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The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome  

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List of the best things to do in Rome, ranked by travelers. Rome is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. It combines a unique mixture of sites, history, and culture that travelers wish to experience while on vacation in Italy. The best sites to see in Rome include architectural masterpieces that attract the eye and stimulate the mind. The city is itself is an artistic canvas representing both beauty and strength, and Rome's best attractions encompass both of these qualities.

Rome is one of the most historically rich cities in the world. As you walk on its streets, you are taking the same steps as some of the greatest minds of the last thousands of years. During your time in one of the world's oldest existing cities, you are absorbing history just from your surroundings. The culture of Rome is a truly amazing experience. You will be transfixed by the people, the way of life, and of course some of the most amazing food on the planet.


While traveling, you want to see the most popular sites in Rome. It is almost overwhelming to look at what is readily available in this city. Where should you start your journey? Attractions that represent the great aspects of Rome are present everywhere. Thus, let us discover the top things to see in this wonderful city. We shall find activities that help us better understand Rome as city, historical landmark, and a lifestyle. 

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Colosseum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of concrete and stone, it is the largest ...more
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St. Peter's Basilica is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, or simply St. Peter's Basilica, is a Late Renaissance church located within Vatican City. Designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, ...more
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Pantheon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
The Pantheon is a building in Rome, Italy, commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus and rebuilt by the emperor Hadrian about 126 AD. The building is circular with a portico of ...more
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Sistine Chapel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
The Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope, in Vatican City. Originally known as the Cappella Magna, the chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus ...more
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Trevi Fountain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
The Trevi Fountain is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. Standing 26.3 metres high and 49.15 metres wide, ...more
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Roman Forum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
The Roman Forum is a rectangular forum surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome. Citizens of the ancient city referred to this ...more
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Piazza Navona is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
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Piazza Navona is a city square in Rome, Italy. It is built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, built in 1st century AD, and follows the form of the open space of the stadium. The ancient ...more
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Vatican Museums is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
The Vatican Museums are the museums of the Vatican City and are located within the city's boundaries. They display works from the immense collection built up by the Popes throughout the ...more
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Spanish Steps is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
The Spanish Steps are a set of steps in Rome, Italy, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei ...more
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Arch of Constantine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch in Rome, situated between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. It was erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine I's victory over ...more
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Castel Sant'Angelo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
The Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as Castel Sant'Angelo, is a towering cylindrical building in Parco Adriano, Rome, Italy. It was initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a ...more
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Hadrian's Villa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
The Hadrian's Villa is a large Roman archaeological complex at Tivoli, Italy.
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Palatine Hill is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
The Palatine Hill is the centermost of the Seven Hills of Rome and is one of the most ancient parts of the city. It stands 40 metres above the Forum Romanum, looking down upon it on one side, ...more
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Piazza del Popolo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
Piazza del Popolo
Piazza del Popolo is a large urban square in Rome. The name in modern Italian literally means "People's Square", but historically it derives from the poplars after which the church of ...more
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Catacombs of Rome is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
The Catacombs of Rome are ancient catacombs, underground burial places under Rome, Italy, of which there are at least forty, some discovered only in recent decades. Though most famous for ...more
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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggio... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, or church of Santa Maria Maggiore, is a Papal major basilica and the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome, Italy, from whence size it receives the ...more
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Galleria Borghese is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
The Galleria Borghese is an art gallery in Rome, Italy, housed in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana. It is a building that was from the first integral with its gardens, nowadays considered ...more
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Capitoline Hill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
Capitoline Hill
The Capitoline Hill, between the Forum and the Campus Martius, is one of the seven hills of Rome. It was the citadel of the earliest Romans. By the 16th century, Capitolinus had become ...more
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Archbasilica of St. John Later... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
The Papal Archbasilica of St. John in the Lateran, commonly known as St. John Lateran's Archbasilica, St. John Lateran's Basilica, St. John Lateran, or just The Lateran Basilica, is the ...more
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Baths of Caracalla is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
The Baths of Caracalla in Rome, Italy, were the second largest Roman public baths, or thermae, built in Rome between AD 212 and 216, during the reign of the Emperor Caracalla. Chris Scarre ...more
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Trajan's Column is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
RazvanPop added Trajan's Column
Trajan's Column is a Roman triumphal column in Rome, Italy, that commemorates Roman emperor Trajan's victory in the Dacian Wars. It was probably constructed under the supervision of the ...more
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Circus Maximus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
The Circus Maximus is an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium and mass entertainment venue located in Rome, Italy. Situated in the valley between the Aventine and Palatine hills, it was the ...more
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Piazza Venezia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
Piazza Venezia
Piazza Venezia is a major circus and the central hub of Rome, Italy, in which many thoroughfares intersect, like Via dei Fori Imperiali and Via del Corso. It takes its name from Venice, after ...more
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Santa Maria del Popolo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
RazvanPop added Santa Maria del Popolo
The Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo is an Augustinian church in Rome, Italy. It stands on the north side of Piazza del Popolo, one of the most famous squares in the city. The church is hemmed ...more
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Palazzo Chigi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Rome
The Palazzo Chigi is a palace or noble residence in Rome and the official residence of the Prime Minister of the Italian Republic. Since February 22nd 2014, the occupant of Palazzo Chigi has ...more