view of the Roman Forum and Colosseum

Top 5 Ancients Sites in Rome You Must Visit

Rome, the eternal city bustles with life as its streets get thronged by tourists from all parts of the globe exploring its beautiful streets and umpteen attractions. The glory of present day Rome are all of the magnificent structures that have stood the test of time showing a majestic grandeur of an ancient civilization.

By no means do you have to be an avid history buff to enjoy Rome’s ancient monuments. In fact, before long you will be wanting to know more about their history as well. Even, if you are just a careless nomad we think that there are still 5 ancient sites that you must include in your itinerary.

  • Colosseum: This ancient Roman amphitheater has become synonymous with the eternal city. No write-up on Rome could be finished without the inclusion of the Colosseum. Even if there are hundreds of even better preserved ancient amphitheaters in the world, Rome’s Colosseum takes the cake earning itself one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

Finished in 80 AD, this massive site of Imperial Rome still stands proud even after going through thousands of years of earthquakes and human wear and tear. Emperor Titus inaugurated it for hosting entertainment and games and it has impressed its visitors ever since. Everyone knows that there were gladiator battles held in the Colosseum but there also so many more. Such as the flooding of the Colossuem so that people could watch ship battles held inside. The Colosseum in many ways would also ask as a place to learn as never seen beasts would be showcased to the crowd. On average, the Colosseum would host around 70,000 people at a time making it the largest standing amphitheater still today.  Just book a Vatican & Colosseum Tour to learn much more with the help of our amazing tour guides who will bring the ruins to life.

  • Pantheon:  The temple of all the gods is a must visit for any visitor to Rome. As you start your tour of the eternal city and zigzag your way through central Rome, the moment you come face to face with the Pantheon is a moment you will never forget. The Pantheon was originally built as a pegan temple, dedicated to all the gods. The Pantheon later in the 7th century was converted into a church,  despite being built in the 25 BC, it remains as one of the most well-preserved buildings in the city of Rome. This building has always been an architectural wonder in the Roman civilization that inspired awe and it continues to do so with its grand designs especially the portico which later on inspired generations of Roman architects. The Pantheon is one of the main stops on our Rome City Tour AKA La Dolce Vita Tour (the sweet life tour) so check out our special offers and combine this tour of the pantheon with one of our other best sellers and get ready to marvel at the beauty of ancient architecture.

  • Roman Forum: Although not nearly as well preserved as the Pantheon, another ancient site that truly deserves your attention is the Roman Forum. Ideally you will want to visit the Roman Forum on the same day as the Colosseum as the sites are all part of the same archeological site, with the same ticket. Tours of the Roman Forum will give you an idea of the political life of Rome, as well as its religious and social life. This ancient hub is full of places to see. It housed important temples, meeting halls, the house of the senate, basilicas, and so much more, the ruins just carry the fragments of a busy central area in the city where different veins of city life crisscrossed as ancient Romans came together to worship, form policies and complete transactions. You are literally walking in the footsteps of ancient Romans, senators, plebs and slaves so do not miss this ancient set of ruins. You will absolutely get the most out of this site with a guide so don’t sell yourself short.

  • Palatine Hill: This open air museum is intricately woven into the majestic past of Roma as this is the location where (legend holds), the she wolf found the brothers Romulus and Remus. It is also the spot where Romulus had killed his brother Remus and founded the city of Rome. The Paltine Hill then served as the regnal residence of the Roman empires and is situated at the center of Rome’s seven hills. In the bygone era, the Palatine Hill would be dotted with exquisite palaces for Rome’s elite during the republican period (c.509 BC – 44 BC). The remains of which are still there and are definitely worth a visit. The Palatine House, the Domus Flavia, House of Livia are some of the prime attractions. The houses play host to some mesmerizing frescos still visible today. Another attraction would be the well-preserved Farnese Gardens upon the Palatine. It is important to know that the ticket into the Palatine Hill is also valid to enter the Colosseum as well as the Roman Forum so again, ideally it would be best to visit all sites on the same day.

  • Baths of Caracalla: The second largest thermae (or baths) in the city are very impressive due to the grand size of the complex, and the fact that it was built around 216AD. This huge bath house was able to accommodate around 1600 Romans at a time and was completely open to the public, free of charge. However, it was not only used as a bath house but rather a center for full body and mind rejuvenation. The Ancient Romans believed personal hygiene and most importantly in ‘’corpus sano mens sana’’ which translates to ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body’ and these baths would allow for both. There were different pools with warm and cold water, scented spas, gymnasiums, libraries and gardens for leisurely walks. Lectures were also held in the gardens by wisemen and storytellers to educate the people. The Baths of Caracalla were far from bland and boring, they were lavishly covered in decoration, magnificently adorned with frescos, beautiful sculptures and mosaics. The baths today still offer a great relaxing experience so pack a lunch and come picnic in the park-like setting.

If you truly want to soak in the spirit of the city which has such a magnificent past then you cannot skip these ancient sites. Pack your bags, book a tour with us and prepare yourself for the trip of a lifetime.