What to See In Rome: Top 15 Places to Visit in 2024

February 21, 2024  |  By Peg Kern
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A view of St. Peter's and the Vatican fro a distance.Everyone has a favorite city. Mine is Rome, probably because it was the first place I lived in Italy, my first exposure to Europe, the placed that formed the backdrop to my coming of age back in my twenties.

Rome doesn’t need a sales pitch. But I am frequently asked what to see in Rome, what are the Rome landmarks not to miss, and what are my favorite places to visit in Rome. 

Detail of a fountain in Rome.Of course, any list of what to see in Rome will be subjective. Some choices will be on everyone’s list of Rome landmarks (Colosseum, Saint Peter’s, Trevi Fountain), but I’ve included some hidden gems as well in my list of the top 15 sites to see in Rome.

Check out some tips for visiting Rome.

Best Things to See in Rome

The top of my list of tourist sties in Rome may surprise you, as I’m starting my list of Rome attractions with some of my off-the-beaten-path favorites. As you head down the list you’ll find the more famous things to see in Rome. I recommend you visit them all!

Peg on the Aventine Hill during a trip to Rome.#1 The Aventine Hill

L’Aventino is one of the famed seven hills of Rome, and today is a pristine, residential oasis in the heart of the city. Why do I love it? It is peaceful, green, with amazing views of the city. It might not make a “must see Rome” list for many tourists, but I think it’s a perfect place for a walk, a picnic, or to sit and enjoy a spring day.

Peering through the keyhole of the Knights of Malta on the Aventine Hill, looking towards Saint Peter's Basilica.On top of the Aventine lies the Basilica of Santa Sabina, which harkens back to the 5th century. Its simple and relatively unadorned style and colonnaded rectangular design make it unique among Rome’s churches, as does its attached orange grove, whose boughs perfectly frame the distant cupola of Saint Peter’s.

Don’t forget to peek through the famed keyhole of the Knights of Malta, which lies in the gate of the garden in Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta. If you peer through you’ll see a perfectly framed view of St. Peter’s cupola.

If that’s not enough to tempt you, there are two other minor churches, Sant’Anselmo (also a monastery) and Sant’Alessio, as well as the Rome Rose Garden, which overlooks the Circus Maximus.

The Aventine Hill Details:

  • Cost: free
  • Location: Center (slightly south)
  • Website: none
  • Nearest metro stop: Circo Massimo or Piramide
  • Tips: There aren’t a lot of restaurants, so don’t plan to eat there unless you take a picnic lunch with you
  • Map:

Map of Rome with the Aventine Hill and Trastevere.

Streets in the Trastevere quarter of Rome.#2 Trastevere

If you are wondering what to see in Rome Italy but want to see the Rome of the Romans, head to the Trastevere neighborhood. Its winding cobblestone streets, plethora of shops, bars, and cafes, and affordable restaurants make it a favorite of the locals. “Trastevere” literally means “across the Tiber,” as it is located just across the river from the historical center.

Statue of the martyrdom of Santa Cecilia by the sculptor Stefano Maderno.Central to the neighborhood is the Piazza di Santa Mara in Trastevere, whose titular 12th-century church is worth seeing, as is the church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, which lies to the south.

Trastevere details:

  • Cost: Free.
  • Location: South of the Vatican, west of the Centro Storico.
  • Website: None.
  • Nearest metro stop: Piramide or Circo Massimo, although neither is particularly close. You can take tram 8 from Largo Argentina.
  • Tips: Check out my blog post on What to Eat in Rome for some suggestions on places to eat in Trastevere.
  • Map: See above.

#3 The Monastero of the Santi Quattro Coronati

The cloister of the Monastero dei Santi Quattro Coronati in Rome.Rome is full of churches. Many of them are massive, filled will expensive materials and priceless works of art. Many of them are on the list of main tourist sites in Rome (including this one!). But this small gem is perhaps my favorite of Rome’s many attractions.

The Monastero of the Santi Quattro Coronati is the opposite of the gilded, grandiose churches you will find throughout Rome. It a timeless place of reverence. Originating in the the Fifth Century, the complex today features not only a medieval basilica but a small 13-century chapel boasting beautiful frescoes depicting the life of Pope Silvestro and the Emperor Constantine, a Gothic hall lined with frescoes (open only a couple times per month to visitors), and a medieval cloister, which may be my single favorite spot in Rome, a colonnaded square of tranquility in an otherwise hectic world.

