Rome has a legacy of historical landmarks, art and it also covers a myriad of ancient eras due to the fact that nearly 2800 years’ worth of history is expressed in this one city. Think the Colosseum, Pantheon, Sistine Chapel, to mention but a few. The architecture is so rich in art and history that it is difficult to imagine, until you walk those streets yourself.
A large part of the world’s most iconic structures can be seen in the Roman Forum, including the famous Colosseum. The Roman Forum was the focal point of all action in the city amid the time when the Roman Empire ruled the vast majority of Europe and parts of Asia and Africa. Among the structures to see are the Arch of Titus and Circus Maximus, where the unforgettable, although fictional, chariot race from the 1959 motion picture “Ben Hur” played off.
If you are planning to travel to Europe, Rome should be your first choice.
Most of Rome’s historical tourist attractions are relatively close to each other. It is possible to walk to the tourist sites as they are clustered together in a fairly small area of Rome. Make sure you have a good and up-to-date Rome Tourist Map so that you can navigate yourself easily through the streets of Rome.
Below we have made a handy “Rome Tourist Map” (pdf and image format avaible) for your visit. Below you will find the details of the areas in the map.
Rome Tourist Map: Image Format (Image-Click to zoom)
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Rome Tourist Map: A Few Tips for When You are Visiting Rome
- Book your accommodations in a centrally located place.
- Do not try to see all of Rome in one day. It is impossible to visit every landmark in one, five or even 14 days, plan ahead to make the most of your visit.
- Do research on the time you plan on going on vacation as this will influence your time greatly. In peak-time (June-July), you might have to deal with huge crowds, but in August you might find the heat unbearable and some stores even closed due to less tourists as well as the heat.
- Make sure you have enough sunscreen and water while you are walking around the landmarks and museums to avoid severe sunburn and dehydration.
- The Italians are very friendly people, if locals see you struggling with a map or even just looking lost, they would most probably stop to assist you.
- You can wear casual clothes for the most part of your trip. Just make sure that you are decently dressed and covered up. Nobody wants unwanted and degrading attention. When you visit the churches, make sure that you, yet again, are dressed appropriately.
- Electricity wise. Buy a European adapter before you leave on your trip and pack it first. You will need an adapter to charge your mobile, tablet or laptop. It is generally cheaper to buy an adapter in your home country than abroad. Also take note that, while most hotels do offer Wi-Fi, you will not find many restaurants and public places with Wi-Fi available.
- You do not travel all the way to Rome without visiting the museums. As soon as you have picked the sights you want to see, find out what their opening and closing times are. Make sure you know which museums charge a fee and what the fees are so that you can budget accordingly. Some have different rates for children, students and seniors. Churches are free to visit and contain many works of art that you might love. Have a “travel-plan” in hand and visit landmarks and museums that are close together at a time. This will prevent you from running back and forth between them and missing some because you simply ran out of time.
Rome Tours & Tickets for Your Visit:
Rome is the most important tourist destination in the world. Get your ticket in advance to avoid spending time in museum queues. Do not wait long queues to enter the Colosseum, the Vatican and the Pantheon.