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    21/01/2023

    20 Best attractions in Rome to visit and see

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    Rome is an incredible city, full of places to visit, some more known than others, although all equally important. In fact, in Rome, every statue, street or stone could tell a story of this city. Even though there is so much to do and see here, it would take an eternity to cover everything, do not be discouraged.

    Here are the top 20 best attractions in Rome that we highly recommend for a weekend visit or less. So put on your hiking shoes, print out this list and get ready to visit the Eternal city in the best possible way!

    The list of the best attractions in Rome

    1. The Roman Colosseum
      An ancient Roman profecy recites:
      “Rome will exist until the Colosseum does; when the Colosseum will fall, so will Rome; when Rome will fall, the world will fall too”.Either you are planning a touch and go visit of Rome or a three day stay or more, a stop at the Colosseum is mandatory.You’ll find this attraction in the heart of Rome, bypassing Piazza Venezia and the Vittoriano monument walking on Via dei Fori Imperiali, that crosses the Roman Forum all the way to the Colosseum.

      The Amphitheater was built by Emperor Vespasian on the grounds of a vast estate called Domus Aurea. The constructions started in the 72nd century aD and were ultimated in the 80th century under Emperor Titus. The opening ceremony lasted 100 days.

      It could host up to 50 thousands spectators that went to see wrestling matches, animal fights, men fighting animals and even Naval battles! For this particular occasion the Arena was filled with water, a process that could take 7 hours.

      The Colosseum is one of the World’s most fascinating sites to see. A pillar in Roman history, tradition and architecture. It welcomes so many people, from 7 to 8 thousand people on a daily basis!

    2. Roman Forums
      The Colosseum Entry tickets allow you to enter the surrounding archeological area of Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum.The Forum is located between Capitol Hill, which is where you can find Rome’s city Hall, and the Palatine Hill, one of the seven legendary hills of Rome.The Forum hosted the Roman Senate, the beating heart of the Empire.
      The Roman Forum was actually a multitude of buildings, like the Temple of Vesta, a monastery for young girls, from age 6 to 10, where the young virgins were trained to become priestess that had many jobs, one of which was to preserve the holy fire of the Temple. Another building of the Forum is the Temple of Ceasar, also knonw as Ceaser’s tomb. The people that visit it bring flowers, still today, to the tomb of Rome’s most famous citizens.

      The Temples in the Forum were places of cult to worship the Gods for which they were built and consacrated. But they were also considered what we would call today’s Amazon’s market place. In fact the Forum is where vendors and clients met every day to conduct their business, aside from worshipping their gods. The opportunity of building a new business arose, when some people started to take valuable objects and pieces of the temples, to sell them on the black market or use them to build their homes.

    3. The Capitol Hill
      The Capitol Hill is an incredibly important venue, because it represent the true heart of Rome, because it’s here that you can find the City Hall.Piazza Campidoglio, the beautiful square on City hall is one of the main attractions for may tourists in Rome, not just for it’s location but because it hosts the famous Capitoline Museums, where it’s preserved the real statue of the Emperor (the one on the square is a reproduction).The square was built by the one and only Michelangelo, who never had the opportunity of seeing it finished. Another fun fact about Capitol hill is the location between Palazzo Senatorio and Palazzo Nuovo, where you can find the Capitoline Wolf, legendary Roman symbol, protagonist of the story of Romolus and Remus.
    4. The Vatican
      The Vatican, home of the Pope, it’s the smallest city-state in the World. And another of the best attractions in Rome.
      Beside being the Headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and a place of pilgrimage, it’s also home of some of the most important Art works in the history of humanity. Like the Sistine Chapel, included in the Vatican Museum’s itinerary.Sure, the Catholic church has been around for a very, very long time, but Vatican City hasn’t. This city was founded in 1929 with the Lateran Treaty, that declared it an independent state. Interesting how it was Benito Mussolini, head of Italian Government at the time, to have signed the line that was traced between these States to make it official.Another highlight of Vatican City is Saint Peter’s Square, one of Bernini’s outstanding projects. A 240 meters wide ellipse, that starts at the feet of Saint Peter’s Basilica that widens and opens kind of like a hug, on Via della Conciliazione.
      On it’s sides the Square is framed by three separate lines of majestic Columns One infront of the other.

