1) COLOSSEO AND ROMAN FORUM
Well, this is one of the most famous monument in the world, a remain of Imperial world that was survived to earthquakes and robberies. At Easter it becomes a symbol of christianity, when the Pope celebrates the procession of the Holy Cross remembering all christian martyrs.
The Flavian Amphitheater was built in AD 72 and is known as “Colosseum” from a colossal statue of Emperor Nero nearby.
Tip you can catch the best views from Colle Oppio, where the Domus Aurea (Golden House) of Nero lays hidden by the soil (you can visit it by the way to have your archeo-underground stroll).
2) TREVI FOUNTAIN
This is the probably the most iconic fountain of Rome. During the day it’s crowded by tourists that want to catch a picture or throw coins in the pool. If you are up for a romantic walk, you should try to walk at night. After midnight, there is none in the square and you can dream of Anita Ekberg’s stroll in the fountain (Fellini’s Dolce Vita). Tip: go to the Stamperia palace (free admission), you will be able to see the Fountain from high.
3) SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE
In this papal church, one of the most important in Rome, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the man responsible for roman baroque and many of the fountains, statues, squares and bridges of the old city, once almost killed his rival in love. You can still see a sign on the wall, next Palazzo Rospigliosi, that says “here lived Gian Lorenzo Bernini”. Inside, the church is just a pure gem, full of art. Tip: enjoy gelato from the cafeterias
4) BARBERINI GALLERY
This amazing palace once was property of the infamous Barberini family. Today the gardens and the facade are under renovation, but the amazing art collected inside is second to none. Raphael, Caravaggio and the mighty frescos by Pietro da Cortona, will let you step inside the magnificiency of baroque. Look in the official website to see when free concerts are hosted in the rooms to get a real baroque experience.
5) PALAZZO MASSIMO – NATIONAL ROMAN MUSEUM
Well, this is only one of the 4 sites of the National Roman Museum that you can visit and probably the most iconic.
Inside you have a huge collection of roman art, including mosaics and original paintings from roman houses. Also a few greek and roman sculptures, including the Sleeping Hermaphrodite, known for the soft marble bed carved by Bernini later in the copy in custody at the Galleria Borghese.
The place never gets too crowded and it is just a stone’s throw from Hotel Selene Roma. You can also enjoy Terme di Diocleziano, Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi with same ticket.