Things to see in Rome

What to visit and an overview of admission fees for sights in Rome in 2022

Are you planning what to visit in Rome and wondering how much to prepare to enter the sights? See an overview of the entrance fees to all the major sights in Rome. Here you will also find other necessary information about opening hours, where the monument is located and how to get there.

Updated 4. 6. 2022

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What to visit and an overview of admission fees for sights in Rome

Rome is full of monuments, historical sites and museums. It takes a lot of time, a lot of energy, and sometimes nerves while waiting in the queues for tickets 😃.

TIP: Want to save on entrance fees and transport in Rome or simply use one card for everything? Take a look at my comparison of the Roma Pass and Rome&Vatican Pass which get you free or reduced admission to more than 45 monuments, unlimited public transport, a sightseeing bus ride and other bonuses.

Colosseum (Colosseo)

The Colosseum is a symbol of Rome with almost 2000 years of history. More than 6 million people visit it every year. It’s also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre. For more than 500 years, it was the centre of entertainment for the Roman people – it hosted exotic animal exhibitions, prisoner executions, and gladiator fights.

Colosseum Rome
  • Where? Piazza del Colosseo
  • How do I get there? Metro – line B → Colosseo stop, bus – lines 75, 81, 175, 204, 673, tram – line 3
  • What are the opening hours? 2. 1.-28. 2. 9:00-16:30, 1.3. -26. 3. 9:00-17:30, 27. 3. -31. 8. 9:00-19:15, 1. 9.-30. 9. 9:00-19:00, 1. 10.-30. 10. 9:00-18:30, 31. 10.-31. 12. 9:00-16:30 (Last time you will be let in is 1 hour before. Closed 1/1, 25/12)

How much is the entrance fee to the Colosseum?

  • Full admission 16 € (online booking extra 2 €)
  • Reduced entrance fee 2 € (EU citizens 18 – 25 years)
  • Reservations are required, even for those with free admission.
  • The ticket is combined, i.e. you can visit the Colosseum, Forum Romanum and Palatine Hill with the above admission fee
  • Part of the Roma Pass: YES

You have 24 hours to explore the sights (only 1 entry per sights). All sites are located immediately next to each other.

Skip the queue and book a ticket for the Colosseum with Forum Romanum and Palatine Hill online with free cancellation 24 hours in advance. Guided tours are also available, with which you can learn lots of interesting and fun facts.

Forum Romanum

The Forum Romanum, together with the Colosseum, is the greatest reminder of the Roman era. In ancient Rome, religious and public life took place here. Interestingly, the site where the Forum was built was originally a marshland.

Forum Romanum Rome

The Forum Romanum is part of a combined ticket with the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill – see Colosseum ↑. It is directly opposite the Colosseum.

  • What are the opening hours? The time varies according to the season – see Colosseum. You will be let in for the last time 1 hour in advance. Closed 1. 1., 25. 12.
  • Part of the Roma Pass: YES

Palatine hill

Palatino’s hill can be found 40 metres above the Forum Romanum. In earlier times, the upper classes of Rome built sumptuous palaces here, of which important traces have been preserved.

Palatine's hill Rome

Palatine Hill is part of a combined ticket with the Colosseum and Forum Romanum – see Colosseum ↑. It is located directly opposite the Colosseum in the same area as the Forum Romanum.

  • What are the opening hours? The time varies according to the season – see Colosseum. You will be let in for the last time 1 hour in advance. Closed 1. 1., 25. 12.
  • Part of the Roma Pass: YES

Arch of Constantine

The Arch of Constantine is not to be missed – it is located between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. It was built in 315 to commemorate the victory of Constantine I the Great at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. It is freely accessible.

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Read also: 14 tips for sights of ancient Rome

Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain is considered by many to be the most beautiful fountain in the world. Its name comes from its location – in a small square where 3 streets meet.

Tradition says that if you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, you will return to Rome one day. If you toss 2 coins there, you will meet love and 3 coins will bring marriage. It is said that it fits into the fountain for € 3,000 a day. Up to € 1.4 million per year. Money is collected 3 times a week when the Trevi Fountain is closed to the public – MON, WED, FR between 8 and 9 am. Everything then goes to a local charity to help the homeless and needy.

