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Welcome to Rome

An open-air museum home to two millennia of architecture, art, and culture, Rome is one of the world’s most visited cities—for good reason. You can spend hours exploring ancient wonders, traveling between attractions, or hunting for the best gelato; but those in the know stay ahead of the crowd with skip-the-line entrance tickets and guided tours. Hop-on hop-off tours allow visitors to breeze through must-do lists, while group visits to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Vatican Museums offer a more in-depth experience. For a true taste of Italy, take advantage of the city’s central location with day trips to Pompeii, Tuscany, and beyond.

Top 10 attractions in Rome

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Colosseum

Colosseum

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The Colosseum has been a symbol of Rome since 80 AD, and today it’s a top monument in Italy. Some 50,000 spectators once gathered in the amphitheater’s tiered seats to watch gladiatorial games, and though parts of its original marble facade were pilfered over the years to build the likes of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum remains remarkably intact 2,000 years later.More
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Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

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Home to some of Italy’s most important artworks—from paintings and sculptures to tapestries and classical antiquities—the Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) is one of the country’s top attractions. Explore the Pinacoteca, Egyptian Museum, Gallery of Tapestries, Pius-Clementine Museum, and Gallery of Maps, before admiring the crown jewels in the Sistine Chapel, famed for Michelangelo’s ceiling and The Last Judgment.More
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St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)

St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)

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The enormous St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro) dominates Vatican City, and its dome can be seen from all over Rome. Built on the site of St. Peter’s crucifixion and over his tomb, it’s the epicenter of the Catholic Church and the burial place of many popes, including Pope John Paul II. The lavishly adorned basilica is the largest church in Italy, and it's also a museum full of priceless works of art—including Michelangelo’s spectacular Pietà and Bernini’s bronze baldachin.More
#4
Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)

Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)

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The Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina), part of Rome’s Vatican Museums, was decorated by art masters Sandro Botticelli and Pinturicchio in the 15th century before being completed with Michelangelo’s stunning 16th-century ceilings frescoes and monumental “The Last Judgement,” which covers the apse wall. The fresco-covered ceiling is the artist’s greatest work and one of the most important masterpieces in history, while the Sistine Chapel serves as a glorious homage to Renaissance art and one of the most visited sights in all of Italy.More
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Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio)

Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio)

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Looming above the Bay of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio) erupted in AD 79 and covered Pompeii in ash, preserving parts of the ancient city that can still be seen today. The volcano itself is still active—the only active one in continental Europe—and, though dormant, is considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes. Despite this, many visitors hike the mountain to see its infamous crater and are rewarded with stunning views of Pompeii, the Bay of Naples, and the surrounding Italian countryside.More
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Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)

Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)

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Vatican City (Città del Vaticano) may be the smallest sovereign nation-state in the world, but it's a religious and cultural superpower. Home to some of the world’s greatest artistic and architectural marvels—namely St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums—it's located wholly within the confines of Rome, covers 110 acres (44 hectares), and has an official population of about 800.More
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Roman Forum (Foro Romano)

Roman Forum (Foro Romano)

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A sprawling mass of ruins, the Roman Forum (Foro Romano) was once the center of ancient Rome, with temples, courts, markets, and government buildings in full swing until the 4th century AD. While all that remains today is an array of ancient columns and arches, the forum is one of the most important archaeological sites in Italy, and excavations occur to this day. Aside from a lesson in Roman history, visitors can get a great view of the Eternal City from the overlooking Palatine and Capitoline hills.More
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Catacombs of Rome (Catacombe di Roma)

Catacombs of Rome (Catacombe di Roma)

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Hidden deep underground on the outskirts of Rome, the vast 2nd-century Catacombs of Rome (Catacombe di Roma) are some of the oldest burial tunnels in the world. Today, the narrow tunnels are eerily quiet and full of Roman history, including some of the best-preserved early Christian frescoes and sculptures—including the oldest known depiction of the Virgin Mary and, in the bone-adorned Capuchin Crypt, a Caravaggio.More
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St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro)

St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro)

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The heart of Rome's Vatican City is St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro), the grand space that provides a magnificent approach to St. Peter's Basilica. Designed by Bernini in the 17th century, Piazza San Pietro is lined by semicircular colonnades four columns deep on either side that seem to reach out and enfold visitors in an embrace.More
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Pantheon

Pantheon

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Known for its massive dome and center oculus, the well-preserved Pantheon attracts millions of annual visitors to Rome—and its proximity to the gelaterias along Via della Maddalena is just a bonus. Highlights of this temple-turned-church, which is the burial ground for Renaissance artist Raphael and the first King of Italy, include awe-inspiring architecture and beautiful art.More

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Top activities in Rome

Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED

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Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

