5 Best Attractions in Rome for the Avid Archaeology Enthusiast

By itself, Rome is considered an archaeological destination. It can be difficult and overwhelming to choose from among the many attractions that this ancient city has to offer.

To make deciding which sites to visit first a lot easier for you, we’ve rounded up the top attractions in Rome into a short list.

1. Vatican City

The Vatican is a must-visit destination not only for the devout Catholics but also for people who are deeply interested in the prehistoric Rome. It’s home to historically significant Egyptian, Roman, and Etruscan artifacts.

When you visit the Vatican, don’t miss the Necropolis of the Via Triumphalis where you can find—and even walk above—excavated burial chambers that were discovered in the 1950s.


2. The Colosseum

The best preserved Roman amphitheater in the world, the Colosseum is an iconic ancient Roman heritage. You can take a guided day or evening tour to see the grandiose architectural wonder and the partially excavated remains of the Ludus Magnus.


3. The Pantheon

Originally built as a temple in honor of all Roman gods, the Pantheon has stood for almost 2,000 years, thanks to its high-quality construction. A Baroque fountain accentuates the square, with an Egyptian obelisk at the center of the fountain—which is said to be created in honor of Ramses II.


4. Musei Capitolini (Capitolene Museums)

The Capitolene Museums are the longest-surviving public museums in the world. The museums on the Piazza del Campidoglio—designed by no less than Michelangelo—feature the most iconic sculptures and artifacts of prehistoric Rome.


5. The Trevi Fountain

A lovely place for photographic opportunities is the elegantly designed Baroque-style Trevi Fountain, which is made up of spectacular sculptures. It’s said that if you toss some coins into the fountain’s pool, you’ll definitely be able to come back to Rome.

What’s your favorite among the ancient Roman sites? Tell us in the comments!

Exploring the World Capital of Prehistory: Top 5 Things to do in Les Eyzies

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac is a picture-perfect small town that has been known as the world’s prehistory capital because of its rich local history and amazing archaeology. Visitors worldwide come to this site to better understand and appreciate the history of humanity.

Paying a visit soon? Here are the five most recommended activities to maximize your stay in this charming town:

Visit the National Prehistory Museum

Regarded as one of the best prehistoric archaeology museums in the world, the National Prehistory Museum showcases a comprehensive history of the Vézére Valley’s Stone Age, displaying replicas from major sites in Africa and Europe.


Go on a Canoeing Trip in the Vézére River

For fans of the great outdoors, this activity will surely satisfy one’s hunger for adventure. Take a full or half-day canoeing tour of the river, and feast your eyes on the marvelous sights: the stunning Vézére valley, castles, period farm homes, and troglodyte houses.


Try the Homemade Ice Cream at the Palais des Glaces

When you’re visiting Les Eyzies in the summer, don’t forget to drop by the Palais des Glaces to cool yourself with a variety of flavors of homemade ice cream.


Check Out the Monday Market

Need some fresh produce for your picnic? Go to the market on a Monday morning and experience the rural lifestyle in France. You can find there cured meats, pâtés, local wines, and fresh fruits and vegetables.


Take a Guided Tour in Abri Pataud

The tour begins at a rock shelter that has been excavated some meters deep by archaeologists since the 1950s and was discovered to be inhabited by gatherers and hunters around 22,000 to 35,000 years ago. The next stop of the tour is a small museum where you can find artifacts gathered from the archaeological site.

The Les Eyzies has so much more to offer to anyone who’s interested in taking a glimpse of the prehistoric age. These five activities are just some of the things you can do to fully enjoy your visit to France.

Château d’Abbadia and Musée Fernand Desmoulin: The Most Popular Character Houses to Visit in Southwestern France

Period character homes are among the must-visit sites in the South West of France. If you happen to be traveling to France soon and you’re a history and architecture lover, these two museums will be worth your time.

Château d’Abbadia (Castle-Observatory Abbadia)

The Castle of Abbadia is situated in an expansive 400-hectare estate on the Basque coast surrounded by picturesque sea and mountains. It’s a geophysical and astronomical observatory built from 1864 to 1884 for scientist, ethnologist, and geographer Antoine d’Abbadie.

Only 500 visitors are allowed access to the museum daily. To make things less of a hassle for you, call the museum (+33 (0) before you arrive.

Address: Route de la Corniche, 64700 Hendaye

Opening Hours:

  • May-June 2017 (guided tour only):
    • 10 AM-12 PM and 2 PM-6 PM (Monday to Friday)
    • 2 PM-6 PM only (Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays)
  • July-August 2017
    • Guided tours: 10 AM-11:30 AM and 2 PM-4:45 PM (Monday to Sunday)
    • Self-guided tours: 12 PM-2 PM (Monday to Sunday)
  • September-October 2017 (guided tour only)
    • 10 AM-12 PM and 2 PM-6 PM (Monday to Friday)
    • 2 PM-6 PM only (Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays)
  • November-December 2017 (closed on December 24, 25, and 31)
    • Guided tour only: 2 PM-6 PM (Tuesday to Sunday)


  • Adults: 8.90 €
  • Children (6-13 years old): 4.50 €
  • Children (5 years old and below): Free
  • Family package (for a group of two adults and 2-3 children): 23 €

Musée Fernand Desmoulin (Fernand Desmoulin Museum)

Opened to the public in 1951, this museum is home to the masterpieces of exemplary academic painter Fernand Desmoulin (1853-1914). He was the official artist of literary, political, and scientific greats of the Third Republic, including Jules Ferry, Zola, and Raymond Poincar, among others. Musée Fernand Desmoulin also features Desmoulin’s Spiritism-themed works from 1900 to 1902, which consist of wonderful mediumistic drawings.


Address: Boulevard Charlemagne, 24310 Brantôme


Opening Hours:

  • May 2017: 10 AM-1 PM and 2 PM-6 PM
  • June 2017: 10 AM-6 PM
  • July-August 2017: 10 AM-7 PM
  • September 2017: 10 AM-10 PM
  • October to December 2017: 10 AM-12 PM and 2 PM-5 PM (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)



  • Full rate: 5.50 €
  • Discounted rate: 3.50 €


Have you visited a museum in France? How was your experience and what would you recommend?