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What are the top 10 tourist monuments in Rome?

Rome is full of attractions, but there are 10 unmissable monuments for you to visit. If you have little time in Italy don't miss this Post!

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What are the top 10 tourist monuments in Rome?

Rome is a city and a special commune in Italy. It is the capital of the country, of the homonymous province and also of the Lazio region. With 2.8 million inhabitants in 1285.3 km², it is also the largest Italian city and the fourth most populous city in the European Union. Let’s check now what are the top 10 tourist monuments in Rome? Read too our post: How to use the subway in Rome?  Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!” 

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Our introduction

Rome is among the most beautiful cities in the world, there are so many monuments and attractions to see in Rome that not even several pages would be enough to list them all. That’s why we selected the top 10 tourist monuments in Rome for you to make the most of this charming place full of history.


La Dolce Vita

Michelangelo managed to portray the soul of this great city and Fellini idealized it in “The Sweet Life”. Rome is an incredible city. The city’s ancient monuments are a constant reminder of a glorious past when the city was the center of Western civilization, or rather, the center of the world. Read our Post “Why to organize a trip to Italy?” 

The Vatican City

Rome is also home to the Vatican City, an indisputable destination for countless pilgrims. It offers a walk surrounded by art, history, culture, religiosity and gastronomy. The eternal city is one of the most desired destinations for tourists from all over the world, who are amazed by its monuments rich in history and by the various tourist attractions. See also what to visit near Rome!


1) What are the top 10 tourist monuments in Rome? THE COLOSSEUM

The first of these monuments is certainly the symbol of Rome: the Colosseum. It is the largest amphitheater in history, of which only part remains, but that does not make it any less fascinating. They call it the “Flavian Amphitheater”, since its construction started with Vespasiano – a representative of the imperial Flavian dynasty. The Colosseum represents two thousand years of history carved in stone, a piece of eternity that predominates among the Imperial Forums. The unmistakable silhouette that underlines the sky, the Colosseum has all the emotion of a glorious past. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COLOSSEUM?

2) What are the top 10 tourist monuments in Rome? TREVI FOUNTAIN

Another building that you can’t miss is the Trevi Fountain, one of the most beautiful in the world. Protagonist of several films and of Baroque period, it is considered one of the most famous fountains in the world. This sensational masterpiece is much more than a sculpture: it is the triumph of Baroque aesthetics, a giant tribute to the god of the sea. The thunderous noise of the water announces the surprise of being in front of it after crossing a maze of tiny alleys. Mythological characters add movement and dynamism to your composition. Throw a coin in the fountain and all your wishes will be fulfilled. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TREVI FOUNTAIN

3) What are the top 10 tourist monuments in Rome? ST PETER’S BASILICA

Another must-see monument is inside the Vatican, we are talking about St. Peter’s Basilica – the center of the Christian world, meeting point for millions of faithful, year after year. Its dome is the signature of the Roman horizon and its colonnade has embraced pilgrims for centuries. Founded in 324 by Constantine, it is the largest church in the world and is famous for the imposing dome of Michelangelo, which makes it unique in the world. LEARN MORE ABOUT ST PETER’S BASILICA

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4) What are the top 10 tourist monuments in Rome? PANTHEON

The Romans call it “la rotonda” (the rotunda), this ancient religious building is a work of art of archaic architecture: it is the Pantheon. Its balanced geometry and its perfect proportions make it a symbol of ancestral religiosity, but also of current devotion. In the 7th century, the temple was converted into a Christian basilica: the Basilica of Saint Mary and the Martyrs. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE Pantheon

5) What are the top 10 tourist monuments in Rome? BORGHESE GALLERY

A space rich in art and history. Immersed in the gardens of Villa Borghese, the gallery is an ark of beauty for humanity. The Borghese Gallery is one of the treasures that few cities in the world can boast of, among others, is located in the vegetation of the public park most loved by the Romans. And it is really worth visiting the Borghese Gallery in Rome.

Work of art

The Borghese Gallery is a work of art that contains many others, a treasure dear to Scipione Borghese, during the 17th century. Villa Borghese, outside the Pinciana Gate, inside the gallery, emerged in the beginning of the 17th century, around an initial possession of the family, which were gradually attached to other lands until the constitution of a huge park.

6) What are the top 10 tourist monuments in Rome? SPANISH SQUARE

Another must-see place is the Spanish Square, with its wonderful staircase both in winter (with the traditional nativity scene) and in spring (when it is all decorated with azaleas) and the Barge Fountain (which represents one of the most authentic symbols of the Eternal City). Spanish Square is one of the most famous in the world and its gardens have heard the most diverse languages. The staircase (in front of the Most Holy Trinity of the Hills) was designed by Francesco De Sanctis to connect the square to the church. The staircase points to the Vatican and French symbols, respectively: the eagle of Innocent XIII and the lily of French royalty. LEARN MORE ABOUT SPANISH SQUARE

7) What are the top 10 tourist monuments in Rome? VATICAN MUSEUMS

The Vatican Museums are an unmissable masterpiece. Only the Sistine Chapel would compensate for the kilometric lines at the box office. Its collection includes works from Egyptian times to the Renaissance and it is featured on all tours of Rome. Here we find works of inestimable value, collected by the popes (many of them ordered to do by themselves, such as the Sistine Chapel and the Raffaello Apartments).

