Top 5 Must Do's in Rome

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In Rome you will undoubtedly find thousands of things to do, so when you visit here are five sights that you shouldn't miss that will leave you feeling like you've truly seen all that the Eternal City has to offer.

The Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

These ancient ruins of Rome can all be seen with the purchase of one ticket. Purchase your ticket online in advance or at the Palatine Hill Office in order to avoid waiting in a very long line at the Colosseum. If you don't know the history of the ruins it's advisable to hire a guide when you book your ticket. Don't take any photographs with the "guards," as they will try to charge you an exorbitant rate afterward.

The Pantheon

Originally built in 27 BC, the Pantheon has been in continual use for over 2000 years. If you wish to attend any of the Catholic services, find the posted mass times inside. Otherwise you can enter simply to marvel at the grand architecture and see how the light enters in from the hole in the top of the building. Visit during a rainstorm for a different effect. Remember that this is a religious sight and act accordingly.

Trevi Fountain

Trevi is the most visited fountain in all of Rome, so if you go during the day be prepared for the crowds. In the evening the fountain is lit and makes for a beautiful scene, but beware of the pushy vendors trying to sell you photographs and flowers. Visit in the middle of the night for a pretty and peaceful view with no crowds. Regardless of when you go, don't forget to toss in a coin to guarantee your return to Rome.

The Catacombs

You can visit the various catacombs in and around Rome, including those of St. Sebastian, St. Callixtus and St. Commodilla. Go in the morning, as they close at midday. You'll get to see the tombs and the frescoes, but remember that photographs are not permitted. For the religious, you can pre-book a 30 minute mass to be held underground-just don't forget to bring your own priest!

Vittorio Emanuele II Monument

While this is a relatively new structure and doesn't hold a lot of appeal to most Italians, it's definitely worth a visit. Inside you can see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as well as the Italian Reunification Museum. But the biggest draw is the glass elevator that takes you to the top for some breathtaking views of the city. The best part is, it looks directly over the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Don't leave Rome without a trip up the elevator!

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December 15, 2009 change by tiffanymparker

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