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Stay in Rome: a guide to ancient ruins and historical sites

Rome, the “Eternal City,” is one of the most fascinating cities in the world, custodian of a priceless treasure of history and culture. Its archaeological sites and ancient ruins are able to give a fascinating glimpse into the spectacular past of the Roman Empire. These places are a true journey through the centuries and the history of civilization, in which every corner holds history, art and culture.

Visiting Rome: what are the most important archaeological sites

Rome is a true open-air museum: every street is home to numerous archaeological sites that have truly made the history of civilization and people today.

Here is a list of some of the must-see monuments in Rome:

  • The Colosseum: an iconic symbol of Rome, the Colosseum is the largest amphitheater ever built, erected at the behest of Emperor Titus. This magnificent building was the stage for epic gladiator battles, wild animal hunts and public spectacles. Today, its impressive ruins continue to amaze visitors from around the world, offering a fascinating glimpse into the life and traditions of ancient Rome.
  • The Trevi Fountain: one of Rome’s most famous monuments, it has ancient origins related to the Aqua Virgo aqueduct, built in 19 BC. The present fountain was commissioned by Pope Clement XII in 1732 and designed by architect Nicola Salvi. The construction, completed in 1762 under the direction of Giuseppe Pannini, is a Baroque masterpiece depicting Neptune in the center, surrounded by tritons and sea horses, with the Poli Palace as a backdrop. Also famous thanks to cinema, particularly Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita,” it is now an iconic symbol of Rome and one of the most visited attractions.
  • The Vatican Museums in Rome: founded in 1506 with the purchase of the Laocoon by Pope Julius II, are among the most important museum complexes in the world. The collection expanded significantly during the Renaissance and Baroque periods, including masterpieces such as Raphael’s Stanze and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. In the 18th and 19th centuries, under Popes Clement XIV, Pius VI and Gregory XVI, museums dedicated to classical sculpture, Etruscan and Egyptian art were added. In the 20th century, they expanded further with the Vatican Picture Gallery and the Missionary-Ethnological Museum. Today, they attract millions of visitors each year, offering a vast collection of art and historical artifacts.
  • The Imperial Forums: the complex of monumental squares is a world-renowned archaeological site. Its construction involved numerous Roman emperors to celebrate their power and glory. The Forum of Caesar, the Forum of Augustus, the Forum of Nerva, and the Forum of Trajan are some of the best known. The site was the beating heart of the political, religious, and commercial life of ancient Rome. Walking among the columns and the remains of temples, basilicas, and marketplaces is a unique experience that allows you to relive the grandeur of imperial times.
  • The Pantheon: one of the best-preserved ancient buildings in the world, with its magnificent dome the Pantheon was a temple dedicated to all Roman deities. Its most striking feature is its central oculus, which allows natural light to illuminate the interior of the building in a striking way.
  • The Baths of Caracalla: an extraordinary example of the engineering skills of the Romans, the Baths of Caracalla could accommodate up to 1,600 people at once. In addition to hot and cold pools, the baths included gymnasiums, libraries, and gardens. The imposing ruins of these thermal baths allow visitors to immerse themselves and get a taste of Roman customs and traditions, peeking into the daily life and relaxation habits of ancient Rome.
  • The Circus Maximus: what was the largest stadium in ancient Rome, used primarily for chariot races, is still used today for public events and concerts, keeping alive its tradition as a place of entertainment.
  • The Catacombs: the vast and complex system of underground tunnels, used at the time as burial places by early Christians, is one of the most evocative and mysterious archaeological complexes in all of Rome. Among the best known are the Catacombs of San Callisto and those of San Sebastiano. These sites, in addition to being used as cemeteries by the early Christians, also offered them refuge at a time in history dominated by religious persecution. The catacombs offer a fascinating insight into the life and religious practices of the early Christian community.

Vacation in the historic center of Rome: here’s where to stay

If you are planning to spend a city vacation dedicated to historical and cultural discovery, choosing a hotel in the center of Rome is of utmost importance. In this way you can easily reach the major sites of interest and at the same time return to your suite while continuing to breathe in the magical atmosphere that the Eternal City knows how to give.

At Portrait Roma you can enjoy a magnificent stay in the center of the city without sacrificing luxury and comfort.

The five-star boutique hotel signed Lungarno Collection, located in the historic center of Rome, precisely on Via Condotti, a stone’s throw from Piazza Navona has made luxury and hospitality its goal. This central location allows guests easy access to many of the city’s most famous attractions such as the Trevi Fountain or the Pantheon, just a 10- to 15-minute walk away.

In addition, the hotel has an eye for all things artistic and creative: it is peppered with references and tributes to the genius of Salvatore Ferragamo, thanks to photographs, drawings, sketches and artwork found in every room, recalling the exquisite Italian dolce vita.

The Portrait Roma offers luxurious and personalized suites, each designed with elegance and attention to detail to ensure an exclusive stay experience.