      → A fun fact:
      By standing in a certain position in the Square and looking towards the Columns in two particular spots, the lines of these columns converge into one single file, creating a marvelous optical illusion.

      Crossing the Square on Saint Peter’s you’ll reach the Basilica. The majestic church that comprehends three Naves; if you look up above the papal altar and Bernini’s Pulpit, you will see the silhouette of the Dome, planned by Michelangelo it is 42 meters wide.

      Inside the Basilica you can see so many masterpieces and artwork, like “The Pietà by Michelangelo”, in the right nave, in the chapel just after the entrance. A marble sculpture, perfectly detailed, depicting Holy Mary holding Jesus’s body. Other interesting sculptures like a giant sculpture of Saint Peter’s, particularly dear to pilgrims, believers and Romans in General. Visitors of the Basilica stop by this statue, say grace or a little prayer and rub their hand on Saint Peter’s foot.

      There are still other beautiful things you can admire, masterpieces, artwork, mosaics and sculptures. This place is not just a place of faith, it’s a place of art and history and architectures. Entrance is completely free, but if you are feeling like being more adventurous, you can book a ticket to climb the Dome and enjoy the breathtaking views of the entire city of Rome from the tipy top of the World’s first church.

    5. The Pantheon
      The Pantheon is the most well preserved Roman monument in the World, it survived 2000 years of history, surprisingly intact, although rebuilt a few times due to a devastating fire in two separate occasions.
      But the entire facade is indeed the original one from the first construction, being the only thing that survived the fires.But what is the secret of the Monument’s pristine conditions?
      It was donated by a byzantine Emperor to the church of Rome in 609 aD, and for the following 1400 years allowed it to recieve constant care and maintenance. It is surely something you can’t miss while walking in the city center of Rome. It is big, and the sight of it will leave you speechless.It isn’t one of city’s most famous attractions for anything: it is really hard to miss! We recommend reaching it while enjoying a nice, calm walk in the narrow, cobble stone streets of Campus Martius. As you get closer and closer to the Pantheon, you’ll notice the tiny streets widen leading to a square, with restaurants on all sides, and there you’ll have it, the gigantic temple-like church will leave you stunned.

      It’s sizes and structers are attributed to Emperor Hadrian, although there is Agrippa’s name inscripted on the facade, the Emperor’s General and the first to have started the constructions of this building, a temple in devotion to all the Gods.

      And because it was hidden from sight, framed by nearby architectures and buildings, imagine the surprise a Roman citizen could feel by entering this impressive circular masterpiece, thinking he was entering a traditional building. But the triumph of marbles and the materials of the largest dome of Ancient Rome, just make it impossible not to be surprised and delighted by it, in ancient times or present.

