Rome: the biggest attractions (map, sightseeing plan, monuments, interesting facts)


Eternal City

No, I will not start with the history of Rome. Everyone knows this story better or worse. I decided that in the case of this entry, we will not deal with history at all. We will rather focus on practical organization of the tripthat will allow you to get to the place efficiently, create your own sightseeing plan and plan your time as best as possible.

Interior: Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome

I know that everyone who visits Rome for the first time would like to see as much as possible. A person would like to be everywhere, see everything and enjoy the eye as much as possible.
I know this state very well and I decided that I would not tell stories about the following: "it is not worth rushing," it is worth giving yourself time "," you have to go off the beaten track "... and so on.
On the contrary! I'm going to make it easier for you intense and of course satisfying first hunger for Rome satisfied! Yes, you could consume as much as possible at once. So that in the evening, after a whole day of wandering, you would feel tired and extremely satisfied. And finally, so that you would like to come back here once more, so that, with your first curiosity satisfied, you could start contemplating the places that fell deeply into your heart.

Car or plane?

You have to get here first. From Poland, this is not a big problem. Rome is easy to reach from anywhere in the world. After all, all roads lead here ... by land and air!

If Rome is just one of the stops on a long journey through Italy (as for example in the one I have described a trip to 40 of the most beautiful places in Italy), you will probably get here by car. Then it is best to leave the car in the parking lot and move around the city on your feet and by metro. The concept of visiting the city by own car and moving between monuments is utopia. Driving in the center of Rome is a real nightmare. Traffic jams, traffic congestion and annoying parking problems will quickly cure this idea. Comfortable shoes and a metro ticket (rainy day) are the best way to get around the city.

If Rome is the only point of your trip (e.g. for a weekend or a short vacation), you will probably come by plane. Low-cost airlines fly to Rome, Ciampino Airport from several Polish cities. This is by far the best, cheapest and fastest option.
Accessible from Ciampino airport to the center of Rome is very simple, and the details (access options, prices, travel time) I described in a separate entry - [click].
In this case, you will also need comfortable shoes and a metro ticket to explore Rome.

a typical street in Rome

When to go to Rome

The date of departure is, contrary to appearances, a key issue. During our last trip, we had the pleasure to feel the full sun and the temperature of 41 degrees Celsius in the city. From 12:00 to 17:00 there was no point in going out into the street. It is difficult to describe the heat then. Visiting is out of the question.
So if you have the freedom to choose the date of departure, I suggest you read a very useful and popular one entry about the weather in Rome - [click]. There you will find a lot of information that will help you choose the best date of departure.

Rome online webcam

It's always nice to have a look at what is currently happening in Rome, whether it is crowded and what the weather is really like.
Below is an image from a live camera looking at the Spanish Steps. The static image refreshes every few minutes. Clicking on the picture will take you to the webcam operator's page.

Live Camera Piazza di Spagna - Rome
online camera view of the Spanish Steps

Rome sightseeing itinerary

Below I will present the sightseeing plan, which is actually two plans, for two separate days.
Treat them only as an offer. You can mix them together, modify them, etc.
I assumed that (according to statistics) most tourists come to Rome for 2 to 2,5 days. Most often it is a weekend or a two-day stop during a longer journey.
So I made a plan for two days. Both days are full to the brim and even above the brim. These are really two very long days. At the end of the day, you'll be pretty tired but happy. It is also likely (especially when it gets very hot) that you will not be able to implement these plans. Don't worry about that. Just rebuild another day and go see what interests you the most.
Even if you made both plans 100%, you would still see only a small fraction of what the eternal city has to offer. Rome is full of amazing attractions and there will always be a reason to come back.

Entrance tickets to attractions in Rome

Planning a visit is the least of your problems. Getting entry tickets to some of Rome's attractions can be a real challenge. To make your life easier, when describing attractions, I will provide some information that may be important, and where possible, I will add links to purchase tickets online.

An interesting and often more cost-effective alternative is to buy one of the varieties city ​​card – [click] or a whole ticket package, including several attractions. This definitely makes things easier (we do everything at once), and at the same time, sometimes there are promotions (a dozen, sometimes several dozen percent) on which we can save a little. The cards have a different range of attractions and different prices.
Below I will provide links to city cards and interesting packages with prices. The prices I provided were valid when I wrote this text, but prices change frequently. There is no point in constantly updating them. You can check them in a second by clicking on the links. Maybe there's a promotion going on and it's cheaper?

