Sightseeing in Rome, Italy can be overwhelming. With ancient architecture along every street and a city full of history, how can one see it all? The key is to plan ahead, and choose your top destinations. Here are some you just shouldn’t miss.

Colosseum
The Colosseum in Rome.

Colosseum

The Colosseum, built in 70 A.D., is a must-visit landmark for every visitor to Rome. You can touch stone that has remained standing for hundreds of years through wars and earthquakes. Originally built to house gladiator games, this ruin has a dark beginning, but today it brings in millions of tourists every year.

Arch titus
The Arch of Titus in Rome.

Roman Forum

Walk along ancient streets past temples and ruins that harken back to Rome’s mythological beginnings in the Roman Forum. See the Arch of Titus, the Temple of Vesta, the Temple of Caesar, and so much more as you take in these excavated ruins of the Roman Empire.

Just outside of this area of ancient temples is Hotel Duca D’Alba, a modern and affordable hotel with free Wi-Fi.

Pantheon

The Pantheon is an ancient temple built during the first 100 years of the Common Era. The original temple built during the reign of Augustus, was destroyed, and the current building you see today was built by Emperor Hadrian around 115 A.D.

Named for the landmark, the Pantheon Hotel offers a luxurious stay with free breakfast.

Fontana dei quattro fiumi
The Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) in Rome.

Trevi Fountain

A short walk east of the Pantheon is the Trevi Fountain. This famous landmark is a masterpiece of 18th century Baroque architecture and a must-see.

Hotel Fontana is located just across the street. It’s elegant rooms have balconies overlooking the fountain and the rest of city.

Capuchin Crypt

Visit the Museum and Crypt of the Capuchin Friars for a creepy and fascinating experience. This crypt houses the bones of over 3,000 friars buried by their Capuchin brothers. The bones are exhibited in the most elaborate displays, which have been created by macabre works of art.

Just down the street is Hotel Barocco, an elegant, modern hotel with all of the right amenities. Enjoy a drink at their Barolo cafe after a day of sightseeing.

sistine chapel
The Sistine Chapel in Rome.

Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is in the heart of Vatican City, and within it is the Apostolic Palace, which is the official residence of the Pope. The ceiling and walls, covered in works by the famous painter, Michelangelo, are sure to leave you speechless.

For an absolutely luxurious stay, book a room at Gran Melia Rome. This hotel is sure to provide the relaxation you want with an on-site spa, outdoor pool, and fine dining.

Enjoy Rome and relax at the same time. With plenty of hotels available near each major site, seeing it all and sleeping in style is completely doable.