The sights of Rome

The Pantheon
The Pantheon. (Photo by Jackie Nagel)

The museums, monuments, ancient sites, churches, and other sights in Rome

We've organized the sights and attractions of Rome into a variety of lists: Top sights and Reid's List (my own faves), free sights and top experiences. You can follow our patented Rome itineraries that fit as many great sights as you have time available, or peruse all the attractions in Rome by neighborhood or by category (churches, museums, fun & offbeat, ancient sites, all the works by Michelangelo, etc.). Also don't forget to look into the Roma Pass sightseeing card.

In 1-4 days

Top sights in Rome

Tips & links

Rome tourist info
How long does Rome take?

Planning your day: Rome wasn't built in a day, and you'd be hard-pressed to see it in that brief a time as well. Still, you can cram a lot into just a day or three.

To help you get the most out of your limited time in the Eternal City, here are some perfect itineraries, whether you have one, two, three, or four days to spend in Rome.

» Rome itineraries

What the star ratings mean

I've rated every sight and experience in Rome from zero to three stars. Three stars, two stars, etc. are pretty self-explanatory.

But note: No-stars does not mean 'not worth the bother.'

In fact, in any other city, these "no-star" sights would probably rank much higher.

They're just cursed to be in Rome, competing for your precious vacation time alongside what are literally some of the most magnificent sights on the entire planet.

They have to compete with such things as St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, and the ancient Roman Forum—all solid three-stars.

These star rating are, of course purely subjective, but they will help you get a sense of which sights pack the highest wow factor—and where to spend your time.

In fact, you could view the stars system thusly:

  • Anything rated three stars you should try to see even if you only have one day in Rome.
  • With two days, you can try to pack in as many two-starred sights as well.
  • With three or four days, you'll have time to fit in some one-star and intriguing no-star sights around the edges of your sightseeing schedule.
  • If you're lucky enough to be in town for more than four days, you might take the time to visit some more of the no-starred sights.
Rome tours, walks, & activities
Rome sightseeing passes

Rome has so many overlapping (and territorial) agencies overseeing its vast array of sights that it has only recently been able to coordinate a single city-wide admission pass—and even that one has caveats.

My advice: Work out your sightseeing schedule so that you can hit as many sights as possible in three days—including at least two expensive sights you'll be getting for free—and the Roma Pass will be worth its weight in gold for the discounts it gets you on other sights plus the public transport freebies.

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Useful links

Public transportation:


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Driving/parking: Car rentals:
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