Check it out: city ​​cards in Rome – [click]

Package: Monuments of Rome + Vatican – [click] (basic price without discounts: EUR 49,25) includes:
– single entry ticket to the Colosseum
– single entry ticket to the Roman Forum
– single entry ticket to the Palatine Hill
– skip-the-line entry ticket to the Vatican Museums
– Sistine Chapel entrance ticket
– access to the Vatican's open rooms and galleries for exploring at your own pace

Package: Monuments of Rome + Castel Sant'Angelo – [click] (basic price without discounts: EUR 39) includes:
– single entry ticket to the Colosseum
– single entry ticket to the Roman Forum
– single entry ticket to the Palatine Hill
– single entry ticket to Castel Sant'Angelo
– access to permanent and temporary exhibitions at Castel Sant'Angelo

Sightseeing in Rome - first day

First the map. Below is a map of the walk with the locations of all attractions marked and the walking path connecting all points. The path I suggest is just a suggestion. You don't have to go exactly the streets that I led through on the map.
The numbers on the map obviously correspond to the numbering of attractions next to the descriptions of each of them.

Use GPS coordinates!
For each attraction, I have provided precise GPS coordinates that will allow you to always reach your destination. Just go to this page on your phone, click on the link next to the coordinates of the attractions and the navigation application will open automatically.
Simply walk towards your chosen tour point along the streets you wish to walk along. Treat the navigation on the phone rather as information whether you are going in the right direction and approaching your destination, or whether your fantasy is already taking you in the wrong direction 🙂
When you reach one point of the trip and want to go further, click on the coordinates of the next point and so from point to point you can freely explore Rome on your own, as if you lived here all your life.
I admit that a funny situation happened to me once. I forgot how to get to the place I have been before. What a great discovery for me it turned out that I can go to my own blog and click on the coordinates provided by me !!!

Rome - sightseeing map - day one
background map source:
1. Colosseum
The interior of the Colosseum in Rome

We start our tour at Colosseo metro station (blue line). Thanks to this, no matter which part of Rome you live in, you can easily reach the starting point of your walk. Colosseo metro station, as you can easily guess, is right next to the Colosseum.

Tickets to the Colosseum
There is a fee for visiting the Colosseum, of course, and tickets to the Colosseum also include admission to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. The basic ticket is valid for 24 hours. You cannot buy separate tickets for each attraction.
Up to 3000 people can stay in the facility at the same time, so the number of tickets is limited. Tickets are sold for a specific time of entry. If you are late with entry more than 15 minutes, the ticket will become invalid.
You can buy tickets directly before entering the ticket office or in advance via the Internet. When deciding to buy at the box office, be prepared for a long queue. Don't expect to buy a ticket for the next hour. It may turn out that the nearest free place is, for example, in 5 hours.
Buying a ticket online well in advance is a much better solution. The so-called reservation fee of EUR 2. You pay 2 EUR more, but you have the option of booking entry for a day and time that is convenient for you, without the need to queue.

You can check the availability of online tickets on ticket distributor's website - [click] (landing page is multi-lingual and there is also Polish; you can change the language on the top bar of the page).

If you intend to visit more attractions in Rome (eg the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel), you can get an additional discount on tickets to other attractions. go to the website Tiqets - [click] and (if there is currently a promotion running) during the ticket selection process, you will come across information about possible ticket discounts when purchasing admission to more than one attraction. If the website opens in a different language, you can change the language at the top of the page.

Average time for self-guided tour of the Colosseum: 45 min.

Tickets are sold on site by three ticket offices:
- ticket office in front of the Colosseum (he is always with her the biggest queue), GPS coordinates:
41°53’26.0″N 12°29’21.1″E
41.890546, 12.489188 - click and route

- ticket office at the entrance to the Palatine Hill (200 m further and least people), GPS coordinates:
41°53’16.1″N 12°29’23.5″E
41.887805, 12.489872 - click and route

- ticket office at the entrance to the Roman Forum, GPS coordinates:
41°53’33.6″N 12°29’13.6″E
41.892655, 12.487108 - click and route

2. Roman and Palatine Forum
walk in the Roman Forum

The Roman Forum is a huge excavation, presenting the preserved fragments of the city (temples, palaces, offices, architectural layout) from almost 2000 years ago.

Tickets to the Roman Forum
Entry to the Roman Forum is on the same ticket as for the Colosseum, and the rules of purchase and prices are described above, in the description of the Colosseum.
Admission to the Roman Forum is not limited, so you can enter at any time during the opening hours. The Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill are one archaeological site and are visited at once. It is impossible to leave the area of ​​the Roman Forum and enter the Palatine Hill again with the same ticket.
The main entrance is at the Roman Forum ticket office (see above for coordinates).
Reserve a minimum of 2 hours to visit the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill (some spend here even twice as much).

