Rome's Best Historic Sites: Must-See Spots Include the Colosseum, Pantheon and More

Maria Pasquale

By , Local Expert, Rome
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Rome wasn't built in a day and it could certainly take you a lifetime to see all of the beautiful gems that this city has to offer. Whether it's taking a tour under the stars of the Ancient City's best preserved monument, the Colosseum to reenacting Fellini's film La Dolce Vita by tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain, there's plenty of things to see and do in Mamma Roma. Want to spend a day exploring where glorious chariot races were once held, head on over to the Circus Maximus in order to relive and capture the moment that emperors watched nobly from above. Perhaps, you want to feel like a diva prancing down the 'scalinata'...  Read more »

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    Pantheon

    Aside from being beautiful, the Pantheon is a great free site to visit.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure to check out Rome's famous coffee bar, Tazza d'Oro just around the corner on Via dei Pastini."

     
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    Colosseum

    The Colosseum remains one of the most recognizable monument in the world.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure to check out the Colosseum at night. The Moon Over Colosseum night tours take place twice a week."

     
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    Trevi Fountain

    No visit to Rome would be complete without tossing a coin into the Trevi.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure you know how to toss the coin in the right way. Toss the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder and your back to the fountain. One coin means you'll surely return to Rome. Two coins mean you'll return to Rome and find love at last. Three coins mean, you'll return to Rome and marry the love of your life."

     
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    St. Peter's Basilica

    No building in Rome is taller than the beautiful dome of St Peter's.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure not to wear shorts or sleeveless shirts. If caught with bare shoulders or your knees showing, you will be denied entry into the basilica. "

     
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    Spanish Steps

    Take a walk on the biggest staircase in all of Europe.

    Local Expert Tip: "After taking snapshots of the lovely 'scalinata' otherwise known as the Spanish Steps, pick up of Rome's famous tiramisu from Bar Pompi on Via della Croce before doing some window shopping or real retail therapy down Via dei Condotti."

     
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    Piazza Navona

    The Bernini fountain and vibrant street artists make Piazza Navona a must-see.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure to head on over to Frigidarium Gelateria located just around the corner from Piazza Navona on Via del Governo Vecchio."

     
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    Roman Forum

    Nowhere else in Rome will you feel as though you're walking in former emperors' footsteps.

    Local Expert Tip: "After a day of touring the Roman Forum, head on over to La Base Ristorante on Via Cavour for a great plate of pasta, a juicy steak or even a pizza."

     
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    Circus Maximus

    The Circus Maximus was Ancient Rome's largest racetrack and nowadays serves as a market or concert space.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're in the neighborhood, don't forget to stop by Cristalli di Zucchero for some of their delightful mini decadent desserts!"

     
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    Janiculum Walk

    Visit Giancolo for a view of Rome that will take your breath away.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure to check out the afternoon puppet shows (Teatrino di Pulcinella) featured just North of Piazzale Garibaldi from 3pm onwards. The shows are free, but a small donation is kindly accepted."

     
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    Ostia Antica Archaeological Park

    Take a break from the city center and step back to the 4th century BC at the ruins of Ostia Antica.

    Local Expert Tip: "To get there, you'll want to hop on the Metro B line (direction Laurentina) and get off at the Piramide stop. Once you've gotten off at the stop, you'll need to look for and follow the signs that read 'ROMA-LIDO'. The good thing is that your bus pass  allows you to travel on this line at no extra charge. This train typically runs every 15 minutes or so. Once you hop on the train, it will take you about 30 minutes to reach Ostia Antica. Make sure you get off at the 7th stop which is called 'Ostia Antica.' Once you get off at the Ostia Antica stop, as you exit the station, you'll cross the pedestrian bridge until you reach a parking lot. Here you'll need to make a left and almost immediately, you'll see the entrance to the Ostia Antica archaeological park. To get in the park, you'll need to pay €6,50 for a ticket. Keep in mind though, that the park is closed on Mondays."

     

 

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