In 80 AD, Titus officially opened the Colosseum’s gates to the throngs of jostling spectators hungry for the sight of beasts, battle, and blood. It grew up on the backs of thousands of slaves and could host an audience of 87,000. Emperors used it to win favor with the public, putting on games, free for all to enjoy. Although now, two-thirds of the Colosseum crumbled away during earthquakes, fires and as a result of vandalism, it remains one of Italy’s most striking attractions. So, if you are wondering what to do in Rome, a trip to the Colosseum is a must. Book a tour, stroll the arena floor and imagine the iron on steel of gladiatorial combats. Or, navigate your way through the underground Hypogeum, where prisoners, gladiators, and animals awaited their fate. The Colosseum is, without a doubt, one of the best places to see in Rome.
On the long list of suggestions on what to do in Rome, the Roman Forum ranks high. It is one of the most historic sites in the world and one the best of Rome’s tourist attractions. This was the center of the Roman Empire. Walking down the Via Sacra is to travel back in time to the years of swords and sandals. You can almost hear the hustle and bustle of markets, the heated political debates and raucous cheers of those celebrating the victorious return of Generals and Emperors. Here, you can picture, from the remaining ruins, the glory of Forum’s architecture. Its impressive arches, temples, and columns are some of the top sights in Rome. In fact, they have inspired artists and architects over the centuries. The information of the site of these sprawling ruins is limited. So, to make the most of your visit, consider taking a tour.
A trip to the Centro Storico (or historic center) is a must if you visit Rome. Once referred to as the Campus Martius the Storico wasn’t always the city center. Now though, it is the very heart of the city with. In fact, a vast majority of all the top attractions in Rome sits among the densely populated piazzas. An unruly tangle of its cobblestone streets and alleys guards Roman treasures. Dealing with Rome’s heat and the hordes of tourists who flock to the historic center can be overwhelming. To explore the Centro Storico by night is to avoid all this. Instead, you experience the romance of the best places to visit Rome as never before. See the Piazza Navona and the illuminated waters of its four impressive fountains. Or, admire the striking size of Pantheon’s backlit columns. All that under a starry Roman night sky.