With Renaissance frescoes and works of art by great masters seemingly in every courtyard, it can be hard to navigate Rome’s tourist attractions. Narrow it down with our curated guide.
Vatican city is the smallest independent state in the world, yet it’s a treasure trove of art by the likes of Michelangelo and Bernini, making it one of the top cultural attractions in Rome. Step inside the Roman Forum to feel as if you’ve travelled back in time 2,000 years and spot the oldest mosaics in the city at the Santa Maria Maggiore.
Other key attractions include the Pantheon, the Basilica of St. John Lateran and the Piazza Navona.
Tours & Packages Rome
Rome may not have been built in a day, but you can get a decent sense of it in 24 hours with the right tour.
There are countless walking tours in Rome, from food tours to street art and Roman history options. The best part? Many of them are free.
Alternately, cover more ground with a vespa or segway tour of Rome.
Other unmissable options include delving into the Roman catacombs, the perfect place to escape extreme weather, and tours of the Colosseum, the scene of brutal gladiator fights in ancient times.
A tour of the lost city of Pompeii, frozen in time beneath a shroud of ash, is one of the top things to do in Italy and it’s doable on a day trip from Rome. If you don’t fancy braving the roads yourself, try Enjoy Rome’s round-trip shuttle bus.