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Fun and filling.
Stephen_C, Jan 2022
Rome Food Tour by Sunset around Prati District
She was patient, knowledgeable, fun and very articulate with her English.
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Rome at night!
Kilian_S, Jan 2022
Rome By Night tour
This is the way to see Rome alive.
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Rome by night
Keith_J, Dec 2021
Vespa Tour By Night
Great way to see Rome by night, our tour guides Roberto & Stefano were so accommodating and tailored the tour to suit everyone’s individual needs.
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The driver was early and...
Todd_L, Dec 2021
Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Rome Fiumicino Airport
We were in Rome and the driver spoke good English.
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Great Experience!
JonahDominic_O, Dec 2021
Rome by Golf Cart Private Tour
Kiara was very friendly, and gave us a good background on all attractions as well as answered all our questions about the attractions and about Rome.
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Excellent Tour
Paul_R, Dec 2021
Small-Group Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum
We got to see all the essential areas of ancient centre of Rome.
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Rome tour Nov 2021
Amado_D, Dec 2021
Skip the Line All Inclusive Private Guided Tour of Rome
We saw many sites and do wish we would have had more time to visit the stops
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Great trip
BASIL_R, Dec 2021
Small-Group Full-Day Trip to Florence and Pisa from Rome
Great trip to see both cities in one day and be able to return to Rome the same day, the driver was awesome friendly and right to the point.
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Fantastic tour! Highly...
Paul_B, Nov 2021
Underground Rome:Capuchin Crypts And Museum Entrance Tickets
Highly recommend if you want to see something slightly different in Rome with a really informative tour guide!
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Fun experience
Sarah_G, Nov 2021
Pasta Making with Wine Tasting and Dinner in Frascati
Frascati is also an interesting commune of Rome to visit.
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Standard HOHO
Joseph_M, Nov 2021
Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
If you have energy, the most you'll have to walk is an hour one way to the furthest attractions otherwise everything is with 30 mins of each other.
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Best tour ever!
Jessica_B, Nov 2021
Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Guided Day Trip from Rome
Don’t miss this tour to see some of the most beautiful scenery.
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We loved the Vespa tour! ...
Nikki_T, Nov 2021
Rome by Vespa Sidecar with Cappuccino
This was a fun way to see Rome!
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Funnest Tour so far! Vespa by night is awesome!
jennifer_J, Nov 2021
Vespa Tour By Night
Easily one of the funniest things I have done in Rome so far!
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Absolutely Amazing!
Jamal_R, Nov 2021
Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este
I would highly recommend it to those that want to see ancient history of Rome and the beautiful palace!
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Rome tour
k_c, Nov 2021
I Love Rome Hop on Hop off Open Bus Tour
Great way to see the sites in Rome.
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Best experience ever
Nicole_S, Nov 2021
Rome by Vespa Sidecar with Cappuccino
What a great way to see Rome
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Nice tour of a beautiful city
Tracy_H, Nov 2021
I Love Rome Hop on Hop off Open Bus Tour
Lovely tour of rome, we didn’t get off to see the sights as the weather was bad but still lovely to see.
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Excellent
pedro_f, Nov 2021
Buzz Buggy Tour - you drive we'll lead!
The best way to visit Rome.
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Amazing your with very informative guides
Liam_G, Nov 2021
Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome
Great tour with brilliant tour guides, extensive knowledge, Rome is a beautiful city with so much to see but this tour is fantastic for the two most main attractions.

All about Rome

When to visit

Avoid Rome in July and August unless you can handle heat and humidity. Spring and fall offer perfect conditions, but the trade-off is peak crowds and prices. Instead, visit during the off-season months of October through April, when you’ll trade shorter opening hours for fewer crowds. Winter is crisp, but nothing a light coat can’t handle.

A local’s pocket guide to Rome

Emiliano Esposito

Born and raised in Rome, Emiliano is a software engineer now living in the UK. With family roots in Naples, he’s been a seafood lover from birth.

The first thing you should do in Rome is...

visit the Colosseum and learn all about its history, before trying a typical Roman dish, like spaghetti alla carbonara or coda alla vaccinara, in a nearby trattoria—Luzzi, near the Colosseum, is my favorite.

A perfect Saturday in Rome...

includes shopping in Via Del Corso; visiting the Spanish Steps, Barcaccia Fountain, and the Pantheon; and finishing at the Imperial Fora. Don’t forget to stop at Giolitti’s for a fabulous multi-flavoured gelato!

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the Pantheon. It still has many original features and the dome is considered one of the ancient world’s most astonishing architectural feats. Oh, and did I mention it’s free to enter?

To discover the "real" Rome...

take a walking tour of Trastevere and visit Tiber Island, where you’ll find many restaurants still serving rare but traditional Roman dishes such as pajata (unweaned calf intestine).

For the best view of the city...

head to the Janiculum Hill. If you happen to be there around noon, you might also catch the cannon that’s fired daily in the direction of the Tiber.

One thing people get wrong...

Pizza is not a typical dish in Rome. If you want to taste something close to Neapolitan-style pizza (but still really typical of the city), look for Pinza Romana on the menu.

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