I love Rome, the Eternal City. It's the one place on earth I have found where 2000-year-old buildings and ruins meet world-class art, extreme pride in history, great food, and friendly people, all in a compact, walkable area connected pretty well with a cheap subway and bus system. The ancient history fascinates me, even though I always disliked history class in school. The art is like none I've ever seen before. The narrow streets are enchanting. Crossing a major street is an exercise in bravery. Finding unmarked places is sometimes a study in sleuth. But hey, it's Rome, and how could you not love it?
These pages describe the incredible sites in Rome from my point of view, as a tourist who's had the good luck of visiting Rome a few times, and avidly learning about the sites and the history of this great city.
I can't claim to be an expert on Rome, but I've managed to find my way around the city, learned firsthand some of the pitfalls to avoid, and am happy to share the knowledge I've gained to make your trip more enjoyable.
The sites included in
A Tourist in Rome are simply the ones I've had the pleasure to see myself, and the photos are all taken by me, except for about 25 of them where I state otherwise.
This is where I share the information I've learned, describe the sites I've seen, and share a lot of photos I've taken in Rome.
If you only want to see my photos, here they are.
I think you'll understand more of the things you read on this site if you read this
very brief history of Rome first. Italics are generally used for Italian or Latin names of sites, which you might encounter when you visit Rome.
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The north side of the Colosseum from near the Colosseo metro station
Temple B (Temple of the Fortune of the Present Day) in Largo di Torre Argentina
If you'd like, you can filter this list to:
| Highlights of A Tourist in Rome
| "Must-See" sites
| "Should-See" sites
| "Nice-to-See" sites
| Underground sites
or you can filter to sites near the:
| Roman Forum
| Circus Maximus
| Campus Martius
| Flaminio and Spagna
| San Giovanni
| Appian Way
| Piramide through EUR
| Side Trips
Colosseum (Coliseum, Colosseo, Flavian Amphitheater) Roman Forum Foro Romano Palatine Hill ( Collis Palatino) Pantheon The Imperial Fora Trajan's Column ( Colonna Traiana) Trajan's Market ( Mercati di Traiano) Appian Way ( Via Appia Antica) (Altar of Peace) Ara Pacis Arch of Constantine ( Arco di Costantino) Arch of Drusus ( Arco di Druso) Arch of Gallienus Arch of Janus (Arch of Janus Quadrifons, Arch of Maxentius Arch of the Money-Changers ( Arco degli Argentieri) Arch of the Swamps ( Arco dei Pantani) Aurelian Wall and Gates Basilica of Neptune ( Baslilca di Nettuno) Baths of Caracalla ( Terme di Caracalla) Baths of Diocletian ( Thermae Diocletiani) Baths of Trajan ( Terme di Traiano) Capitoline Insulae Case Romane del Celio Catacombs of Priscilla (no photos allowed inside) Circus Agonalis (Domitian's Stadium, is now covered by ) Piazza Navona Circus Maximus ( Circo Massimo) Cloaca Maxima (Severan Marble Plan) Forma Urbis Freedmen's Tombs Game Boards in the Fora of Rome Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana) (Temple of Juturna, Temple of Fortuna Huiusce Diei, Temple of Ferona, Temple of Lares Permarini) Largo di Torre Argentina (Great Gladiatorial Training School) Ludus Magnus Mamertine Prison Mausoleum of Augustus ( Mausoleo di Augusto) Ostia Antica Pompeii Porticus Octaviae ( Portico di Ottavia) Pyramid of Cestius ( Piramide Cestia) Sacred Area of San Omobono Servian Wall and Gates ( Murus Servii Tullii) Tarpeian Rock ( Rupes Tarpeia) Temple of Apollo Sosianus Temple of Divine Trajan (Temple of Divus Traianus) Temple of Hadrian Temple of Hercules Victor Temple of Jupiter Temple of Minerva Medica ( Tempio di Minerva Medica) Temple of Portunus Temple on the Via delle Botteghe Oscure ( Tempio di via delle Botteghe Oscure), (might be the Temple of the Nymphs), at Via delle Botteghe Oscure and Celsa Theatre of Marcellus ( Teatro di Marcello) Tomb of Bibulus Tomb of Eurysaces the Baker Tomb of the Scipios Triumphal Portico di Monte Caprino Trophies of Marius (aka Nymphaeum Alexandria) Vatican Necropolis (Ancient Roman mausoleums and the grave of St. Peter, No photos permitted) Vicus Caprarius Villa of the Gordiani Walking Tours
