Here are some of them.
THE COLOSSEUM (Il Colosseo)
The Colosseum is culturally significant for many reasons. Standing in the shadow of this giant, you suddenly realize how advanced and cruel the ancient Roman civilization was. The largest of any Roman amphitheater ever built, the Colosseum was also the site of many theatrical events, such as battle reenactments and mythical sea battles.
THE FORUM (Il Foro Romano)
The Forum is probably the most visited of Rome’s attractions. It lies between the Capitoline and Palatine Hills and is home to some of the earliest temples and shrines. From the moment you step foot on the dusty paths of The Forum, it’s like walking into another dimension. Relics of the ancient era litter the pathways.
TREVI FOUNTAIN (Fontana di Trevi)
Legend says that tossing a coin over your shoulder into the Trevi Fountain will ensure a safe return to the Eternal city. Two coins will bring you love and three wedding bells. The Trevi Fountain is just a ten-minute walk from Spanish Steps. This triumphant example of Baroque art with its soft, natural lines and fantasy creatures embodies movement as the soul of the world. The light and shade effects on the marble make the wind seem to bellow through the drapes and locks of the statues, agitating the waves, creating an extraordinarily intense and spectacular scene.
SPANISH STEPS (Piazza di Spagna)
”Scalina Spagna”, or Spanish Steps are just one of the must see places when in Rome. The stairway itself is 138 steps, but there’s no need to venture all the way. You can sit on a step and just watch the people for a while. You are no longer allowed to eat and drink on the steps in an effort to keep the area clean.
At the foot of the Spanish Steps is the Fontana della Barcaccia (Fountain of the Old Boat), which is a beautiful vantage point to take photographs from. Wonder a bit more and you’ll find plenty of shops to peruse, some fancy, high end shops with many at normal and even budget prices.
NAVONA SQUARE (Piazza Navona)
Piazza Navona is a city square in Rome. It was built in 1st century AD, and follows the form of the open space of the stadium. The ancient Romans came there to watch the agones (“games”), and hence it was known as ‘Circus Agonalis’ (competition arena). It is believed that over time the name changed to ‘in agone’ to ‘navone’ and eventually to ‘navona’.
RESTAURANTS near tourist sites will generally either be overpriced or have a prixe-fix tourist menu. Stroll a few blocks to find more authentic and higher quality meals at a more reasonable price. Here are some authentic and traditional, absolutely amazing eateries and gelaterias not to miss during your trip.
Charming Ristorante La Tavernetta 48’s is outdoor dining area.
La Boticella is a small, cozy, traditional Roman restaurant that is packed with locals and tourists alike, every single night.
The cheap, but awesome is Ai Tre Scalini restaurant. Talk about a filling, delicious lunch, made with only fresh ingredients.
If you love fresh lasagna with porcini mushrooms, black truffles, mozzarella, and parmesan, Osteria Barberini is must to visit.
For ice cream fans, Giolitti is one of Rome’s legendary gelaterias, with many traditional flavors like pistacchio, stracciatella, and dark chocolate.
This is just a little peace of Rome’s treasures. You must go to see it and feel it.