Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it can’t be toured in a day, either. Before departure, visitors should make the most of their time in Rome. Although walking aimlessly through the ancient streets might be fun, it might make you miss seeing some of Rome’s most beautiful and historic spots. Visitors should map out an itinerary and be sure to include the following three must-see destinations.
Even non-religious tourists will enjoy a trip to the smallest country in the world. It’s home to tourist attractions such as St. Peter’s Basilica. Built on the site of St. Peter’s tomb, it features a magnificent dome designed by Michelangelo, who served as the church’s chief architect for 17 years. It also contains such masterpieces as Michelangelo’s Pieta and the Baldacchino. Other sites to see are the Vatican Gardens, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican museums.
The nearly 200 year old fountain is one of the most iconic and recognizable landmarks in Rome. It’s the largest Baroque fountain in the city and considered by many as the most beautiful. The fountain originally marked the end of the Aqua Virgo viaduct, constructed by Agrippa in 19 B.C. Legend has it that if you throw a coin into the fountain, you will be assured of a return visit to Rome.
At more than 2,000 years old, the Pantheon has withstood major changes, such as being transformed from a pagan temple to a church, but it is still the most well-preserved monument in Rome. Located within the city limits, the Pantheon’s imposing size and portico composed of 16 massive Corinthian columns make it something that needs to be seen to be believed. Its dome is the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world. Ancient tombs are set into the walls, including those of Italian kings and the artist Raphael and his fiancé.
There’s nothing quite like a Roman holiday. The eternal city is a dazzling mix of ancient and modern, where historical sites sit next to modern architecture. Whether you’re a first timer or a frequent visitor, there’s always something new to see and exciting things to do in Italy’s capital city.