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  • Where? Piazza di Trevi
  • How do I get there? Metro – line A → stop Barberini
  • What are the opening hours and entrance fees? The fountain is open all year round free of charge

St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City (Basilica di San Pietro)

St. Peter’s Basilica is an important pilgrimage site and one of the holiest and largest churches of the Catholic Church. It is the place where the Pope presides over many liturgies throughout the year.

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  • Where? Piazza San Pietro, Vatican City
  • How do I get there? Metro – line A → Ottaviano stop
  • What are the opening hours? April-September 7am-7pm, October-March 7am-6:30pm; The Dome opens at 7:30am and closes at 6pm April-September and 5pm October-March.
  • How much is the entry fee? Admission to the basilica is free. There is an entrance fee for The Dome – lift to the terrace and then 320 steps on foot for €10 or just walk up the 551 steps without lift for €8.

Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel will blow you away with its frescoes, on which the most important artists have worked. The most famous are the magnificent ceiling and the Last Judgement above the altar, both by Michelangelo. The Sistine Chapel is so beautiful and interesting that I have dedicated a separate article to it, where you will find everything you need to know before your visit.

  • Where? Inside the Vatican Museums, Vatican City
  • How do I get there? Metro – line A → stop Ottaviano or Cipro
  • What are the opening hours? Main season 22. 4.-9. 10. 2022 Mon-Thu 9:00-18:00 (last entry 16:00), Fri-Sat 9:00-22:30 (last entry 20:30) and last Sun of the month 9:00-14:00 (last entry 12:30). Off-season: Mon-Sat 9:00-18:00 (last entry 16:00), last Sun of the month 9:00-14:00 (last entry 12:30)
  • How much is the entry fee? Full admission 17 € + booking fee, reduced admission 8 € (children 6-18 years, students 19-25 years) + booking fee; advance booking required

The Vatican museums

Over 6 million people visit the Vatican Museums every year. Here you will find a collection of more than 20,000 works of art divided into individual museums according to themes (and this is only a minimal part of the collection, most of it is inaccessible). You can find out what to see in the Vatican Museums in a separate article.

  • Where? Viale Vaticano 51, Vatican City
  • How do I get there? Metro – line A → stop Cipro or Ottaviano
  • What are the opening hours? Main season 22. 4.-9. 10. 2022 Mon-Thu 9:00-18:00 (last entry 16:00), Fri-Sat 9:00-22:30 (last entry 20:30) and last Sun of the month 9:00-14:00 (last entry 12:30). Off-season: Mon-Sat 9:00-18:00 (last entry 16:00), last Sun of the month 9:00-14:00 (last entry 12:30)

How much is the entry fee?

  • Full admission 17 € + reservation fee
  • Reduced admission 8 € (children 6-18 years, students 19-25 years) + reservation fee
  • The ticket includes entry to the Sistine Chapel, which can be found at the end of the museums.
  • Must book online in advance
  • Free admission on the last Sunday of the month – no need to book in advance, but there are usually long queues.

Skip the line and order tickets to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel online. There are even tours of the Vatican at night.

Castle of the Angels (Castel Sant’Angelo)

Not far from the Vatican, on the right bank of the Tiber River, you will find the fortress of Castel Sant’Angelo, known as Hadrian’s Tomb (Hadrian was a Roman emperor who had the fortress built as a mausoleum for himself and his family).

Angel Castle Rome
  • Where? Lungo teverre Castello 50
  • How do I get there? Bus – lines 23, 34, 49, 64, 87, 280, 492, 926, 990
  • What are the opening hours? Tue-Sun 9:00-19:30 (ticket office closes at 18:30)

How much is the entry fee?

  • Full admission 13 €
  • Reduced entrance fee 3 € (EU citizens 18 – 24 years)
  • Free from October to March on the first Sunday of the month
  • Booking: during holidays and weekends it is recommended to book in advance (booking fee € 1); book tickets to Angel Castle online
  • Part of the Roma Pass: YES

Pantheon

The Pantheon is a perfectly preserved temple from 126 AD. It will blow you away with its architecture. The circular building is exactly the same diameter as its height (43.5 metres). The dome is thus larger than the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. At the top of the dome there is an opening with a diameter of 9 metres, which allows natural light to enter the building.

