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

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' and do a little flirting near the Spanish Steps. And if it's a religious tone you're after or you'd like to view the the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world, the Vatican is steps away from the historical center. Whatever the scene you're looking for, from the Roman Forum and Circus Maximus to the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain, 10Best gives you a snapshot of the city's top ten historic sites to knock off your must-see list during your Roman Holiday.

Outside the city/Outlying areas


If you're look for a quick and easy break to get away from the city, you might consider taking a day trip to Ostia Antica. Compared to Pompeii but much closer to Rome and far less crowded, you'll witness ruins and elics that date back to the 4th...  Read More



For some of the best views of the Roman city skyline, it's worth making the trip up to the top of the Janiculum Hill (Giancolo). The area is not to accessible by public transportation, but locals and tourists decide to walk up the winding road...  Read More

Jewish Quarter


What today appears to be a large open field, was once a grandiose sporting arena (one of the largest in the world) during Imperial times. The Circo Massimo (Circus Maximus) was a facility that contained a seating capacity of more than 300,000...  Read More



After the Colosseum, the impressive Roman Forum is your next best introduction to Ancient Rome. From the entrance on Via dei Fori Imperiali, one can take in the breathtaking views of the ancient ruins and relics left behind from the stomping...  Read More



You can't get anymore Baroque beautiful than Piazza Navona. This piazza has it all: three glorious fountains, Bernini sculptures, a lovely outdoor caf? scene and the magnificent Sant'Agnese in Agone church. In the first century A.D., this piazza...  Read More



Ever since its completion in 1726, visitors even to this day are taken aback by the beauty of the Spanish Steps otherwise known as the 'scalinata' (staircase) to the locals. The three flights and landings represent the Trinity, and you almost...  Read More



Commonly referred to as the 'mother of all churches,' St. Peter's Basilica was commissioned in 324 AD by Constantine as a church to be dedicated to the Apostle Peter. The church was reportedly built on the burial site of this most influential...  Read More



Thanks to Fellini's Dolce Vita, the Trevi Fountain has served as a picturesque backdrop for Hollywood blockbusters like Three Coins in a Fountain and Roman Holiday and a dream come true for young women looking for love. Legend has it, throwing...  Read More

Piazza Venezia


One of the best preserved monuments and best examples of Ancient Roman architecture in the city is the Colosseum. It took nearly ten years to build one of the world's largest public venues: heroic arches, columns and windows that stood 160 feet...  Read More



After the Colosseum, one of Rome's best preserved monuments is the Pantheon. It was originally meant to be a pagan temple only to be later converted into a church. The original rectangular facility, which was comprised of 16 granite columns,...  Read More


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Born to Italian parents, Maria always knew Rome was her destiny, although she was raised in Melbourne.

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