Roman Forum, GPS coordinates:
41°53’33.4″N 12°29’08.1″E
41.892602, 12.485572 - click and route

3. Trajan's Forum
Trajan's Forum - view from the observation deck

The Forum of Trajan is the largest and latest built Roman forum. The public squares of Trajan's Forum were considered as center of the Roman Empire. The whole area can be seen perfectly from the viewing terraces available free of charge. It is worth paying attention to the richly decorated Trajan's Column.
There are Trajan's Market Hallsvisiting is paid.
Ticket price: 15 EUR

The observation deck at the Trajan's Forum, GPS coordinates:
41°53’40.6″N 12°29’06.7″E
41.894606, 12.485205 - click and route

Trajan's Column, GPS coordinates:
41°53’45.2″N 12°29’03.4″E
41.895895, 12.484276 - click and route

Entrance to the Trajan Market Halls, GPS coordinates:
41°53’46.4″N 12°29’09.6″E
41.896218, 12.485990 - click and route

4. Altar of the Fatherland
Altar of the Fatherland in Rome

The Altar of the Fatherland is, in short, a monstrous marble monument, composed of several parts, including a series of characteristic Corinthian columns filling the entire width of the building. Built in honor of the first king of the united Kingdom of Italy, Victor Emmanuel II. Its correct name is Monument in honor of Victor Emmanuel IIbut is commonly known as the Altar of the Fatherland. There is an observation deck on the roof of the building.

Entrance ticket to the terrace:
- persons over 25 years of age: EUR 10
- 18-25 years old: EUR 5
- children - free of charge

Opening hours:
- from 9:30 to 19:30 (last admission 45 minutes before closing)

Altar of the Fatherland, GPS coordinates:
41°53’40.9″N 12°28’58.5″E
41.894691, 12.482928 - click and route

5. Capitol and she-wolf
Capitoline Square
She-wolf - a symbol of Rome

A hill in Rome with a square designed by Michelangelo, a statue of Marcus Aurelius and the Capitoline Palace. Right behind the Capitol, on one of the streets diverging from it, you can see a sculpture of a she-wolf - the symbol of the capital of the ancient Roman empire.

Capitoline Square, GPS coordinates:
41°53’36.0″N 12°28’58.5″E
41.893339, 12.482904 - click and route

She-wolf monument, GPS coordinates:
41°53’36.2″N 12°29’00.7″E
41.893391, 12.483540 - click and route

6. Viewpoint on the Roman Forum
view from the viewpoint on the Roman Forum. In the background you can see the Colosseum.

From this vantage point you can see practically the entire Roman Forum and from this place the most beautiful photos of this monument are taken. The title photo of this post was taken right here.

Viewpoint on the Roman Forum, GPS coordinates:
41°53’32.7″N 12°29’01.1″E
41.892406, 12.483641 - click and route

7. The Mouth of Truth
Right Mouth…. will you put your hand

A stone medallion, about 2000 years old, with a relief of the face of a bearded deity. Crazy popular because of the legend behind it, according to which, anyone who lies and puts his hand in his mouth is they bit off a limb.
In the Middle Ages, sentences were to be carried out at the Mouth of Truth. Betrayal or a lie were punishable by cutting off the hand.

The mouth of truth, GPS coordinates:
41°53’17.7″N 12°28’53.6″E
41.888252, 12.481549 - click and route

8. Tiber Island
Bridge to the Tiber Island and parts of the island

One of the two islands on the Tiber. Two bridges lead to it, both from the first century BC. It houses a hospital, two churches and a building complex with the Gaetani family tower (Pope Boniface VIII was born there).
In the past, there was a temple of Asclepius, the god of medicine in Greek mythology, on the island. It was believed that the island had healing properties, which made it a place of pilgrimage for sick people.

Tiber Island, GPS coordinates:
41°53’26.5″N 12°28’40.0″E
41.890681, 12.477764 - click and route

9. Trastevere
a typical street with restaurants in Trastevere

Trastevere is a part of Rome, located on the right bank of the Tiber. It is considered to be the oldest part of the city. In 68 AD it was destroyed by Nero, and in antiquity it was inhabited by the poorest inhabitants of the city. Today, it is one of the most charming neighborhoods, eagerly visited by tourists who want to spend some time with great food and wine in one of the countless. Visiting Trastevere mainly consists of enjoying a pointless walk through streets, alleys, narrow passages between restaurants and shops. Time passes about eight times slower here than on the other side of the Tiber.

