Ah, Rome. The city of love, as it’s frequently known, is full of amazing things to eat and see and do. As one of the most famous cities in history, Rome can be overwhelming to those who haven’t been there before. Rome was the center of one of the largest empires in human history and is still contains the center of Catholicism within the Vatican City. Rome has a lot to see, even if you’ve been before and know what you’re doing. While you might scoff at the most touristy things, there’s a reason they’re so popular. With that said, here’s a list of the 5 things you must absolutely see while in Rome, regardless of how touristy and cliche they are.
Ancient Roman Forum
- The Colosseum: I know, I know. How can I start this list with the most stereotypically Roman thing ever? Simple; the Colosseum really is as stunning and awe-inspiring as everyone claims it is. While a lot of tourist-traps are overblown, this is a tourist-trap that is completely worth the hassle. While it was once use for gladiator fights to the death, it’s now far less blood soaked. People can walk in the stands and on the walls while also exploring the catacombs underneath the arena where the fighters were kept.
- The Forum: Again, another obvious one (get ready because these are all like this). Another building that was in the heart of Rome during the empire, the forum was where the emperor would meet with his senators and engage in politics and administration. While the forum might be in a more ruined state, enough exists to show just how strong the Roman Empire was during it’s height.
- The Pantheon: This is one of the best preserved buildings from ancient Roman times. It’s so well preserved that it actually still functions as a church that people can go to. It has been used continuously for almost 1,900 years and has held up remarkably well. It too, like everything else from ancient Rome, is beautiful and awe-inspiring.
- Palazzo di Giustizia: This is slightly less well-known that our previous entries but that doesn’t mean it isn’t gorgeous. It’s translation means “Palace of Justice” and it’s the Italian equivalent to the US Supreme Court. It took 21 years to build and the craftsmanship within the stone carvings are gorgeous and proof that the art of stone masonry is still alive.
- The Sistine Chapel: Obviously this had to make the list. While it’s technically in the Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel is as Roman as Rome itself. A spiritual successor to the vast and decorated monuments and buildings that the ancient Romans used to build, the Sistine Chapel is the home of Roman Catholicism and can inspire awe even in the nonreligious.
Rome is a beautiful city with a wealth of things to do. These are simply 5 of the best and most well-known attractions in the city but there is so much more to discover! If you’d like to read more, the link is here.