    6. The Trevi Fountain
      The Trevi Fountain, is the biggest most beautiful fountain in Rome it is packed with legends on love. Which makes it the perfect venue for a Romantic walk. And not just for its majestic beauty, nestled between the buildings of the Piazza, like a jewel. The Trevi Fountain has been the set of many successful films through the years. The Dolce Vita, by Federico Fellini, might be the most famous movie of all. The one where the actress, a gorgeous blonde Anita Ekberg, in a black cocktail dress, goes for a swim in this beautiful fountain.And it isn’t even hard to reach! If you are near the Spanish steps, just go along the street Via di Propaganda all the way to Largo del Nazareno, cross Via del Tritone, then go through via della Stamperia and you’ll find the Trevi Fountain on your right. Legend has it, you should toss a coin over your shoulder. They say it will guarantee you will soon return to Rome.
    7. The Spanish Steps
      Spanish Steps takes its name after the nearby Spanish Embassy, in one of the most “hit” areas of Rome.
      Here there are several attractions to admire. Like theBarcaccia fountain, a Bernini masterpiece, which is one of the most visited fountains in the world.
      Infront of the fountain is the majestic staircase of Trinità dei Monti, the view from the top is incredible. On top of the square in Piazza Trinità dei Monti, is the Sallustian Obelisc, overlooking the spanish steps below.The staircase widens in two sets of stairs that resemble the wings of a butterfly (only noticeable from Piazza di  Spagna at its feet). At the sides of the stairs are several buildings, showcasing haute couture boutiques and historical palaces. Like the home of John Keats, famous English poet who lived in Rome in 1821, which is now converted in a museum displaying the atmosphere he lived in, exposing his works and the ones of his famous friend and fellow poet Shelly.The Spanish Steps are obviously one of the most in-vogue locations in Rome. And movieset of several Holiwood films, like Vacanze Romane, with the beautiful Audrey Hepburn.
    8. Campo dei Fiori
      This is also another of the best attractions in Rome and symbol of a long-lost side. An ancient and down-to-earth traditional square.The market of Campo de’Fiori is the star. Famous for its fish and flower stands, hence its name, Campo De Fiori, Field of Flowers. People from all over Rome have been buying flowers and bouques in this square, since the beginning of time.At the center of which is a mysterious figure. A statue of a hooded man, with a serious expression on his face. It’s imposing posture is impossible to ignore. It’s a statue of Giordano Bruno. And it’s located in remembrance of where he was burnt at the stake, during the Holy Inquisition in 1600. This square has both a dark and delightful atmosphere. Strolling around, in a colorful and joyful plaza with the imposing statue overlooking the place, to remind us all of a very dark moment in history.

      The whole area around the square is beautiful, filled with boutiques and great restaurants. For an incredible taste of traditional Roman cuisine, walk through Via dei Giubbonari, you’ll find it easily. A great idea would be to add Campo de Fiori in an itinerary for a private food tour with an expert guide of Rome.

    9. Piazza Navona
      As you arrive in Piazza Navona, make way for imagination. It is one of the biggest squares in Rome, one of the most popular and visited. Its ellyptical shape and its sizes, is perfect for a nice walk, maybe have a seat on one of the marble benches and take in the views of noble palaces, a beautiful baroque church and the three majestic fountains in the squares:
      The fountain of the Neptune and the Fountain of the Moor on the sides and the magnificent fountain of the Four rivers in the center, created by Bernini.A baroque sculpture in an ellyptical shape in the middle of which is an egyptian obelisc places ontop of a series of marble sculptures representing the four largest rivers in the World: Nile, Ganges, Danube, Amazonia’s Rio della Plata.This square is also world famous for its winter festival. During Christmas time Piazza Navona fills with games, merry-go-rounds and carousel, balloons, street artists, music, xmas themed stands, pastries and candies and chestnuts. If you are in  Rome during the holidays, here is where you can find the perfect gifts and knicknacks for you to take back home, from a memorable day in Rome.

      But this square is devoted to celebrations from the beginning of time to delight and entertain its visitors! In fact Piazza Navona, in late Roman times all the way to Renaissance times, was filled with water to make it into a giant pool, during hot summer days, used to play all sorts of water games. Let your imagination run wild during your walk through Piazza Navona.

    10. Trastevere
      A traditional Roman Neighborhood on the Tiber River bed. The first stop is Piazza Trilussa, one of the most visited square among the Roman youngsters today. Its from here that all the streets of the neighborhood collide.Narrow cobble streets with Medieval-like buildings so smushed together it makes it hard for even the smallest car to drive through.Another stop in Trastevere is the Fountain of Ponte Sisto, located on top of a marble staircase where the community likes to sit and chat during the hot summer nights.
Ponte Sisto is the nearby bridge that crosses the Tiber River and connects this neighborhood with the center of Rome. One of the most characteristic bridges in Rome.

      Another mandatory stop is to view the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, considered one of the most beautiful churches of Rome. A Must See for sure, with its beautiful decorations and ancient golden mosaics. Outside of the church is the famous square with its fountain in the center, built by Bramante.

      And last but not least, the Jewish Ghetto. With kosher shops and restaurants, surrounded by an ancient Roman atmosphere. This neighborhood is perfect for a stroll to take in the true beating heart of the Roman lifestyle.

