When it comes to history, Rome certainly has no shortage of ancient locations. Whether you’re on a family vacation or just passing through Rome, any of these must-see sites are a great way to experience the city.

1. Pantheon

Ancient site of the Pantheon in Rome
Visit the Pantheon in Rome.
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The Pantheon is one of the most well-preserved examples of ancient architecture in the world. Formerly a Roman temple, the site is now a Catholic Church and has been in constant use since it’s construction in 125AD. The cast-concrete building even has its original domed roof!

Located in central Rome, the Pantheon is free to visit. The site is perfect for tourists and history buffs looking to add a little ancient culture to their journey through Rome.

2. The Aurelian Walls

Ancient wall through Rome
Visit the Aurelian Walls in Rome.
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Defensive city walls were common in antiquity but few are as old as the Aurelian Walls in Rome. Built in the 3rd century CE, the ruins originally surrounded the entire ancient city.

Roughly two-thirds of the walls are still visible. Rome’s busy streets weave in and out of them and many taxi services use them as perimeters for different fare levels. Being so ingrained with modern Rome, it’s easy to forget how ancient the structures are!

The walls are easy to find around the city and are free for viewing. For travelers wanting a closer look, however, the ancient site has a museum called Museo delle Mura that is definitely worth a visit.

3. The Ancient Colosseum

Site of the Ancient Roman Colosseum
Visit the Ancient Colosseum in Rome.
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Located in the heart of Rome, the Colosseum is truly a stunning piece of ancient architecture. The arena held gladiatorial contests, animal hunts, executions, and battle reenactments up until the Middle Ages.

The site has become one of Rome’s major restoration projects and one of the biggest tourist attractions. Tickets to the site can be bought at the gate or ahead of time.

The Colosseum also offers different packages, including guided tours, no wait-times, and special access to certain areas.

4. The Roman Forum

Ancient pillars at the Roman Forum site
Visit the Roman Forum in Rome.
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The Forum was the center of Ancient Rome and served as a marketplace, public square, and religious meeting place. It developed gradually over many centuries, stretching as far back as the 8th century BC.

The site holds the Roman Kingdom’s earliest shrines and temples, and well as the ancient royal residence. Modern adventures can walk the site on their own or in a tour group. Websites offer multiple packages at different rates, and tickets include both the Colosseum and Palatine Hill.

5. Palatine Hill

Ancient ruins at the Palatine Hill site in Rome
Visit Palatine Hill in Rome.
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Palatine Hill is the centermost of the Seven Hills of Rome and located next to the Roman Forum. It is the site where emperors built their magnificent homes and is one of the most ancient parts of Rome.

The ancient site is also at the core of Rome’s creation. Legend says it was the location of the cave Romulus and Remus were found and cared for by the she-wolf, Lupa. Ticket information for the site can be found and purchased at the gate or online.

Ancient sites are a definite must-see for any traveler looking for unprecedented glimpses into the history of one of the world’s most ancient cities. Have you been to any of these sites? Let us know what you thought!