Pantheon, Rome
  • Where? Piazza della Rotonda
  • How do I get there? Metro – line A → stop Barberini
  • What are the opening hours? 9:00-19:00 (last entry 18:30); closed 1. 1., 1. 5., 25. 12.
  • How much is the entrance fee? Free, but as of 2021, you must book your seat at least one day in advance on weekends and holidays. Pantheon ticket booking.

Capitol Museums

The Capitoline Museums are art galleries on one of the seven hills of Rome, the Capitoline Hill. The museums are spread around Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo. In the museums, you’ll be treated to a collection of statues, paintings and other objects closely linked to the history of Rome.

  • Where? Piazza del Campidoglio
  • How do I get there? 1 km from Colosseo metro station (line B)
  • What are the opening hours? 9:30-19:30 (last entry one hour before)
  • How much is the entry fee? Full admission 11,50 €, reduced admission 9,50 €
  • Reservation: not required, but can be booked at www.museicapitolini.org
  • Part of the Roma Pass: YES

Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the most impressive churches in Rome. It is covered with mosaics from 5. century, depicting 36 scenes from the Old Testament.

  • Where? Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore
  • How do I get there? Termini metro stop
  • What are the opening hours? 7:00-18:45
  • How much is the entry fee? Free
  • Reservation: NO

Lateran Basilica

The Lateran Basilica is the oldest church building in Rome. In 896, however, after a strong earthquake, almost nothing remained of it and it was not restored until 17-18. century. The Archbasilica is the home of the Diocese of Rome and technically acquires the status of the most important Roman Church.

  • Where? Piazza del Laterano
  • How do I get there? San Giovanni metro station (line A)
  • What are the opening hours? MON-SAT 9:00-16:30
  • How much is the entry fee? Free
  • Reservation: NO

Basilica di San Paolo (Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls)

St Paul’s Basilica outside the walls is another important papal basilica in Rome. And others that will absolutely captivate you with their interior. On the walls you will find medallions of all officially recognized popes from St. Paul to the present. Just above the tomb of the Apostle St. Paul’s Basilica was supposedly built.

  • Where? Piazzale San Paolo 1
  • How do I get there? Garbatella metro station (line B)
  • What are the opening hours? MON-SUN 7:00-18:30
  • How much is the entry fee? Free
  • Reservation: NO

National Roman Museum (Museo Nazionale Romano)

The National Roman Museum is divided into 4 main collections, which are housed in different palaces. Before your visit, you buy one combined ticket that will get you into all the places. You have 1 week to visit all the sites. Read more about each museum in the article: The best museums in Rome.

How much is the entry fee?
  • Combination ticket: full admission 12 €, reduced admission 8 € (EU citizens 18 – 25 years), booking fee 2 €
  • Ticket for 1 seat: Full admission 8 €, reduced admission 2 € (EU citizens 18 – 25 years), booking fee 2 €
  • Part of the Roma Pass: YES

Borghese Gallery (Galleria Borghese)

At the Borghese Gallery, you’ll be treated to a collection of art from the 15th century. to 18. century.

Borghese Gallery Rome
  • Where? Piazzale del Museo Borghese 5
  • How do I get there? Metro – line A → stop Piazza di Spagna; bus – lines 5, 19, 52, 53, 63, 86, 88, 92, 95, 116, 204, 217, 231, 360, 490, 491, 495, 630, 910, 926
  • What are the opening hours? Closed MON, TU and FR-SAT 9:00-19:00, ST 9:00-22:00, TH 9:00-21:00 (you choose a specific time slot when booking)
  • How much is the entry fee? Full admission 15 €, reduced admission 2 € (EU citizens 18 – 25 years), booking fee 2 €
  • Part of the Roma Pass: YES

As with many other Roman monuments, you need to book your place in the Borghese Gallery. It’s not as complicated as it might seem at first glance. You have 3 options: by phone, by email or via the website.

  • Email info@tosc.it with the number of people, age, date and approximate time that would work for you. They will reply within 48 hours.
  • The second option is to make a reservation for the Borghese Gallery online. Through this linkyou can skip the queue on the spot.