    11. Gianicolo
      The Janiculum hill is the place to go if you want a full romantic view of Rome. Make a stop there at sunset and you will never want to leave Rome.
      A beautiful, picture perfect scenery of the Eternal city. Since it is a little far from the city center and not exactly easy to reach, it isn’t really visited by tourists. But it doesn’t make it any less important than other sites in Rome, history wise.In fact the Janiculum hill hosts an incredible landmark mausoleum which preserves the remains of fallen Italian  wartime Soldiers from the 1800s, the Garibaldi Ossuary.
      Located in the spot where the last Italian defense against the French took place to form the Roman Republic in 1849, lead by Giuseppe Garibaldi, defender of justice and the newly born Republic.Another great thing to see on the Janiculum is the Acqua Paola fountain. A giant fountain built in a game of perspectives, with arches and columns that highlighted the beauty of the botanical garden placed behind the fountain. This too was a movieset in many films. You can see it in the Oscar winning “La Grande Bellezza” by Sorrentino.

      Last thing to see on the Janiculum, but certainly not the least, is Piazza San Pietro in Montorio, where you can find the homonymous church. A beautiful Renaissance embellished religious site. A famous temple adjacent to the church is worth a visit. It was built by Bramante in the 1500s and it was used to celebrate Saint Peter’s martyr.

    12. Castle Sant’Angelo
      This splendid Roman monument is not only over 2000 years old but with its 48 meters hight it is visible and recognizable from anywhere in the city. This monument was built as tomb of the Emperor Hadrian and its construction was ultimated in 139 aD.Castle Sant’Angelo has beautiful courtyards, halls, frescos and panoramic points with are absolutely worth a visit!

      The Paolina hall is a fascinating hall in the Castle. One of the most beautiful in Rome. Here is where the Pope greeted guests. On the terrace there is a panoramic view that will take your breath away. You can admire every little detail of Rome including the predominent Saint Peter’s Dome. And a closer view of the symbol of the Castle, Archangel Micheal.

      One of the most evocative spots of Castle Sant’Angelo are the little narrow prisons, basically niches where cardinals were held prisoners, guilty of plotting against the Pope, but also humanists considered uncomfortable for their idealistic point of views on at all inlined with the christian doctrin, one of whom was Giordano Bruno. The visit of this extraordinary monument lasts approximately an hour and it is definitely worth a tour and walk through its walls.

    13. Ancient Jewish Ghetto
      Located in the Sant’Angelo district, where the Tiberine Island rises from the wedges of the Tiber River. The Ghetto in Rome is born in 1555 when Pope Paul the 4th issued the papal edict to revoce any right the jewish romans had by creating a literal segregation area which was closed and then reopened several times through the years until 1870 with the Breech of Porta Pia, which proclaimed the end of papal power on Rome.Today it is one of the liveliest neighborhoods in Rome, and holds and incredibly important cultural landmark in the entire city. We recommend to reach it going through Trastevere, passing by the Cestio bridge and walking along Lungotevere de’Cenci from where you can enjoy a picture perfect view of the dome of the Major Temple.With all the evocative streets there are here, the most beautiful are surely Via della Reginella, via di Sant’Ambrogio and Via del Tempio.

      You cannot miss the Curch of Sant’Angelo in Pescheria, built inside the are of the ancient fish market, and the Church of San Gregorio in Divina Pietà.
      And other points of interest are the bridge of Quattro Capi, which connects the Ghetto with the Tiberine Island, the church of Santa Maria in Campitelli and the Fountain of the Turtures.

      The Ghetto is also famous for a splendid synagogue: The Major Temple which dates back to the 1900s.
The building was created keeping the Assyrian-babilonian forms in mind. Inside the Temple is the Jewish museum of Rome, a marvel you cannot miss while visiting the city.

      Many visit the ghetto also to have a taste of the roman-kosher cuisine. In fact it is one of the most important location in any itinerary for the “foodies”. The ghetto is a city inside the city, and you can tell by the youngsters trodding around in typical garments and the hebrew signs outside Kosher restaurants.  The Ghetto can be visited all year round. Obviously traditions change with the seasons.
      Surely spring in Rome and in this neighborhood, with all the easter traditions, is one of the most important periods of the year.

