The Eternal City is steeped in culture and history—and is home to of Europe’s most iconic sights. Check out our shortlist of the places in Rome that you’ve just got to see, hear, taste and feel.
Feel the power of history
These days you won’t need a suit of armor to enter the towering structure of the Colosseum, a glorious testament to the might of the ancient Romans. The air is filled with the energy of ancient history and you can almost feel the buzz of 50,000 spectators cheering on their gladiators to victory.
Make sure to look up
Take a deep breath before you enter the Sistine Chapel, as the view is known to be shockingly beautiful. Let yourself get lost in Michelangelo’s most famous fresco. As your eyes swim in the world-famous brush strokes, it’s okay to feel a little small. Michelangelo was, after all, an artistic giant. Just don’t count on taking a picture—using cameras is forbidden!
Grab a bite outdoors
There is certainly beauty to be found on the modern streets of Rome—every perfectly crafted cappuccino is a foam-topped piece of art. Make your way to a sidewalk café in Via Veneto, order up and grab a seat. The vibrations of the city are best enjoyed over a warm cup of espresso.
Travel back in time in Pompeii
Buried beneath 20 feet of ash for almost 1700 years, the well-preserved ruins of Pompeii offer an unparalleled look into ancient Roman life. Located just two hours outside of Rome proper, this ancient city is like a snapshot frozen in time—it’s not hard to imagine the motion of every day life in this small, nature-preserved town.
See beauty from floor to ceiling
As one of the largest churches in the world (it rises as high as 452ft.), St. Peter’s Basilica is also the world’s most renowned work of Renaissance architecture. In other words, there’s no way to capture the beauty of this Vatican masterpiece in a photograph.
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