A fresco on the lives of Constantine and San Silvestro in Rome.Pope Sylvester I was a fourth-century pope who legend says cured the Emperor Constantine of leprosy with an anointing of holy water, and that as a result Constantine in a gesture of gratitude walked before the pope’s horse as a papal page. The implications of this – the shift in power from the temporal authority to the church – would be considered a watershed moment for the church. The chapel commemorates the story with a series of beautiful and well-preserved frescos.

Perhaps part of the charm of the Basilica is the experience: the cloister and chapel are overseen by a group of silent and serene Augustinian nuns. If you go at the right time and ring the bell, they will open the door for you, creating an opportunity for calm contemplation and reflection.

A fresco on the lives of Constantine and San Silvestro in Rome.While you are in the area, make sure you stop also at the nearby Basilica di San Clemente, a wonderful medieval church built on top of an ancient Roman house, which was in turn built over a pagan temple

Monastero dei Santi Quattro Coronati Details:

Map of Rome with the historical center including the Colosseum.

The front of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.#4 Santa Maria Maggiore

One of the four major basilicas of Rome, Santa Maria Maggiore is also the oldest. Its origins go back to the mid-fourth century. And although much of the church is newer, from the eighteenth century, you can still see an impressive array of fifth-century mosaics in the nave and triumphal arch.

Some of the mosaics in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.Other interesting things that make this a must-see in Rome are

  • the 16th-century coffered ceiling (lined with gold said to have been brought from the “New World” by Christopher Columbus)
  • the tomb of baroque sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini (a surprisingly plain stone set in the floor given the flamboyance of the Baroque master’s designs)
  • the Reliquary of the Holy Crib (which purportedly contains a piece of the original manger in which the infant Jesus lay
  • the Salus Populi Romani, an icon of the Virgin found in the Borghese Chapel that is one of the oldest and most celebrated icons in Rome.

Santa Maria Maggiore details:

  • Cost: Free.
  • Location: Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore (Esquiline Hill)
  • Website: https://www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/sm_maggiore/index_en.html
  • Nearest metro stop: Termini
  • Tips: Check out the basilica’s Capella Sistina (Sistine Chapel), but don’t confuse it with the more famous one located in the Vatican Museums. This one was named after Pope Sixtus V, while the one decorated by Michelangelo was dedicated to Sixtus VI.
  • Map: See above.

The famed Colosseum of Rome.#5 The Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine

Yes, you really do need to visit the Colosseum. Finished in 80 AD and at its zenith able to house between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, making it the largest ancient amphitheater every built. It is where gladiators fought, wild animal hunts were performed, epic battles staged (even sea battles for which the flooded the Colosseum). Its history is gruesome, as the site of executions “ad bestias,” or in which the condemned would literally be torn apart by animals for the amusement of the spectators. Contrary to popular lore, however, most scholars do not think it was the site of a large number of Christian martyrdoms. That honor falls to the nearby Circus Maximus.

The Arch of Constantine in Rome on a rainy day.Detractors will point out that it is not the best preserved example of an ancient amphitheater, both due to earthquakes and being mined for marble through subsequent centuries. But it is still one of the most iconic sites of Rome and a definitely must-see.

While you are there, you can’t miss the Arch of Constantine. I mean you really can’t miss it, it’s right next to it!

The colosseum in the evening during a culinary vacation in Rome with The International Kitchen.Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine Details:

  • Cost: 18 Euros (includes Palatine Hill and Roman Forum, does not include Colosseum arena floor or underground)
  • Location: Center. Piazza del Colosseo, 1
  • Website: https://parcocolosseo.it
  • Nearest metro stop: Colosseo
  • Tips: Avoid the lines and view also the Colosseum arena floor and/or underground by booking a private tour. Contact us for details and a quote!
  • Map: See above.

A view of the ancient Roman Forum in the center of Rome.#6 The Roman Forum

There are actually several forums (or fora to use the Latin plural) in Rome, but the Roman Forum is the most famous. A rectangular area situated in a small valley between the Palatine and Capitoline hills, was home to many of the most important structures of Ancient Rome, and was the center of ancient Roman life for centuries. Among the famous tourists sites in Rome that lie in the Roman forum are government buildings and monuments including:

  • The Temple of Vesta
  • The Regia (royal residence)
  • The Comitium (seat of the government, including the Senate House)
  • Temple of Saturn
  • The other Fora in Rome, known collectively as the Imperial Fora, lie nearby.

