The eternal city of the Roman Empire is packed with beautiful monuments and historical landmarks around every corner.  Because there is so much to see and do in the city, you’ll be planning your next trip as soon as you have to leave.  Here’s 10 things that you must see and do while in Rome:

1. The Vatican

Named “The smallest country in the world,” the Vatican has a population of around 800 people and is also one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world.  A strict dress code is imposed, so before you enter, be sure to cover your shoulders and knees.

2. The Trevi Fountains

Appearing front and center in the iconic scene in the film La Dolce Vita, this is the biggest Baroque fountain in Rome, at 26m high and 49m wide.   According to legend, if you toss a coin into the fountain, you’ll return back to Rome once more after your die.  This unbelievable fountain is even more impressive after dark when it becomes illuminated.

3. The Pantheon

One of Ancient Rome’s greatest surviving structures.  It became the most imitated building in Ancient Rome and is thought to be built over the grave of the founder of Rome, Romulus.

4. The Roman Forum

Located in the center of Rome, here you can find a plethora of important Roman buildings.  This eternal city is often combined with tours of other major Roman monuments, like the Colosseum which is located right beside it.

5. Piazza Navona

One of the most beautiful squares in Rome, it’s surrounded by many shops, restaurants, cafes, and gelateria or ice cream parlors.  It contains 3 more fountains, the most famous of them, the fountain of 4 rivers that contains statues representing the most influential rivers of the time.

6. The District of Trastevere

This area is has been the international district of Rome since the Roman Empire and, even today, this area still attracts most of the foreigners who migrate to the city.  What makes this area so special is not just the landmark structures, but also it’s friendliness and charming atmosphere.

7. The Colosseum

The Colosseum was, and still is, colossal.  It’s the great example of Ancient Roman engineering.  It was the original super stadium that America has come to know and love today.  Street performs outside the Colosseum today will put on a reenactment of the gladiators who fought to the death in ancient times.

8. Palatine Hill

Accessible near the Colosseum, this is one of the most recognizable of the Seven Hills of Rome.  Many of these hills are mostly obscured by the built-up of buildings.  This hill was occupied by Romulus and has remnants of the Servian Wall, which was built when he had a falling out with his brother, who occupied the other side at Aventine Hill.

9. Notable Museums

Rome is home to countless museums for the art connoisseur.  The best place to start is at Villa Borghese, where there are art museums bunched together; the Galleria Borghese, Nazionale di Vill Giulia, and Nazionale d’Arte Moderna.  Of course, there also huge collections of art inside the Vatican, as well.

10. A Little Hollywood

Many people may not know it, but Rome is home to the world’s second largest production communities with the largest film studio in Europe – Cinecitta Studios.  So, if you’ve ever wanted to see something like a big television or movie studio lot, this would be the perfect place.  Cinecitta will give you a great inside scoop on how film is made with the awesome artistic flare of that makes Rome, Italy famous.