Italians Vote on Their Favorite Places to Visit in Rome

Rome: View from the hill. Gianicolo Flickr/ Moyan Brenn
View from the hill. Gianicolo Flickr/ Moyan Brenn

Rome is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. But have you ever wondered what places are favorites with the locals?  In order to find out what locations in Rome are the most popular amongst Italian locals, conducted a survey of 678 people in the Centro region of Italy.  Here are 10 places that Italians love to visit in Rome.


Coming in tenth on the list is a hill where you can get a stunning view of Rome — Gianicolo. Gianicolo is close to the historic center, just above the Vatican, and those who venture to the top are rewarded with the sight of the city laid out before them. If you go at noon, a cannon is fired – a tradition that dates back to the 19th century.

The Pantheon

Rome: The Pantheon Flickr/ Neil Howard
The Pantheon Flickr/ Neil Howard

One of Rome’s best preserved ancient buildings, the Pantheon is an architectural marvel. Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.

Piazza Navona

Rome Piazza Navona in Rome. Flickr/ Assia Carannante
Piazza Navona in Rome. Flickr/ Assia Carannante

The Piazza Navona is one of many squares in Rome, but it is possibly the most beautiful. This is a lively place to visit – the square has cafes, restaurants and fountains. It is built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, and was called the Circus Agonalis, or competition arena, because ancient Romans would gather there to watch competitions and games. It’s now an open public space with the Fountain of the Four Rivers in the center. The piazza has been the gathering place for many theatre productions and Christmas markets.


Rome: Trastevere. Flickr/ mozzercork
Trastevere. Flickr/ mozzercork

Trastevere is full of character. It is the 13th rione — meaning a district in a town –of Rome, on the west bank of the Tiber and south of Vatican City. To the north of Trastevere is the rione called Borgo. It is also near the Gianicolo hill. Trastevere  has many cobbled streets and ancient houses. People love to wander its narrow passageways and take in the feeling of being in ancient Rome. You’ll find many universities in Trastevere, and at night the area comes alive with excitement from local bars.

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