      → One last advice: while walking along the narrow cobble stone streets of the ghetto, don’t forget to take a look at the ground, every once in a while. You’ll find innumerous blocks between the cobble stones, where names of people who lived here were carved. Their called the “skipping stones”, to remember the roman citizens that were deported in nazi camps.

    14. Giardino degli Aranci, the Orange grove
      On top of the Aventine hill you can find Savello park, also knowned as The Orange Grove.
      But what is the reason behind such an interesting name?
      Simply because the park is beautifully decorated with several bitter orange trees, that bear their fruits every year, right on cue, and that are said to be miraculous. However, this garden isn’t meant for people to harvest the oranges, but to admire them. You enter bypassing the church of Santa Sabina, which is impossible not to view, when you arrive on the Aventine. The Entrance of the garden is through an open gate through a tall stone wall, that conceals a fountain embedded in the wall. A curious fact about this fountain, is that the tub was actually found inside an ancient Roman thermal site while the masque has baroque origins, and its decorations probably depict the Ocean God.Even though this beautiful park appears to be built sometime during the middle ages, it was actually created approximately in 1932 and it was devolved to the public. A public park. The whole area around it is absolutely breathtaking.

      Another curiosity is that in the adjacent square next to the Orange Grove, in Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, is the famous priorship of the order of Malta. It is a beautiful building, a majestic villa that used to welcome the Templar Knights in Medieval times, that later passed into the hands of the Knights of the Hospital of San Giovanni in Jerusalem, in the 12th century. This most recent order of knights was established in Rodi and then in Malta to care for the pilgrims that were on a journey to Holy Land.

      The Villa is an embassy facility of the Military Sovereign Order of Malta in the Italian republic. It hosts beautiful gardens, almost as beautiful as the adjacent Orange Grove. Although this one is closed off to public, you can still admire the inside of the property from a key hole.
      The most famous keyhole of all, perhaps. As it shows a tree-lined path, with white gravel and rose bushes here and there. The trees at the end of the path frame the breathtaking view of Rome, but from this particular keyhole you can see the perfectly aligned dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica, and if you place your camera or your phone lens on the key hole and with a little zoom and focus, you are able to take an absolutely stunning picture of a view and a perspective you will never find anywhere else in Rome. Be patient if there is a long line to see the view. Visitors arrive from all of the world just for this.

    15. Domus Aurea
      After the Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD, Emperor Nero, ordered the reconstruction of his residence, the Domus Transitoria in the Palatine.
      The rebuild of a palace so lavished and ostentatious that no king, counsel or Emperor of Rome would’ve thought of before him.In the 15th century, under the ruins of Trajan’s Thermal Baths, an entrance to the Domus Aurea was discovered, almost accidentally, during an excavation. Imagine workers doing their job when all of a sudden they unearth a palace of gigantic sizes.At the peak of its era it was surrounded by enormous pillars, completely decorated with every imaginable painting, sculpture and engraving and gold. Lots of gold. Gardens, artificial lakes and nymphaeums with flowing streams of drinking water. Imagine the opulent, sumptuous life style of a Roman Emperor.
      The Domus Aurea, literally the House of Gold or Golden house.
      Many great painters such as Pinturicchio and Raphael, would hide between these walls in the Domus Aurea and its Grottos, to learn, practice, take notes and be inspired by these mural decorations to take in this roman art style.

      But they were not the only ones. In fact, during the Renaissance times, many painters would follow their example and use this style in their works. Coining the term Grotesque. Which can be found in the Vatican, Palazzo Vecchio and Villa Borghese. Fascinating how history, architecture, wealth and art blend perfectly here in Rome.

    16. Ancient Appian way and its Catacombs
      It’s called “Regina Viarium” the Queen of all roads and it is the symbol of the splendor and majesty of Ancient Rome.
      What remains today of this ancient splendor are a few ruins and tombs mixed in a combination of nature and archeology that brings up all sorts of emotions!With a good imagination, we need to think about those ancient and powerful lot of men and women that lived lavishly in their majestic villas on the Appian Way. The youngsters that strolled around and the merchants passing by, all the way to Brindisi in Apulia.Not just a noble road this was, but the Appian Way was one of the most important roads that connect Italy almost entirely with the South.
      Today the Appian Way is part of the Regional Park, an archeological complex.

