9 Stunning Attractions in Rome You NEED to See in Person

Do you want to see the best of what Rome has to offer during your next trip? Click here to learn about 9 stunning attractions in Rome you NEED to see.

Are you going on vacation to Rome and trying to plan your itinerary?

If so, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed. Rome is a city with so much to see and experience. It has such a rich history with architecture unlike anything you've ever seen.

But, unless you're staying for a while, you can't check out everything. You have to save some time to relax and eat some pasta, after all!

How do you narrow it down? Though everything is beautiful, there are just some places you can't skip. Seeing them will be a once in a lifetime experience you will remember forever.

Do you want to see the best of what Rome has to offer during your next trip? Read on to learn about 10 stunning attractions in Rome you NEED to see.

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1. The Pantheon
Over thousands of years, the Pantheon has undergone a few iterations. It was originally built in 27 B.C. but sustained fire damage. It was rebuilt in the 2nd century AD and dedicated to the "pantheon" of Roman gods.

By the 7th century AD, Rome had mostly given up on their pagan gods in favor of Christianity. At that time, the Pantheon was rededicated as a church.

After the Renaissance, it also served as a tomb. One famous Roman citizen laid to rest there is the artist Raphael.

The Pantheon is impressive, with granite columns and ancient marble. In the center of the building's ceiling is a circular opening with a view of the sky.
2. The Colosseum
This iconic Roman landmark is the largest amphitheater ever built. It sits in the middle of the city, so it's a convenient place to get to.

One thing not so convenient about it is that you can expect long lines to get in. But, don't let that deter you from going. You can't leave Rome without seeing the incredible Colosseum where gladiators used to battle.

Your best bet for the shortest lines is to arrive right when it opens or just before closing. You can also pay to join a tour, which can sometimes cut down your waiting time.
3. Trevi Fountain
Unlike the Colosseum, you don't have to pay for admission to see the Trevi Fountain. However, you should toss a coin into the water nonetheless.

Over 2,000 Euros are collected from the Trevi each week. That money is given to a supermarket for the poor. At least if your wish doesn't come true your coin will go to a good cause!

The Trevi is the most famous fountain in the world. You might recognize the smaller replica that was built for Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. That one pales in comparison to the majesty of the original version in Rome.
4. Castel Sant'Angelo
Built in 123 AD, the Castel Sant'Angelo was originally used as a mausoleum for an Emperor's family. Later, it was turned into a fortress, then a prison, a museum, and a prominent film location for the Tom Hanks movie "Angels and Demons."

Legend has it that the Archangel Michael appeared on top of the landmark to signify the end of the plague. In the 7th century AD, the building was renamed to commemorate him.
5. The Catacombs
If you're interested in checking out the creepy history of Rome, then the Catacombs can't be missed.

During the 2nd century AD, Christians and Jews weren't allowed to bury their dead within the city's walls. Instead, they went to the outskirts and built miles of underground passageways where they could lay bodies to rest.

To see the catacombs for yourself, you'll have to schedule a tour. It's too easy to get lost if you navigated them on your own. To find a tour here or elsewhere in the area, check out The Roman Guy.
6. The Spanish Steps
Connecting the Spanish Embassy to the Trinitia dei Monti Church are 135 steps. The Spanish Steps is the longest staircase in Europe and arguably the most famous.

These steps are located in a bustling area of the city. High-end shops and restaurants surround the bottom of the stairs. It's an easy attraction to visit on your way to dinner or to buy a souvenir.
7. St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Basilica is a major landmark for the Catholic religion. The building stands where Peter the Apostle (also the first pope) was crucified and buried.

Even if you're not Catholic, this landmark is an incredibly impressive structure. The tallest part of the interior is 400 feet high. At the top of the church stands an enormous dome that Michelangelo designed.
8. Roman Forum
Today, the Roman Forum has been reduced to ruins. But, at one time, it was the center of Ancient Rome.

Even after thousands of years, much of the Forum has been preserved. What remains of the government buildings is stunning to see.

Like the Colosseum, this is an attraction where you can expect a lot of lines. However, you can find tickets that will allow you to skip ahead of the queue.
9. Victor Emmanuel II Monument
This is one of the newer landmarks on this list, having been completed in 1925. It was built to commemorate the first king of a unified Italy.

If you're short on time, you can take a quick drive around the traffic circle in front. The outside of the monument is worth a look all on its own.

Inside the monument are two different museums. There are additional rooms inside that host a rotating schedule of other exhibits.
These Are 10 Must-See Attractions in Rome
These 10 attractions in Rome cannot be missed. Lace up your walking shoes and get ready for a trip full of amazing sights and history. With the amount of exercise you'll be getting, you can eat all the gelato you want!

Will you be visiting some other areas in Italy during your trip? Then check out these other travel guides that will help you plan your vacation.

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