Top Ten Things to do in Rome

1. Capitoline Museums

Capitoline MuseumsDescription: This place was based on an architectural sketch by the legendary Michelangelo, this 17th century building gives visitors a chance to view ancient artifacts, art and archeological discoveries. One of the highlights of this museum is fragments from the massive Constantine sculpture, but most of the items range from first century BC to 17th century AD.
Location: Piazza del Campidoglio, Rome
Telephone: +39 06 82059127
Opening Times: Tuesday-Sunday 9.00am-8.00pm


2. Palatine Hill

Palatine HillDescription: Walking up from the Roman Forum from Via dei Fori Imperiali, you will find the Palatine Hill. Here, you will arrive the ruins of the great Domus Flavia and Domus Augustana that was built at around the time of the first century. From the top of the hill one can take in the paramount view of the city during the day.
Location: Via di San Gregorio, Rome
Telephone: +39 06 6990110
Opening Times: Daily 9.00am- sunset, hours vary seasonally


3. Theatre of Marcellus

Theatre of MarcellusDescription: This place was initially commissioned by the great Julius Caesar but was finished by Augustus, it was not called Augustus because Augustus himself dedicated this to his late nephew Marcellus who died in 23 BC. This gigantic site has a diameter of 120 meters with a whopping capacity of 20,000 seats, although in the Middle Ages it was converted into a fortress and on the 16th century was transformed into a palace.
Location: Via del Teatro di Marcello, Genti e Paesi, Vid Adda 111, Rome
Opening Times: Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday 10.00am-1.00pm, closed on other days


4. Vatican City

Vatican CityDescription: One of the holiest places in the world, the home of the Pope, the only place in the world where people speak Latin and an independent state that is right in the middle of a capital city. Comprised of 108.7 acres, with an estimated population of 800 the Vatican is a must visit place of Rome. The Vatican has its own broadcasting facility, currency, citizenship, flag, postage stamps, newspaper and a railroad station. Inside there are a range of sites that are worth a visit, the main ones being St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.
Location: Vatican City
Telephone: +39 06 69884947
Opening Times: Hours vary by site and season


5. Colosseum

ColosseumDescription: This was the biggest venue facility, the largest one that was ever built during the Roman Empire. Took ten years to complete this humongous building stands at 160 feet high with seating capacity up to 50,000, the main purpose of the Colosseum was for the infamous gladiatorial contests, public spectacles and that this was the place Romans fed Christians to lions for a live feed (sounds a little sick). A truly wonderful site to witness, them main attraction of the Roman Empire (remember Maximus in Gladiator?).
Location: Piazza del Colosseo, Rome
Telephone: +39 06 7005469
Opening Times: Daily 9.00am- Sunset, hours vary seasonally


6. Arch of Constantine

Arch of ConstantineDescription:Built in 315 AD to honor the Emperor and his victory at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312 AD, as this battle was the defining moment of the history of Rome and Christianity. The battle was fought mainly because of Constantine’s conversion and his issues with the Edict of Milan, this provided Christianity with acceptance and a legal status after years of persecutions and oppression.
Location: Piazza del Colosseo, Rome


7. Circus Maximus

Circus MaximusDescription: One of the largest sports arenas ever built with a capacity of several hundred thousand, most famous for its fire back in 64 AD which left masses of casualties and left the city in ruins. Wanted a scapegoat for the fire, Nero used a resident Christian as the ill-fated victim. This was the first period of Christian persecutions that took place in the Roman Empire, a good sight seeing spots and one of the turning points of Christianity during that time.
Location: between the Palatine and Aventine Hills, Rome


8. Via del Corso

Via del CorsoDescription: This famous strip in distance is approximately one mile long, since the mid 19th century it prospered with classic cafés, book stores, artistic venues and boutiques. Although during this present day it lost some of its fascination and now dwelling with high street and mid market retailers although roads that run parallel to it are also worth a stop featuring high fashion boutiques, exclusive perfumeries, to die for chocolate and wine shops. If one were to be in Rome, this area is certainly worth a visit.
Location: Via del Corso, Rome


9. Via Veneto

Via VenetoDescription: This boulevard dates back to the 19th century but it was until the 1960’s that it gained a popular reputation during the Dole Vita period. This boulevard became the scenery of many famous films and a common spot for the rich and famous although the main crowd around nowadays are mostly tourists and businessmen. The Via Veneto still has attractive boutiques, old fashioned accommodation and street cafés that one can enjoy sipping their espresso.
Location: Via Veneto, Rome


10. Campanile

CampanileDescription: A boutique store that is visited by many fashion followers and people who love elegant clothing, as this is the place that sales top of the range clothing for men and women, Italian style. Shoes, bags, belts, clothing items are just some of the items one can purchase once there. One of the main attractions of this place are leather products that gracefully wear the company’s emblem you can show off to the world as this store is very exclusive.
Location: Via Condotti 58, Rome
Telephone: +39 06 6783041