Please note: you must be at the venue at least half an hour in advance. In the meantime, you can wander around the gardens.

Baths od Caracalla (Terme di Caracalla)

The Baths of Caracalla were built by Marcus Aurelius between 212 and 216 and became one of the largest and most interesting thermal complexes in antiquity.

Caracalla Baths Rome
  • Where? Vialle delle Terme di Caracalla
  • How do I get there? Metro – line B → Circo Massimo stop, bus → lines 118, 160, 628
  • What are the opening hours? Tue-Sun 09:00-19:15 (varies by season – book exact time; last entry one hour before)
  • How much is the entry fee? Full admission 8 €, reduced admission 2 € (EU citizens 18 – 25 years)
  • Reservation: YES, additional fee 2 € – reservation for Baths of Caracalla
  • Part of the Roma Pass: YES

Trajan’s Forum – Mercati di Traiano

Trajan’s Forum was Rome’s first shopping centre. It had 6 floors and housed up to 150 different shops and apartments.

  • Where? Via IV Novembre, 94
  • How do I get there? Metro line B → stop Colosseo or Cavour, bus – lines 40, 53, 60, 64, 70, 80, 85, 57, 117, 170, 175, 186, 271, 571, 810, H, N7, N8, N9, N15, N18 → stop Piazza Venezia
  • What are the opening hours? MON-SUN 9:30-19:30
  • How much is the entry fee? Full admission 13 €, reduced admission 11 € (EU citizens 18 – 24 years)
  • Reservation: NO
  • Part of the Roma Pass: YES

Catacombs of Rome (catacombe di Roma)

The catacombs are underground passages that have been used for centuries as burial grounds for Jewish, pagan and early Christian Roman citizens from the second to the fifth century. The catacombs can be found in several places on the outskirts of Rome.

Catacombs of St. Calixto (catacombe di San Callisto)

Catacombs of St. Calixtus Rome
  • WHERE? Via Appia Antica 110/126
  • HOW? Metro – line A (from Termini train station) → stop Piazza San Giovanni in Lateran – then change to bus 218 (direction Ardeatine) → stop Fosse Ardeatine
  • What are the opening hours? Mon-Fri and Thu-Sun 9:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00
  • How much is the entry fee? Full admission 8 €, reduced admission 5 € (children 7-16 years)

Priscilla’s Catacombs (catacombe di Priscilla)

  • WHERE? Via Salaria 430
  • HOW? Metro – line B1 → stop Libia or St. Agense/Annibaliano station, Bus – lines 63, 92, 310 → stop Priscilla
  • What are the opening hours? Tue-Sun 9:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00
  • How much is the entry fee? Full admission 8 €, reduced admission 5 € (children 7-16 years)

Domitilla catacombs (catacombe Domitilla)

  • WHERE? Via delle Sette Chiese 282
  • HOW? Metro – line A (from Termini train station) → stop Piazza San Giovanni in Lateran – then change to bus 218 (direction Ardeatine) → stop Fosse Ardeatine (same as at the Catacombs of St. Calixto)
  • What are the opening hours? closed TUESDAY, MON-SUN (except TUESDAY) 9:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00
  • How much is the entry fee? Full admission 8 €, reduced admission 5 € (children 7-16 years)

Catacombs of Saint Sebastian (catacombe di San Sebastiano)

  • WHERE? Via Appia Antica 136
  • HOW? Metro – line A (from Termini train station) → stop Piazza San Giovanni in Lateran – then change to bus 218 (direction Ardeatine) → stop Fosse Ardeatine (same as at the Catacombs of St. Calixto)
  • What are the opening hours? MON-SUN 10:00-17:00
  • How much is the entry fee? Full admission 8 €, reduced admission 5 € (children 7-16 years)

How to save money on sightseeing and transport in Rome?

One way to save money in Rome is with the Roma Pass and the Vatican and Rome Card. And in this article, we’ll take a closer look at them.

With the Roma Pass you get free or reduced admission to over 45 monuments and museums in Rome, including unlimited public transport travel around Rome and other benefits. In addition, the Rome&Vatican Pass gives you free entry to the Vatican and unlimited sightseeing bus travel for 3 days. Find out more in my detailed review.

Have a safe journey and ARRIVEDERCI 🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️!

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