Trastevere, the focal point of the district, GPS coordinates:
41°53’22.7″N 12°28’12.8″E
41.889626, 12.470228 - click and route

If you've gone through the entire plan I suggested, then be sure to have a rest in Trastevere. I assume that you're tired because of your legs… it was a really demanding route.

10. Circo Massimo metro

The closest metro station to Trastevere. You will have to get here to return to your accommodation. A walk from Trastevere to the metro station will take you about 30 minutes. Do you still have that much strength?

Circo Massimo Metro Station, GPS coordinates:
41°52’59.9″N 12°29’16.0″E
41.883306, 12.487763 - click and route

Sightseeing in Rome - second day

A glance at the map is enough to notice that the second day is also not easy.

Rome - sightseeing map - second day
background map source:
11. Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
one of the corridors in the Vatican Museums

The walk starts with visiting the Vatican Museums. But first you have to get to them. It is closest to the museums Ottaviano metro station (metro line A - red). The entrance to the museums is located in the northern Vatican walls, at Vatican Avenue. Below you will find the coordinates of the main entrance to the museums.
If we wanted to tell in four words about the Vatican Museums, this is a collection of works of art collected by successive popes. Without a doubt, it is the largest collection in the world that cannot be matched by any other museum. In one of the rooms (the Sobieski Room), a painting by Jan Matejko is displayed, depicting Jan III Sobieski after the victory at Vienna.

Entrance tickets to museums it's best to buy online well in advance. The ticket is valid for a specific day and time. It is not possible to enter on a date other than that specified on the ticket.
You can buy tickets, for example, on the website GetYourGuide - [click].
I do not recommend buying tickets on the spot. The queues are terrible.

In the absence of tickets in the link provided above, you can still look for help in the second source: check tickets to the Vatican Museums on Tiquets – [click]. If the page opens in the wrong language, you can set the language at the top of the page that is convenient for you.

You can check the availability of tickets live in a special calendar that you can see below. The distributor now offers such an opportunity, so it is worth taking advantage of it. Select the day you are interested in (if it is green, it means that there are still free tickets for some hours), and then click "Book now".
Clicking will take you to the ticket distributor's website and check which hours are still free, select the number of tickets, etc.


Main entrance to the Vatican Museums, GPS coordinates:
41°54’24.8″N 12°27’13.3″E
41.906875, 12.453703 - click and route

12. St. Peter
interior of St. Peter in Rome

Built on the Vatican Hill, Saint Peter's Basilica is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful churches in the world. According to tradition, it is believed that it was built on the site of the burial of St. Peter, the first pope of the Catholic Church.
It is the burial place of successive popes. Of course, there is also the tomb of John Paul II.
Admission to the basilica is free. Admission to the Vatican Grottoes is also freewhere the tombs of the popes are located. The entrance to the grottos is inside the basilica, in the pillar of St. Andrew (to the left of the canopy in the basilica).
St. Peter's Church is the second largest church in the world (the largest is the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Peace in Yamoussoukro).

There is an entrance fee to the basilica dome.
Ticket prices:
- 10 EUR - elevator access
- EUR 8 - independent access via stairs

St. Peter, GPS coordinates:
41°54’07.8″N 12°27’16.9″E
41.902154, 12.454691 - click and route

13. Castle of St. Angelo
St. Angel in Rome

Castel Sant'Angelo originally served as the tomb of Emperor Hadrian, his family and successors. In the XNUMXth century AD it was converted into a fortress, and a century later into a prison. About the period of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, paper was eagerly used for its function as a prison. By the way, it served as a fortress. A fortified passage was built in the XNUMXth century Borgo Pass, connecting Castel Sant'Angelo with the Apostolic Palace at the Basilica of St. Peter. It enabled the Pope to escape safely and discreetly from the Vatican to the castle. The transition still exists today.

Tickets to St. Angel you can buy online - [click]

Passetto di Borgo - the beginning at the papal chambers of the Apostolic Palace
Clicking on the picture will take you to the 3D view on Google Maps
Source: Google Maps
Passetto di Borgo - entrance to Castel Sant'Angelo
Clicking on the picture will take you to the 3D view on Google Maps
Source: Google Maps

Castle of St. Angelo, GPS coordinates:
41°54’10.3″N 12°27’59.0″E
41.902854, 12.466387 - click and route

14.Piazza Navona
one of the fountains in Piazza Navona

It is said that Piazza Navona is one of the most beautiful squares in the world. The square was built on the ruins of the ancient Domitian stadium, and its design was made to keep the size of the stadium. In the basements under the buildings in the northern part of the square, the original fragments of the stadium stands have been preserved.

