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What To See In Rome Italy

Updated on June 19, 2013

Rome is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole European Union. There are so many world famous landmarks in Rome that include the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, and the Vatican.

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The outside walls of the VaticanInside the VaticanOne of the fountains in the VanticanThe two fountains in the center were HUGE!The VaticanLooking straight on to the VaticanThe incredible light posts in the VaticanThe Vatican decorated for ChristmasAnother angle of the Christmas tree at the Vatican
The outside walls of the Vatican
The outside walls of the Vatican | Source
Inside the Vatican
Inside the Vatican | Source
One of the fountains in the Vantican
One of the fountains in the Vantican | Source
The two fountains in the center were HUGE!
The two fountains in the center were HUGE! | Source
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The Vatican | Source
Looking straight on to the Vatican
Looking straight on to the Vatican | Source
The incredible light posts in the Vatican
The incredible light posts in the Vatican | Source
The Vatican decorated for Christmas
The Vatican decorated for Christmas | Source
Another angle of the Christmas tree at the Vatican
Another angle of the Christmas tree at the Vatican | Source

The Vatican City

The Vatican City is an independent state located entirely within the city of Rome. It is surrounded by huge walls known as the Vatican Fortress and is across the Tiber River from the center of Rome. To get into the Vatican City you have to walk around the walls (keep walking until the walls end) and you will come to a Grand Entrance way into the Vatican. For me walking in there the first time (and every time after that) gave me goosebumps. You know how you see something so magnificent and breath taking that you just stop in your tracks in awe of it all. Well, that is the Vatican to me.

The main street that runs straight to the Vatican is called the Via della Conciliazione. Driving up this street you are able to get an incredible view of St. Peter's Cathedral. The dome of the cathedral was designed by Michelangelo and visitors can climb to the top of the dome and enjoy a fabulous view of all of Rome. St. Peter's Cathedral is the largest and most famous Roman Catholic Church in the world. This is largely in part of the famous architects who helped contribute to this building (Bramante, Michelangelo, Raphael, etc) and this is also where the Pope lives.

Right in front of the Cathedral is St. Peter's Square (Piazza Pio XII). This square is surrounded by Doric columns that are huge. There are many things that go on in the square. This is where the Pope addresses the people, they have a Christmas ceremony here and millions of people visit here each year. My favorite part of the Square are the two beautiful fountains. They too are very large in size and provide great backdrops for photographs.

Inside St. Peter's Cathedral there are so many things to see. The lavish frescoes, golden artifacts, beautiful sculptures, the Throne of St. Peter, The Pieta by Michelangelo, the Baldachin Alter, and the inside of the immense dome are just some of the wonderful things to put on your "to see" lists.

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Getting their pictures taken with the Gladiators in front of The Roman ColiseumAnother angle of The Roman ColiseumThe outside of The Roman ColiseumLooking up on The Roman ColiseumInside The Roman ColiseumUnderneath the Arena part of the ColiseumA picture of the prices to get into the Coliseum in 2011
Getting their pictures taken with the Gladiators in front of The Roman Coliseum
Getting their pictures taken with the Gladiators in front of The Roman Coliseum | Source
Another angle of The Roman Coliseum
Another angle of The Roman Coliseum | Source
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The outside of The Roman Coliseum | Source
Looking up on The Roman Coliseum
Looking up on The Roman Coliseum | Source
Inside The Roman Coliseum
Inside The Roman Coliseum | Source
Underneath the Arena part of the Coliseum
Underneath the Arena part of the Coliseum | Source
A picture of the prices to get into the Coliseum in 2011
A picture of the prices to get into the Coliseum in 2011 | Source

The Colosseum

Blood and gore and sport, who could ask for anything more?! The worlds most famous sports arena, with its large, stately oval shape and broken-toothed profile is a top sight for any visitor to Rome. This grand amphitheater housed fights between gladiators, as well as exotic animals, while onlooking emperors decided whether the loser got the thumbs up signal to live or thumbs down to be finished off.

As the empire slipped away, so did the Colosseum. Earthquakes shook its foundations, and folks many years later took it's stones and marble to construct other buildings. Inside the Colosseum, the original seats and wooden floors are gone. The main area is now a maze of walls, which were once holding pens and corridors for equipment, animals and gladiators.

One of our many trips to Rome we got to go inside the Colosseum. I took a picture of the price sheet in case I needed it at a later date. The best part is the tickets are valid for 2 days so you can go back if you need to. For adults we paid 12 Euro each and the kids were free because we lived in Italy. There are guided tours in Italian, English, Spanish and French for 4 Euro per person. You can also get the audio guide in many different languages for 4.50 Euro and a video guide for 5,50 Euro. For information and booking call +39.06.39967700.