Major Fountains, alphabetically Minor Fountains, alphabetically Abbeveratoio Bocca della Verita ACEA Fountain ( Azienda Municipale Elettricita ed Acqua, or Fontana dell'ACEA), in Piazzale Ostiense (just outside the Pyramid metro station) Bernini Fountain in St. Peter's Square Breast Fountain ( Fontana delle Mammelle) in Piazza Capo di Ferro Capitoline Egyptian Lion Fountains in Fontana dei Calecument Piazza della Madonna dei Monti Fontana dei Monti Fontana del Ninfeo di Villa Giulia Fountain at Santa Sabina ( Fontana Santa Sabina, Fontana del Mascherone di Santa Sabina, Fountain of the Mask of Santa Sabina) Fountain at Villa Medici Fountain in Front of Ara Pacis Fountain in Piazza Benedetto Cairoli Fountain in Piazza Campitelli Fountain in Piazza Campo di Fiori Fountain in Piazza Colonna ( Fontana di Piazza Colonna, Fountain of Portasanta, Fontana Portasanta), in Piazza Colonna Fountain in Piazza dell'Aracoeli Fountain in Piazza della Cinque Scole (Fountain of Piazza Guida) Fountain in Piazza Farnese Fountain in Piazzale Caffarelli ( Fontana Piazzale degli Eroi) Fountain in Piazzale degli Eroi ( Fontana Piazzale degli Eroi) Fountain in Piazza San Giovanni (The Lateran Fountain, Fontana Piazza San Giovanni, Fontana dell'obelisco Lateranense) Fountain in Piazza Sant'Andrea della Valle ( Fontana Piazza Sant'Andrea della Valle) Fountain in Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere Fountain in Piazzetta San Simeone ( Fontana Piazzetta San Simeone) Fountain in Villa Medici Courtyard Fountain of Castor and Pollux (Fountain of the Dioscuri, Fontana dei Dioscuri, Monte Cavallo Fountain) Fountain of Cavelleggeri Gate ( Fontana Porta Cavalleggeri), in Largo di Porta Cavalleggeri Fountain of Neptune ( Fontana del Nettuno) at the northern end of Piazza Navona Fountain of Palazzo del Monte di Pieta Fountain of Ponte Sisto ( Fontana di Ponte Sisto, Fountain of One Hundred Priests, Fontanone dei Cento Preti), in Piazza Trilussa Fountain of Pope Julius III ( Fontana di Papa Giulio III) Fountain of Porta Flaminia ( Fontana Porta Flaminia), in Piazza del Popolo Fountain of Porta San Sebastiano ( Fontana di Porta San Sebastiano), across the street from Porta San Sebastiano Fountain of San Sebastianello ( Fontana del Bottino di San Sebastianello) Fountain of San Stefano del Cacco Fountain of Santa Maria Maggiore Fountain of the Apollo Theater ( Fontana del Teatro Apollo) Fountain of the Arts ( Fontana delle Arti) Fountain of the Bees ( Fontana delle Api), in Piazza Barberini Fountain of the Books ( Fontana dei Libri), on Via degli Staderari Fountain of the Buffalo ( Fontana del Bufalo), in Largo Nazareno Fountain of the Cask ( Fontana della Botticella) in Largo di San Rocco Fountain of the Frogs ( Fontana delle Rane) in Piazza Mincio Fountain of the Great Niche (Fountain of the Nicchione, Fontana del Nicchione) Fountain of the Jail ( Fontana del Prigione) at the intersection of Via Goffredo Mameli and Via Luciano Manara Fountain of the Lion ( Fontana del Leone) in Piazza San Salvatore in Lauro Fountain of the Mask ( Fontana del Mascherone di Via Giulia) Fountain of the Obelisk ( Fontana dell'Obelisco, Fountain of the Lions, Fontana dei Leoni) in Piazza del Popolo Fountain of the Pine Cone ( Fontanella della Pigna) Fountain of the Tiaras ( Fontana della Tiare) Fountain of the Tritons ( Fontana dei Tritoni, Fontana della Bocca della Verita, Star-shaped Fountain), in Piazza Santa Maria in Cosmedin Fountain of Via della Posta Vecchia Fountain of Via Paolina ( Fontana Via Paolina) Fountain on Viale di Valle Giulia Four Fountains at the intersection of Via di Quattro Fontane and Via 20 Settember (the Babboon, Fountain of the Baboon, Il Babuino Fontana del Babuino), on Via del Babuino at Via deo Greci Maderno Fountain in St. Peter's Square Moor Fountain ( Fontana del Moro) at the southern end of Piazza Navona Neptune Fountain ( Fontana del Nettuno) in Piazza del Popolo Porter Fountain (Facchino Fountain, Fontana del Facchino) Rome Between the Tiber and the Aniene (Goddess of Rome Fountain, Fontana Dea di Roma) in Piazza del Popolo Rutelli's Fish Fry ( Fontana del Trofei di Mario) Thermae Alexandrinae Fountain ( Fontana delle Terme Alessandrine) on Via degli Staderari Trullo Fountain ( Fontana del Trullo) in Piazza Nicosia Turtle Fountain ( Fontana delle Tartarughe) in Piazza Mattei Unidentified or Miscellaneous Fountains in Tivoli Villa d'Este Viminale Fountain
Ancient Egyptian Obelisks Ancient Roman Obelisks Modern Obelisks Columns
First-tier museums Second-tier museums Third-tier museums Bottom-tier museums Churches
My Favorite Churches Other Churches, alphabetically Other Hills of Rome
Tiber River and Bridges over the Tiber
History of Rome
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