Navona Square, GPS coordinates:
41°53’57.9″N 12°28’23.1″E
41.899408, 12.473095 - click and route

15. Campo di Fiori
Campo di Fiori market square

Field of flowers ... is the literal translation of the name of the square, which was a meadow until the Middle Ages.

In Rome at Campo di Fiori
Baskets of olives and lemons,
The pavement sprinkled with wine
And flower shards.
Pink seafood
They sleep on the tables of the vendors,
She is arming dark grapes
They fall on the peach fluff.

Right here in this square
Giordano Bruno burned, ...

…. excerpt from a poem by Czesław Miłosz "Campo di Fiori" - [click]

This is exactly what the Campo di Fiori market square looks like. The statue of Giordano Bruno can be found at one end of the square.

Field of flowers, GPS coordinates:
41°53’44.8″N 12°28’18.8″E
41.895775, 12.471889 - click and route

16. Pantheon
Pantheon in Rome

The Pantheon (that is, the place dedicated to all gods) was very lucky. It is the only building in Rome that has survived intact since it was established, i.e. from 125. Today it is the Catholic Church.
There is a small square with a fountain in front of the Pantheon. This is the place where I always have a hard time getting out. I just love being here.

Opening hours:
- daily: from 9:00 a.m. to 19:00 p.m. (last admission 18:30 p.m.)

– from 2023, entry to the Pantheon is paid.

Learn More: Entrance tickets to the Pantheon in Rome – [click]

Pantheon, GPS coordinates:
41°53’56.8″N 12°28’36.5″E
41.899115, 12.476798 - click and route

17. Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain

Probably the most famous and popular fountain in the world, thanks to one of the scenes from the movie "La Dolce Vita", directed by Federico Fellini. Romantic scene - [see on Youtube]starring Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni takes place in the waters of the fountains, which are… icy cold. Apparently, Mastroianni had to intensely anesthetize himself with alcohol during the shooting of the scene for several hours.
The fountain is powered by water supplied by an aqueduct built in 19 BC. It is customary for tourists to turn their backs to the fountain and throw a coin over their shoulder to ensure that they will return to Rome one day. Every year the city cleans the bottom of the fountain of money. The total value of the coins retrieved always exceeds million (!!!) Euros.

Trevi Fountain, GPS coordinates:
41°54’03.0″N 12°29’00.2″E
41.900841, 12.483374 - click and route

18. The Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps in Rome

Let me start with the most important things, i.e. two superstitions .. First you cannot eat on the Spanish Steps because it brings misfortune. AND Secondlyif you want to ensure success and joy in life, you absolutely must have a photo on the stairs ... with your head down!
Now for less important things. The stairs have gained great fame thanks to the world-famous fashion shows that take place there every year. In spring, on the occasion of the flower festival, they are covered with floral decorations, and in winter, a nativity scene is set up.
A small fountain at the foot of the stairs commemorates the flood that occurred during Christmas in 1598. The waters of the Tiber launched a small boat at this point.
The water to the fountain is supplied by an aqueduct built in 19 BC (the same that feeds the Trevi Fountain).

Spanish stairs, GPS coordinates:
41°54’21.1″N 12°28’56.4″E
41.905850, 12.482334 - click and route

19.Piazza del Popolo
Piazza del Popolo

Impressive, expansive square, the northernmost in the historic area, delimited by the Aurelian Wall. The gate closing one edge of the square was also the northern gate of the city. On the opposite side of the square are the characteristic twin churches.
For a long time, the square was a place where executions were carried out (the last one in 1826).
From 1589 in the center of the square stands an obelisk erected in the 13th century BC by Pharaoh Ramses II in Heliopolis and brought to Rome in 10 BC

Piazza del Popolo, GPS coordinates:
41°54’39.5″N 12°28’34.5″E
41.910976, 12.476236 - click and route

20. Metro Flaminio

From the square, you need to exit through the northern city gate. Hence to Flaminio metro station there is only 100 m. For these few steps you will probably still have enough strength.

Flaminio Metro Station, GPS coordinates:
41°54’45.4″N 12°28’35.1″E
41.912621, 12.476423 - click and route

The two tours I have suggested should already give you some idea of ​​Rome. I think that such a load of attractions should be enough to give you something to remember and miss when you return home. Rome is beautiful, captivating and full of undiscovered secrets that are still waiting for you there.

You don't have the strength to walk, and you want to visit Rome?

