List of tourist attractions in Rome

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A view of Rome's colosseum and historic centre.
The Colosseum, Rome's second and the world's 39th most popular tourist attraction, with 4 million tourists a year.[1]

Rome is regarded as one of the world's most beautiful ancient cities,[2] and contains vast amounts of priceless works of art, palaces, museums, parks, churches, gardens, basilicas, temples, villas, piazzas, theatres, and other venues in general. As one of the world's most important and visited cities,[3] there are numerous popular tourist attractions. In 2005, the city received 19.5 million global visitors, up of 22.1% from 2001.[4] The 5 most visited places in Rome are: #1 Pantheon (8 million tourists a year), #2 The Colosseum (7.036.104 tourists a year), #3 Trevi Fountain (3.5 million tourists a year), #4 Sistine Chapel (3 million tourists a year) and #5 The Roman Forum (2.5 million tourists a year). The study was conducted by the Ministero dei Beni e della Attivita' Culturali e del Turismo (MIBACT) for the year 2017.[5] Rome is the city with the most monuments in the world.[6]


Religious edifices[edit]

Types Building Period Description Picture
Basilica St Peter's Basilica 16th century Found in the Vatican City, it is near where the Pope resides, and is one of the most important centres for Christian pilgrimage, and commonly regarded as the "home of the Roman Catholic Church", where St Peter set up the first Christian Church.[7] SanPietroFacciata-SteO153.jpg
Basilica, Cathedral Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran 16th century The official ecclesiastical seat of the bishop of Rome (Pope); it is a major tourist attraction in the city and Rome's cathedral. Facade San Giovanni in Laterano 2006-09-07.jpg
Basilica Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore ancient Rome, 15th–16th century Another exceedingly important Roman Catholic church in the city, it is also one of the four basilicas of the city, a Marian church, and a papal church. Piazza Esquilino, Santa Maria Maggiore.JPG
Basilica Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls Romanesque, medieval Another of the four great basilicas of Rome, a very important and visited religious building. Roma San Paolo fuori le mura BW 1.JPG
Basilica Basilica di San Lorenzo fuori le Mura Paleochristian, romanesque A smaller basilica, it is an ancient paleo-Christian one, with ancient interiors. Basilica of Saint Lawrence outside the Walls.jpg
Basilica Sant'Andrea della Valle 16th–17th centuries, Baroque, Renaissance Located in the Sant'Eustachio rione of Rome, it is known for its ornate Baroque/Renaissance facade, and rich interior. Sant Andrea della Valle Roma.jpg
Basilica Santa Maria in Trastevere 4th century Paleo-Christian architecture One of the oldest churches in the city, opened in the mid-4th century AD, it is a minor titular basilica in the Trastevere quarter. Santa Maria in Trastevere Nave.jpg
Basilica Santa Maria sopra Minerva Gothic, Renaissance, 19th-century facade and stained-glass windows A minor titular basilica, the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva is an example of Roman Gothic architecture. It has a 19th-century facade, and a Gothic interior, with an ancient nave. Santa Maria sopra Minerva 2002-11.jpg
Roman Catholic Church San Pietro in Montorio ("Tempietto") 16th-17th centuries Renaissance architecture One of the city's several churches, the San Pietro in Montorio is well known for its "Tempietto", a small circular martyrium designed to look like a classical temple by Donato Bramante, which is found in the church's courtyard. Tempietto mit Glockenturm.jpg
Basilica Santi Giovanni e Paolo late-4th century Paleo-Christian Another of the city's ancient churches, it was founded in 498 AD. It is well known for its lavish interior, notably its chandeliers (the ones at present are believed to date back to the 18th century). Roma-sangiovanniepaolo01.jpg
Roman Catholic Church Santa Cecilia in Trastevere 5th century, Paleo-Christian, Baroque 18th century facade Another ancient church in the city, it is dedicated to Saint Cecilia. It has a Baroque facade constructed by Ferdinando Fuga in 1725. 048SCeciliaTrastevere.jpg
Anglican Church All Saints' late-19th century neo-gothic architecture Founded in the 1880s as a church to serve Rome's Church of England community, it has an English neo-Gothic appearance, yet it is sculpted in Italian marble. Campo Marzio - All Saints' Church 3.jpg
Synagogue Great Synagogue of Rome early 20th century, eclectic architecture with slight neo-classical and Jewish influences The biggest and main synagogue of Rome, it has provided a place of worship to the city's Jewish community since 1901-–1904, when the current eclectic edifice was constructed. Synagogue Rome NE.jpg
Mosque Mosque of Rome 1990s, built in traditional middle-eastern Islamic style Finished in 1995, the Mosque of Rome is the largest in Europe, even surpassing the Great Mosque of Paris, and is an important centre among Rome's growing Muslim community. Moschea - sala principale 00531.JPG

Secular edifices, parks, public spaces and monuments[edit]