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Standing inside the Colosseum with a view of the Arch of Constantine
Standing inside the Colosseum with a view of the Arch of Constantine | Source
The Arch of Constantine
The Arch of Constantine | Source
The Arch of Constantine
The Arch of Constantine | Source

The Arch of Constantine

Right next to the Colosseum is the Arch of Constantine. This is a triumphal arch that was built to commemorate Constantine I's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in October of 312. The arch is heavily decorated with parts of much older monuments.

There was a main inscription on the Arch that can still be read:

IMP · CAES · FL · CONSTANTINO · MAXIMO · P · F · AVGUSTO · S · P · Q · R · QVOD · INSTINCTV · DIVINITATIS · MENTIS · MAGNITVDINE · CVM · EXERCITV · SVO · TAM · DE · TYRANNO · QVAM · DE · OMNI · EIVS · FACTIONE · VNO · TEMPORE · IVSTIS · REM-PVBLICAM · VLTVS · EST · ARMIS · ARCVM · TRIVMPHIS · INSIGNEM · DICAVIT

To the Emperor Caesar Flavius Constantinus, the greatest, pious, and blessed Augustus: because he, inspired by the divine, and by the greatness of his mind, has delivered the state from the tyrant and all of his followers at the same time, with his army and just force of arms, the Senate and People of Rome have dedicated this arch, decorated with triumphs.


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Looking onto the ruins from the ColiseumThe ruins of RomeThe ruins of RomeOne of the beautiful bridges that spans the Tiber River in RomeA beautiful statue on the Ponte Vittorio Emanuele BridgeAnother thing that is all over Rome, fountains!!!The Victor Emmanuel Momument
Looking onto the ruins from the Coliseum
Looking onto the ruins from the Coliseum | Source
The ruins of Rome
The ruins of Rome | Source
The ruins of Rome
The ruins of Rome | Source
One of the beautiful bridges that spans the Tiber River in Rome
One of the beautiful bridges that spans the Tiber River in Rome | Source
A beautiful statue on the Ponte Vittorio Emanuele Bridge
A beautiful statue on the Ponte Vittorio Emanuele Bridge | Source
Another thing that is all over Rome, fountains!!!
Another thing that is all over Rome, fountains!!! | Source
The Victor Emmanuel Momument
The Victor Emmanuel Momument | Source

Other things to see in Rome

Although I only touched on very few things to actually see in Rome there are so many more. If you get the chance, stop and check out these as well.

  • Castel Sant'Angelo
  • Palazzo di Giustizia
  • Palazzo Senatorio - Large palace situated at the top of Capitoline Hill.
  • Piazza Navona - One of Rome's most beloved squares that has two of Bernini's fountains. The Fontana dei Quatro Fiumi and the Fontana del Moro.
  • The Ponte Vittorio Emanuele bridge that has amazing statues across it.
  • The Spanish Steps - They lead up to the Trinita dei Monti church.
  • The Trevi Fountain - Has a statue of Neptune and is beautiful in the day and and night.
  • The Victor Emmanuel Monument - This monument was built in honor of the first kind of a unified Italy.

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Castel Sant'Angelo:
Castel Sant'Angelo, Ponte Sant'Angelo, 00193 Rome, Italy

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Palazzo Senatorio rome:
Comune di Roma, Via del Campidoglio, 1, 00186 Rome, Italy

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Piazza Navona:
Piazza Navona, 00186 Rome, Italy

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The Ponte Vittorio rome:
Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II, Rome, Italy

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The Spanish Steps Rome:
Hotel Trinità dei Monti, Piazza Trinità dei Monti, 00187 Rome, Italy

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Vicort Emmanuel Monument Rome:
Il Vittoriano - Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza Venezia, 00186 Rome, Italy

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Overlooking Rome | Source

Other things to do in Rome

From biking to shopping to just plain hanging out and taking in the city scenery, you find much more of Rome to keep you entertained. Here's a few more things to do and see while in Rome.

  • Sample cafe life in Piazza Navona
  • Flex your shopping muscles around Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps)
  • Hit the morning flower and veggie market on Campo de' Fiori
  • Peek inside the many different churches
  • Check out the popular hangout for Brits and Americans in Trastevere
  • Pedal your way through the Villa Borghese or the Via Appia Antica
  • Do some bargnaning at Rome's Porta Portese flea market every Sunday from 7am to 1pm

As a saying goes, it would take a lifetime to see all of Rome. I, however, think it would take a lot more then just one lifetime. Rome wasn't built in a day so you can't expect to experience it one day either. You can get a good sampling of it's wonderful sights in three or four days. Because you won't see everything before you depart, be sure to toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain (hub written by bdegiulio)- legend has it that if you do, you are destined to return to Rome someday.

