Visiting Rome in a week will be an unforgettable experience for you. You will have time to enjoy what the eternal city has to offer to its visitors.
We suggest you the main attractions and monuments that you absolutely should not miss. They are all super-searched attractions, so we suggest you to get an online ticket before you start your visit, in order to avoid the queue and to save save time and energy for the visit!
Below are listed the 10 attractions and the main monuments to visit in Rome in a week:
Symbol par excellence of Rome and of Italy itself, Colosseum 罗马竞技场 is the most visited attraction in the city, with almost five million visitors a year.
Started by Vespasiano in 72 d.c., was inaugurated by his son Titus in 80 a.d. It could host more than 50,000 spectators who came here to watch gladiatorial or animal fights. It is the largest of the Roman monuments left until today.
The queues at the entrance are very long. We therefore advise you to buy the ticket online for priority access.
Basilica of Saint Peter
It is located where the emperor Constantine had a shrine erected in the year 324 in honor of Peter the Apostle, who had been crucified and buried right there.
Today’s look is due to the project of Bramante, dating back to 1506. It was built by artists such as Raphael, Antonio da San Gallo, Michelangelo. The interior, as well as the colonnade were made by Bernini. The basilica is the largest church in the world. If you want to climb on its amazing dome we suggest you get the ticket online: you will be able to skip the line!
Opening times: 1st October – 31 March every day 7.00-18.30 / 1st April – 30
The Vatican Museums
Among the most beautiful museum complexes in the world, they host an incredible collection of works of art collected by different popes over the centuries. To visit them it is possible to make different itineraries, all of which end with the Sistine Chapel. The buildings that house the Vatican Museums extend over an area of 5.5 hectares. The Pinacoteca, the Pio-Clementino Museum, the Geographical Maps Gallery, the Raffello Rooms and the Sistine Chapel are absolutely worth seeing. There are very long queues at the entrance. If you want to save time and effort, you should purchase an online ticket.
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 9.00-18.00 (last admission at 4pm and exit from the rooms half an hour before closing). Full ticket € 16, reduced ticket € 8.
A temple dedicated to all the gods, this building, which is one the best preserved buildings of ancient Rome, was transformed into a Christian church in 608. The Pantheon was built by Agrippa in 27 b.c., as attested by the inscription on the pediment.
Both its height and the diameter of the interior measure 43.3 meters. The extraordinary dome, which is the largest stone vault ever built, is considered the most important work of classical architecture. Together with the Colosseum, the Pantheon is one of the great symbols of Rome and the best preserved ancient monument of the capital.
Among the most photographed monuments in Rome, along with the Colosseum, it is one of the symbols of Rome in the world. This splendid baroque fountain, designed by Nicola Savi in 1732, occupies almost completely the small square in which it is located. It represents the waggon of Neptune pulled by tritons with sea horses (a wild one and a docile one) that symbolize the different aspects of the sea.
Piazza Navona is the window of the center of Rome with its sculptured fountains, the beautiful Baroque palaces and the outdoor cafes. The square is always crowded with tourists, street artists, street vendors. Piazza Navona has been the seat of the main market of the city for 300 years. In this square you can compare the works of two great artists of the Baroque: the fountain of the four rivers by Bernini and the Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone built by Borromini.
Piazza di Spagna
This 1725 Baroque square, with its famous Trinità dei Monti staircase (recently restored), has always attracted tourists and travelers and is still today a popular meeting place. The fountain in the shape of a boat (the Barcaccia) located in the square, is the work of Pietro Bernini, father of the famous Gian Lorenzo, and represents a sinking boat. It is one of the main places of the nightlife in the historic center of Rome.
Museo Galleria Borghese
Located in the park of Villa Borgese, a green lung of Rome, it hosts one of the most prestigious collections of art objects in Rome. In one place you will find a concentration of works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Botticelli and Raphael, and the famous statue of Canova portraying Paolina Borghese as the winning Venus. We recommend you to buy an online ticket for priority access.
Opening times: closed on Monday, Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30 to 19.30 closed on January 1, December 25. The entry is allowed up to half an hour before the closing time.
Full ticket €11,00(9,00 + 2,00 of mandatory booking), reduced ticket €6,50 (4,50 + 2,00 of mandatory booking). The cost of the entrance ticket could be increased.
Connected to the Colosseum through the monumental Via dei Fori Imperiali is perhaps the most important crossroad of the city. On its sides there are Palazzo Venezia, the first large Renaissance building in Rome and the Vittoriano, a monument built since in 1885 to celebrate the unity of Italy. Inaugurated in 1911 it was then dedicated to the unknown soldier.
Online tickets are recommended to avoid long lines.
They constitute a public gallery of the world’s oldest sculptures. Created by Pope Sixtus IV in 1471, they were enriched by successive popes as new statues were brought to light. The museums occupy the Palazzo Nuovo and the Palazzo dei Conservatori, both located on Piazza del Campidoglio.
Opening times: open every day 9.30-19.30, on the 24 and 31 December 9.30-14. The ticket office closes an hour earlier. Closed on January 1st, May 1st, December 31st. Full ticket € 14, reduced ticket € 12
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