These Are the 20 Most Famous Buildings in Rome to Inspire Your Next Roman Holiday
Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn as you browse through these magnificent structures.
While there are several legends dedicated to Rome's founding (one tells the story of Romulus and Remus, who established the city but got into a fight over who would rule it, and another one claims that survivors from Troy founded it), historical data shows that Rome emerged as a small village on the banks of the Tiber River around 753 B.C. As it grew in size, population, and power, Rome emerged as the epicenter of culture, politics, and science in Europe, leaving a permanent mark on history. One of its many feats, of course, is architecture. In fact, we owe features such as arches, domes, and vaults entirely to the ancient Romans.
Wandering around the Eternal City's streets today feels like walking through an open-air museum for architecture, art, and design. From the iconic Colosseum and imposing St. Peter's Basilica to the awe-inspiring Il Vittoriano monument and modern MAXXI museum, the Italian capital is full of architectural gems, old and new, bearing marks of its past and hinting at its future. Keep scrolling to take a tour of some of Rome's most magnificent and well-known buildings.