      The most recommended itinerary starts with the tomb of Cecilia Metella and takes you straight ahead all the way to Celio hill, the one on the side of the Colosseum. A fun way to reach the center of Rome, walking (or biking) along an ancient pathway. But there are different itineraries to consider.

      The best way to visit this attraction in our opinion, is to go there during Spring or Autumn, to avoid the heat or the cold winter rains. We talked about Cecilia Metella, but who was she? The daughter of a Roman counsel. When she died it was ordered to build this tomb in a castle-like style, resembling Augustus’ Mausoleum.

      Further down the road are the ruins Emperor Massenzio’s Palace, a gigantic, majestic Roman villa left in ruins for everyone to admire. Connected to this Palace is the Tomb of Romolus. Not the famous one (the one who was raised by a wolf with his brother Remus), unfortunately. In spite of its name, it is actually a mausoleum of Massenzio’s palace. A circular structure which hosted the sarcophagi… ruined by a more recent building in the 1800s.

      Other point of interest is the church of Saint Sebastian. To see before you leave is definitely Saint Callixtus’ Catacombs, in the Appian way. An intricate system of underground tombs and tunnels and crypts that it said to cover the entire undergrounds of Rome, although only a very small portion have been explored.

      You can enjoy a private guided tour of the undergrounds with expert historian guides that are so passionate and funny. Bring a sweater, it gets pretty chilly down there.

      The entire land under which Saint Callixtus is located belonged to Saint Cecilia and her family which later donated it to the Church. Most of the Appian Way and its archeological sites are now property of the Vatican.

    17. Cecilia Metella’s Tomb
      Wife of Marco Licinio Crasso, and important figure in Rome, Cecilia Metella was proclaimed Counsel of Rome in the year 30 bC. after her father, Quinto Metello, another important Roman Counsel.Her tomb, a mausoleum, can be considered the real, true symbol of the Appian Way, steeped ontop of a slop. It appears to be one of the most impressive funeral monuments in the late Republican era. It was used for religious functions in the 9th century, since, as we’ve mentioned before, the Appian Way and this particular site, belongs to the Catholic church today.What’s peculiar about this attraction is that the structure as we know it today is a sort a fortification (which we are used to seeing today). This update to the Tomb was taken in fact, in the 1200s, in more recent years, following the wishes of Pope Boniface the 8th’s family.
    18. Park of the Aqueducts
      Often people are surprised to discover that Rome not only is a magnificent city, but it also hosts some of the biggest parks, green spaces and gardens in the world.
      The Park of the Aqueducts is one of them. Hard to explain what one can feel while walking along these enormous green praries. And you should see it at sunset! It’s just magical.The name comes from the presence in the park of seven aqueducts, some Roman some Papal: Anio Vetus (underground), Macia, Tepula, Iulia and Felix (ontop of eachother), Claudius and Anio Novus (ontop of each other).The site has been in a deep state of abandonment for years, filled with barracks and shacks. It was only in 165 that the area was cleaned up, freed and destined to public park. Even though its conditions were still pretty degraded up until the ’80s. When a part of the park was included in the project of the Ancient Appian Way, to guarantee its preservation along with the rest of the sites.

      Inside the park of the Aqueduct you can find a beautiful play area for the children, a waterfall and a lake, with a stream the flows across part of the park. And a long ancient road, sign of the Imperialistic Roman times in modern day.

