The Italian capital is a place worth visiting again and again. If you only have a couple of days to meet her, there are places in Rome that should be at the top of your list. We are going to take you to 5 of them, but remember that there is much more to see, and that there is nothing like a long, very long stay to discover all its secrets.
1. Essential places in Rome: the Colosseum
The Flavian amphitheater was the largest in the Roman Empire and today is one of the most outstanding monuments in the city. It was built almost 2000 years ago and In its heyday it had a capacity of 50,000 people.
It was used for different shows, such as gladiator fights or exhibitions of exotic animals, and also for executions. After the fall of the Empire it was abandoned. Its stones were used to raise other buildings in the city, hence the appearance it presents.
Open every day at 8:30 in the morning and you should go early to avoid the long lines of tourists. The ticket costs 12 euros and also allows access to the Forum and the Palatine. To get to the Colosseum you can take the Metro line B and get off at Colosseo.
Another of the places in Rome not to be missed. The Forum was the nerve center of the Empire, the place where political, cultural and economic life took place. For its construction, the area, which was swampy, was drained and one of the oldest sewage systems in the world was installed.
Abandoned, like the Colosseum, it was buried by the earth. The excavations of the last century allowed it to be brought to light again. Today you can walk along the Via Sacra and see the arches of Tito and Severo Séptimo.
You can also admire the temple of Antoninus and Faustina, the column of Foca, the basilica of Maxentius and Constantine and the Curia. An authentic journey to the heart of Ancient Rome.
It is the most central hill of the city and one of the oldest parts that we can visit. It is very close to the Forum. It was inhabited since 1000 BC and, according to legend, the she-wolf lived here and fed Romulus and Remus (the former killed the latter and founded Rome).
On the Palatine you can see the Domus Flavia palace and the houses of Livia and Augustus. You will also see the Farnesian Gardens, the Hippodrome of Domitian and the museum with sculptures, mosaics and other objects found in excavations. Also, from here you will get wonderful views of the Roman Forum.
4. Trevi Fountain
It is the most famous fountain in the Italian capital and one of the most beautiful in the world. It is 26 meters high and 20 meters wide and its origins date back to 19 BC, when it was the end of the Aqua Virgo aqueduct.
During the Renaissance, Pope Nicholas V ordered to build a fountain in this place. Already In 1762 the magnificent Baroque complex that we can see today was built. In it, the god Ocean is represented in a chariot pulled by two tritons.
Legend has it that throwing a coin into the fountain returns you to Rome. If there are two of them, an Italian love will be found. And, if three coins are tossed, there will also be a wedding.
5. Spanish Steps
It is one of the essential places in Rome and one of the busiest. With its famous staircase and the view of the Trinità dei Monti church, offers one of the most beautiful images of the city. The square is named after Spain because in the 17th century the Spanish embassy was installed in one of its buildings.
It is located on Via dei Condotti (ideal for shopping), at the intersection with Via Frattina and Via del Babuino. One of the highlights of the square is the Barcaza fountainbuilt by Pietro Bernini on the orders of Pope Urban III.
Of course, there are many more places in Rome that are a must. If you have time, you must visit Piazza Navona with its three fountains. Also the Campo dei Fiori and the Pantheon of Agrippa (a Roman construction that has survived almost intact to this day).