Bucket List: Rome, Italy


I wish I could explain in words how much I love Rome. The sites, the art, the pasta, the culture; everything about this romantic city makes my heart want to explode with happiness. Rome is known as the Eternal City, and is filled with some of the most memorable historical sites in Europe. With over 2500 years of history, the list of sites to see is quite a long one. Truth of the matter, many tourist attractions can be seen in one visit, but Rome is one of those cities that you will never tire returning to. Here's my list of the most magical, breathtaking sites that cannot be missed.

The Ultimate

Roman Bucket List:

1. The Colosseum, 

Roman Forum,

& Palatine Hill

"Are you not entertained?!"

2. Trevi Fountain

There's nothing like having a Lizzie McGuire moment and making a wish at the Trevi Fountain. Remember: if you coin toss, its right hand over left shoulder!

3. The Pantheon

Once inside, make sure to send all my love to Raphael, his tomb dwells within.

4. The Vatican

Because Vatican City is it's own country inside a country, it deserves it's own list:

a. The Sistine Chapel

b. Vatican Museums

c. St. Peter's Basilica and Square

d.  Raphael's Rooms

5. The Spanish Steps

Pull an Audrey and have a Roman Holiday moment.

(TIP: But not for too long, the police will not be happy if you're eating on the steps.)

6. Piazza Navona

& Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi

"If it's not Baroque, don't fix it." -Bernini probably

7. Castel


Fan of The Da Vinci Code series? Follow the angels.

8. Villa Borghese

The Villa Borghese is the third largest park in Rome, and contains some major sites, including the Galleria Borghese. Filled with wonderful landscape architecture and gardens, the Villa Borghese is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the crowded city.

(TIP: Fountains throughout the Villa Borghese and the Eternal City flow with drinkable, clean water. Don't be afraid to fill up your cups and take a moment to hydrate.)

9. The Altare della Patria


10. Bocca della


Love truth or dare? A stop at the The Mouth of Truth should definitely be on your list of must-see sites. This ancient mask combines both. Legend has it that if you put your hand in the mouth and tell a lie, the Bocca will slam shut and bite your hand off.

(TIP: Pack hand sanitizer for after. You're welcome.)

11. Churches

My Favorites Include:

a. Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo

b. San Marcello al Corso

c. San Luigi dei Francesi

d. Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

There are more than 900 churches in Rome. 900+. It's impossible to limit favorites to a mere list, because every one is as unique as the next. My quest for church visits depended on the art that lied within. San Luigi dei Francesi is my top choice because it is home to the famous St. Matthew masterpieces by Late Renaissance painter, Caravaggio. 

12. Arch of


13. The Temple of



14. Pizza, Wine, & Gelato

There is nothing like a piazza, wine, and gelato break after a day of sightseeing, especially when it's with your travel fam.


If you have an questions or comments, feel free to comment below!


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