Attractions

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Ancient Rome

Roman Forum

An impressive – if rather confusing – sprawl of ruins, the Roman Forum was ancient Rome's showpiece centre, a grandiose district of temples, basilicas and vibrant public spaces. The site, which was originally an Etr…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Ancient Rome

Palatino

Sandwiched between the Roman Forum and the Circo Massimo, the Palatino (Palatine Hill) is an atmospheric area of towering pine trees, majestic ruins and memorable views. It was here that Romulus supposedly founded t…
Top Choice Amphitheatre in Ancient Rome

Colosseum

Rome’s great gladiatorial arena is the most thrilling of the city's ancient sights. Inaugurated in AD 80, the 50,000-seat Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, was clad in travertine and covered by a hu…
Top Choice Museum in Ancient Rome

Capitoline Museums

Dating from 1471, the Capitoline Museums are the world's oldest public museums. Their collection of classical sculpture is one of Italy's finest, including crowd-pleasers such as the iconic Lupa Capitolina (Capitoli…
Top Choice Museum in Ancient Rome

Mercati di Traiano Museo dei Fori Imperiali

This striking museum brings to life the Mercati di Traiano, Emperor Trajan's great 2nd-century complex, while also providing a fascinating introduction to the Imperial Forums with multimedia displays, explanatory pa…
Top Choice Church in Ancient Rome

Chiesa di Santa Maria Antiqua

This ancient church, the oldest and most important Christian monument in the Roman Forum, is a unique treasure trove of early Christian art. Its cavernous interior is lined with exquisite 6th- to 9th-century frescoe…
Monument in Ancient Rome

Vittoriano

Love it or loathe it (as many Romans do), you can't ignore the Vittoriano (aka the Altare della Patria, Altar of the Fatherland), the massive mountain of white marble that towers over Piazza Venezia. Begun in 1885 t…
Piazza in Ancient Rome

Piazza del Campidoglio

This hilltop piazza, designed by Michelangelo in 1538, is one of Rome's most beautiful squares. There are several approaches but the most dramatic is via the graceful Cordonata staircase up from Piazza d'Aracoeli.Th…
Monument in Ancient Rome

Bocca della Verità

A bearded face carved into a giant marble disc, the Bocca della Verità is one of Rome's most popular curiosities. Legend has it that if you put your hand in the mouth and tell a lie, the Bocca will slam shut and bit…
Monument in Ancient Rome

Colonna Traiana

Set among the ruins of Trajan's Forum, Trajan's column (AD 113) is adorned with a stunning spiral frieze recounting the Romans' victorious campaign against the Dacians (from modern-day Romania). It later served as T…