No matter how much time you spend in Rome, you will likely find yourself yearning to stay longer. There is so much to do and see in this ancient city that it’s difficult to know where to start. Here are the top ten places to see when you are visiting the Eternal City.

The Colosseum

The largest amphitheater in ancient Rome, this massive structure was the site of many gladiatorial and animal fights. Tour it at your own leisure or opt for a tour guide, but either way, be prepared for long lines.

The Pantheon

Once a pagan Roman temple, now a church, the beautiful architecture of the Pantheon is not to be missed. The surrounding neighborhood of the Piazza della Rotunda is also a great place to grab a bite to eat.

St. Peter’s Basilica

This monumental church is the center of Catholicism and dates back to 349 B.C. It was built over the tomb of Peter, the first pope and includes many breathtaking pieces of art.

Travestere

This quaint area is often visited by travelers who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of tourist attractions and get a taste of the “real” Rome. Shop, eat and enjoy la dolce vita in this peaceful neighborhood.

The Roman Forum

Go back in time to visit some of ancient Rome’s most important sites such as the House of the Vestal Virgins and the Arch of Titus.

The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel

The Vatican Museums hold a wealth of art and beauty including Michelangelo’s breathtaking frescoes. Ascend to the top of Castel Sant’Angelo for a riveting view of the Tiber and Vatican City.

The Spanish Steps

Located along Rome’s hallmark shopping district, Via dei Condotti, the Spanish Steps offer picturesque views of the Piazza di Spagna and are nearby the famous Keats-Shelley Memorial House.

Piazza Navona

The Piazza Navona showcases some of the city’s best Baroque art and is one of the most popular public squares. It also features many restaurants, cafes and gelaterias.

The Church of San Luigi dei Francesi

View some of Caravaggio’s most famous works and enjoy the beautiful Franciscan gardens of this charming church.

The Trevi Fountain

No trip to Rome is complete without visiting the Trevi Fountain where you can view a Baroque scene of the god Oceanus with his tritons. Come here at night to toss in a coin. As myth has it, that will ensure that you return to beautiful Roma.