When in Rome, there are a number of key sights and attractions that must be on any visitors list to see at least once. Covering both ancient Roman and the more modern Christian era, here are ten of them, in no particular order:
The most famous building of the Roman Empire is probably the Colosseum. The building accommodated more than 55,000 spectators and was home to many games featuring gladiators and wild animals.
St. Peter's Basilica
The largest church in the world, this great building with Michelangelo's impressive dome is the center of Christianity. The opulent interior bears testimony to the wealth of the Catholic church in the 16th and 17th century.
The Pantheon was built in 118 AD by Emperor Hadrian as a temple for all pagan gods. The building's immense dome was the largest dome in the world for more than 13 centuries.
The Trevi Fountain
Rome's most spectacular fountain is the Fontana del Trevi or Trevi Fountain. The large 18th century fountain occupies a small square which is always popular with visitors
The Circus Maximus was an arena specially built for the wildly popular chariot races. The largest stadium in ancient Rome, it had a seating capacity of over 250,000 people.
As the heart of Ancient Rome, the Forum boasted plenty of temples, arches and basilicas. Most are now reduced to ruins but with a little imagination you can see the Roman Empire come back to life.
The long Navona square follows the oval shape of the former Domitian stadium. It contains no less than three beautiful fountains, built during the 16th and 17th century.
According to Roman mythology, Romulus founded the city of Rome on this hill in 800 BC after he slayed his twin brother Remus. Centuries later Rome's emperors built expansive palaces on the hill.
Vatican City or the 'Holy See' - the world's smallest state - is completely enclosed by the city of Rome. It incorporates St. Peter's Basilica as well as the Vatican Museums and adjacent gardens.
Piazza di Spagna
The Piazza di Spagna is one of the most popular tourist locations in Rome. The famous Spanish Steps lead from the square to the TrinitÓ dei Monti, a beautiful French church. Read More...
Apart from this selection, don't forget such gems as the Villa Borghese, the Victor Emmanuel Monument, the Baths of Caracalla, the Capitoline Hill, the Appian Way and many more