Sistine Chapel

This tangle of beauties has exceptional numbers, just think that more than ten thousand visitors face the sun and bad weather in long lines to see a treasure like no other in the world. Most of the Vatican Museums are definitely the Sistine Chapel. This monument of great historical value is inside the Vatican Museums, its construction is from the time of Pope Sixtus IV. It was Giovannino de ’Dolci who completed all the work that today leaves everyone speechless and delights tourists and enthusiasts of painting, not to mention the grandeur of the representation of the“ Last Judgment ”- Michelangelo’s work. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE VATICAN MUSEUM

8) What are the top 10 tourist monuments in Rome? CAPITOL

A heap of beauty, history and art, one of Rome’s legendary Seven Hills: the Capitol. The staircase of the Basilica di Santa Maria in Ara coeli (Basilica of St. Mary of the Altar of Heaven), the perfect square in Michelangelo style, the statue of Marcus Aurelius and the Capitoline Museums provide a breathtaking view of the city and the Forums. It is in the Capitol where the Prefecture of Rome is located. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CAPITOL

About the Capitol

In the past, this place housed one of the most famous monuments in the Eternal City: the Tabularium. However, with the end of the ancient era, this region was abandoned, to the point of becoming a pasture for the goats, it was then that Pope Paul II Farnese decided to take the reins and value the place. In fact, the project for the square was the work of Michelangelo Buonarroti, who took care of everything (including the floor).

In the center of the square was placed the bronze statue of Marcus Aurelius (which at the time was in the San Giovanni Gate Square), today it has been replaced with a replica – the original is preserved in the Capitoline Museums. The works for the completion of the square ended in the 17th century, the floor was only completed in 1940 (according to Michelangelo’s project). TIPS ON WHAT TO DO IN ROME? READ ALL OUR POSTS ABOUT ROME

9) What are the top 10 tourist monuments in Rome? CASTEL SANT’ANGELO (CASTLE OF THE HOLY ANGEL)

Another must-see masterpiece is the Castel Sant’Angelo (Castle of the Holy Angel), near the St Peter’s Basilica. It is a monument of great interest in the culture of the Roman era. The building was a place of refuge for the popes, also used as a prison. Its construction dates back to AD 130, precisely when Emperor Hadrian ordered the design of this Mausoleum. In this fascinating place it is also possible to relive the atmosphere of the Pope’s prisons and apartments. If you love art, you cannot miss this wonderful visit to the Apollo Room and the Chapel of Leo X. LEARN MORE ABOUT CASTEL SANT’ANGELO

10) What are the top 10 tourist monuments in Rome? IMPERIAL FORUMS

The important ruins of the Imperial Forums are a series of squares and monuments, a public space where it was the political, religious and economic center of ancient Rome. The Imperial Forums were built during the 1st century BC The ruins of the Column of Trajan are part of the Imperial Forums (still well preserved and dedicated to the conquest of Dacia by the Emperor Trajan), the Trajan Forum (which at one time also housed the Arch of Trajan – of which there are no more traces), the Forum of Caesar, the Forum of Augustus, the Nerva Forum, the Temple of Minerva, the Temple of Mars and the Trajan’s Market.The archaeological region of the Imperial Forums is in the heart of Rome, on the street of the same name, between Piazza Venezia (Venice Square) and the Colosseum to the complex of the Roman Forum. LEARN MORE ABOUT IMPERIAL FORUMS

The Roman Forum, also known as the Forum Magnum, is not part of the Imperial Forum complex (although they are neighbors). This was located in the valley between the Palatine Hill and the Capitol and its construction is much older. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ROMAN FORUM


I cannot resist !!!! Rome is so fascinating and so full of incredible monuments that I can’t leave out my favorite, the Altar of the Fatgerkabd !!!! So I cast the Altar of the Fatherland as the eleventh on the list, and if you have time to include it in your script, be sure to check it out, as it is beautiful!

11) What are the top 10 tourist monuments in Rome? ALTAR OF THE FATHERLAN

The Altar of the Fatherland is one of the most representative monuments in Rome and is also one of the most recent. It is not the result of ancient architecture, as perhaps some may think, it is. a project started in 1878 with the death of Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of the new unified Italy. WHAT TO DO IN ROME IN 3 DAYS?

About the Altar of the Fatherland

The monument is dedicated to him (one of the fathers of the Homeland) and to the entire triumph of the Italian Resurgence. The official name of this great monument is “Victorian-Altar of the Homeland”. It is also characteristic for the statues that symbolize the Italian regions, corresponding to each column (there are sixteen, to be more exact, equivalent number in the period of its construction). In particular, the statues created to represent the values ​​of the Italian homeland stand out, namely: Thought, Action, Sacrifice, Strength and Concord. It has always been the scene of important celebratory moments in the history of Italy.

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What are the top 10 tourist monuments in Rome? These are the ten places that deserve to be seen in Rome – so famous that they need no introduction, yet so symbolic that they deserve to be highlighted. It is mandatory a visit the first time you go to the capital, but also seeing them again is a great emotion, even for the Romans.

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