Walking around Rome is like being inside a historical film. There you will find many important places and filled with memories, so the city is a full plate for those who love to learn a little more about the world. Paulo and I love to read about our destination before the trip, so we are even more delighted with the city.
In addition to highly significant and well-regarded art galleries, Rome’s sights are also very interesting. You may already know that we are not very fond of the classic spots that all tourists visit, but when it comes to the Italian capital, it is difficult not to meet them. The places are so beautiful and grand that it is impossible not to fall in love. Each corner is charming and has some incredible characteristic (or story). After much research, I discovered the 10 most beautiful tourist places in the city and of course I came to share with you!
I think it’s almost impossible that you’ve never heard of the Coliseum, right? The remains of this huge amphitheater are constantly being restored so that it remains preserved. The space was built between AD 72 and completed in AD 80, that is, it took a long time for it to stay the way the Roman emperor Flávio Vespasiano had planned.
The Colosseum is not only one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rome, but also one of the most important Roman buildings. The place was built with the intention of entertaining the people and, to this day, it continues to perform this function only in a different way than initially imagined – thankfully!
St. Peter’s Basilica
It is nothing new to anyone how beautiful the Vatican is. St. Peter’s Basilica is located in this region, located within Rome. The construction of this historic basilica started in 1506, but it was only completed more than 100 years later, in 1615. The building is basically a museum, mainly because of the paintings and sculptures by Michelangelo and Bernini.
To enter the basilica you will go through two magazines made by metal detectors: the first in Praça São Pedro and the second to enter the church itself. They do this scheme because they need to keep the area safe and prevent terrorist attacks. You may even feel safer in the area, as security is greatly enhanced.
The Pantheon is one of the best preserved buildings in Ancient Rome. It has undergone several restorations, but its essence has never changed. The place, built to honor Roman gods, is more than 2,000 years old and still remains wonderful and surprising.
One of the most beautiful things there, besides architecture, is the illumination of natural light, which enters through an oculus that is in the center of the dome. Currently, inside the Pantheon you will find several works of art and also tombs of kings from Italy and other well-known people, such as the painter and architect Rafael.
As the name says, the Fontana di Trevi is a fountain and is one of the most famous spots in the city. The location of this Baroque work signals the end of the Acqua Vergine aqueduct, which bears this name because the Romans believed that this was the best source of water in the city. Pay attention to all the details of the sculptures and the way the fountain was planned – it’s a beautiful project!
It is from this source that thousands of people daily throw coins to place orders. According to the legends, if you flip a coin you will return to Rome. If you play two or more, the myth says that you will find the love of your life. It’s worth a try, right?
Aah, a tip to avoid huge queues that are constant in high season, is to visit the region at night. Although the photos are not so amazing, the area is much quieter and the lighting is beautiful.
Have you ever imagined visiting several museums in a single space and in less than a day? You can do this in Rome, with the Vatican Museums! It got its name precisely because it is a conglomerate of museums, all of them with a wonderful collection, filled with very famous works. Some of the most visited areas are the Sistine Chapel and Rafael’s Rooms.
Those who enjoy art will feel in paradise, I swear! There are so many details and information in the paintings, sculptures and architecture of the space that we are even lost in the middle of it all. I am not going to name all museums because there are so many, but anyone interested in buying tickets to get to know them better just click here.
OBS: do not go to the Vatican in shorts, shorts, skirt or short dress and even sleeveless blouses. Better to follow the rules than to miss the tour, right?
The Roman Forum is the perfect place to understand the greatness of the Roman Empire. The site, which lies between the hills of Palatino and Capitoline, was one of the main areas of Ancient Rome. There, people met to discuss ideas and also many political issues.
What was left of the Forum were some ruins, but they give us a great idea of what the space was like. Entering this place is like being inside a part of history, almost a journey through time! It is very cool to think that buildings so old are maintained today. And the experience is even better when we visit places that we studied both in high school and in history books.
This is one of the most beautiful squares in Rome and one of the things that draws the most attention in relation to it are its three fountains. The place is super busy and there are several street artists, so it is a good opportunity to appreciate this type of culture in a city with so many museums, paintings and sculptures famous worldwide.
One of the fountains, called Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, was made by Bernini in 1651. It consists of four statues that represent the most important rivers of that time: the Nile, the Silver River, the Danube and the Ganges. Throughout the trip you will notice that art and history in Rome go together and the city is full of both.
Basilica of Santa Maria Maior
Despite not having a defined architectural style, the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore was the first western church dedicated only to Maria. The basilica has undergone several restorations, but still maintains its original structure. The roof of the place is full of gold details, which make the space even more stunning.
It was built in the 5th century AD, so it has a more classic style. Some legends say that Pope Liberius dreamed that Our Lady asked him to build the basilica in the exact location that it is today. If this is true, I no longer know, but that the dream yielded a wonderful construction that no one can deny.
Castle of Santo Ângelo
I am suspicious to talk about viewpoints or high places with incredible views because this type of tour is one of my favorites. The Castle of Santo Ângelo began to be built in 135 at the request of Emperor Hadrian, so the place is also well known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian.
The castle is huge and has a fascinating structure. What I like most, as I mentioned to you, is the view it provides us. From the top of the castle you can see Rome from a 360º angle – it is a surreal sight, especially if you visit the place in the late afternoon.
Monument to Victor Emmanuel II
Last but not least, the Monument to Vítor Emanuel. This enormous construction was made in memory of the first king of unified Italy, built in 1885. It is a newer tourist spot when compared to the others, but this does not detract from its importance and beauty.
In addition to its grandeur, it also gives tourists the opportunity to have a wonderful view of the city. Ah, at night, lights are lit on the monument and it looks even more beautiful! As it is a landmark of a new phase in Italy, I think it is very cool to visit him 😉
I think it’s important to remind you that all these places are super busy, so the possibility of you getting long lines in some of them is high. So get ready, okay? I am very excited to see some of these places in person, after all, beauty is not lacking!