The Colosseum is a monument of epic proportions dating from AD 72. Stories of gory battles between gladiators, slaves, prisoners and wild animals have emerged from this Flavian amphitheatre with a seating capacity of over 50,000 people; nowhere in the world was there a larger or more glorious setting for mass slaughter. This is a necessary pilgrimage for history buffs, and the ideal starting point from which to take in the Roman remains of the city: the jaw-dropping Forum, the Domus Aurea and the Pantheon.
Here we go, the cream of the crop, the top of the table, a collection of main events that defined the world that grew around them. The can’t miss attractions in Rome are just about as can’t miss as it gets, and few places in the world offer such artistic riches. Even the most cursory of walks around the Italian capital becomes a conveyor belt of history and culture, beautiful buildings from all the centuries that routinely top travel bucket lists around the world. Rome is that sort of place.
The Eternal City is a place for dreamers, an incredible cauldron of activity that surpasses lofty expectations in that inimitable Roman style. Eat at the restaurants, drink at the bars, gawp at the galleries and get lost in the streets, but be sure to stop at Rome’s finest attractions along the way.