With a history dating back more than two and a half thousand years, Rome is one of the most incredible destinations in the world. In Rome, tourists can find some of the greatest architecture and artwork created during the Roman Empire, influenced by the Italian Renaissance and birthed both the Baroque and Neoclassicism styles. The Romans were quite superstitious, evidenced by the symbolism to ward off evil spirits that can be found all over the city. Grand coliseums and ancient architecture bear witness to the gladiators and their games of strength, speed, and cunning, witnessed by large crowds in the grand coliseums. Visitors will find a city overflowing with historical landmarks, such as ancient churches and basilicas, ornate statues and fountains, magnificent monuments, and so much more, now featured as Rome tourist attractions. The city’s atmosphere is one of heritage with a mix of cosmopolitan, a destination not to be missed. If you're planning a vacation in Rome, make sure your tour includes stops at these incredible places.
The Trevi Fountain is a perfect starting point for your tour to the grand sites of the some of the most popular Rome attractions. The fountain was built in 1762 and designed by Nicola Salvi, a famous Baroque artist. The fountain is a marvelous functional sculpture of the mythological character Neptune, the god of the sea, with two Tritons. It’s located at the junction of three main roads and is one of the most popular attractions.
You don’t want to miss the Vatican museums. Founded in the 6th Century by Pope Julius II, inside the Vatican City, the museums hold many of the most important relics in the world. There are the Raphael Rooms, the Last Judgment painting, and the Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512.
St. Peter’s Basilica is the center of the Catholic world and one of the popular Rome tourist attractions. One can stand in awe of its size, as the interior is the size of the space shuttle along with booster rockets. This historical landmark is where Peter, the apostle who was considered the first pope, was crucified and then buried. It was built between 1506 and 1615, and there were several well-known artists contributed to the complex structure and interior art.
The number one Rome tourist attraction is the Colosseum, which is the largest and most famous amphitheater in the world. Its construction began in 72 AD during the Flavian Dynasty by Emperor Vespasian and completed in 80 AD by his son Titus. The Colosseum is believed to hold up to 50,000 spectators and today is a grand site for tourists.
One of the must-see Rome attractions is the famous Spanish Steps. One of the most well-known sites in the city, this stairway has 135 steps built between 1721 and 1725 with French funds. It was the link between the Bourbon Spanish embassy to the Holy See of the Trinita dei Monti French Church.
Piazza Navona is one of Rome’s famous squares where you can spend the day wandering around the plaza shopping from local vendors and artists. You may want to stop to enjoy sipping a cappuccino and watch the street performers. Or Campo de’Fiori, which is another Roman square, used as a marketplace during the day. It’s a lively place where you can find fresh fish, meat, produce, spices, and flowers.