Visiting Rome: The Classic Attractions and a Few Hidden Gems

Visiting Rome: The Classic Attractions and a Few Hidden Gems

Italy is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations given how it boasts stunning cities like Florence and Venice, beautiful coastlines such as those of the Amalfi Coast and Sicily, and rustic countryside as found in the Tuscan hills. But for those interested in a mix of historical sites, delicious food and wine, and some of the most famed art in the world, the Italian capital of Rome is hard to beat.

So whether this is your first or one of many city breaks of visiting Rome, here are a few classic attractions and hidden gems that you won’t want to miss-out on!
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Visiting Rome

#1 – The Lungotevere

The River Tiber runs through the city of Rome and there are few places that are more scenic to head for a stroll than the Lungotevere, a walkway that meanders along its banks. While you might not find this pathway in the tourist books, the stunning views here of St. Peter’s Basilica, Castel Sant’Angelo, and Tiber Island make for one of the city’s best backdrops.

#2 – The Roman Forum

Roman Forum

A trip to Rome would not be complete without a visit to the Roman Forum, which holds some of ancient Rome’s most important historical sites including The Tabularium, Germonian stairs, Temple of Saturn, Temple of Vespasian and Titus, Temple of Caesar and more. This is a visitor’s ultimate opportunity to get a sense of what it felt like to live in ancient Rome – the capital of one of the world’s most important and largest empires!

#3 – The Palatine Hill

The Palatine Hill was once home to the wealthiest of Roman citizens, including the elite senators and emperors along with their families. Now, this hill is the tallest of the seven Roman hills, and visitors can enjoy visiting the ruined house of Augustus Caesar, the Temple of Apollo, as well as the Lupercal—to be the cave from which Rome was born.

#4 – The Colosseum

Visiting Rome

The Colosseum is one of the world’s most iconic sites, as well as its largest amphitheater. Designed and built by Vespasian for Titus between 70-80 AD, the structure could hold up to 80,000 people and it has hosted a variety of events, from mock sea battles, animal hunts and gladiatorial contests, to plays of Classical mythology.

#4 – Villa Doria Pamphili

At 180 hectares the Villa Doria Pamphili is Rome’s largest park, but it tends to be mostly ignored by tourists. Still, it is often enjoyed by locals who can be found strolling through the French style gardens and past the grand villa during most late afternoons. So if you’re looking for a place to escape the hustle and bustle of the capital, then this park is the perfect destination for you.
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Remember, just because you might’ve been to Rome before doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of great sites to still discover.

How about you?

  • Have you been to Rome?
  • How was your trip? What where that things you did?
  • Do you agree with this top 5? What else can you add?

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19 comments

  1. I’m a travel buff and love visiting places which boast of history. Rome seems to be a perfect destination for my next trip with kids and family. The classic attraction of Rome to be visited when on a tour to Rome is truly intriguing. Thanks for introducing the hidden gems of Rome to your readers.

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  2. Rome and Italy, in general, are on the top of my travel wishlist! I would love to visit the ancient city that I have been reading about all my life! Someday, I will make it there. I swear it!

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