Rome – 5 Bucket List Ideas Worth Exploring

Rome is one of the world’s most fascinating and romantic cities to explore. Packed with gourmet restaurants and designer shops, as well as incredible sightseeing opportunities, it offers something to suit every traveller’s whims and tastes.

For those keen to see the city’s historical sites as well as explore its culinary and commercial side, five places top this list of essential sightseeing locations.

The Colosseum

The incredibly well-preserved Colosseum should top the list for anyone wishing to experience the wonders of the ancient Roman Empire. The sheer scale of the building dwarfs those visiting it and travellers can often spend the best part of a day wandering around and marvelling at its stunning architecture. Listen hard enough and you can almost hear the clash of the gladiators’ blades!

Top Five Sights in Rome The Colosseum

The Sistine Chapel

Famed throughout the world, the Sistine Chapel is home to Michelangelo’s most celebrated work. Visitors will find themselves enchanted by the incredible artistry on the ceiling, as well as the beautiful frescoes that adorn the walls. Be prepared for some serious neck ache as you lose yourself to hours of gazing upwards.

Top Five Sights in Rome The Sistine Chapel

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Vatican City

One of the most ancient and powerful locations on Earth, Vatican City is home to a wide range of stunning buildings (including the Sistine Chapel) as well as being the seat of the papacy. Actually a separate state, Vatican City has just 800 residents. St Peter’s Square and St Peter’s Basilica are the area’s most famous locations, so be prepared for extensive crowds while you admire the ancient architecture.

Top Five Sights in Rome Vatican City

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Trevi Fountain

The 18th century Trevi Fountain is one of Rome’s most iconic sites. Sea gods, giant horses and other wonders are carved beautifully and will both captivate and charm thanks to this wonder of Baroque Italian artistry. Throw a coin into the fountain over your shoulder while you are there and wish for a return visit to Rome – legend has it that your wish will be granted!

Top Five Sights in Rome Trevi Fountain

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Appian Way

Leave the crowds behind (so far as it is possible to do in Rome) and head to the Appian Way to appreciate one of the simplest yet most strategically important parts of the ancient Roman Empire. Running from Rome to Brindisi, the cypress-lined road is best visited on a Sunday, when traffic isn’t allowed. Mausoleums, monuments and Roman bridges are scattered along the way, so be sure to allow plenty of time to take it all in.

Top Five Sights in Rome Appian Way

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Louise Taylor

Louise is a travel writer with a passion for exploring the unknown. She loves visiting new places and has a particular interest in exploring local cuisine wherever she travels. Louise has lived in the UK and Portugal and is currently considering where to base her next adventure. Follow her travels at http://www.movingtoportugal.org/