What is a trip to Rome without a visit to the Colosseum? Step back to a time when the Roman Empire reigned supreme and the Colosseum played host to exhibitions, executions, gladiator fights and chariot races. Since its construction, the structure has survived earthquakes and bombings during World War II. It has also been used as a church, cemetery and, occasionally, as a castle for nobility.
The Colosseum has since been declared one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and attracts around 6 million tourists per year. Be sure not to miss it!
Take a short walk from the Colosseum to the Roman Forum. The Forum was historically a venue for religious and public activities. Following the fall of the Roman Empire, it was slowly buried, and had to be excavated in the 20th century. Here are the main sights to tick off on during your exploration of the Forum precinct:
- Via Sacra
- Arch of Titus
- Arch of Septimius Severus
- Temple of Antonius and Faustina
- Basilica of Mexentius and Constantine
- The Curia
- Column of Phocas
The Trevi Fountain was constructed in 1762 and derives its name from ‘Tre Vie’ (three ways), as it is situated where three main streets meet. It is also the largest fountain in Rome and a must-see attraction.
Not only is the Trevi Fountain a place of great beauty, but also of great mythical significance. The belief is that if you throw one coin into the fountain, you will return to Rome; if you throw two, you will fall in love with an attractive Italian, and if you throw three, you will marry the person you met.
For this to be effective, the coin must be thrown from your right hand over your left shoulder. We recommend making your way here at night to see it fully lit up.