Types Building Period Description Picture
Chapel, art gallery Sistine Chapel 16th century Found too in the Vatican City, it contains a huge collection of paintings from all periods, and is Rome's leading and most visited chapel. In 2007, the chapel received 3 million visitors,[8] making it Rome's most popular chapel. Musei Vaticani. Braccio Nuovo.JPG
Fountain Trevi Fountain 18th century, Roman Baroque One of the most recognizable and iconic monuments in the city, the Trevi Fountain was designed and completed in the 18th century. Tourists come to the fountain in order to throw a coin, which is, according to a local legend, supposed to bring good luck. It was also famous for having featured in a major scene of Federico Fellini's 1960 La Dolce Vita. Trevi fountain lamp.jpg
Flight of stairs and public square Spanish Steps and Piazza di Spagna 18th century, Baroque One of the city's top attractions, the flight of 138 stairs is the biggest in Europe.[9] They are topped by the Trinita dei Monti church, and below there is the large Piazza di Spagna. The Piazza di Spagna is also a major shopping destination in the city, and hosts several designer boutiques such as Missoni. Rom Spanish Steps BW 1.JPG
Street Via dei Condotti Mixture, notably 16th-, 17th- and 18th-century architecture Rome's leading shopping street, it contains a wide category of high-fashion or haute-couture boutiques and salons, such as Valentino, Bulgari, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Zara, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Prada and Dior, the headquarters, ateliers or major offices of major flagship labels such as, and also several of the city's finest restaurants, cafes, antique shops and bars. Piazza di Spagna.jpg
Street Via del Corso Complete mixture One of Rome's busiest, biggest and most important streets, the Via del Corso used to be called the Via Lata. It is one of the very few streets in the city to be completely straight, and contains several monuments, palaces, hotels, restaurants, shops and other forms of commerce in general. Roma, vista 04 via del corso.JPG
Square Piazza del Popolo 19th century neoclassicism A fine example of early Roman neoclassical architecture, the name means "Square of the people", yet its real name derives from the poplar trees which used to line the square. It contains several status, an obelisk and the Santa Maria del Popolo church. Rome-Piazza del Popolo-Obélisque et églises Santa Maria.jpg
Shopping gallery Galleria Alberto Sordi early-20th century Art Nouveau Constructed in Art Nouveau, or Liberty style in 1914, the Galleria Alberto Sordi is an arcaded shopping gallery, similar in style to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, and it contains several shops, cafes, bookstores and boutiques. Galleria Alberto Sordi 2918-20.JPG
Street, talking fountain Via del Babuino and il Babuino speaking fountain Mixture, notably pre-19th century Another of Rome's top shopping streets, it too contains some major fashion boutiques, including Gente, Etro, Emporio Armani and Prada Casual, but also several young designer-wear and knitwear stores, antique shops and jewelers. The street also contains il babuino, one of Rome's speaking fountains (a fountain where several people discuss and voice their political and social ideas). Once, the fountain was covered with political graffiti and different notices, messages and placards, yet, all of this has been removed and anti-graffiti paint has been sprayed around the fountain, since several complained that all the messages and slogans were ruining the appearance of the street. Via del Babuino also contains the Church of England All Saints Church, for Rome's Anglican community. Campo Marzio - Palazzo Sterbini 2.JPG
Street Via Veneto Mixture, notably 18th- and 19th-century architecture, and significant Art Nouveau buildings One of the city's most expensive, famous and luxurious streets, it was epitomised in the 1950s and 60s in Federico Fellini's 1960 La Dolce Vita. Today, it contains several exclusive apartments, grand hotels and elegant shops. Via Veneto.jpg
Public square Piazza Colonna 16th-century Renaissance, including some Baroque 18th- and 19th-century buildings Originally an ancient Roman square, it currently is flocked by fine Renaissance palazzi and is centred by the ancient Roman Column of Marcus Aurelius. It contains several important governmental and political structures, such as the Palazzo Chigi, the seat of the government of Italy and originally the official embassy of Austria-Hungary. PiazzaColonna.jpg
Square Piazza Navona Relative mixture, predominantly 15th, 16th and 17th century Renaissance and Baroque architecture One of the city's best known squares, or piazzas, it is known for its impressive Renaissance and Baroque architecture, several fine buildings, monuments and churches, and numerous open-air bars, pizzerias, restaurants, cafes, stalls and artists. Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy in 2006.jpg
Palace, legal and governmental building Palazzo di Giustizia ("Palazzaccio") late-19th century, early 20th century neo-Renaissance architecture Started in 1889 and completed in 1910, the Palazzo di Giustizia (literally, "Palace of Justice") currently hosts Italy's main law courts. These courts are situated in a grand turn-of-the-century neo-Renaissance palace. 002PalazzoGiustiziaRoma.JPG
