Things to do in Rome Italy

There are many fun things to do in Rome Italy on vacation.

You can see the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Baths of Diocletian, Circus Maximus and more.

There is so much to see in Rome that (if you are limited on time) you will need to carefully select what you want to see.

Go to something because you want to see it, not because you think you need to because it is “popular”.

Having said that, some things need to be seen as you may never pass this way again!

Colosseum Rome Italy

The Colosseum - Rome Italy

A little planning before you visit can go a long way, especially in a place as large and interesting as Rome. There are great tour guides available that will provide more in depth detail of fun things to do in Rome.


Below are some fun things to do in Rome on vacation.

The Coliseum
This amphitheater is the most memorable monument from Rome. The construction began in 72 A.D. by Vespasian and dedicated to Titus in 80 A.D. It was the location where hundreds (if not thousands) of exotic animals and gladiators battled for life and death. These spectacles lasted until 405 A.D. when they were stopped by the emperor.

The Coliseum was severely damaged by an earthquake in the fifth century. It is only a shadow of its former glory days. Originally the building could hold 50,000 people. There are many subterranean passages to be seen where animals and gladiators were transported to the main arena.

The Roman Forum
Some of the oldest and important structures of the ancient city were located in the forum. The forum served as a central hub and city square where the Roman people gathered for religious ritual and justice. It was also the economic hub of the city and the center of the Empire and Republic.

The Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain is so beautiful and famous it has been in several films. There is also a slightly scaled down version outside the forum shops at Caesar’s palace in Las Vegas Nevada. It is 85 feet high and 65 feet wide.

A tradition is that if you throw a coin into the fountain you will ensure a return to Rome. Approximately 3,000 Euros are thrown into the fountain each day, and are collected at night. The money is used to subsidize a market for the Rome’s needy.

Trevi Fountain Rome Italy

Trevi Fountain - Rome Italy

Vatican City
Encapsulated by Rome, the Vatican is its own country (the smallest in the world). Although you can’t go in to this, you can see the gardens from cupolas of Saint Peters.

The Pantheon
The Pantheon was built by Marcus Agrippa in 126 A.D. as a temple to the gods of ancient Rome. It is one of the most famous and well preserved monuments of ancient Rome.


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Baths of Diocletian
The Baths of Diocletian were built by Maximian and Diocletian from 196-306 A.D. these baths could hold more than 5,000 people could be accommodated at one time in the Baths of Diocletian. They were the most extensive baths of their times.

Circus Maximus
Built in 309 A.D. by Emperor Maxentius, this is an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium and for large entertainment in Rome. After abandonment there was a great deal of looting. The current Circus Maximus has little left except for the grass covered racing track.

I hope these fun things to do in Rome have been helpful.

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