There is one more common but often underrated way of visiting big cities, including of course Rome: Hop-on / Hop-off buses.
What is it about? These are buses that go around the same route every half an hour or so and stop close to the city's top attractions.
A ticket for such a bus is valid, for example, for 24 hours (there are also 48 and 72-hour versions) and during this time you can get on and off the bus as many times as you want, at each of the stops. This way, instead of walking between attractions, you take the bus and get off near the one you are interested in. After seeing the attractions, you go back to the stop, get on the bus and go to the next one. Over and over again.

There are several Hop-on / Hop-off lines in Rome. Below you will find icons of some of them. Clicking on any of the offers will take you to the selected offer. You do not need to look for any kiosk to buy tickets, because you can do it in a few moments on your phone via the Internet. You don't need to print your ticket either. All you have to do is display the purchased ticket on the screen of your phone.
Then check out the offers below!


I also looked through the offers of hop-on / hop-off buses and I found the most interesting (and unfortunately a bit more expensive than the cheapest) this proposal - [click].
Buses run quite often and have a lot of stops located so that, according to the description of the service, you can drive them near the following facilities:

- Colosseum
- Roman Forum
- Trevi Fountain
- Spanish stairs
- Plaza de Espana
- Vatican
- St. Peter's Square
- Piazza Navona
- Pantheon
- Castel Sant'Angelo
- Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore
- Circus Maximus
- Venetian Square
- Altare della Patria
- Barberini Square
- Terminii Station

Rome accommodation and hotels

What's the best room in Rome? I will not spread great theories here, because life has verified my various ideas. I will say briefly then. In Rome, it's best to live in the historic center and close to the metro station.
You can then explore the entire city on your feet, and when the need arises, you can always travel by metro.
You can start your search by clicking on this link - [click]. The link is prepared in such a way that it filters offers, limiting the results to Rome only.
There are useful filters above the search results, such as "Price (lowest first)", after clicking on the three dots on the right side you will get another useful filter. I often use "Best Rating and Lowest Price".
Additionally, below are some selected offers.

The first is a hotel:

I Capocci - [click]

We stayed here during a recent summer stay. We booked it literally at the last minute and were very lucky, because the price was really great. At the moment I can see that it is a bit more expensive, but maybe just like us, you can get some discount. It is really worth considering. Located in an old building, it maintains the atmosphere of old Rome. Peace alone makes you instantly penetrate the city.
Below are some photos from the room.

hotel I Capocci - bedroom
hotel I Capocci - kitchen
hotel I Capocci - bathroom
hotel I Capocci - large communal kitchen
Double B Ferruccio I - [click]

Day by Day - [click]

Rome is not everything!

Most tourists treat a visit to Rome as a destination, which becomes the main and only point of the program. I experienced it firsthand and I know what it's like. When a man fulfills his dream and finally goes to see the city he has always dreamed of, he does not think that he could want something more. Well ... and you could want even more? Of course you can! I will say more, even necessary!!!

Rome attracts countless tourists, and is located in such a way that it can also be a great starting point for many other trips. You can go there completely on your own, or - if you do not feel up to doing it yourself - as part of one-day, organized trips. The local guides immediately noticed the great opportunities offered by this city. So there is a huge range of short breaks available in Rome, allowing you to see more in Italy than you think! Specific examples? Here you go!
Below are a few selected tours that start and end in Rome and take only one day. These tours are organized by local guides. They develop their own plans and post ready proposals in the form of complete trips with prices and descriptions of services on the Internet. You can find, browse and compare the offers of most of them in one place (actually in several places, because of the pages, but more on that in a moment).
The suggestions I have selected are just examples. Do not treat them as a specific command, but as a starting point for your own search or inspiration for your own actions. Clicking on any of the suggestions will take you to the page GetYourGuide, one of the world's largest providers of tickets and local guide services. On the landing page, you'll see the example trip I've chosen and (perhaps even more importantly) a list of similar, competing offers. See how many places are easily accessible from Rome! The site is also in Polish (you can switch it at any time if it is displayed in another language).

1. Pompeii, Vesuvius and Amalfi Coast from Rome – [click]

There are many proposals for this type of trips and they include a different range of services and places that can be seen. There are versions: Pompeii + Amalfi Coast, or a proposal that also includes a visit to a beautiful town Positanoor only Positano and the Amalfi Coast without Pompeii, either Pompeii + Vesuvius without the coast… It's just worth browsing the available offers and prices.

2. Departure to Capri from Rome – [click]

Does anyone going to Rome think that Capri might pop out? I bet you don't! And the proposal is absolutely possible, interesting and tempting.

3. Tuscany tour with wine tasting – [click]

And another proposal that may inspire you to come up with some ideas of your own. There are never too many good ideas!

