Things to do in Rome

Top 10 things to do


Vatican Museums

Explore artistic and historical treasures of some of the world's greatest artists

4.6 (34,764 reviews)


The Colosseum is a massive ancient amphitheater in the center of Rome. Picked apart by scavengers and ravaged by earthquakes and time, the Colosseum still stands as an impressive symbol of life in Ancient Rome. It showcases the power of past emperors and the durability of the Eternal City. This huge, marble and limestone structure was built to hold more than 50,000 spectators, all there to revel in the various forms of (mostly violent) entertainment, such as hunts, gladiator battles, and executions.

4.6 (30,273 reviews)

Borghese Gallery

Built between 1609 and 1613, this opulent structure - fountains, gardens, pink marble walls, frescoed ceilings - seems ideally suited to house one of the world's best collections of art. And that was exactly what it was built for. Architect Flaminio Ponzio designed it for the cardinal and art collector Scipione Borghese, who wanted a party villa on the edge of town where he could house his enormous collection of priceless art. In 1901, the collection (and the gallery, and the park that surrounds it) was acquired by the Italian government, and opened to the public. As a museum, Galleria Borghese punches well above its weight with an impressive hit rate of masterpieces. Sculptures by Bernini and Canova, paintings, by Caravaggio, Raphael and Titian... the list goes on.

4.6 (6,449 reviews)

Museum of Illusions Rome

Psychology, mathematics, science and biology come together in a mind-bending medley of attractions at the Museum of Illusions Rome. It's all sleight of hand at this museum located on Palazzo Spadain the heart of Rome, and nothing is what it seems!

4.4 (5,069 reviews)

Rome Self-Guided Tours

Unleash the Secrets of Rome at Your Own Pace with Our Self-Guided

3.8 (503 reviews)

St. Peter's Basilica

The Renaissance-era St Peter's Basilica is one of the largest churches in the world (and the home-church of the Pope). Highlights include the dome (the biggest in the world), Bernini's Baldacchino (the centerpiece of the church), and Michelangelo's Pietà (the only artwork he ever signed). For both the pious and the casual visitor, a trip to St. Peter's is an awe-inspiring trip into the heart of Vatican City.

4.4 (6,072 reviews)

Castel Sant'Angelo

The towering cylinder of Castel Sant'Angelo, and its statue of Archangel Michael, is an instantly recognizable silhouette on the banks of the Tiber. Initially built as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian and his family, its purpose has changed many times over the years, from a fortress, a residence, a prison, and now a museum.

4.7 (3,416 reviews)


Once a pantheon to the gods of Ancient Rome, this stunning structure in the heart of Italy's capital has been a church since the 7th century. Among its many spectacular features, its perfect dome (designed and created in 120 AD) is to this day the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world.

4.5 (767 reviews)

Capitoline Museum (Musei Capitolini)

Consisting of four grand and historic palazzos, this complex of museums was designed by Michelangelo. Its large collection is devoted largely to the history of Rome itself, and it features many many artifacts that date back to antiquity. It's also considered to be the world's original museum. Pope Clementine XII opened it up to the Roman public in 1734.

4.4 (1,483 reviews)

Rome City Cards

There's no place like Rome! Book one of our city cards and save time and money with combination tickets. Opt to visit a number of Roman attractions of your choice, plus unlimited public transport around the city for the duration of your city card. Spend more time in Rome (and less time in line) with skip-the-line entry to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, plus entry to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and more!

4.3 (5,460 reviews)

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Combine Rome favorites. Some things are better together.

Rome Tourist Card

  1. Colosseum & Roman Forum
  2. Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
  3. Castel Sant'Angelo

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The Vatican City Pass

  1. Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
  2. St Peter's Basilica & Dome: Guided Tour
  3. Rome City Audio Guide
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Points of interest in Rome

Rome guides and itineraries

Things to do in Rome in 3 Days

Rome wasn't built in a day, but you can see the best bits in just three! Witness the Colosseum, relive the past at Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum, learn about the Pantheon, and enter the doors of the pristine St. Peter's Basilica – just wait until you see the Sistine Chapel!

  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Vatican & Sistine Chapel
  • Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Mamertine Prison
  • Self-Guided Tour of the Pantheon

48 hours in Rome

Can you see Rome in two days? If you've just got a weekend in Rome, don't sweat it! The "Eternal City" is full of timeless art, glorious ruins, and holy squares – you'll see all of this and more in 48 hours!

  • Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums
  • Vatican Gardens
  • Apostolic Gardens & Palace
  • The Colosseum

Frequently asked questions

Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum At 2,000 years old, the Colosseum has been a top attraction in Rome for literal centuries. It's one of the best-preserved amphitheaters of the ancient world.

See where thousands of Romans would gather for gladiator battles and chariot races with the help of a licensed guide on a tour.

