Rome is the capital of Italy and is one of the most visited places not only in Europe but also in the world. If you haven’t been to Rome, it’s time to change it. Here is a list of the 20 most beautiful and most visited sights in Rome.
Of course, the most visited monument in Rome is the Colosseum. Perhaps everyone knows the largest amphitheater in the world. In the past, it served for gladiatorial fights.In Italy you can find the Colosseum depicted on the 5-cent coin. However, few people know that today the Colosseum is a monument against the death penalty.
2. Forum Romanum
This “center of Rome” was used mainly for political events. Today, there are the ruins of basilicas, temples, shops, the Senate building, the Arc de Triomphe and others.
3. Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain is perhaps the most famous fountain in the world. It is said that if you want to return to Rome again, you have to throw one coin there. This is where around 3000 euros are collected daily. Of course, this money can not be left in the fountain, so it is there in the early morning workers who collect money and donate to Roman charities.
4. St. Peter’s Cathedral
The St. Peter’s Cathedral is located in a slightly different state. That state is the Vatican and therefore the state in the state. Admission to the temple is free, but due to the excessive number of tourists you often have to stand for advice. Inside are known statues such as. Michelangelo’s Fetus or the statue of St. Peter, which is said to be lucky if you grab his right foot. Unfortunately, so many people have done that the stone has shed off and Saint Peter has almost no leg.
5. St. Peter’s Square and view of Rome
The 25-meter-high obelisk is the dominant of the square. You will have the most beautiful view of this square from the dome of St. Peter’s Cathedral. You can get there either by lift or by 323 steps. In both cases, the view is worth seeing.
6. Spanish Steps
They are located on Piazza di Spagna and their construction was sometimes ordered by the Pope himself. So do you dare to take up all those steps?
7. Angel Castle
Angel Castle got its name after Pope Gregor the Great saw the angel above the castle and thus predicted the end of the plague epidemic. He still stands on the castle statue of an angel with a sword and also served as a papal residence or prison. Today, however, there is a national museum inside.
8. St. Paul’s Basilica
The St. Paul’s Basilica is not in the center of the city and therefore it’s not very known among tourits. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful building that Rome offers and is definitely worth a visit.
9. Palazzo della Civilila
Really impressive building! It is a pity that Palazzo della Civilita is so little visited by tourists, the truth is that few people really know about it. The building of this building was inspired by the Colosseum and today is home to the international fashion brand FENDI.
10. Piazza Navona
This square is a well-known fountain of four rivers by Bernini. The statues on the fountain represent the four largest (then known) rivers in the world: the Nile, the Ganges, the Danube and the Rio de la Plata.
Pantheon is a really interesting building. Light enters the interior of the Pantheon through a large opening in the roof. It is said that when it rains in Rome, there is no water entering the Pantheon at all, despite the fact that there is no water trap at all in the roof opening. Well, I was lucky enough to be in the Pantheon just when it was raining, and I found out that it was raining inside the Pantheon, and even had to have a run-off to the water. Otherwise you will find the tomb of Raffael in the Pantheon.
12. Vittorio Emanuele Memorial
The Victorian Emanuel Memorial can be found on the large Piazza Venezia. At first glance, few will notice that the top of the monument can be reached by a modern lift, from where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the whole of Rome.
13. Villa Borghese
And in Rome you can relax and relax in the beautiful green gardens of Villa Borghese. You will also find Villa Medici, which was once the seat of the Pope. Today you can enjoy a good Italian capuccino.
14. Santa Maria in Cosmedin
In the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin you will find something really interesting. There is the Mouth of Truth. It is a stone face that reveals all the liars. It is said that if you put a hand in her mouth and speak a lie, the mouth will close and your hand will remain in them. Do you dare to face such a challenge?
15. Circus Maximus
Circus Maximus is a sporting venue where large horse racing with cars were held. Today I have a public park where you can go jogging or just relax while looking at the ancient remains.
16. Vatican Museums
The entry line for this museum can sometimes reach up to 1km in length, but that means, that people really want to see the Vatican museums. And what is so special about the museum? Besides all the amazing ancient and middle age art collections, you can find there the world famous Sistine Chapel, where you will also find Michelangelo’s painting Creation of Adam.
Who would have said that Rome is where you would find a pyramid! Although it is not the size of those in Egypt‘s Giza, but we can compare it with a blink of an eye.
18. Piazza del Popolo
One of the most famous squares in Rome is Piazza del Popolo (People’s Square). It is a large square with an Egyptian obelisk in the middle and also a place where Martin Luther lived during his stay in Rome. Beautiful views of Piazza del Popolo from Villa Borghese gardens, which are next to the square.
19. Aventine Keyhohe
This attraction is known by very few tourists. The Aventine keyhole is actually a keyhole that gives you a beautiful view of the dome of St. Petra. You can find it on a plain green door, and if you walked past this door, you wouldn’t be able to fit the keyhole at all.
20. Constantine Triumphal Arch
The Triumphal Arch can be found right next to the Colosseum. As his name says, it was built as a memory of the victory of Emperor Constantine.
So this was a short list of the 20 sights of Rome that you must visit. I strongly hope you enjoyed the article and please don’t be shy to leave me a comment here. But also Florence, Bari and Venice certainly belong among the beautiful Italian cities.