Rome is an ancient city where you can spend a day walking around to see famous attractions like the Colosseum.

You will find a lot of places aren’t open on a Sunday in Rome. Most shops are closed while some restaurants may open for lunch and some museums might open in the mornings.

What can I do on a Sunday in Rome?

You may find yourself lost with what to do on a Sunday when most places aren’t open. Luckily there are still attractions you can visit so your day isn’t wasted.


The Colosseum is a main attraction that is open on Sunday. Back in 80 A.D., the Colosseum first opened and then got used for four centuries, hosting events like gladiator fights and animal hunts. About 50,000 people could fit inside and watch these events.

You can buy tickets to enter the Colosseum and see inside the largest amphitheatre in the world. You can see the Emperor’s Box, the three tiers, and the Gladiator’s Gate. You can walk entirely around the inside of the Colosseum.


The Pantheon is open on Sunday and a great way to see it is to take a quick tour and learn about its history. Originally the Pantheon was a Roman temple built in 125 A.D. and got transferred into a church after the Roman empire fell.

The outside of the Pantheon looks like an ancient Greek Temple. You will see there are 16 large pillars at the entrance. Inside has ancient Roman architecture and is truly a sight to see. The flooring is as gorgeous marble, and there are important people buried here like the famous painter Raphael.

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain is open all day and night (and even on Sundays)! Trevi Fountain is the largest fountain in Rome, and it’s hidden away in the streets. You wouldn’t think a fountain sitting 20 metres wide and 26 metres high would hide so well.

While you’re here, make sure you do the traditional coin throw. You need to do this by throwing the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder.

St Peter’s Basilica

One of the world’s most famous churches, St Peter’s Basilica is open on Sundays in Vatican City. Though the basilica isn’t technically in Rome, the Vatican City is inside of Rome. You can easily walk over to the city to see the famous basilica.

On the last Sunday of every month, attractions are open, and people can enter for free. Remember to keep that in mind when planning your trip to Rome!

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