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Must-Sees in Rome, Italy

July 31, 2013 - 9:17am
A list of top-sights to see while visiting Rome, Italy.

Guests taking advantage of group travel deals may find themselves stopping in Rome, Italy for the day. This historic city is full of ancient ruins as well as the modern commodities most are used to. Make the most of the day by exploring some of the city's most famous attractions. 

Roman Colosseum
The most popular site in Rome, the Colosseum remains remarkably intact even after nearly 2,000 years. During its prime, as many as 50,000 Romans could be found there watching gladiatorial contests and wild-animal hunts. Although the Colosseum is no longer used, visitors can still create a good visual from what remains. 

Sistine Chapel and Vatican City 
With a little more than 800 people, Vatican City is the world's smallest state. The Pope calls Vatican City home as he leads the Roman Catholic Church and performs mass on Wednesday mornings in St. Peter's Square. One of the most important sights to see in Vatican City is St. Peter's Basilica, one of the church's holiest sites.

The Sistine Chapel is also a must-see in the city. Located among other chapels in Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel provides guests awe-inspiring views under this grand building's magnificent ceiling, which was painted by Michelangelo. The ceiling is one of the most iconic masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance. With more than 5 million visitors every year, the chapel was named in honor of Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere. The walls include the stories of Moses and Jesus Christ as well as portraits of several popes.

Trevi Fountain
Throw in a coin for good luck at the Trevi Fountain. Here, visitors can see Nicola Salvi's 85-foot-high, 18th-century fountain. It's filled with Baroque sea gods and horses and is the epitome of passion and romance. Legend has it that if a visitor throws in a coin over their shoulder, then the wish for a return visit to Rome will come true.

Roman Pantheon
The Pantheon was built more than 1,800 years ago and was a temple made to honor all of the gods. The front portico of the Pantheon has three rows of columns and a large bronze door. The building is well-preserved thanks to its conversion into a church in 609. The tombs of the famous artist Raphael and several Italian kings are in the Pantheon. 

Seeing ancient ruins and historic sites like these are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Taking advantage of affordable travel packages and venturing to these centuries old locations should be on everyone's bucket list.