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    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR

      CassyLu1981 

      5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Evan Smiley - you are going to LOVE it there! Enjoy every second and make sure you get out and experience Rome the right way. Go to all the tourist places but defiantly try out the mom and pop restaurants and shops :) Well worth the visits!!!! Thanks so much for the comment and sharing!

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      Evan Smiley 

      5 years ago

      I'm traveling to Rome this summer to study history and art abroad! I'm so excited! This hub was so helpful! Thank you for sharing! Definitely sharing this with my peers who are going on the trip too!

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      CassyLu1981 

      6 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Thanks suzie! It was an amazing trip indeed!

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      suzie82 

      6 years ago

      What an amazing vacation idea!!!!

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR

      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      leahlefler - Rome is a must see for sure :) So many sights to see so make sure you have plenty of time! I'm glad you enjoyed my pics too :) Thanks for the comment!

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      Leah Lefler 

      7 years ago from Western New York

      I am so sad we never went to Rome when we lived in Ireland! We took a flight to Turin to go skiing in the Via Lattea, but never made a second trip to Rome - what a beautiful hub and I love the pictures! I'm definitely going to Rome the next time we're in Europe!

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      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Robert - A week in Rome, did you get to see everything you wanted to??? If you go again I hope you have an incredible time! I know my many trips down there were amazing :) Thanks for the comment!!!

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      Robert Erich 

      7 years ago from California

      What an awesome hub! I spent a week in Rome several years ago and it was a blast. Seeing your photos and the map sold me on going again. What good times. I hope that you enjoyed your trip immensely.

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR

      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      lindacee - I'm so glad you loved Rome as well. I can definately vouch for the expensive air fare!!! I'm glad I could help brighten your day :) Thanks so much for the comment and stopping by!!!

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      Linda Chechar 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Rome is such a wonderful city! Your Hub helped me relive the magic (and saved the expensive air fare on another trip! -- although I'd love to go back someday). My favorite place was the Spanish Steps -- great people watching and a stone's throw from some of the finest shopping in the world. :) Thank you for sharing your experiences there and brightening my day!

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      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      tillsontitan - Traveling is the best medicine :) Thanks for the votes and the comment!!!!

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      You're doing it again...making me want to travel. This was a nice hub with lots of information and great pictures.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR

      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      teaches12345 - The early morning flower shopping is really cool. It's still nice and chilly in the mornings and that's when all the "real Italians" are out and about, not so many tourists. Rome is a huge city that is jammed packed full of stuff. Maybe one day you too will make it there :) thanks for stopping by and the comment :)

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      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Gypsy Willow - I'm so glad you are headed to Rome soon! You will LOVE it for sure :) Thanks for stopping by and the comment :)

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      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      always exploring - That is the one thing I didn't get to do that I really wanted to. We didn't make it to the fountain. But next time, I will get there and get tons more great pictures :) Thanks for the comment!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      I would love to see all of this in person some day. Your share has made me realize there is so much more than just the Vatican. Shopping early morning for flowers and foods makes it a place I would truly enjoy. Thanks for the share.

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      Gypsy Willow 

      7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      I'm off to Rome soon. Thanks for this awesome list.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I would love to visit Rome and see all the beautiful sites. I also would love to toss a coin in the fountain. I enjoyed seeing Rome through your photos. Thank you for sharing..

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR

      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Mhatter99 - So glad you enjoyed my tour and photos :) Thanks for the comment!!!

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      Martin Kloess 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks for the great tour. ...and the fabulous photos.

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR

      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      cactusbythesea - Thanks for stopping by and the comment :) I hope you get to make it to Rome one day! It is worth the trip!

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      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Emma Harvey - I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. It's so hard to see everything in a short time. I still have more I need to see :) Thanks for the votes and the comment!!!

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      cactusbythesea 

      7 years ago from Seattle

      I have yet to travel to Rome, but I would love see it eventually. Thanks for posting this hub, I enjoyed reading it. Nice collection of pictures too!

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      Emma Kisby 

      7 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      I loved my visit to Rome, but it was short. I'd love to go back and see some of the places in your hub - where I didn't go first time.

      Love you photo's and ideas of where to visit in the city.

      Voting up and interesting :)

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