What to see in Rome, Italy? Visitors can be easily overwhelmed by the city’s endless list of sights. While it’s not a bad idea to enroll in any of the Rome tours available, it’s certainly necessary to get a map of Rome attractions to get started.
Ancient times are represented by the impressive Coliseum, the many ruins (Domus Aurea, Palatine or Terme di Caracalla) and the well-preserved Pantheon, which features the largest masonry vault ever built. The city also has a fair share of churches – over 400 in the historical centre alone, many of which are repositories some of the city’s great artworks. Examples are Chiesa del Gesù, Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, Santa Maria Maggiore, and of course, St Peter’s Basilica. Some of the world’s most beautiful squares can be found in Rome, too. Like the city’s churches they can be fabulous open-air repositories for sculptures by the greatest artists of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Examples are the Piazza de Spagna, Piazza di Trevi, Piazza Navona and Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere.
Most of the major Rome attractions are within the city walls of the historical centre. However, it’s not a bad idea to pick a map of Rome and also visit the number of sights that lay farther afield, especially the catacombs along the Appia Antica.