Rome in a day: 7 must-see sites of Italy’s capital city

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Rome may not have been built in a day, but can you see the main highlights of Rome in a day?

If you only have a short amount of time in Rome, what are the absolute must-see sites to visit in Italy’s majestic capital? We asked our great tour guides in Rome what they would include and here it is – our 7 top things to visit in Rome.

1.   The Coliseum

We’ll never forget our first glimpse of the Coliseum. Dating back to around the year 70 AD, no trip to Rome is complete without entering inside the space where gladiators once fought.
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2.   The Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica

When in Rome…and yet not in Rome. The Vatican is officially a whole other country. It’s a definite must-see during any visit to Rome. Standing under Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel masterpieces is a privilege not to be denied. Don’t miss the St Peter’s Basilica as well. That has a separate entry to the Vatican and is accessible from St Peter’s Square.

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3.   The Pantheon

Standing under the open dome of this impressive 2000-year-old temple is one of the absolute must-dos in Rome. It’s free to enter, so is a great thing to do in Rome if on a budget.

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4.   Roman Forum

Conveniently located just by the Coliseum, this collection of ancient Roman ruins was once a marketplace that functioned as the heart of the city.

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5.   Trevi Fountain

No self-respecting traveler to Rome can miss tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain. Not only a primary aqueduct, it is also the largest Baroque fountain in Italy’s capital city. Built by Pope Clement XII,  it’s his papal crest crowning the top of the Trevi Fountain.
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6.   The Spanish Steps

The widest steps in Europe, it’s a wonderful place to pull up a step and take a moment to enjoy your surroundings. At the base is the Fontana della Barcaccia – the “Fountain of the Old Boat” – that dates back to the 1620s. (Word to the wise, tempting as it may be you’re not allowed to eat on the steps and can be fined for doing so!)

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7.   Piazza Navona

Again with a history dating back to the 1st century AD, this splendid square was once host to ancient Roman games. Now it is centerpieced by the breathtaking Fontana del Moro and Fountain of Neptune. Lined with buildings each more beautiful than the next (as well as some of the most expensive coffee shops in Rome) this is certainly one of Rome’s most unique piazzas.

Piazza Navona in Rome, Italy

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Rome in One Glorious Day discount tour Rome package covers all the above (except the Spanish Steps) over two fantastic tours with our expert guides, including Vatican and Coliseum tickets, as well as a pre-dinner drink with traditional hors d’oeuvres.

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