The top 10 sights of Rome, Italy

Travel to Rome completely without tourist traps! Here you will find a list of the top 10 sights of Rome! What are the highlights and attractions you can not miss on vacation in Rome?

The Eternal City of Rome is always worth a visit with its magnificent monuments from antiquity, magnificent squares and fascinating museums. Together with pasta and pizza, ice cream and espresso, Italy's capital is the perfect destination for La dolce vita!


Vatican Museums

View of the Vatican Museums complex from the observation deck of St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, Vatican - © James Camel / franks-travelbox
© James Camel / franks-travelbox

The Vatican Museums in Rome are among the most important art collections in the world. For centuries, popes gathered treasures from all over the world, which are displayed in the rooms of the Vatican Palaces decorated with fantastic ceiling and wall paintings. U

numerous highlights include the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's "Creation of Adam", the bronze statue of Heracles and the majestic Gallery of Maps.

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St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica in the Roman city-state of Vatican City at dusk - © James Camel / franks-travelbox
© James Camel / franks-travelbox

Also in Vatican City is St. Peter's Basilica, the most famous basilica in Christendom and the birthplace of the papacy. The first church of St. Peter in the world impresses with its huge dimensions and richly decorated interior. Climbing up to the dome provides a spectacular view over Rome.

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The Colosseum in Rome is the largest enclosed structure of Roman antiquity and a masterpiece of engineering by the ancient Romans, Italy - © James Camel / franks-travelbox
© James Camel / franks-travelbox

The Colosseum in Rome is the largest structure of Roman antiquity and for centuries was the scene of spectacular animal fights, gladiator fights, theater performances, circus shows and sporting competitions. Visitors today can still see the enormous dimensions of this monumental amphitheater and parts of the ingenious stage technology beneath the arena.

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Roman Forum

Monumental walls, columns as tall as houses and impressive triumphal arches bear witness to the former splendor of the Roman Forum in Rome, Italy - © James Camel / franks-travelbox
© James Camel / franks-travelbox

Also numerous celebrities from ancient times can be found at the Roman Forum. The former main square of Ancient Rome was at that time the center of power of the Roman Empire and is still the most important archaeological site of Rome. The remains of the temples, meeting houses and churches are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Trevi Fountain (Fontana die Trevi)

The massive Trevi Fountain is one of the most famous fountains in the world; at least since its role in the movie "La Dolce Vita" it has been one of the most important sights of Rome, Italy - © James Camel / franks-travelbox
© James Camel / franks-travelbox

The enormous Trevi Fountain with its incredibly detailed figure decoration is the largest fountain in Rome and is also one of the most famous fountains in the world. At the latest since its leading role in the film "La Dolce Vita", it is one of Rome's most successful tourist magnets - all hell breaks loose here day and night!

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Spanish stairs

The Spanish Steps at night, in the foreground the fountain Fontana della Barcaccia, in the background the church Trinità dei Monti, Rome, Italy - © Taras Vyshnya / Shutterstock
© Taras Vyshnya / Shutterstock

Likewise, Rome vacationers are never alone at the Spanish Steps. The monumental staircase leads from Piazza dei Spagna to the National Church Trinità dei Monti and is considered a landmark of Rome. With its 138 steps, it is one of the most famous outdoor staircases in the world and is considered one of the most beautiful staircases of the late Baroque.

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Trastevere district

View of the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, it is the oldest church of St. Mary in Rome and one of the first where public worship was allowed to be celebrated, Italy - © grafalex / Shutterstock
© grafalex / Shutterstock

The Trastevere district above the Tiber has hardly any sensational ancient treasures to offer, but attracts Rome vacationers with narrow alleys, romantic squares and excellent Italian restaurants. The oldest church of St. Mary in Rome and the church of Santa Cecilia with the miraculous body of an early Christian martyr are particularly worth seeing here.

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Church of Santa Maria Maggiore

The richly decorated chancel and the highly venerated image of Our Lady in the Cappella Paolina in the magnificent Church of St. Mary in Rome, Italy - © James Camel / franks-travelbox
© James Camel / franks-travelbox

It is no coincidence that the magnificent Santa Maria Maggiore Church is considered to be the most magnificent place of worship in Rome, and with its precious decorations it even outshines the famous St. Peter 's Basilica. Mosaics, frescoes and vast amounts of gold make the interior of Rome's largest church of St. Mary shine unearthly.

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San Clemente Church

The church of San Clemente is divided into a lower and upper church and is a remarkable sight, Rome, Italy - © francovolpato / Fotolia
© francovolpato / Fotolia

The rather inconspicuous church of San Clemente has a surprise in store under the ornate marble floor in the richly decorated chancel: Hidden in the lower church are centuries-old frescoes that once adorned a sanctuary of the cult of Mithras.

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Catacombs of San Callisto

Before the liberation of Christianity, Christians in Rome were buried secretly in the vast catacombs of San Callisto, Italy - © GerardM,CC BY-SA3.0/Wiki
© GerardM,CC BY-SA3.0/Wiki

The mystical catacombs of San Callisto just outside Rome were once built as the first still-secret burial place of the early Christians and were also used for holy masses. More than a million Christians, including some 100 martyrs and 16 popes, are buried in the once richly decorated burial niches.

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