Things to do in Rome

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Rome is an ancient city with a glorious heritage.

After all, it was from Rome that the Roman Empire once spread throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Rome isn’t just about history. It is also about art, Christianity, and much more.

Visitors to Rome also visit the Vatican, the seat of the Catholic Church.

There is so much to see in Rome that first-time visitors can quickly get confused and overwhelmed.

This is why the smart tourists toss a coin into the Triveni Fountain. Legend has it that those who do return to Rome again – perhaps to see the rest of the tourist attractions.

Discover the top tourist attractions in this historic city with our list of the things to do in Rome.

Pompeii Ruins

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Thousands of years ago Pompeii was a summer holiday destination for the rich and famous in the Roman Empire. However, a deadly volcanic eruption in 79 AD converted Pompeii into a heart-breaking historical showpiece.

Vatican Museums

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Vatican Museum in Rome contains paintings, sculptures and other artworks collected by Popes. It has 70,000 artifacts, out of which 20,000 are on display in 54 galleries, with Sistine Chapel being the last gallery.

Sistine Chapel


Sistine Chapel is the last part of the Vatican Museums because of which visitors always explore them together. Earlier it was known as Cappella Magna and was restored by Pope Sixtus IV between 1477 and 1480.

St Peters Basilica

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St Peter’s Basilica is built on top of St Peter’s grave, the first Pope of Christianity. With a capacity of over 60,000 people, and spread over 22,300 square meters, it is one of the world’s largest religious building.

Roman Colosseum

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Colosseum in Rome is an oval-shaped amphitheatre, which depicts both the beauty and tragedy of Roman history. It is almost 2000 years old and was used for gladiatorial contests and other spectator sports.

Roman Forum


The Roman Forum is located at the center of Rome’s ancient city, on low ground between the Palatine and Capitoline hills. It was an important site for religious, political, and social activities.

Capitoline Museum

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Capitoline Museum is a collection of many Art and Archaeological Museums, in Rome. They have been around since 1471 in some form or the other and hence are also the World’s oldest National museums.


Once, a private collection of a wealthy cardinal, today Borghese is one of the most popular art galleries in the World. Bernini’s sculptures are scattered all over Rome but his best are at Borghese Gallery.

Castel Sant Angelo


Castel Sant’ Angelo is a fortress located on the river Tiber’s right bank, just outside of Vatican City. This Castle was built between 135 – 139 AD and is also known as Hadrian’s Tomb.