4. Rome  ITALY  Total Sights: 200+ | Nickname: The Eternal City

 

 

 

 

A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Rome

The second Italian city in our list, its capital Rome with a population of around 3 million, has an extraordinary rich history.

As a millennium-long centre of power, culture and religion the Eternal City has been the cradle of one of the globe's greatest civilisations ever and has exerted a huge influence over the world.

 With grand romantic Roman ruins like the Colosseum or the Forum Romanum, millenium-old churches (St. Peter's Basilica), world class museums (Vatican Museum) and graceful fountains, Rome scores very high in sights and has also a solid pedestrian network to offer.

 The public transport system possesses some flaws: Local buses are normally overcrowded and the metro is of very limited use for tourists, since it is not passing the city centre.

Criteria 

Sights

Location

Pedestrian Zones

Affordability

Safety 

Cleanliness

Shopping

Climate

People

Nightlife 

Transport

Size

Total Score

Score

8.85/10 [4th]

6.25/10

6.5/10

3.25/10

6.5/10

6.5/10

7.25/10

6.5/10

5.5/10

7.25/10

6.25/10

7/10 [3 Mio.]

206.30

B. Best Things to Do in Rome (Detailed List with Photos and more Information)

These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 8.85/10.

COLOSSEO (Colosseum)  9
Inaugurated in AD 80, this masterpiece of architecture is arguably the best preserved Roman monument.

This highly impressive arena featured extremely bloody circus games, gladiator fights, and even naval battles for up to 87,000 spectators at its peak.

Amphitheatre   (World Heritage Site since 1980) 

Best Things to do in Rome, 1) COLOSSEO (Colosseum) | 9/10

BASILICA PAPALE DI SAN PIETRO (St. Peter’s Basilica)  8
Consecrated in 1626 and designed by five of Italy's greatest artists this is the world's largest church and the core of Roman Catholicism.

Highlights of this breathtaking masterpiece of Renaissance architecture include Michelangelo's Pietà statue, Bernini's 20 m (66 ft) bronze baldachin and the superb panorama from the top of the  dome  at a height of  136.6 m (448.1 ft).

Church  (World Heritage Site since 1980)

Best Cities | No. 5: Rome | Things to do in Rome | BASILICA PAPALE DI SAN PIETRO (St. Peter’s Basilica)

Musei Vaticani with SISTINE CHAPEL  8
Highlights of this unparalleled religious art museum include a suite of rooms frescoed by Raphael (including the masterpiece “The School of Athens”), Leonardo da Vinci’s unfinished “St. Jerome in Wilderness”, Caravaggio’s “Entombment”, the spectacular ceiling of the Gallery of Maps, the double spiral staircase and — of course — Michelangelo's glorious Sistine Chapel, painte1508-1541.

Museum   (World Heritage Site since 1980)

by Alex Proimos / CC BY-SA 2.0

HISTORIC CENTRE  8
Covering only around 4% of the city area Rome’s fascinating UNESCO-listed historical centre is relatively small and compact but crammed with abundant valuable sights.

It is delimited on the west by the Tiber river and on the East by Via del Corso.

Historic Area  (World Heritage Site since 1980)

Best Cities | No. 5: Rome | Things to do in Rome | HISTORIC CENTRE

FONTANA DI TREVI  7
Built by Nicola Salvi between 1732 and 1762 in baroque style the colossal (20 meters long and 26 high) Fontana de Trevi is arguably the most beautiful fountain in the world.

Fountain  (World Heritage Site since 1980)

Best Cities | No. 5: Rome | Things to do in Rome | FONTANA DI TREVI (fountain)

PANTHEON  7
Built in 118–128 AD and one of the wonders of the ancient world, this former pagan temple with its elegant forty-three meter high concrete dome was converted into a church in the 7th century.

It remains the best-preserved Classical building in the world and now contains the tomb of the legendary High Renaissance painter Raphael.

Historic Building  (World Heritage Site since 1980) 

FORUM ROMANUM (Roman Forum)  6
The Roman Forum was once the commercial, political, social, and religious heart of the Roman Empire.

Even though today only a few ruins of this former glory remain, with some imagination you can see ancient Rome come back to life.

Roman Structure   (World Heritage Site since 1980)

Best Cities | No. 5: Rome | Things to do in Rome | FORUM ROMANUM (Roman Forum)

Trastevere  6
City District

Best Cities | No. 5: Rome | Things to do in Rome | Trastevere (city district)

Trinita dei Monti and Spanish Steps  6

Church and Set of Steps

 CASTEL SANT'ANGELO (Mausoleum of Hadrian)  6
Fortress  (World Heritage Site since 1980) 

Scoring and Icons Legend (Click here for detailed information)

10 = top-10 sight in the world
9 = world-class  
8 = outstanding
7 = excellent 
6 = impressive
5 = interesting
4 = decent
3 = mediocre
2 = bad
1 = abysmal

= World Heritage Site
= Excursion

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C. Other Notable Sights and Attractions in Rome

-CHIESA DEL GESÙ (church)  6

-Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (church)  6

-Galleria Borghese (museum)  6

-Piazza Navona (square)  6

-Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II (building with panoramic views)  6

-Forum Traiani (Forum of Trajan)  6

-Palazzo Doria Pamphilj (palace)  5

-Arco di Costantino (triumphal arch)  5

D. Best Day Trips and Excursions from Rome

FLORENCE (city, 276 km, 1h 50 min by train)  7

NAPLES (city, 226 km, 1h 15 min by train)  7

  VILLA D'ESTE (World Heritage Site since 2001, 35 km)  5

E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in Rome (including close-by excursions)

COLOSSEO (Colosseum)  9
BASILICA PAPALE DI SAN PIETRO (St. Peter’s Basilica)  8
  HISTORIC CENTRE  8
 Musei Vaticani (museum) with SISTINE CHAPEL  8
FONTANA DI TREVI (fountain)  7
  PANTHEON (building, built 118–128 AD)  7
 FORUM ROMANUM (Roman Forum)  6
Trastevere (city district)  6
Trinita dei Monti and Spanish Steps  6
 Castel Sant'Angelo (Mausoleum of Hadrian, fortress) 6



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