It is not possible to fit the must-see places in one place in Rome, the fascinating capital of Italy, which has a deep-rooted and magnificent history. If this is your first trip to Rome, or if you have little time, don’t leave Rome without seeing these 10 places we’ve listed for you. Here is the list to do in Rome.
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The Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of ancient Rome, M.S. It was built in the 80’s for gladiators to fight. This impressive building with a capacity of 50,000 people, which is one of the must-see places in Rome, still preserves its first-day glory in the heart of the city.
Instead of passionate spectators who want to watch the contentious gladiatorial battles, the Colosseum now hosts thousands of curious tourists every day. After visiting the Coliseum, you can take photos with models dressed as Roman warriors just outside.
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2. Spanish Steps
These famous stairs, where every tourist visiting Rome must sit on the steps, takes its name from Spain Square just below. The reason for the name given to the square is the Spanish Embassy located here. Although these 138-step stairs in English and many languages are referred to as the “Spanish Steps”, Italians call the Scalinita di Trinita dei Monti Ladder, after the church just above.
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3. Fountain of Lovers
If you want to come back to Rome, you should definitely visit the Fountain of Lovers, or Trevi Fountain as it was originally called. It is believed that those who throw coins over their shoulders with their backs turned to the fountain will come to Rome again.
In this way, over 1 million Euros is collected from the fountain every year and donated to various charities. Completed in 1762, this Baroque fountain owes its reputation to being featured in the most beautiful scenes of Fellini’s cult movie Dolce Vita.
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4. Navona Square
There are many squares, large and small, surrounded by cafes and restaurants in Rome. One of the most beautiful of these squares is definitely Piazza Navona. There are three different fountains in this historical square.
The most famous of these fountains is Bernini’s “Fountain of Four Rivers”, which is the signature of most of the works in Rome. While you are in Navona Square, you can also have street artists draw your picture. Also, as in most touristic spots, this is the place to shop and buy souvenirs in Rome.
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5. Roman Forum
The forum, which was the place where festivals were held, celebrations were held and trade turned in during the heyday of ancient Rome, started to lose its former importance since the 8th century. You can see important historical buildings such as Titus Arch, Antoninus and Faustina Temple, Saturn Temple and Septimius Severus Arch, and you can imagine yourself in the daily life of that period.
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Pantheon, one of the best preserved ancient structures in the world, M.S. It was built as a temple dedicated to Roman gods in 126, and turned into a church in the 7th century. The ceiling of this impressive building is the world’s first dome-shaped ceiling and is still one of the largest domes in the world. When you see the Pantheon in front of you, you will not believe that this structure in the center of the city is almost 2000 years old.
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Although located within the borders of Rome, the Vatican is actually an independent state that has had its own flag, money and stamps since 1929. At the head of the Vatican, the smallest state in the world, is the Pope, the religious leader of the Catholics.
St. Peter’s Square, designed by Bernini in the 17th century, is one of the must-see places in the Vatican. The St. Peter’s Basilica, bearing the same name, should also be seen, but we have a warning: Those with shorts or knee-high skirts and shoulders are not allowed into the basilica.
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8. Campo de ‘Fiori
Campo de ‘Fiori, a rectangular square located just south of Piazza Navona, is used as a market place during the day. Fresh fruits and vegetables as well as flowers and spices are sold in the market, which is set up every morning except Sundays. At night, the square is filled with young people, especially university students, who sip their drinks, chat with cheerful laughter and have fun.
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9. Gianicolo Hill
Rome is a city with seven hills, just like Istanbul, but even though Gianicolo Hill is not among these seven hills, it offers a breathtaking view of the city full of domes. You can go to Gianicolo with a half-hour walk from the city center. If you say walking is difficult, you can go to Gianicolo by bus number 115 and 870. While climbing up the hill, see the equestrian statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi, one of the charismatic figures of Italian history.
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10. Galeteria Giolitti
Rome is one of the first cities that comes to mind when it comes to ice cream. Therefore, it is not difficult to find delicious ice cream on the streets of the city. But if you want to be the best, you should definitely stop by Galeteria Giolitti, which was founded by Bernardina Giolitti in 1890 and is still run by the same family.
We can’t say that Giolitti, located in Via degli Uffici del Vicario near the Pantheon, also tasted ice cream from world-renowned stars such as Justin Timberlake, Cameron Diaz and Susan Sarandon.
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