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!