A view of the Roman Forum during a culinary vacation in Italy with The International Kitchen.The Roman Forum definitely requires either advance research, an audio guide, or a tour to appreciate, but it is still, undoubtedly, a must see in Rome. Most of the buildings are, unsurprisingly, in ruins, and it is difficult to tell one building from the next without the aid of an expert. We can organize a tour of ancient Rome that includes not only the the Roman Forum but also the Colosseum! Just ask us for details.

Roman Forum details:

  • Cost: 18 Euros (includes the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill and the Colosseum, excluding the arena floor and underground)
  • Location: Center. Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6
  • Website: https://parcocolosseo.it/area/foro-romano/
  • Nearest metro stop: Colosseo
  • Tips: As mentioned above, it’s definitely better to tour the Roman Forum with a guide.
  • Map: See above.

#7 Palazzo Altemps

A statue shard at the Palazzo Altemps in Rome.As one of the national museums of Rome it should be one of the main tourist sites of Rome, but I am always surprised by how few people seem to know of this gem of a museum. The building itself is a lovely fifteenth-century palazzo (built on top of archeological remains), but what really wows visitors is its collection of classical art and statuary.

The famed Gaul statue in Palazzo Altemps.Seeing pieces such as the famed Ares statue, Aphrodite, Dionysus, or the Ludovisi Gaul in the throes of suicide (pictured), all artfully displayed in beautiful and spacious rooms, is remarkable and at times unsettling. For those interested in classical statuary, it is a must.

Check our our top 5 museums in Rome.

Palazzo Altemps Details:

  • Cost: 8-13 Euro (unless you qualify for a reduced fare); or get the pass for the Museo Nazionale Romano (17-27 Euros), which gives you access to 3 other sites, including the wonderful Palazzo Massimo, the Crypto Balbi, and the Baths of Diocletian.
  • Location: Center. Piazza di Sant’Apollinare, 46,
  • Website: https://museonazionaleromano.beniculturali.it
  • Nearest metro stop: Not easily accessible by metro; use bus lines 70, 81, 87,116T, 186, 492, or 628.
  • Tips: Get the pass, the Palazzo Massimo is particularly worth visiting.
  • Map:

Map of Rome with the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and Pantheon.

#8 Trevi Fountain

I’ve written elsewhere about how this was never one of my favorite Rome sites until I took my children there. But it is definitely one of the main tourist sites in Rome, and what many consider to be a must see in Rome when it comes to fountains. The fountain is supplied its water from an ancient Roman aqueduct, although the fountain itself was constructed in the Eighteenth Century. It depicts the sea god Oceanus and his Tritons.

It has famously been featured in such films as Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita,” and legend has it if you throw a coin in it you are destined to return to Rome.

The famous fountain of Trevi seen on a Rome food tour with The International Kitchen.Trevi Fountain details:

  • Cost: Free
  • Location: Center. Piazza di Trevi
  • Website: https://www.turismoroma.it/it/node/1286
  • Nearest metro stop: Barberini
  • Tips: Keep your eye on your belongings, as the piazza around the fountain is a popular spot for pickpockets.
  • Map: See above.

View of the Pantheon in Rome at night.#9 The Pantheon and the Centro Storico

The Pantheon is my husband’s favorite tourist site in Rome, and it is certainly one of the most amazing of Rome attractions. It was finished around 125 AD and is considered one of the marvels of engineering of the ancient world, in particular its massive 43-meter dome. The 9-meter hole (oculus) in the ceiling is the only light source. It is perfectly proportioned, as tall as it is wide, and is one of the most intact ruins of Ancient Rome. This is because it was converted into a church in 609 AD. The tombs of famous Italians, including the first king of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele II, and the painter Raphael.

The oculus of the great dome of the Roman Pantheon.The Centro Storico of Rome literally means the “Historical Center,” but it refers to a specific urban zone, and the Pantheon is at the heart of it.

