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What to See on Tours in Rome, Italy

As they say, "all roads lead to Rome", thus, visiting the Italian capital at least once in a lifetime is a "must". Here you can surely feel as though you've stepped back in time as the incalculable amount of art and archeological collections greet you just about around any corner. Rome was the center of the ancient world both spiritually and politically, and its unfathomable collection of historical treasures is unrivaled and in a safe and welcoming region of the world, waiting to be discovered.

Undoubtedly, Rome is one of the most popular tourist destinations around the globe. The capital city has stories behind each stone, painting, and colonnade which are as impressive as seeing these pieces in person. The mysterious relationship between the Pope Julius II and Michelangelo and the powerful and militant reign of the Barberini Family resulted in Michelangelo's frescoes and the Papal Colony.

First-time visitors should surely explore the number one landmark of any Rome tour, and as you might have already guessed, it's the Colosseum. Also called the Favian Amphitheatre, this massive historic arena, placed right in the heart of ancient Rome, was the place for holding gladiator fights and entertainment performances of different kinds, and is a symbol of Rome today.

What's for other best attractions not to miss during Rome sightseeing, the adjacent Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are the places where you may take a look at the oldest part of the city. The archaeological site displays the remnants of historic temples with still standing columns and incredible Triumphal arches.

Of course, the centuries-old Pantheon cannot be left unmentioned as well. This unique temple with its one-of-a-kind domed roof is among the oldest-standing buildings of its time.

An inevitable part of the image of Rome is its glorious fountains. The Piazza Navona, home to Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers, is among the most picturesque squares in the city. Without a doubt, the symbol fountain of Rome, the Trevi Fountain, is another absolute must-see during a Rome trip. Tradition has it that if you throw a coin in the Trevi and make a wish, it'll come true and you'll return to Rome someday once again. Interestingly, the Italian government makes over 1 million dollars per year by taking out coins from this fountain!

Moreover, touring the Italian capital, you simply can't miss out on one of the most iconic cities near Rome, Italy (right inside its borders, to be specific), the tiny city-state Vatican. Save at least one day to visit the grand St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums, home to the famous Sistine Chapel.

Top Things to Do on a Rome, Italy Vacation

  • Take a picture by the most recognized symbols of Rome, the mighty Colosseum
  • Toss a coin to the Trevi Fountain for good luck
  • Visit the tiniest independent city-state in the world, Vatican City, set in the heart of Rome
  • Traverse the top sights of the Eternal City: the Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the Roman Forum, and more
 

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