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What Not To Miss In Rome: The Top 5 Sights

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We've the answer to the header question as we share with you the Top 5 Sights in Rome, the sights you do not want to miss.  

Our Tip: Combine these top sights in Rome with a few tours of Rome and then go shopping in Rome with our guide to the secret stores.

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Onto those top 5 sights in Rome....

The Pantheon

Pantheon, RomePantheon

One of the most impressive sights you'll ever see and possibly the best preserved of all Roman buildings. When you consider this construction dates back to around the time of Christ you can only marvel at the skill of the builders and the architects.

It is impressive outside, but walk inside the huge wooden doors and you are left open-mouthed and gasping in wonder at the huge dome rising up above... seemingly to the heavens. Even today such a dome would be a huge challenge to construct. 

So, is the Pantheon the top sight in Rome?

Answer: Many say it is and I can see why. For me though it is probably a draw between the Pantheon, the Colosseum and St Peter's.

The Colosseum 

The Colosseum in RomeColosseum

The Colosseum is incredible, but, over 7 million tourists a year visit the Colosseum and most of those visit in June, July and August.  So, if you visit then it can be horrid: hot, sticky and very noisy. 

Our tip is to visit in the winter months and get there early before the crowds. That way you can get to contemplate this incredible place in relative peace. You can almost hear the roar of the crowd, the cries of the  gladiators and feel the stories of many centuries. Moving, sad and inspiring all at once.

St Peter's Basilica 

St Peter's BasilicaSt Peter's Basilica

Technically not in Rome but in the Vatican City and the largest and greatest of all Christian churches. The center of the faith for Catholics and a sight of pilgrimage for Christians of all denominations. Whether you are Catholic or not it doesn't matter, this church will move you immensely and touch your soul for certain.

Visit the Pieta sculpture by Michelangelo while visiting St Peters. The sculpture is located in the first chapel to your right after entering and it is one of the most beautiful works by a human being that you will ever see. Some say God's hand guided that of Michelangelo. It's beauty and poignancy is overwhelming. 

Pieta statue by MichelangeloPieta Statue

The Sistine Chapel

The Sistine ChapelThe Sistine Chapel

A fairly small chapel with a ceiling of immense beauty: the most famous ceiling in all the world thanks to the incredible talent of a certain fellow you may have heard of by the name of Michelangelo.

You can look at all the photos you want, watch countless video but nothing prepares you for the moment you actually stand here and look up. It is like looking up into heaven itself.

The Roman Forum

Roman ForumRoman Forum

Once this was the very heart of Rome. It was here where the decisions that affected much of the world were taken: the Roman Senate was here, statues and temples lined the avenues and processions of victorious Roman legions would be watched by thousands of cheering Roman citizens.  Now the cats seem to have taken over.

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