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  • 1

    Colosseum

    515 reviews

    It's gorgeous, overwhelming and breathtaking and is one of those most photographed and recognized buildings in the world. Believe me when I tell you that a visit to the Colosseum will not disappoint. I had wanted to see the Colosseum since I was a little girl and when I finally took a trip to Rome, I was absolutely overcome with ...

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  • 2

    Trevi Fountain

    402 reviews

    I like this fountain. It looks a lot like a lot of other fountains, but somehow it's still remarkable.

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  • 3

    Pantheon

    238 reviews

    One of the wonders of the world. If you're not impressed by this, you're dead inside. Just be careful with the crowds in the high season. Best visited in the autumn.

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    Piazza Navona

    190 reviews

    With its ornate fountains, baroque palazzi and colourful cast of street artists, hawkers and tourists, Piazza Navona is Rome’s most celebrated square. Built over the ruins of the 1st-century Stadio di Domiziano (Domitian’s Stadium), it is centred on Bernini’s showy Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers), representing the rivers Nile, Ganges, Danube and Plate.

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  • 5

    Roman Forum

    178 reviews

    The Roman Forum is a must see. For one, you can buy tickets to the colosseum there and bypass the ridiculously long lines you would have had to stand in if you had bought tickets at the actual colosseum. Two, the roman forum is so awesome! Much more exciting than the colosseum in my opinion. At the Forum, you walk ...

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  • 6

    St Peter's Basilica

    165 reviews

    So amazing. It's very ornate and you feel like you can't take everything in. I happened to be here in February of 2013, in between popes, so that was an added interesting element to my trip.

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  • 7

    Spanish Steps

    166 reviews

    Good to visit to get a view of the city. Beware of pick-pocketers (as always-- if someone tries to give you something "for free," they probably will chase after you and demand money). That said, nothing to go out of your way for, just some place to chill if you'd like!

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  • 8

    Vatican Museums

    119 reviews

    Please, book your tickets on-line to skip the line! Here is the official website: http://biglietteriamusei.vatican.va/musei/tickets/index.html Price: € 16 + € 4 reservation Best timing to avoid the crowds: afternoon entrance (2 or 2:30 PM); if possible, do not go on Monday, Wednesday afternoon or Saturday (more crowded than usual!). Wednesday morning is usually a good day!

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  • 9

    Saint Peter's Square

    125 reviews

    You can watch the Pope's speak live from the screens outside. When that happens it is super crowded. Due to security reasons it takes around 45 minutes to get inside the basilica. Absolutely grand.

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  • 10

    Sistine Chapel

    114 reviews

    You'll appreciate seeing famous scenes (like the Creation of Adam) in person. It's at the end of a VERY long museum tour, so you may be tired by the time you get to the chapel. But don't rush yourself. The guards will try to keep you from stopping in the walkways, so just step off to the side so you ...

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  • 11

    Piazza di Spagna

    112 reviews

    This piazza is always full of people! There's shopping nearby, the famed Spanish steps, and there's the "Spagna" metro A stop nearby. This is a great, central location for starting your exploration of the city. There is a tea room nearby that is worth a visit if you like tea (although it is a little pricey, the interior is relaxing). ...

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  • 12

    Trastevere

    85 reviews

    Great neighborhood with good restaurants, cafes, and shopping. Feels more local than central Rome. A nice break from the main tourist circuit -- but still gets plenty of foreign visitors so don't expect a discovery.

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  • 13

    Castel Sant'Angelo

    86 reviews

    The Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as the Castel Sant'Angelo, is a towering cylindrical building in Rome. It was initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The building was later used by the popes as a fortress and castle, and is now a museum. It offers lovely views over Rome, the Tiber ...

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  • 14

    Piazza Venezia

    86 reviews

    It's another historic sight to see in Rome, one among many. The steps to reach the stop are many and kind of steep, but it's worth it since you get a great view of the city. While it didn't take my breath away, it reminded me how opulent and special Rome is.

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  • 15

    Piazza del Popolo

    86 reviews

    I really loved this Piazza because it seemed like I always had it all to myself! It was beautiful and picturesque but never seemed crowded. A must if you have a bit of extra time in Rome.

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  • 16

    Arch of Constantine

    84 reviews

    This is just too cool to miss. More imposing in person than expected. But hard to do justice in a photo. Lots of tourists almost all times of year, but still do it.

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  • 17

    Villa Borghese

    71 reviews

    Even by the standards of Roman villas and their gardens, this is magnificent and off the beaten path. Rather like the Pitti Palace in Florence but even more entrancing. You can easily spend an afternoon there.

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  • 18

    Campo de' Fiori

    63 reviews

    Typical open air market where you can find fresh fruits and vegetables every morning. At night it converts into a meeting point for young people from all over the world.

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  • 19

    Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

    58 reviews

    Santa Maria Maggiore has had a church on it since the 13th century. It is the largest of those dedicated to the Virgin Mary, thus the name, Maggiore. Apparently there’s 26 churches in Rome dedicated to Mary. I would have thought there were more. There are lots of golden mosaics on the inside and the wooden coffered and gilded ceiling ...

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  • 20

    Ponte Sant'Angelo

    50 reviews

    Ponte Sant'Angelo: just start walking on this bridge, look forward and lean on the railing of the bridge, because when you look up you will see Castel Sant'Angelo! And then the emotion is strong, very strong!

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