Seeing the main Rome tourist attractions is usually a priority for a first-time visitor to Rome (actually I like seeing them all the time, and I live here!)
If this is your first time visiting, will want to see the Vatican, the Coliseum, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona. But there's more...
I've actually read comments online that some people don't consider the Trevi Fountain in Rome a "must-see." I absolutely disagree.
If you've never been here before, and have limited time (2-3 days), then you will probably want to see these things, even if it is cliche:
Have you been here before? Do you have more than 2-3 days in Rome? Are you energetic and able to pack a lot of sightseeing into a short visit?
Well them, did you also know you should not miss the Galleria Borghese museum? St. Ignatius church? The Caravaggios? If you are into the ancient stuff, don't miss a visit to Ostia Antica! Or the Mythrian burial ground under San Clemente. What am I talking about? Well this is why I made this site. To help you get the most our of your short visit to Rome, based on what you want most to do in rome.
A visit to Rome would not be complete without at least glimpsing the Colosseum. But there is so much more to see in Ancient Rome than just the Roman Colosseum. There is the Ancient Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill, the Capitoline Hill and much more. This can take up your whole day if you have the time, or, you can just breeze by it all in an open-bus if you have very limited time in Rome!
See here for more details and tips about visiting the Colosseum.
Getting to the Vatican is easy, even though it's not technically part of Rome and is across the Tiber from the historic center of Rome. I strongly urge you not to plan any other major things to see or do on the day you visit the Vatican and Vatican Museums. It does not take 8-9 hours but it will zap all your energy. It's exhausting but so worth it!
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My favorite museum in Rome is undoubtedly the Galleria Borghese (Borghese Gallery.) If this is your first time visiting Rome, you won't want to miss the Vatican museums and the Borghese museum. But there are also several other spectacular museums in Rome, including including some excellent new entries in modern art. So if it's not your first time here, or you have more than 3 days in Rome, you have lots of options for visiting more museums in Rome.
See here for more details and tips about visiting Museums in Rome.
Perhaps two of most famous monuments in Rome are the pantheon and Castel Sant'Angelo. Of course there are others. It's amazing that in this hustling bustling city, some of the most ancient Roman monuments are still standing intact in the middle of it all! These Rome attractions can be seen just by walking around the center of Rome, so they would be hard to miss, but of course you can also go inside.
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The most well known of the churches in Rome is Saint Peters Basilica (the Vatican.) Even if you only have a short time in Rome, the city is so chock-a-block with wonderful churches, you should be able to fit in a few more, even as you are walking between other Rome tourist attractions. You will find Michelangelo, Bernini, Carvaggio, and more...not to mention some relics, some ancient ruins, and even some optical illusions!
See to visit my page about my 10 favorite Churches in Rome.
The Roman fountains you can't miss include Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain ... but some of the lesser-known fountains in Rome, and just as worth seeing, include the turtle fountain in the Ghetto, the fountain at the bottom of the Spanish Steps, and many more.
The catacombs in Rome are different from the catacombs in Paris: no bones! But they are certainly worth visiting, especially if you have more than 2-3 days here. Many people miss visiting the Rome catacombs because they don't have enough time, or because they are slightly away from the historic center of Rome. But if you have even half a day, take a visit to the old Appian way and include these in your itinerary.
See here for more details and tips about visiting the Roman catacombs.
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