When you hear the word Rome, you think about the Colosseum and Forum. But Rome is so much more!
Here are my Can’t Miss Roman Sites…
Recently under reconstruction, the Trevi Fountain is once again open for all to marvel at. The fountain is beautiful, but always packed with tourists. Visit early in the morning or late at night (the lights are incredible). Legend says that if you throw a coin over your right shoulder into the fountain, you’ll make it back to Rome again. The city collects and uses the coins to feed it’s poor.
The Pantheon we see today is the second built in this location, though it is still almost 2,000 years old. When you visit, be sure to look up! The big circular hole (oculus) in the dome (Rotunda) is the only source of natural light. On April 21st at noon, the light from the oculus hits the metal above the door lighting up the entire porch.
Piazza del Poppolo
Featuring the oldest obelisk in the city and twin churches, this is considered the entrance to the city. All roads lead to Rome, and this piazza leads into the city. When coming from the north, the piazza turns into a three streets (known as the trident), with centre road being Via del Corso. Look up to see Pincino – a beautiful and large garden with great views of the city that lead into the Borghese Gardens.
Campo di Fiori
The Campo di Fiori is a huge piazza that is filled daily with vendors selling everything from vegetables to cheese, olive oil to grappa, flowers to clothing. It’s a great spot to shop for souvenirs or to just have a taste of something yummy!
The Spanish Steps (though filled with tourists and, therefore, pick pockets) is a great place to walk, eat some gelato and people watch. At the base of the steps, close to the Spanish Embassy, is the Fountain of the Ugly Boat and the Roman shopping district. Dior, Burberry, Armani, Prada, Cartier and more are just steps away!
All five of these are places I have to visit, even if I just have one day in Rome. Be sure to check them out on your visit!