4. Tuscany: San Gimignano and Siena – [click]

A visit to two beautiful Tuscan towns. Or maybe rent a car and come up with something similar, visiting something else along the way? Isn't it tempting?

It is known that each such trip costs, but compare how much it would cost you to go to each of these places not from Rome, but from home? Maybe it's worth extending your stay in Rome a bit and taking advantage of the situation to see even more? Or maybe, inspired by the possibilities that no one thought of before, you will rent a car to visit Tuscany with Florence, Pisa, Siena or San Gimignano or Naples, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and Vesuvius on your own in the next few days? A stay in Rome creates a great opportunity for this! I hope I inspired you!

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54 comments for "Rome: the biggest attractions (map, sightseeing plan, monuments, interesting facts)"

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    Thanks for the sightseeing suggestion, it really is very useful.
    I am very interested in the city pass or the possibility to buy admission tickets to the main attractions.
    If you have any tips…. thanks in advance. regards

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      There is a city card in Rome Roma PASSthat you can buy online in various places, e.g. here - [click] but in the case of Rome it does not offer as many benefits as in other cities.
      You have free admission to one or two of the first museums (depending on the type of Roma Pass you bought), you have discounts for the rest of the museums, and you also have free public transport (i.e. Accessible by public bus from Ciampino airport).
      At Roma PASS you will not enter the Vatican museums.
      In short, the Roma PASS pays off when you intend to travel a lot by public transport and visit a lot of museums.

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    A great guide. I'm going to Rome after Christmas and I'll definitely use it. Technical question - do we validate the 72h ticket on the bus at each ride, or only once, at the beginning? Because I guess that in the subway, classic-every time when passing through the gates.

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      You don't have to check in every time on the bus

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      Thank you very much for preparing me to wander the eternal city. I passed almost everything😁

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    The question is for city integrated tickets, not for hop on-hop off buses :)

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    Mr. Jack. A brilliant compendium! It helped us a lot in taking Rome without wasting time breaking down an open door. Thank you for this post. On its basis, after our own modifications, we moved around Rome as if we were there once again. The entry is very reliable and invaluable for someone who does not know the place yet. Congratulations on your travel passions and precision in descriptions!

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      I am very glad that what I am doing is working. Thank you for your response. It's nice to know that the work you put in makes sense and believe me, such a response really gives you energy. Thank you and best regards!

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    great description, I'm going to Rome for the first time and I'll use your maps for sure. Thank you very much

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      I keep my fingers crossed, good luck, have fun exploring and lots of fun!

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    I was in Rome three years ago and now reading your guide, I regret having found one then. It is brilliantly written, we visited the city mainly on foot and with a map that led us to the wrong place more than once. Now I would only follow your instructions. greetings

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      Maybe someday it will be useful again ... Life likes to surprise

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        Great blog. There is no better!!!! Thank you. It makes it easier and in fact relieves you of planning the whole trip around sunny Italy. I wish you further development of your passion and more great entries. warm regards

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          Thank you… I feel a little ashamed, but also pleased. I am pleased to.

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      Hello. Great tips, descriptions and a sightseeing plan! I have a question - is it possible to visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill first before entering the Colosseum? Because we bought the entrance ticket to the colosseum for an hour later and hence the idea

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        The order is optional, you only have to make it to the colosseum in the right hour.

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          So the time we reserve when buying a ticket is the time of entry to the Colosseum? Does this mean that I can visit the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill before 12:00 when I have access to the Colosseum for that hour? 🙂

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    I'm going to Rome for the first time and I've read so many blogs and guides that I won't count myself, but the information on this page is GOLD! Super planned and will be visited in 100% on these traces. Thank you !

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      Thank you! I can only wish you a nice sightseeing 🙂

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    super described and recommended. In two weeks I am going to the eternal city for the third time and any additional information is priceless

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    I'm going to Rome for the first time and I will definitely use this guide. Clear, readable information and links that will certainly make my visit easier.

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    Super blog !!! I recommend. I was in Rome about 30 years ago, but my spouse has not yet. Thank you for valuable information. We will see everything because we have planned a trip for a full 5 days. I smile. Iwona

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    Very nice and accessible description. He reminded me of the most important places in Rome. Very helpful in planning a trip and visiting the city.

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    I am going with my husband for my XNUMXth wedding anniversary, and your tips have been very helpful. Thank you. I am already looking forward to the trip 🙂

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    Super described, I will definitely use it during our trip in September.
    I am still looking for information on audioguides around the facilities. Maybe you have something to recommend?

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    I watched the blogs.
    A gigantic job. Congratulations.
    In August, twenty-five years later, I am visiting Rome.
    I'll use the guide. It is promising.
    If your photos are your own, be jealous.
    Is great !

