Rome Sights & Attractions
What to See and Do in Rome
Join the other tourists and throw a coin to FONTANA DI TREVI to guarantee that you'll return to Rome. Then move on to the spectacular COLOSSEUM and feel the spirit of the gladiators. After that, look for the Pope and marvel at SAINT PETER'S BASILICA and its Pietà, one of Michelangelo's most impressive works.
Rome seems to be all about antiquity but time travel back to the future to the MACRO Museum (Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma). The collection of mostly Italian artists from the 1960s onwards is exhibited in an industrial space that used to be a brewery. There is another exhibition space off Piazza Orazio Giustiniani in Testaccio called "Macro al Mattatoio" that similarly attracts trendy artophiles for its exhibitions of international artists.
And soon, the MAXXI Museum of 21st Century Arts will showcase and promote the best of modern art and architecture by national and international artists.
Some of Western Civilization's greatest art make up the Vatican Museums, best known for Michelangelo's SISTINE CHAPEL overshadowing all the great Graeco-Roman treasures.
(Skip the lines and get your Vatican Museums tickets here.)
After the Vatican Museums, the other must-see gallery is that of Galleria Borghese. Set in the gardens of the Villa Borghese in the first building created specifically to display a private art collection (in 1608), it showcases dramatic sculptures by Bernini, and masterpieces by Caravaggio, Raphael, and Rubens.
(Skip the lines and get your Galleria Borghese tickets here.)
At the Capitoline Museums (one of the oldest in the world, dating from the 15th century and open to the public in the 18th), is a marvelous collection of sculpture, with the highlights being Bernini's snake-infested Medusa head and the 1st-century BC Capitoline Venus.
The massive dome (the biggest of its time) of the PANTHEON has stood the test of time for almost 2 millenia. As Rome's oldest structure, it remains an extraordinary feat of engineering.
Grandiose arches and columns recall the splendor of ancient Rome at the ROMAN FORUM. More fascinating archaeology makes up the BASILICA DI SAN CLEMENTE, decorated with fantastic mosaics and frescoes, and with the remains of the site where the first Christians would secretly meet to take Communion before Christianity was legalized in 313.
Although Italy's shopping Mecca is Milan, Rome does provide some major retail therapy. After relaxing and people-watching on the SPANISH STEPS, stroll down VIA DEI CONDOTTI for the biggest names in haute couture (from Gucci to Valentino). End the shopping spree at PIAZZA NAVONA, the city's loveliest square.
TOURS & DAYTRIPS
Go on a tour of Rome or take daytrips:
Naples and Pompeii daytrip from Rome
Pompeii and Amalfi Coast daytrip from Rome
Capri daytrip from Rome