Top things to do in Rome

With a lively artisan culture, breathtaking basilicas, and a food scene that needs no introduction, there’s a reason why la città eterna has charmed travelers for centuries. Here are the highlights of a visit to Rome.

The Colosseum

Rome’s tenacity is best illustrated in its ancient monuments, remarkably intact nearly 2000 years on. Debuting in 80 AD, the behemoth 50,000 seat Colosseum famously hosted frenzied spectators who would watch gladiators facing off against each other or wild animals. No photograph can prepare you for the thrill of seeing it for the first time. More than any other monument, this iconic amphitheater symbolizes the power and drama of ancient Rome, and still today it’s an electrifying sight. The amphitheater dominates as the top tourist attraction in the city; book tickets in advance to bypass the lines. Read the full travel article here.