Pantheon details:

  • Cost: Free
  • Location: Center. Piazza della Rotonda.
  • Website: https://www.pantheonroma.com/home/
  • Nearest metro stop: Barberini
  • Tips: Go to the edge in the interior and get down to floor level, then look at the other side. From this angle you will notice that the floor is slightly curved to allow for drainage when rain enters through the opening in the ceiling. Another tip: stop at my favorite gelateria in Rome, the Cremeria Monteforte, which is right next door.
  • Map: See above.

#10 Piazza Navona

A detail of the Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona, Rome.This is one of the major tourist sites in Rome, the Piazza Navona was built on the ancient site of the Stadium of Domitian. It also has one of Rome’s most famous fountains, the Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini, which stands at the heart of the square. It is a great place for Rome sightseeing, people watching, strolling with friends, checking out the art by the local artists selling their wares, or sitting to have a coffee or a drink (although anyplace on the piazza will be decidedly more expensive than those on the side streets).

Sitting at an outdoor cafe on pizza Navona in Rome.Piazza Navona details:

  • Cost: Free
  • Location: Piazza Navona
  • Website: https://www.turismoroma.it/it/node/1516
  • Nearest metro stop: Barberini
  • Tips: Take time to check out the art and to listen to the local street performers that are usually found there.
  • Map: See above.

The School of Athens fresco by Raphael.#11 The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Although you might be tempted to cram all of Vatican City and its many Rome attractions into one day of sightseeing, the Vatican Museums warrant their own day. The most famous of the sites is the Sistine Chapel, perhaps the most famous of things to see in Rome. Its ceiling and one wall were frescoed by Michelangelo, and the images depicted are among the most recognizable in the world.

A Swiss Guard outside of St. Peter's in Rome.But the Vatican Museums feature other priceless things to see, including Raphael’s Stanze, the Map Room, and the great spiral staircase.

Vatican Museum details:

  • Cost: From 17 Euros (student fares also available).
  • Location: Vatican City
  • Website: https://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/it.html
  • Nearest metro stop: Ottaviano
  • Tips: The Vatican Museums can be horribly crowded, and in particular the Sistine Chapel. If you want to enjoy the visit, book a private tour with early entry passes.
  • Map:

Map of Rome and Vatican City.

#12 Saint Peter’s Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)

The cupola of San Pietro at Vatican City.The center of Catholicism, the Vatican is not just a site for religious pilgrims. Along with the Vatican Museums, the Basilica di San Pietro is one of the top things to see in Rome. It has a distinguished pedigree as well, being the work of such artists as Bramante, Michelangelo, Raphael, Maderno, Bernini, della Porta, and more. Pretty impressive!

There is much to see when visiting the Basilica. The church itself, of course, with its many artistic works, including one of the main Rome attractions, Michelangelo’s Pietà statue. But also of note is the beautiful piazza, designed by Bernini, the tombs of the popes below the basilica in the Vatican Grottoes (not to be confused with the Vatican Necropoli, which is an excavation of where the remains of Saint Peter purported lie), and the climb up the cupola. This last affords amazing views of Rome, and a birds-eye view of some of the features of the basilica.

A view of the interior of St. Peter's in Rome.If you want to see the pope, you can catch a Wednesday audience if he is in residence. The cost is free, although tickets are required. You can also frequently see him on Sundays.

A view of Piazza San Pietro from on top of the basilica.Saint Peter’s Basilica details:

  • Cost: Free, including the Grottoes. There is a charge to climb the basilica (8-10 Euros). The cost for the Necropoli Scavi is 13 Euros, but reservations are very difficult to come by unless you pay for a tour.
  • Location: Vatican City
  • Website: https://www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/san_pietro/index_it.htm
  • Nearest metro stop: Ottaviano
  • Tips: There is a strict dress code that must be adhered to: no shorts, short skirts, bare shoulders, or hats. We recommend avoiding Sundays and Wednesdays unless you want to see the pope, as they are more crowded. And of course, the best way to make use of your time while visiting St. Peter’s Basilica is on a guided tour.
  • Map: See above.

The Spanish Steps and Trinità del Monte in Rome.#13 The Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo

One of the most popular tourist sites in Rome are the Spanish Steps, the famed staircase that leads from Piazza di Spagna at its base up to Trinità del Monte, the church that lies at its top. The 135 steps that are in between the two are a place to sit and see and be seen. There are several famous shopping streets nearby, in particular the Via dei Condotti and the Via del Babuino. This last leads from Piazza di Spagna to Piazza del Popolo.