    PS. I saw somewhere in Rome (apart from parks) a rickshaw rental (riscio) for four people.
    Do you know anything about it?

    With tourist greetings. K.

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      Thank you!
      I have not tested the rickshaw. I admit that I didn't come up with this idea at all.
      Have fun exploring!

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      Mr. Jacek, thank you very much for a great job 🙂. The first moments after leaving the plane are especially important, when I look at the ticket sales point, I know what, how and where. Looking at your instructions, I have the feeling that I have been here before. Great thing 👍

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        Thank you very much,
        This is how it is supposed to work. Often small and seemingly simple prompts change a lot.

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    Super guide! However, I have one question, how to get to Ciampino airport the fastest at night? My departure is at 6 am: / Please give me a hint. Google maps makes things a bit more difficult here. Maybe you know a better way. Kind regards

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    A perfectly prepared guide.
    I used the guide once in March 2022.
    Very helpful in sightseeing and planning a trip to Rome.
    I would highly recommend…. 🙂

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    Today we go to Rome. We will visit it according to your plan. Thank you!!!!!

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      Good luck, safe journey and many amazing experiences!

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    Cool! very valuable comments! I will definitely use it. I am leaving with my siblings on May 2-6 this year.

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    I like this plan 😉
    I will test it in practice soon.

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    Very helpful information. The idea with the map and coordinates is brilliant.
    I will probably use it.

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    I have a question, we are going to the colosseum on thursday at 9. we are landing on wednesday late evening. The GetYourGuide app states that the tickets are not official and must be exchanged at the tourist office which is open between 9am and 16pm. Is this true? Can it be solved differently?

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    Oh man, you did a great job. All attractions are planned according to your instructions, but scheduled for a quiet 4 days. We start in April. 😀

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    I have a question about discounts up to 25 years. If I am 26 years old, am I entitled to a discount?

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      The date on the ID document is important.

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    we start visiting Rome in May :) we start according to your instructions. Great site.

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    A well-prepared website, I personally hate planning trips on my own, but according to this plan it went like a breeze. And here are the ticket links.

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    Hello! Dear Mr. Jacek, at the end of October 2023, my wife and I are flying - for the first time - to Rome. From Ciampino airport we will go to a hotel on Via Urbana for 5 nights. We will spend the next 3 nights at the John Paul II House. We are almost 65 years old and we really wanted to organize our stay properly. We read a lot about the history and monuments of Rome. My wife and I spend some time here and there and we always plan our trips ourselves. Sometimes we go by car and other times we fly by plane. Our favorite place to travel is Scotland and its breathtaking natural landscapes. Now it's time for the urban landscape.
    When I came across your blog and (only) briefly read the materials posted there, I am convinced that I could not have found a better place. You put a lot of work and heart into its development! We will move according to your instructions. There will, of course, be small corrections, but when developing the stay program, we generally stick to your suggestions. After returning from Rome, I will write how we implemented the plan and how useful your advice was in practice. Best regards, Tadeusz.

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    We use your blog and started our tour at the Vatican Museums and so on. For a family with children/teenagers, this is a 3-day plan, but there is a plan. It is worth visiting these places during the day and in the evening - we recommend it and thank you for your work. Best regards

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    Well, you just talked me into going to Rome. With such a description, I can go for a walk and sightseeing. Thanks. I have a question, I'm planning a trip for March or April, can I buy tickets now or wait? Best regards

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    I need to train before I leave

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    I'm going to Rome in April. I'm lucky that I found this website. I based all my preparation on these maps. Great help. Thank you.

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    Thanks for all your information!! We were in Rome 2 weeks ago for 4 days and saw everything you recommended and more. We bought a 3d Roma pass. It was great for the transportation, and we did use it for 2 museums, including the Colosseum, and it allowed us a separate entrance, which did let us skip a long line. We went in after 2:00 and the crowds really diminished after 3. We found our google maps to be quite confusing when walking (plus draining phone battery) and would often re-route us. Catching the bus to get halfway or very near our destination became our preferred means of travel and there are bus stops near everything mentioned in this blog. 3 times on the bus, in the mornings, "security" officers were on the buses checking everyone for tickets, just fyi. And to reinforce someone else's question, you validate your bus ticket the first time and that's it. And be sure to check the site's for open hours or temporary closures before you head to that attraction. Love all this information you shared on your blog! Grazie! Grazie!

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    A wonderful, readable, substantive text!!! I will definitely use your website when visiting Rome. We are also planning Monte Cassino 😉


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