Visit Rome: 5 Must-See Sights

When you visit Rome, walking through the streets is like taking a step back in time to a world of art, culture, and history. With its cobblestone streets, Baroque fountains, delicious food and ancient ruins, there’s literally something for everyone. Each corner of the city has a charm that’s hard to resist. The freshly baked pizza and homemade pasta scents fill the air, and the local gelato and wine are delicious. Rome is more than just a cool city, it’s a place that’s oozing with history and will always have a special place in our hearts.

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Here are 5 must-see sights when you visit Rome:

1. The Colosseum

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A visit to the Colosseum is like stepping back in time to the days of ancient Rome. It was built in 70-80 AD and was used for gladiatorial contests, public spectacles, and other events. This massive amphitheater, filled with arches and towering columns, is a true masterpiece of engineering and architecture.

taking kids to the colosseum in rome

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Walking through the corridors and stands, we could almost hear the roar of the crowds and feel the excitement of gladiator battles. This is a true wonder of the world that shouldn’t be missed.

2. The Roman Forum

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Leaving the Colosseum and walking through the ancient ruins of The Roman Forum where history literally took place, we could almost imagine the hustle and bustle of the Roman times.

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It’s filled with ancient ruins, temples, basilicas, and public squares, where the emperors walked, senators debated, and where people gathered for important events.

3. The Trevi Fountain

why we throw coins in the trevi fountain

People flock to the Trevi Fountain to not only see the intricate carvings and sculptures in the beautiful architecture, but also to participate in a local tradition. Legend says that if you toss a coin over your left shoulder with your right hand into the fountain, you’re guaranteed to return to Rome one day. Of course the boys thought the more coins they tossed in, the more likely they were to return.

why do we throw money into the trevi fountain in rome

You’re not harming the fountain at all by the way, the coins are collected from the fountain and donated to charity, so not only is it a fun tradition, but it’s also a way to contribute to a good cause. It was a lovely way to experience the magic of Rome.

4. The Pantheon

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The Pantheon is one of the best-preserved buildings from ancient Rome. One of the most interesting aspects of the Pantheon is its dome, which is the largest unsupported dome in the world. The dome also has an oculus (circular opening) that allows natural light to enter the Pantheon to illuminate the artwork and intricate details of the interior in a magical way.

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It was originally built in 27 BC, and later rebuilt in the 2nd century AD and is a true testament to the  creativity of the ancient Romans.

5. Don’t miss Vatican City when you visit Rome

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Vatican City is the smallest country in the world yet is home to some of the most famous art and architecture in the world. The Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Vatican Museums are all located here. There are always lots of visitors to Vatican City and if you decide to walk some pizza off and climb the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica, you’ll be rewarded with the most beautiful views of Rome.

view from the top of St. Peter's Basilica

Vatican City is a unique place, full of cultural and historical importance, and since the Pope lives here, it’s a place of spiritual significance for Catholics around the world. Vatican City has its own radio station, bank, swiss guard and postal system and the postage stamps are sought after by collectors around the world.

inside St. Peter's Basilica in vatican city

Visit Rome and experience the magic of this city for yourself. The charm and beauty, delicious cuisine, and rich culture will leave you with special memories and an appreciation for ancient history and creativity.

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