10 places you must visit places in Rome as a tourist

Published: 16th June 2009
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Rome is filled with many wonderful tourist sites and it is easy to miss out on the really important ones unless some careful planning is done. Listed below are 10 must-see places in Rome.

1. The Pantheon - The Pantheon is a temple dedicated to all the Gods of the ancient Roman Empire. It is probably one of the best-preserved monuments of ancient times.

2. Trevi Fountain - This fountain is located in the Trevi region and is one of the biggest Baroque fountains in the world. There is a legend associated with the fountain that states that anyone who throws a coin into the water of the fountain is guaranteed to return to Rome.

3. Spanish Steps - This is the name given to a long staircase that connects the Piazza Trinita dei Monti with the Piazza di Spagna. There are exactly 138 steps that comprise the Spanish Steps which are the pride and joy of Rome. The best time to visit the Spanish Steps is around Christmas when the whole place is lit up.

4. Campo Dei Fiori - This is a piazza that is located in the heart of Rome and is a must-see for anyone who wants to experience Rome as the locals do.

5. Coliseum - This ancient amphitheatre was built towards the end of the 1st century A.D and was once used to host spectacular shows such as Roman chariot races and gladiator fights.

6. Trastevere - A trip to Rome is truly incomplete without a visit to Trastevere, its Italian Quarter where you will find long winding roads that go around one of the oldest churches in Rome, the Santa Maria church.

7. St. Peter's - This historical church was renovated in 1452 and contains the work of many renowned architects of the Renaissance period like Raphael and Michelangelo. With 45 altars and 11 chapels, this church is truly magnificent.

8. The Roman Forum - The Roman Forum on the Palantine Hill is a set of ruins form the Roman Empire that reveals traces of ancient times. It is advisable to take a guide on a visit to these ruins.

9. Vatican Museum - This magnificent museum contains the largest art collection in all of Rome. The collection is over 500 years and includes some masterpieces like the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo.

10. Basilica di San Clemente - Built in the 1st Century, the Basilica is actually three churches which have been built one on top of the other.

Paul writes about Rome tours and travel and Berlin travel & culture.


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