The Vatican Museum, St Peter's Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel
Anyone visiting Rome has there sites set on visiting where the Pope lives, seeing the beautiful Cathedral and the masterpiece that is the Sistine Chapel. But not preparing in advance will cost you the change at this due to the hour long lines!
If you know your dates and have a good idea of when you will visit the Vatican purchase an advanced ticket on there website for a date and time: https://biglietteriamusei.vatican.va/musei/tickets/do
Have your printed receipt in hand and you will skip the queue, walking past all the unprepared tourist to the front of the line at your chosen time and walk right in and enjoy the Vatican.
Once you make it to the beauty that is the Sistine Chapel do not worry about them tying to usher you out quickly take your time and admire the beauty.
**Although St. Peter's Basilica is free to enter it is not a direct entry after the vatican unless you were on a guided tour and you will have to wait in another queue outside which moves relatively quickly given the size of the lines. However, there are 2 exits at the back of the Sistine chapel one on the right for the guided tours (this gives you direct access into the Basilica) and one to the left (access to wait in another queue), if you are quick enough and are calm you might be able to slip past the security acting like someone who is lost from his group and go straight into the Basilica !
The most famous fountain in the world resides in Rome this depiction of not the god Neptune but of ocean, representing the opposing forces of the water. One horse representing the violent strength and the other the calming tranquility of the sea.
This fountain is constantly clustered by the myriad of tourists but obtaining a photo is not as hard as it seems. Throwing a coin in the fountain should be thrown with the right hand over the left shoulder. There is many interpretations of how many coins represent what but the one I have heard the most is 1 coin means you will return to Rome, 2 fall in love in rome, and the 3rd coin leads to marriage.
The fountain is lit at night for an amazing night view and can be visited whenever.
Address: Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma, Italy
Campo dei Fiori (market-square)
Very much in the center of Rome, the piazza of Campo dei Fiori is one of the city’s liveliest. Visitors, expats and long-time residents pass through this square at all times of night and day. And the daily market, held Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm, is the only one where you can still find fresh veggies in center of the city. There are restaurants and bars galore, yet there are only a few good places among them to eat and drink. Many restaurants cater to tourists and skimp on quality—such as the bars around the periphery of the piazza, though these are okay places for a drink and a spot of people watching.
Address: Piazza Campo de' Fiori, 00186 Roma, Italy
The one of the most recognized sites in the world and the movie 'Gladiator' ("are you not entertained!"). This is a must see site when visiting rome and don't miss it because of ridiculous lines and the line can be hours long.
You can buy your ticket in advance from Palatine Hill located in Via San Gregorio No. 30 and Piazza Santa Maria Nova No. 53 (200 metres from the Colosseum). You will gain entrance to Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum as well.
You can buy your ticket online and print it out when entering.
Or for the people to lazy to do any of the above and just show up to the site unprepared can buy from one of the illegal street workers. Many of them young kids wearing signs with different languages they speak try and convince you to buy there ticket and skip the line and when you say yes they try to bring you away from the police to give them to you. 2 things...
1. Its illegal and sketchy and 2. there actually real tickets that are 10 Euro's more if you waited in line.
After talking with one of them for awhile told us that his "boss" shows up early in the morning and buys as many passes as he can and then they resell them for an up charge to skip the lines. IF you still do not trust them tell him he has to bring you in to the front before he gets the money (it worked for us and he walked us right to the front).
Formerly the “Temple of the Gods” and modeled after Greek architecture, the Pantheon now stands as a Catholic church in the center of Rome. Going inside is free and a must-see.
Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma, Italy