Rome is a city rich in history, culture and glamour. It is a city you could spend a month in and still not see everything there is to see. While, I adore those secret little gems off the popular tour path, there is a reason these sites are popular in Rome. The places listed below are not just tourist attractions. They are locations steeped in historical, political and religious significance. Their relevance spans from 60AD to today. So grab your camera, your sunhat and get ready to be a tourist.

Ancient History Rome


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  1. Palatine Hill. This hill is where Rome was born. The site boasts the excavated ruins of several homes of emperors, a palace and a large stadium. Legend and mythology are also integrated into this ancient site.
  2. The Pantheon. Completed in 125AD, this remarkably preserved building is magnificent. The concrete dome is still a technological marvel. This building is now in use as a Catholic church.
  3. The Colosseum. Historically, a place of entertainment and death, the ruins of this majestic construction are unbelievable. It’s size is astounding even though part of it has fallen. It is no wonder why it is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.


Vatican City

Vatican City

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Vatican City is a complete marvel of master artwork as architecture. This is the place where religion, art and politics meet. Although that may seem like a disastrous combination, the result that is Vatican City is an example of how the combination can produce perfection. As a matter of fact, there is so much to see in the small city within Rome that we suggest looking into getting a tour guide to get the full experience. You can get one from here. Check a snippet of some must-see landmarks:

  1. Peter’s Basilica. It took over 150 years to complete the second rendition of this church but after visit you will understand why it was worth the wait. Both the exterior and the interior have so much fine detail it is no wonder this church attracts so many people.
  2. Vatican Museums. This is a collection of historical sites, artistic collections, homes and priceless antiquities. A tour guide is invaluable for helping navigate the wealth of treasures and history included in this museum collaborative.
  3. The Sistine Chapel. Try to resist the urge to just lay on the floor and stare at Michelangelo’s masterful ceiling. While the entire chapel is stunning, the ceiling is truly breathtaking. The completion of this chapel also has a rich political history.

So even if your tendency is to usually bypass the mainstream sites on your European adventure, don’t skip them here. Explore the marvels that are Rome with other travelers, photographers, history buffs and art fiends. You won’t regret the lifelong memories and pictures you will have.