A view of the Piazza del Popolo and its obelisk in Rome.Piazza del Popolo is a large, neoclassical square to the north of the Spanish Steps. It is home to the minor basilica Santa Maria del Popolo, which features two of my favorite paintings in Rome, both by Caravaggio, the Crucifixion of Saint Peter and the Conversion of Saint Paul.

Visiting Piazza di Spagna in Rome.It also has the Flaminio Obelisk, the second oldest Egyptian obelisk in Rome, which was brought to Rome during the reign of Augustus in 10 BC and erected in the Circus Maximus. It was relocated to the piazza in 1589.

Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo details:

Map of Rome with the Galleria Borghese, Spanish Steps, and Piazza del Popolo. 

The Galleria Borghese museum in Rome.#14 Galleria Borghese

This might not be the most famous museum in Rome, but I think it is one of the best Rome attractions for art lovers and those interested in the Baroque period. The Galleria is located in the Villa Borghese gardens, and its two floors of priceless artworks make it one of the top things to see in Rome. It is also a fun museum to visit, both due to its manageable size as well as to the fact that the number of visitors allowed entry is regulated to prevent crowding.

A Bernini sculpture of Prosepina and Pluto in the Galleria Borghese.Among the famous works of art to be seen there are:

  • David – Gian Lorenzo Bernini
  • Apollo and Daphne – Gian Lorenzo Bernini
  • The Rape of Proserpina – Gian Lorenzo Bernini
  • Sacred and Profane Love – Titian
  • Portrait of Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix – Canova
  • David with the Head of Goliath – Caravaggio
  • Saint Jerome Writing – Caravaggio
  • The Deposition – Raphael

Galleria Borghese details:

  • Cost: 15 Euros
  • Location: Villa Borghese, Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5
  • Website: https://galleriaborghese.beniculturali.it/en/
  • Nearest metro stop: Spagna, although it is a bit of a walk from there.
  • Tips: If you have time, take a walk also through the gardens of the Villa Borghese. It is one of the nicest parks in Rome.
  • Map: See above.

#15 The Catacombs

Roman catacombs, ancient burial chambers from the early years of Christianit.The catacombs are one of the most famous things to see in Rome. There are actually dozens of catacombs, but only 5 of which you can visit. Of these, the most famous are the Catacombs of San Callisto and San Sebastiano. These subterranean burial grounds were used between the second and fifth centuries, predominantly be Christians and Jews, who did not follow the pagan tradition of cremating their dead. Roman law forbid the burial of the dead within the city walls, which is why these sites are all found on the outskirts of town. The trip is worth it, however, as these Rome attractions will allow you to explore the dark, labyrinth-like tunnels, and to seemingly step back hundreds and hundreds of years in the process.

Catacomb details:

  • Cost: 8 to 8.50 Euros
  • Location: Via Appia Antica, 126 (San Callisto) and Via Appia Antica, 136 (San Sebastiano)
  • Website: https://www.catacombesancallisto.it/en/index.php (San Callisto) and http://www.catacombe.org (San Sebastiano)
  • Nearest metro stop: Garbatella or Arco di Travertino (although neither is very close, so busses 118 or 218 would be better)
  • Tips: Wear comfortable footwear, and keep in mind that the catacombs are not easily accessible, so not recommend for those with serious mobility issues.
  • Map:

Map of southern Rome with road to Catacombs.

Bonus: Culinary Classes in Rome

Of course, if you want a real must see in Rome, you should try one of our one-day cooking classes, in which you will see what life and food are like in this ancient city. Most of our cooking classes in Rome include a visit to a local market, which are always among our favorite Rome attractions. You can also pair a cooking class in Rome with a visit of some of the cultural sites that are located nearby.

Tips and Tours: How to Make the Most of Your Visit to Rome

A view of the great synagogue of Rome from a distance.Rome is a large city full of amazing sites to see, so our Rome traveling tips can come in handy to help you plan. Our list of the best things to see in Rome barely scratches the surface of its many attractions. So it is important to be organized, especially if your time is limited.

How can you maximize your time visiting Rome?

  1. Make a list and prioritize
  2. Check the map to combine sites
  3. Build in free time
  4. Decide when it’s worth spending more – and then do so

Visiting a local bakery with the chef during a cooking class in Rome.

