Rome's main attractions

The first time you come to Rome, you have to see it for yourself.

Listing all the interesting places in the city on the seven hills is a daunting task. Just take a look at the map of Rome with its landmarks, and your head will spin. There are about a thousand cathedrals alone! So, we'll mention only the most iconic ones:

Colosseum - the main symbol of the city, mentioned in all Rome sightseeing guides. This colossal 1st-century amphitheater was once the site of gladiatorial battles. Guided tours are available every half hour (costing around 5 EUR);

Galleria Borghese - a true gem of Rome, where you can see the world's largest collection of Caravaggio's works, the finest sculptures by Bernini, and paintings by Raphael, Titian, and Rubens. Getting into the museum can be challenging as you won't find tickets at the ticket office - everything must be booked in advance. You can purchase tickets online for the Borghese Gallery or any other museum in Rome on their website;

Sistine Chapel and the famous frescoes by Botticelli, Perugino, and Michelangelo - photos of these landmarks in Rome adorn all textbooks on art theory! By the way, on the last Sunday of every month, admission here, as well as to all other Vatican Museums, is free;

Bocca della Verità, or the Mouth of Truth, is described in all guidebooks as a Roman landmark located in the Santa Maria in Cosmedin church! This large marble slab (which used to cover the well of the Cloaca Maxima, the ancient Roman sewer system) features the image of the god Oceanus and is considered an ancient "lie detector." It has a black hole instead of a mouth, and according to legend, the cruel god would bite off the hand of anyone who told a lie.

The rest of Rome's attractions with names Italian can be found on Google Maps.

By the way, we recommend purchasing a Roma Pass tourist card. It guarantees free admission or significant discounts in museums, free public transportation (excluding the Leonardo Express train from the airport to Rome), and other benefits. The card is valid for 3 days and costs 34 EUR. While there may not be significant savings, it allows you to skip the queues.

You can purchase the card on the official website (pay with a card, receive a special code, and pick up the card at the Rome Tourist Information Center) or at any museum in Rome.

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