Sights and landmarks in Rome
Littered with celebrated sites and ancient structures, few cities can compete with Rome when it comes to historic appeal. Vast areas of the capital appear to be stuck in time, with ancient Roman ruins, impressive churches and captivating architecture dominating the skyline. Hotel Eden is ideally located to explore many of the city’s must-see attractions. Whether it’s your first visit or your 100th, discover the best that Rome has to offer with this two-day itinerary of classic Roman sites.
Start the day with a leisurely 10-minute walk to the Spanish Steps.
Arguably the most recognisable staircase in the world, the Spanish Steps is one of the city’s leading sites. Located in the heart of ancient Rome, these 135 steps connect Piazza di Spagni with Trinità dei Monti, a Renaissance church that towers over the stairway. Originally a meeting place for elite society, the steps are now a popular place for photographs and proposals.
Next, take a 10-minute walk to the Trevi Fountain.
Of all of Rome’s fountains, the Trevi Fountain is the most iconic. Designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi, the Baroque fountain stands in front of Palazzo Poli. In its centre is a statue of Neptune, God of the sea, riding a shell chariot pulled by sea horses. If you believe the superstitions, throw a coin into the water for good luck.
To reach The Colosseum, take a 10-minute taxi ride or a 20-minute walk.
The Colosseum is perhaps the most important surviving amphitheatre in the world. Dating back to AD80, the stadium was a major part of life in Roman times. In its heyday, the giant stadium welcomed over 50,000 spectators (often including the Emperor) for gruesome gladiator games and wild animal fights.
From The Colosseum, take a 10-minute walk to the entrance of the Roman Forum.
A highlight for history enthusiasts, the Roman Forum is a sprawling archaeological site littered with Roman ruins, temples and basilicas. Contrasting with the surrounding cityscape, it offers an eye-opening insight into ancient Roman life, with several monuments dating back to the 2nd century. Don’t miss landmark attractions like the Arch of Septimius Severus and the Temple of Saturn.
The next location is a 20-minute drive from the Forum.
An art gallery set within the Villa Borghese gardens, Galleria Borghese houses one of Rome’s greatest art collections: the Borghese Collection. Here, visitors can discover classical sculptures by the likes of Bernini and Canova, and ancient artworks by Italian masters such as Raphael and Caravaggio.
End the day with a five-minute drive or a 15-minute walk back to the hotel.
Start day two with a 15-minute drive over the River Tiber to Castel Sant’Angelo.
An imposing ancient Roman fortress in the heart of the city, Castel Sant’Angelo has had many different uses: a mausoleum for 2nd century Emperor Hadrian, a prison, a residence for the Pope, and now, a museum. The National Museum of Castel Sant’Angelo retraces the history of the fortress, with fascinating exhibitions showcasing antique weapons, pottery and artworks.
Then, take a five-minute drive or a 20-minute walk to Vatican City.
A walled enclave within the city of Rome, Vatican City is the world’s smallest sovereign state. Built over the tomb of Saint Peter, it’s the home of the Roman Catholic Church and the residence of the Pope. At its heart stands St Peter’s Square, off of which visitors can discover St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel – look up to gaze at Michelangelo’s famous frescos.
Next, seek out St Peter’s Basilica, located within Vatican City.
St Peter's Basilica
One of the holiest Christian sites in the world, St Peter’s Basilica is magnificent in both size and religious significance. Spend time exploring the landmark Renaissance church in Vatican City to discover impressive architecture and gain an unforgettable lesson in history and religion. Queues to access the basilica can be long, but it’s worth the wait.
To get to Piazza Navona, take a 10-minute drive or a 20-minute walk, crossing back over the River Tiber.
Piazza Navona was built on the site of the ancient Roman Stadium of Domitian. However, today’s visitors come here to see the Baroque palazzi, and magnificent fountains that dominate the bustling square. At the centre stands an ancient Egyptian Obelisk and Bernini’s famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, a fountain featuring statues of four river Gods.
To reach the Pantheon, take a five-minute walk.
Built by the emperor Hadrian in the early 2nd century, the Pantheon is one of the most beautifully preserved Roman temples in the city. Its impressive architecture is best appreciated from the inside. Enter the iconic structure, passing under its giant columns, to gaze at its enormous dome. Visitors can also discover several statues of classical Gods, to whom the structure is dedicated, alongside the tombs of influential Romans such as Renaissance artist Raphael and King Vittorio Emanuele II.
To get back to the hotel, take a 20-minute walk or drive.
All journey times are approximate and subject to variation.