The first Rome traveling tips may sound obvious. Making a list of things you want to see is a no-brainer, but the important part about step one is to prioritize the list. If you don’t get to everything on your list of must sees in Rome, you don’t want the most important one to you to be what was left off! So it you know that during your Rome vacation you simply have to see the Sistine Chapel, or the Catacombs, or the Colosseum, make sure you prioritize those sites.

It’s also important to check the sites on a map and see where you can combine more the one site in a day. You don’t want to have to traipse back and forth because. you didn’t plan well.

Taking a bus to get around Rome.And speaking of traipsing: one of my best Rome traveling tips is to purchase a multi-day bus and metro pass that will allow you to hop on and off buses, trams, and metros while exploring the city. Rome is definitely not walkable in its entirety. Just be careful of pickpockets while you are on public transportation, especially if it is very crowded. You can find more information on the passes available here: https://www.rome.net/rome-transport-tickets

Romantic couple on a culinary tour of ItalyRome traveling tip #3 was to build in free time. This is important for a number of reasons. First, you want to enjoy your time, and if you pack your Rome vacation too full you won’t be able to enjoy any of it. So prioritize (hello travel tip #1) and cut out what you can skip, then leave some free afternoons for lazy explorations or siestas. Also, you may find new things to explore, and you’ll need to have time to do so.

See more tips for visiting Rome.

Another important travel tip for visiting Rome is to understand where and when it makes sense to pay an expert. A professional, early entry tour of the Vatican Museums in my opinion is the #1 best way to spend a little extra on your trip and reap huge rewards. Add on Saint Peter’s if you only have one day to spend at Vatican City. I also highly recommend a professional tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. You can contact us for details on the tours we offer in Rome.

And if you have a little extra time in Rome, we can even offer excursions outside the city to local points of interest.

Enjoying a glass of wine in a Roman piazza during our culinary vacations in Italy.FAQ

What Rome attractions should I book in advance?

Even before COVID protocols were established, most of the museums and monuments in Rome needed to be booked in advance. Particularly the Vatican Museums, Saint Peter’s, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum required advance purchase of tickets (or better yet, a tour) in order to avoid long lines, long waits, the the risk of not getting entry that day.

Due to COVID protocols, you should check the website of any indoor space that you want to visit, including churches, to see whether timed entry tickets are required.

The public squares (piazzas) do not need to be booked in advance.

Climbing the cupola of Saint Peter's and looking out over Rome.What are the most popular things to do in Rome with kids?

Rome is a wonderful place to explore with children. The ruins really spark their imaginations. Some of my favorite things to see in Rome with kids are:
Tempting fate at La Bocca della Verita in Rome.

  • The Trevi Fountain
  • The Spanish Steps
  • Piazza Navona
  • Circus Maximus
  • The Catacombs
  • The Bocca della Verità
  • The Pantheon
  • Saint Peter’s

While you’re at the Pantheon, treat them to a gelato at my favorite gelateria in Rome, the Cremeria Monteforte.

What attractions are free in Rome?

Enjoying gelato together by the Pantheon.There are many free attractions in Rome, including all of the public squares and most of the churches. Some of the churches, like Santa Maria del Popolo mentioned above, the beautiful San Luigi dei Francesi, or the famed San Pietro in Vincoli, also include world-class art work, although you might need a few coins to turn the lights on in particular chapels.

Some of my favorite free sites in Rome are:Heading to the local pizzeria during a culinary vacation in Italy.

  • The Pantheon
  • Trastevere
  • Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Piazza Navona
  • The Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo
  • The Trevi Fountain
  • The Aventine Hill


A view of Rome at night during a culinary vacation in Rome with The International Kitchen.In conclusion, if you are looking for things to see in Rome, there is no way to be disappointed. There is an “embarassment of choice” (imbarazzo della scelta) as they say in Italian when it comes to Rome attractions. Whether you are looking for free things to do in Rome or whether you are budgeting for tours, entrance fees, and transportation, our Rome travel tips will help you plan your trip.

And remember, the best way to see a place and to learn about it is through its food. So check out our cooking classes or contact us to design a tour for you. You will be glad you did!

By Peg Kern

Don’t forget while you’re off exploring these (and other) sites to stop for a coffee!

We also have a couple of wonderful cooking vacation itineraries that include time in Rome, including the wonderful Cucina Romana in the Sabine Hills. See our website or contact us for details.

Learn more about why we love Rome in our video:


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