Square, fountain Piazza della Repubblica and the Fontana delle Naidi Eclectic, mainly 18th – early-20th century neoclassical architecture With a semi-circular formation, this piazza is one of the city's finest neoclassical public squares. Today, the buildings surrounding the square host offices, companies, restaurants, banks and insurance and travel agencies. The middle of the square contains the Fontana delle Naidi, made in 1911 and showing fierce sea-nymphs. Piazza della repubblica hdr.jpg
Cafe Antico Caffè Greco 18th century decor A historic and ancient cafe, it was founded in 1760 in the Via dei Condotti, it has 18th and 19th century interior decor. It has hosted several intellectuals and important foreigners, such as Lord Byron, Goethe, Liszt and Keats. PI5190Via Condetti~1.JPG
Villa, art gallery, park and garden Villa Borghese and the Villa Borghese gardens 16th-17th centuries The main villa of the city, once owned by the noble Borghese family and later the Bonapartes (Pauline Bonaparte), it currently is one of Rome's top artistic galleries, and also contains a major park, with several lakes, features, and follies. Villa Borghese - laghetto 01206-8.JPG
Museums and public square Capitoline Museums and the Piazza del Campidoglio 15th–16th century Renaissance architecture Found in the Piazza del Campidoglio on the Capitol Hill, the square and the museums were designed by Michelangelo in 1471. Today, they mainly host ancient Roman and Greek sculptures and works of art. The Piazza del Campidoglio is renowned for its symmetrical Renaissance architecture, and also hosts the Rome city hall. Roma campidoglio notte bianca 2006.jpg
Public monument Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II early-20th century, neo-classical style Built in the early 20th century, the Monument, also called the "Altare della Patria" (Altar of the homeland), is one of Rome's most notable monuments. Built in a neo-classical style, with a grandiose flight of stairs and colonnade, it is a controversial monument – its grandeur and pomp has made it often receive the names of "giant type-writer", "wedding-cake" and "zuppa inglese" (an Italian dessert). Rom 01 (RaBoe).jpg
Market-square, open space Campo dei Fiori Eclectic, notably late-13th-, 14th-, 15th- and 16th-century buildings Literally meaning "flower field", due to its status once as a meadow, this public square has for centuries – and still does – serve as an important market-place, and the piazza is flocked with several Medieval and Renaissance palaces and churches. Roma Campo de Fiori BW 1.JPG
Business, public and residential district Esposizione Universale Roma (EUR) Notably mid-20th century Fascist, late-neoclassical and modernist architecture Intended to be the district to host Rome's Universal Exposition, which in the end, never occurred, it was built by Benito Mussolini in the 1930s and '40s, and used to be called the E42. It is often considered one of the best examples of planned Fascist architecture, and is often considered one of the most serene and livable quarters of the city, yet its austere architecture has often arisen to much controversy. Roma-eurpalazzoina01.jpg
Palace, political building and residence Palazzo del Quirinale 16th-18th centuries The official residence of the President of the Italian Republic, the Qurinial Palace is built in a Renaissance/Baroque architectural style, and boasts elegant Renaissance gardens and a lavish interior. 146PalazzoQuirinale.JPG
Villa and museum Villa Giulia and the National Etruscan Museum 16th century Renaissance Found by Pope Julius II in the 1550s, the Villa Giulia is a Renaissance villa, which inside hosts the National Etruscan Museum, filled with several Etruscan and Classical treasures. Villa Giulia modified.jpg
Museum, art gallery Galleria Doria Pamphilj Roman Baroque One of Rome's biggest and most significant private artistic collections, it is currently, and has been owned, by the family of the same name for centuries. Roma-palazzodoriapamphili.jpg
Ex-mausoleum, later castle and current museum Castel Sant'Angelo ancient Roman, medieval, Renaissance Once the "Mausoleum of Hadrian", it later became a papal residence and currently hosts a major museum. Castel S AngeloJanuary2004.jpg
Academy, palace, museum and art gallery Palazzo Corsini, Rome and the Accademia dell'Arcadia 18th century late-Baroque/Rococo Rebuilt by the Corsini family in the 1730s and '40s, it hosts an art academy and gallery. Trastevere - palazzo Corsini quadreria trompe-l'oeil 1060811.JPG

Classical and ancient Roman sites[edit]

Types Building Period Description Picture
Amphitheatre Colosseum ancient Roman Arguably one of Rome's most famous and iconic monuments, it is the Roman world's biggest amphitheatre and is one of the city's most visited attractions. It is regarded as being a wonder of the medieval world.[10][11] Colosseum in Rome, Italy - April 2007.jpg
Roman Forum Roman Forum ancient Roman The Forum of ancient Rome, and the centre of the city's politics and business at the time. Forum Romanum April 2007.jpg
Temple Pantheon ancient Roman It is a classical building in the city, originally built by Marcus Agrippa as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome, and rebuilt in the early 2nd century AD. A near-contemporary writer, Cassius Dio, speculates that the name comes from the statues of many gods placed around the building, or from the resemblance of the dome to the heavens.[12] Pantheon novembre 2004.jpg

See also[edit]


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  11. ^ Francis Trevelyan Miller, Woodrow Wilson, William Howard Taft, Theodore Roosevelt. America, the Land We Love (1915), page 201.
  12. ^ Quoted in MacDonald, William (2002). The Pantheon: design, meaning, and progeny (2 ed.). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. p. 76. ISBN 978-0-674-01019-2.