Guide to Rome

Filled with ancient Roman history, stunning Renaissance buildings, fountains and beautiful squares, Rome is truly a traveler’s paradise.

And if history isn’t your thing, the Eternal City also has a vibrant nightlife, incredible restaurants and high fashion shopping.

Experience this city as never before with our very own Guide to Rome.

1. Trevi Fountain

The Trevi fountain is one of the most popular tourist landmarks in Rome. It is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world.

Make a wish at Trevi Fountain                                                                                   Photo by: Krassi Hristova

Tip: Be sure to toss a coin into the fountain and make a wish.

2. Santa Maria Della Vittoria

Santa Maria Della Vittoria is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to Virgin Mary. It is located in the centre of the city and is famous for Bernini’s masterpiece The Ecstasy of St Teresa.

The beautiful ceilings of Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome.                                            Photo by: Inna Sforzza

Art lovers, this place is unmissable.

3. Giolitti

Giolitti is the oldest ice cream parlor in the city, and famous for their gelato. If you’re craving the best Italian gelato – this is THE place.

Got a craving for gelato? Try Giolittl                                                            Photo by: Giant Traveler

Tip: Try their rare flavors: champagne, cassata Siciliana, ricotta, marsala custard or rice.

4. The Pantheon

This magnificent ancient temple is one of the most spectacular sights in Rome. Built in 125 AD, the Pantheon is one of the best-preserved structures in Rome.

Spectacular view of the Pantheon                                                            Photo by: Shelly & Scott @ TheAmateurAdventurer

Tip: Enhance your visit: after the Pantheon, check out the nearby Tazzo D’Oro cafe for the best cappuccinos in Rome.

5. St Peter’s Basilica 

St. Peter’s is a stunning example of religious splendor. With gilded precision everywhere you turn, and the tallest dome in the world, the Basilica will take your breath away. St. Peter’s is also one of the holiest Catholic sites.

The stunning interior of St Peter’s Basilica                                                                                 Photo by: Meghan hernandez

Tip: Did you know they allow visitors on top of the Dome? The view is unmissable.

6. Piazza Navona 

Piazza Navona is a city square in Rome, Italy. The main attraction of Piazza Navona is the trio of fountains. It is also one of Rome’s liveliest squares, with outdoor cafes, restaurants and night clubs.

One of the three fountains in Piazza  Navona                                 Photo by: Mackenzie Melfa

Tip: Visit the piazza in the evening, and watch street artists perform while you enjoy a scoop of gelato.

7. The Colosseum

Built in the 1st century AD, the Colosseum is the most famous, amazing, and touristy landmark in Rome. Built of concrete and stone, it was the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire, and is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering.

The magnificent view of Colosseum                                                     Photo by: Shelly & Scott @ TheAmateurAdventurer

Tip: Get early, buy ROMA pass and get the audio guide – it’s worth it.

8. Osteria la Gensola

This superb little restaurant is a favorite for local Romans, but off the radar for most tourists. Located at Piazza della Gensola, it’s reasonably priced with good home-style Italian food and friendly staff.

Delicious linguine at a local restaurant in Rome                                                                Photo by: Fascias

Tip: If it’s in season, get the fried squid with mint. You’ll be blown away.

9. The Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums are the museums of the Vatican City. The Roman Catholic Church collected these artifacts through the centuries – including classical sculptures and priceless Renaissance masterpieces.

The Spiral staircase of Vatican Museum.                                             Photo by: Shizuya

Tip: This is where the Sistine Chapel ceiling is. Don’t miss it.

10. Roman Forum

Also known as the Temple of Saturn, the Roman Forum was built in the 42 BC . It is is located in a valley between the Palatine hill and the Capitoline hill. It was originally a marsh, but the Romans drained the area and turned it into a center of political and social activity.

The massive pillars of Roman Forum                                                                 Photo by: Bill Dillard

Tip: The sun is better in the morning. Grab a late-morning snack and enjoy the view.