Things to do in Rome
Of all Europe’s historic capitals, Rome is perhaps the most historic and influential. And from its ancient ruins to its modern boutiques, Rome is bursting with fascinating things to do and see.
Whether you know its history or not, every visitor to Rome makes time to see the ruins of its ancient civilisation.
Iconic attractions in Rome
From walking tours to bus tours, there's many ways to discover Rome's most iconic attractions. Visitors can explore the ruins of the Roman Forum, the centre of the empire, and the grand sight of the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were traditionally held, or set sight on the Colosseum, one of the most popular things to do in Rome. Even in its current dilapidated state, this 2000-year old amphitheatre is still one of the world’s most impressive buildings.
Elsewhere, the marvels of Rome’s uniquely creative Renaissance and Baroque periods capture the imagination. This era saw the creation of famous landmarks like the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and many of the city’s bewitching piazzas.
Visiting the Vatican
Another great construction of this era in Roman history was St Peter’s Basilica, which is located in the Vatican City. This independent state in Rome is the centre of Catholicism and is one of the most fascinating things to do in Rome thanks to its important history and stunning architecture. Here, visitors can also see the Sistine Chapel ceiling in the Apostolic Palace, near St Peter’s Basilica, one of Italy’s most impressive ecclesiastical artworks.