    19. Saint Peter in Vincoli
      The Basilica of Saint Peter in Vincoli is placed on its beautiful square in the beautiful Monti District, one of the most appreciated and beautiful neighborhoods in Rome.Inside this magnificent church you can find the Tomb of Pope Julius II, commissioned by Michelangelo himself.
      The Pope’s nickname was the Warrior Pope, and is considered one of the most Powerful Pontifex in history.
      With this in mind Michelangelo started working on this project in 1505, under instructions of the Pope himself. It had to be a majestic tomb, to highlight the power and strength of The Warrior Pope.However the project was put on hold pretty soon after it started, due to a period of restlessness, that Michelangelo called “the tragedy of the burial”. The initial design foresaw the construction of a majestic mausoleum, on a rectangle plan with over 40 marble statues. But in 1544, when the constructions began again, the project was greatly changed: in this new design the structure was embedded in the wall of a secondary Roman Basilica (Saint Peter’s in Vincoli) and the mausoleum was in fact adorned with just 7 statues, only three of which were Michelangelo’s.
      Perhaps the most famous statues of all is the one depicting Moses, you can find in the right transect as you enter the Basilica. This colossal statue was built from 1513 to 1545 and it’s considered one of the greatest masterpieces of the 1500s, perhaps one of Michelangelo’s finest works.

      Saint Peter in Vincoli hosts incredible history and marvel, all free to explore. We highly recommend visiting this attraction to learn a bit more about Roman curiosities.

    20. Saint John in Lateran and the Scala Sancta or Holy stairs
      This Basilica is called the “Mother of all churches”. It is one of the Papal Basilicas in Rome along with Saint Pietro in Vincoli, San Paolo fuori le mura and Santa Maria Maggiore.
      This magnificent church is part of a beautiful complex which includes a colossal obelisc, Palace of the Lateran (which hosts the seat of the Vicariate of Rome) and the Holy Stairs’ Sanctuary.It’s considered one of Borromini’s finest works, a beautiful cathedral that was founded between the 311 and 312 century AD, by Pope Melchiade. You can finded on top of the Celio hill. It’s unmissable for sure. One of the top 20 attractions of Rome’s itineraries for Pilgrims and tourists from all over the world.As you enter the Basilica, be prepaired to be amazed: An acustic game allows you to hear the tiniest of  sounds if you lean next to the arcade. You can hear people whisper from all the way on the other side, creating a delightful whisper chamber.

      After the Basilica, we recommend visiting the adjacent Sanctuary. It hosts the Holy stairs, which were brought to Rome by Saint Helen, mother of Emperor Constantine, in 326 AD. A long, steep set of stairs that comes all the way from the Holy Land. They attract thousands of visitors and pilgrims from all over the world on a daily basis. There’s no surprise, since they are the same stairs that Jesus Christ walked on during his Passion, after Pilate ordered his crucifixion. With the approval of the Lateran Pacts this sanctuary became property of the Holy Office.

      Originally the Holy Stairs constited of 28 white marble steps, when it was situated in Lateran Palace. It was ordered to be moved to the sanctuary in 1589 by Pope Sixtus the 5th. After they were moved several restaurations were commissioned and subsequently, Pope Pius the 9th ordered the construction of a convent of the Passionist Fathers, who were in charge of the Sanctuary’s management in order to promote the Christian cult and preservation of this extremely important relic.

      There are certainly many more attractions to consider on a day out in Rome. But from our point of view, to get the real Roman experience from Imperial Roman times, passing by the middle ages and then Renaissance times, we believe the above 20 attractions are definitely to consider. The True Essence of Rome: a perfect blend of Christianity, with art, curiosities, traditions, architecture, and nature.

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    Exclusive Colosseum

    We are pleased to offer you the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the most important historical sites in the World. The Colosseum. Everything will be take care of for you. All you have to do is get ready to enjoy this amazing Exclusive Colosseum tour! Exclusive Private Tour of the Colosseum, Entrance fees included Your highly expertise guide will guide you around and into the Colosseum in the most interesting and entertaining way! The Colosseum is certainly one of the most important monuments of ancient Rome. You will learn about the gladiators, the emperors, and society that attended to the gruesome spectacles, that this amphitheater hosted. Here, over 50,000 people gathered to watch gory gladiator contests. Your guide will then lead you into the Roman forum, known as the heart of the ancient city and Roman Empire. The first Roman civilization began here. Legendary for its contribution in Christianity’s evolution, it became the administrative and commercial center of ancient Rome. Last but not least, the Palatine Hill! The Palatine Hill is located in the heart of the Seven Hills of Rome. It is one of the most ancient parts of the city and has been called “the first core of the Roman Empire.” It overlooks on the Roman Forum, on one side and the Circus Maximus on the other.

