Things to do in Rome

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.

Sistine Chapel

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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.

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.

Highlights of Vatican Museum

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.

Facts about Colosseum

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.

Facts about St Peters Basilica

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.

Roman Forum

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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.

Castel Sant Angelo

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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.

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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.

Catacombs of Rome

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Catacombs of Rome are underground passageways used as a place of burial by Pagans, Christians, and Jews. Catacombs of San Sebastiano and ​​Callixtus Catacombs are most popular with tourists. 

Pantheon Rome

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The Pantheon in Rome is almost 2000 years old, making it the oldest building in the world still in use today. Since the 7th century, it has been a Roman Catholic church.

Mamertine Prison

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Built in the 7th century BC, Mamertine Prison is Rome’s oldest prison. It is a small, dark, cramped place famous for holding Saints Peter and Paul before the Roman State executed them.

Da Vinci Experience

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Leonardo Da Vinci Experience in Rome is the only Da Vinci museum with 50 plus certified genius inventions and approved reproductions of his stunning paintings on display. 

Gladiator School Rome

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The Gladiator School in Rome is a modern reproduction of the Castrum (Roman military defense camp) and has a Gladiator Training Camp, a Gladiator Museum, and a Gladiator Show.


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Aquafelix is one of the best water parks in Italy and is just an hour’s drive from Rome. This water theme park in Civitavecchia is massive and is open only during the summer months every year. 

Deeksha Anand: Deeksha loves to explore diverse cultures and cuisines. She is always looking forward to learn what different countries have to offer. She is not too worried about the holiday destination as long as it is different from her last one. She loves roaming around the streets with no timelines to adhere. Favorite Cities: New York, Barcelona, London, Paris, Rome