Photos: Travel Through the Eternal City

See the sites of Rome through photos submitted to our annual photo contest

Sun rays on the altar in St. Peter's Basilica during midmorning. Drew Herron
The Roman Forum at night. John Poindexter
Churches' rooftops reflected in puddles near the Vatican. Aby Hassani
Running in Rome. Sergio Parrella
Rome on a sunny day from the steps of Vittoriano. Radford Davis
The Vatican. Timothy Denehy
The Colosseum. Tri Nguyen Trong
The Vatican Museum. Lisa Milas
Walking in Rome. Francesco Lo Sapio
Trevi Fountain. Sofija Grupche
The Colosseum. Radford Davis
Young lovers. Sherrie Pritchard
Walking the streets in Trastevere, Rome. Chelsea Marquis
The Gianicolo, also known as Janiculum. Claudio Sanna
The west end of the Roman Forum. Betty Troup
St. Peter's Basilica. Claudio Sanna
Street performers. Susan Azar
Young italian film director with his dog Pepa. Carina Wachsmann
The church of the Santissima Trinità dei Monti. Claudio Sanna
Ancient stone statue in mottled light on Via Dataria. Alessandro Ciapanna
The Colosseum. Claudio Sanna
Piazza del Popolo at the sunset. Anatole Klapouch
Outside the Pantheon. Danica Wolf
The oculus in the Pantheon. Brian Palmer

Rome is a city full of ancient history, delicious gelato, beautiful piazzas and astounding art. If the weather is good, as it usually is, try wandering the city on foot.

Travel back to ancient times at the Colosseum and nearby Roman Forum, once the economic, political and religious center of Rome. The nearby Pantheon, with its iconic domed ceiling, is the best preserved building from ancient Rome.

The famous Trevi Fountain, the largest Baroque fountain in Rome, is only a short walk from the Spanish Steps, a great location to rest and people watch. At the top of the steps is Chiesa della Trinità dei Monti, a church known for its frescoes.

The Trastevere neighborhood is a great place to take a break from the main attractions and amble through streets and small shops. Slightly north of the neighborhood is Gianicolo. Though not one of Rome's famous seven hills, it is known to be a romantic spot with one of the best views of the city. 

End your day watching the sunset over the Tiber River from the terrace of Castel Sant'Angelo, known in English as the Castle of the Holy Angel. This fortress once protected popes during dangerous times in Rome, but now holds medieval firearms, paintings and sculptures.