What to see in Rome can become difficult planning especially if you have limited time. There is so much and everything seems unmissable! Right? I stayed in Rome for about 10 days, of course, I didn’t go out every day but I have covered quite a bit and found out many sites and instruments that would have helped me to organize my trip and visits if I had stayed longer. Therefore I have put together a reasonable amount of places that you can choose from depending on how long is your available time. Here you will also find links to respected sites where you can get detailed information! I hope this is useful and you will be able to make the most of your visit in Rome.
On the Site TURISMOROMA.IT there is everything you need to know about the history and opening ours of interesting places in Rome and also others less popular, but still interesting if you have more time to spend in the fascinating eternal city. Here below I just want to compliment them with the pictures I took, hoping to inspire you to visit the city and help you to choose your itinerary.
You can appreciate the majestic ancient forum by day and by night. You can see my best picture in the daylight in the header and here below one night capture.
The Capitoline Museums are a single museum containing a group of art and archeological museums in Piazza del Campidoglio, on top of the Capitoline Hill in Rome, Italy
Unfortunately for multiple reasons I have missed this amazing collection of timeless works of art … you should not do the same, were it to be the only thing you do in Rome. After seeing the pictures I was really upset that I didn’t go. Here one for you!
ST PETER’S CATHEDRAL
I have visited it by day and by night, but the best shot came out at night. This is among my favourite pictures in Rome.
I went to visit Circus Maximus during a walking itinerary I did on my own. You can find it here if you wish to follow my steps.
TERME DI CARACALLA
One of the most visited museums after the Vatican’s, it was initially commissioned by the Roman emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The building was later used by the popes as a fortress and castle.
GIARDINO DEGLI ARANCI
To me one of the best places to be during sunset. A tip for photographers, during summer, stay after closure and wait at the central gate for dusk, you will have the best perspective of St. Peter’s dome. (second picture here below) Click here for more pictures.
One of the 7 hills on which Rome was founded where now are located a few interesting sites, the Basilica of Santa Sabina, the Giardino degli Aranci, and the so popular keyhole through which you can see St. Peter’s dome.
FONTANA DI TREVI
I had a shock when I went to see once again the so popular fountain as it was overcrowded, so in order to see the place in tranquillity I went there by 6.30 am and there I could peacefully admire such famous piece of history.
PIAZZA DI SPAGNA
The center of the aristocratic Rome where the top luxury branded Via Condotti and Via Vittorio Veneto lead to. You cannot avoid walking by and climb up the stairs to TRINITA’ DEI MONTI, another awesome spot for sunset.
CAMPO DEI FIORI
Unfortunately, the picture doesn’t give it justice. But trust me, just go in the morning and evening and you won’t be disappointed.
Just behind Campo dei Fiori you will see this elegant little square with aristocratic immaculate buildings. The square is named after the magnificent palazzo Farnese built for cardinal Alessandro Farnese from the best artist of that time Antonio da Sangallo, Michelangelo Buonarroti, il Vignola e Giacomo Della Porta.
SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE Basilica
The Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major reigns as an authentic jewel in the crown of Roman churches. Its beautiful treasures are of inestimable value and represent the Church’s role as the cradle of Christian artistic civilization in Rome…. (source Vatican.va)
The huge green space in the heart of Rome spill into 85 hectares of Villa Borghese public park, which belonged to Borghese Princes’ private villa up until the end of the nineteenth century. It’s a beautiful public garden where to hang out, jog or relax. You can also admire a beautiful sunset over the city from the end of the promenade pincio. Also within the park, you can visit different museums among which Museo and Galleria Borghese with the beautiful sculpture of Bernini, the museum Carlo Bilotti (Aranciera di Villa Borghese) which includes the works of De Chirico, Severini, Warhol, Rivers e Manzù and the home of Pietro Canonica. ”
Villa Borghese -Tempio di Esculapio
As I mentioned there is much more, if you wish to add something else that has particularly caught your attention, please let me know I will be happy to add it to the article.
The National Roman Museum is a museum, with several branches in separate buildings throughout the city of Rome, Italy. It shows exhibits from the pre- and early history of Rome, with a focus on archaeological findings from the period of the Ancient Rome. The most important is the one at the Palazzo massimo. To know more click on the link on the title.
PALAZZO ALTEMPS 15th-century palace housing Renaissance artworks & antiquities, Greek & Roman sculptures & library –
ABOUT MODERN ART
You will find amazing pieces of modern art :
GALLERIA NAZIONALE DI ARTE MODERNA–Located in the heart of the city close to Trinita’ dei Monti, the museum located in a historical building includes more than 3000 works of art of the XIX and XX centuries.
MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, or National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, is a national museum of contemporary art and architecture in the Flaminio neighborhood of Rome, Italy.
One more thing that I always recommend while you walk around Rome, always remember to look up and look around.
Before wrapping up this articles with more pictures I leave you with the link to my other post on more practical information which you can find also useful:
Here below some more pictures :
DRIVING AROUND ITALY
I always suggest to rent a car and drive around because you have the freedom to visit in your own terms, without having the pressure of the tight schedules that groups normally have. I love to drive around a place and find new corners to discover, for as long as I want.
Although in Italy the main cities are very well connected by trains and busses, however to reach the most remote and most beautiful places, is most of the time much practical to go by car.
It’s very easy to drive around and beside the navigator you will find always road signs to help you out.