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    Rome by night

    We will pick you up at your hotel or restaurant, for this Private Rome By Night Tour. You can feel the charming atmosphere of this romantic city among the monuments, over the Capitol Hill, Roman Forum, Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo, the unmissable Trevi Fountain and the Vatican City for the breathtaking view of St. Peter’s Basilica illuminated. Then, you will continue onto the Gianicolo Hill for an unforgettable view over the monumental, ancient Rome on the other bank of the Tiber River. From here, you can admire Piazza Navona, a fashionable and crowded meeting point for Romans, or decide to stroll around and explore Testaccio District, the best place in the city to eat a very good pizza and have a traditional glass of Italian wine. Get inspired, by the magic of the Eternal City. In the cobble stone streets, you can only hear the water simmering from the fountains in every hidden corner of every alley.

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    Highlights of Rome

    The Highlights of Rome on this excursion from Civitavecchia Port! Your English tour driver will welcome you at your dock in Civitavecchia Port. As you get closer to the City, he will give you all the interesting information on the City while you’ll notice the presence of more and more historical sites as the Pyramid of Caius Cestius, the Circus Maximus, and the Palatine Hill. Once in Rome you’ll explore sites such as the Colosseum (if you’d like to visit the Colosseum on the inside, we can arrange that! Book entrance tickets through us for an additional cost, upon request), the Capitoline Hill, the Amazing Pantheòn and of course, the Trevi Fountain. Toss a coin over your shoulder and into the fountain. Make a wish for good luck! For lunch, why not stop in a local place in one of the best quaint, romantic neighborhoods there are like Trastevere, or Campo de Fiori. Last but not least, you’ll visit Saint Peter’s Basilica! One of the Holiest places on Earth! Admire its High Renaissance and baroque architecture. With its greatness of art and golden details, marble and mosaics, the atmosphere is overwhelming. Be sure not to miss Michelangelo’s Pieta, completed when the master was only in his 20s. After the tour, your tour driver will escort you back to your cruise ship.

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    Rome Underground

    Your tour driver will welcome you at your hotel or any other place of your convenience, for your private Rome Underground Tour. You will start the tour with a trip outside the Aurelian Walls and down the ancient Appian Way to the Catacombs of Rome. Explore ancient burial grounds and learn about early Christian worship and symbology. Next the Basilica of St. Clement, the gracious Catholic cathedral that hosts some of the most unique undergrounds in Rome, in full Ancient Roman style. In fact, this church rises on top of the ancient ruins of separate buildings, a storage area, an adjacent residential villa, and a Mithraeum, a sort of temple, an area where people would gather in the Cult of Mithras, an ancient God. Returning to the historic center, your tour driver will accompany you on a visit to the Capuchin Crypt, also known as the “Bone Church.” Few attractions in Rome rival this underground crypt created by the Capuchin Friars using thousands of bones of their fellow monks to decorate the walls and ceilings. At the end of the tour, your driver will drive you back to your hotel or other area of your convenience.

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    Rome’s Jewish ghetto

    Today you will learn about 22 centuries of history, which will be shared with knowledge, humor and passion on this Jewish Rome tour. The Jewish ghetto was established in 1555 and was controlled by the papacy until the capture of Rome in 1870. Jewish people were confined in a walled area often subject to floods of the nearby river with three gates that were locked at night. Not only were the Jews confined, they were also subject to professional and economic restrictions. It is a common misconception that Rome is only a Christian city, but it’s not. In fact, in Rome you will see more Jewish sites you could imagine. This tour will offer you the opportunity to visit the Jewish Ghetto with its complex variety of history, architecture and tradition. It’s one of the most fascinating areas of Rome, one with the highest number of examples of Roman and Medieval architecture – out of the very few – that still stand in Rome. You will be taken on an interesting tour of this very rich cultural heritage, visiting the Ghetto and its highlights. The Roman Ghetto is also full of restaurants offering delicious Jewish-Roman dishes, like the famous fried artichokes, the “carciofi alla giudia”. A stop in the Jewish bakery is a must and will make your trip to Rome unforgettable. At the end of your tour, your driver will take you back to your Hotel in Rome.

    price from €87.50