Just leading with the Coliseum because, well, hello it’s the Coliseum!
We did a guided walking “Ancient City” tour through Roman Odyssey Tours. They were recommended in Rick Steves’ Rome guide and highly rated at trip advisor too. SO WORTH IT. Rome is a huge city. It’s full of stuff to see. High paced. Just walking down the street, on any street, you’re going to see something amazing. But a guided tour is a great way to get some context. If you to go Rome, check Roman Odyssey a look (I don’t get a royalty or anything, they were just awesome and our guide was a Canadian who’d lived in Rome for many years who was a student so his perspective was that of a historian but he was not boring at all. My kids were so interested in the perspective he gave.
Part of the Roman Forum still standing today.
Look at the detail on this arch – The Arch of Titus depicting the Siege of Jerusalem.
Rome from the top of Palatine Hill
The Trevi Fountain is a HUGE fountain. It’s giant and it’s in a very small square so when you come around the corner and see it it’s BOOM amazing. (also crowded) but we tossed in our coins (and my daughter nearly took off a bystander’s ear with hers)
The exterior of the Roman Pantheon (arguably my favorite thing in all of Rome)
Look at that detail. The squares at the top? That’s not paint. The dome is an architectural masterpiece and it’s breathtakingly beautiful
That’s the hole in the very top of the dome. I wish I could have done justice to the way the light looked but I didn’t have the right lens with me so this is as good as I got
Bernini’s Obelisk with Elephant outside the Church of Santa Maria
Interior of the Church of Santa Maria
Obelisk at the Spanish Steps
There were so many awesome doorknobs and doorknockers in Italy, this is my favorite in Rome.