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Gifted with numerous historical attractions, Rome in Italy is one of the most frequented places in traveling.  Many of the world famous ancient wonders are situated in the city.  In this post, we’ll reveal 7 top tourist spots in Rome.

Colosseum
Traveller photo by Chaserpeeps: “Colosseum” (Oct 2014)

Colosseum

Colosseum is probably the must-visit attraction in Rome.  It is advised to get ticket in advance from online or Rome Forum to skip long queues.  Entry costs 13 Euros for adults.  Audio tour guide is available to wander at your own pace.  You may wish to bring comfortable shoes as there will be decent amount of walking around the Colosseum.  Be aware that Colosseum is closed at about 6 pm; but the night view is also appealing.

Pantheon
Traveller photo by snggglbnnny: “20150906_164825_large.jpg” (Oct 2015)

Pantheon

Hidden between streets, Pantheon is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Rome.  Appreciating how the craftsmanship stands  the test of time is truly a remarkable experience.  The ceiling is also beautifully crafted.  The outside appears modest and yet when you go inside the structure, you’ll realize the beauty of the ancient temple.  Entry is free of charge.  Because of the open dome, it does rain inside when it happens.


Roman Forum

It’s hard to imagine the no. of ancient wonders situated in Rome.  Roman Forum is another tourist hot spot that’s often on travelers’ to-do list.  The scene is breathtaking with the scale of the monuments, the details of craftsmanship, the ancient history, architecture and archaeology.  One could easily spend a whole day marveling at the heart of ancient Rome.  To save long queues, consider buying tickets at the Palatine Hill entrance.  Roman Forum is only steps away from the Colosseum.

Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
Traveller photo by opeboro: “Inside the basilica” (Sep 2011)

Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

The church is renowned as the most beautiful one in Rome.  The place is also where the seat, Cathedra, of the Pope is as the Bishop of Rome.  That’s why it’s known as Cathedral of the Diocese.   The relics of the heads of St. Peter and St. Paul are kept here.  Arcibasilica di San Giovanni houses numerous finely crafted decorations and paintings.  Traffic is also convenient either by Metro or bus, or walking.  The site may be a bit out of your travel route, but it is definitely worth the visit.  The Santa Scala, or Holy Stairs, in the region are also great for a trip.

Centro Storico
Traveller photo by IrishJo18: “Piazza Navona” (Jun 2013)

Centro Storico

Nothing gets more closer to Roman culture than visiting the heart of the city, Centro Storico.  The place is great for aimless wandering.  Beautiful artworks can be found almost on every street.  Undoubtedly, crowds of tourists can be annoying sometimes.  Locating an authentic Roman dining spot would be difficult.  There is wide range of cuisine options with bars and restaurants.  Hop in a church to explore hidden treasures.

 

 Borghese Gallery
Traveller photo by Ollie O: “.” (Jun 2013)

Borghese Gallery

The Borghese Gallery has housed numerous sculptures.  There is also a green garden with statues.  Walkthrough in the museum will take up to 2 hours, and it’s advised to book online to reserve the desired timeslot.  Audio guide is available for better explanation of the background history.  Cafe is often crowded with limited selections.  Better bring your own food for picnic outside the museum.

Palatine Hill
Traveller photo by Erica_arq: “Vista do Palatino ” (Oct 2012)

Palatine Hill

Sharing the same site with the Roman Forum, it’s recommended buying a combined ticket when accessing the Colosseum.  The place is a great introduction to prehistoric Rome before greeting the Roman Forum.  With magnificent monuments around, the walk will prove worthwhile for appreciating the Roman history.  Be assured that the area is spacious and you need not worry squeezing through busy crowds.

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