and has featured in many films including La Dolce Vita. The fountain is free to view and is a top must-see attraction during any Rome visit.

Don’t forget a coin to be thrown in – traditionally coins are to be thrown in using your right hand over the right shoulder. Money is collected and used by the city to provide support to Rome’s homeless community.

The Pantheon

Michelangelo described the Pantheon as the work of angels, not humans, and we think this is a great testimonial and reason why it should not be missed when visiting the city. The Pantheon is an outstanding feat of architectural design and it is easy to see why Michelangelo made that comparison.

Pantheon Rome

The best preserved ancient Roman monument with perfect proportions inside, it was originally built as a temple to All Gods, with the word Pantheon being a Greek adjective meaning ‘honour all Gods’.

With no windows inside the only light within comes from the hole at the top of the dome in the Pantheon’s design. With original marble floors, ornate details and wondrous feats of architectural design the Pantheon does appear to be the work of angels.

Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums situated in the Vatican City. The chapel was painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512 a Renaissance masterpiece that will take your breath away and make your eyes water. Astoundingly beautiful and exquisitely detailed the ceiling of the chapel is not the only wonder. There are also nine scenes from the Book of Genesis of which ‘The Creation of Adam’ is the most well known.

When visiting the chapel there are dress code rules, no sleeveless garments, no revealing clothes including shorts and short skirts and no hats. Security checks are part of the admission process, buy tickets in advance as it is a popular place to see.

St. Peters Basilica

Not only is St Peters Basilica the largest church in the world it is probably the most exquisite when it comes to every tiny detail that adorns each and every surface of the building.

Divine decoration, elaborate cascading designs, bold and dramatic architectural designs that dominate the vast space around you, this is definitely a place you really must include on your visit to Rome. The history, culture and religion is rich and diverse so allow time to really absorb all the details of St Peters Basilica.

A few extras…

Piazza Navonais a large square that is home to some beautiful ornate sculptures and fountains.

Surrounded by pretty delicate architecture, it is well worth taking some time to relax and enjoy a coffee while soaking up the beauty of the art around.

The Spanish Steps are a grand elaborate staircase that rise between the Piazza di Spagnaat the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Montichurch at the top. They are a key meeting point for locals and provide the perfect place to rest and absorb the views.

Take a left turn at the top of the Spanish Steps and you will find the Pincio Gardens. A pretty space with panoramic views to be enjoyed, to really capture a memorable moment go to the gardens at dusk and watch the sun set.

So when in Rome don’t forget to relax, enjoy the simple pleasures such as a coffee or gelato while wandering the streets. The vast beauty of Rome is all around you on every street or square not just in the amazing places to be seen with a ticket.

Plan your next visit to include Rome by calling 01347 825292 and speaking with an expert at Planet Rail.