Rome has many fantastic sights, from ancient ruins to modern monuments and museums so it's impossible to see everything in one visit. Use this guide to Rome's top tourist attractions to find the things you would most like to see and do on your vacation in the eternal city.
The piazza or public square is the canter of life in Italy. Rome has many beautiful squares and they can be visited for free. Many have elaborate historic fountains, statues, or other works of art and there are often churches and bars or cafes on the square. Be aware that in Rome, you will usually pay more to sit at a table, especially on one of the top squares.
Rome's churches hold many important art works of interest to visitors and most can be visited for free although donations are appreciated. The primary purpose of these churches is still to serve as places of worship so visitors are expected to dress and act respectfully and refrain from loud talking. Some churches don't allow photos inside, look for a picture of a camera with a line through it.
Rome and the Vatican City house some of the most famous works by Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarotti. Here's where to find them.
Here's a look at Roman architecture and some of the top Roman monuments to see from the About.com Ancient History site. Find out more about Roman aqueducts and the sewer system, residences, monuments, baths, religious and political buildings, and venues for spectator events in ancient Rome.
Fans of the Dan Brown book and movie, Angels and Demons, may enjoy visiting the settings for this thriller. You can take a self-guided visit to the top sites from Angels and Demons with this guide.
In the movie Eat Pray Love, you'll see lots of Rome scenes. In the first part, Eat, author Elizabeth Gilbert (played by Julia Roberts) searches for beauty and explores Italian food in Rome. Take a virtual tour of Eat Pray Love sites in Rome.
While one can easily find things to do and see in Rome, sometimes it's fun to get out of the city and see other places. Here are suggestions for places that can easily be visited as day trips from Rome using public transportation.