Adjacent to the Colosseum is Palatine Hill, the ruined remains of palaces built for politicians, and the Roman Forum, the center for civic life in ancient Rome – both are included in this combi ticket for the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill.

St. Peter's Basilica As you’re exploring Vatican City, make time for St. Peter’s Basilica. The opulent basilica contains the tomb of St. Peter, and its gold interior is sure to impress.

View jaw-dropping ceilings, gorgeous mosaics and frescoes, and incredible architecture. Level up your experience with a guided climb to the top of the dome with sweeping views of St. Peter's Square below.

The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel A trip to Rome is incomplete without seeing Michelangelo’s masterpiece – the Sistine Chapel Ceiling, including The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam.

Choose a guided tour to help you traverse the Vatican Museum collection, including its classical sculptures, Renaissance pieces, and other old world artifacts.

Borghese Gallery

The Borghese Gallery features all the classic artists like Canova, Raphael, Caravaggio, and others. A guided tour will help you fully appreciate the whole of Roman art history, and also includes access to the lovely gardens surrounding the gallery – beautiful fountains, monuments, and gorgeous landscaping.

Vatican Museums

The Vatican’s divine frescos and sculptures, from Michelangelo to Raphael and Bernini, draw millions visitors from around the globe each year.

There’s so much to see while visiting the Vatican that it can be a little overwhelming, and you don’t want to go all that way only to miss its best treasures. A guided tour can help you keep your timeline intact and show you the highlights of this extensive collection.

Capitoline Museum

If you’re a history buff, you’ll go crazy for the oldest museum in the world – the Capitoline! This museum dates all the way back to 1471 and provides some incredible views of Rome from its hidden rooftop bar. Make the most of your visit with a guided tour, complete with an exclusive multimedia experience to bring history to life.

Trevi Fountain While this quintessential Roman fountain is worth a picture or two, the real wonder is what lies 9 meters beneath the surface. Uncover what lies underground with a guided tour.

Pantheon One of Rome’s most well-preserved historical monuments, the Pantheon, is an ancient architectural wonder. Its only source of natural light comes from the oculus, a circular opening at the top of the dome, which is the largest unreinforced dome on Earth.

Get the most of your visit to the Pantheon with a [( tour, or opt for a self-guided audio tour instead.

Castel Sant’Angelo Just a 10-minute walk from St. Peter's Basilica, you'll find the stunning Castel Sant’Angelo. Castel Sant’Angelo is a three-in-one cultural activity, considering it’s a mausoleum, a monument, and a museum!

Follow an expert on a guided tour around the structure specifically built to protect Emperor Hadrian's tomb.

Spanish Steps Added in 1735, this 135-step staircase has become a popular spot for locals and tourists to take a break from the daily grind. Grab some gelato, take a seat, and take in the Roman scenery.

If you want to beat the heat during high season (and the crowds), one of the best ways to see Rome is at night!

Colosseum Opt for a guided tour after sunset to gain a completely different perspective of antiquity's most well-known amphitheater.

Trevi Fountain The marble sculptures and azure pools are illuminated at night for an extra romantic effect.

Pantheon While closed at night, this ancient structure is still bright after dark thanks to vertical floodlights that highlight the Pantheon's imposing columns.

Piazza Navona Go for a stroll through Rome's most famous square. Afterward, grab an aperitivo at any number of bars and restaurants where the local Romans gather, or take an evening guided food tour in the Eternal City.

Spanish Steps Traverse to the top at sunset for an incredible view of Rome after dark.


The months of April, May, and June in Rome cannot be beat. The weather is pleasant, and swarms of tourists haven't invaded for the high summer season.

The Roman streets will be painted with colorful flowers in bloom, and ticket lines for top attractions will be fairly short.


Once the crowds disippate at the end of the summer season, September, October, and November is prime time to visit the Eternal City.

Crisp autumn mornings and mild daily temperatures make this season ideal for sightseeing in Italy's ancient capital.

Trevi Fountain

While the fountain itself is beautiful in its own right, not many people know there's an entire world underneath the structure that dates back hundreds of years. Take a guided subterranean tour nine meters below to discover ancient foundations – including evidence of the Great Fire – among other historical artifacts.

Circo Massimo

Just off the beaten path, you'll find the remains of a giant race track used for ancient chariot races. A visit to Circo Massimo is a great way to see some Roman ruins and avoid the crowds at the Colosseum.

Time your Roman holiday just right, and you could be in time for the summer opera series hosted at Circo Massimo, where works from Puccini and Verdi are performed. Modern artists like Guns n' Roses and Imagine Dragons have also performed here!

Appian Way

This old Roman road was once the main commercial vein connecting Rome to Brindisi in southeast Italy. A great way to escape the buzzing city of Rome to experience the natural Tuscan countryside, you can rent a bike (or walk) along the road for as long as you wish with historical landmarks to discover along the way.