When in Rome: Eternal City’s Best and Worst Monuments

When in Rome: Eternal City's Best and Worst Monuments
When in Rome: Eternal City's Best and Worst Monuments
Written by Harry Johnson

Rome has adeptly adjusted by providing virtual tours, live streams, and immersive experiences, attracting virtual travelers from all around the world.

Rome possesses an exceptional combination of historical significance, artistic treasures, cultural richness, delectable cuisine, and breathtaking beauty, which never fails to enchant visitors from all corners of the globe.

Despite its renowned historical status, Rome has also embraced social media in various ways. The city’s scenic allure renders it highly Instagram-worthy, with its picturesque streets, charming piazzas, and awe-inspiring panoramic vistas.

In response to the growing trend of virtual tourism, Rome has adeptly adjusted by providing virtual tours, live streams, and immersive experiences, enabling individuals to explore the city’s wonders from the comfort of their homes. Consequently, this has attracted virtual travelers from all around the world.

A new data study has been published today, revealing the rankings of the best and worst-rated monuments in Rome. Travel experts conducted the study by evaluating all 40 monuments in Rome, assessing each location based on nine key factors to assign a score out of 100.

The rankings consider various aspects such as the percentage of five-star Tripadvisor reviews, the percentage of one-star Tripadvisor reviews, the total number of Tripadvisor reviews, Google rating, the total number of Google reviews, TikTok video count, TikTok view count, Instagram media count, and average monthly search volume.


The Pantheon, a renowned Roman temple, is widely recognized as one of the best-preserved monuments in ancient Rome. With a total of 79,911 Tripadvisor reviews, an impressive 72.74 percent of reviews have given it a five-star rating, while only 0.19 percent have rated it one star. Additionally, the Pantheon boasts an average of 403 million TikTok views.

The Colosseum, located in the heart of Rome, is the largest ancient amphitheatre ever constructed. Despite its age, it remains the largest standing amphitheatre worldwide. The Colosseum has 1.15 million Instagram hashtags and a total of 79,911 Tripadvisor reviews, with 72.36 percent of them five-star rated. The Colosseum has the most Instagram hashtags, averaging at just over 2 million and a 1.2 million average monthly search volume globally.

The Trevi Fountain, located in the Trevi district of Rome, was designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Giuseppe Pannini in 1762. It ranks third in the index with a score of 77.58 out of 100. The fountain has garnered 385 million TikTok views, with an average of 26,643 views per video. Additionally, it has received a total of 103,774 Tripadvisor reviews, with 63.75% of them being five stars and 1.91% being one star.

The church of Santa Maria Maggiore, also known as the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, is a significant papal basilica and one of the Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome. Situated in Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore, it boasts an impressive 4.8 rating on Google and receives nearly 95,000 average monthly searches globally. Among its 16,565 Tripadvisor reviews, a mere 0.08 of them have been given a one-star rating.

The Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, a Catholic cathedral located in Rome, is ranked as the fifth best-rated monument in the city. It has achieved a score of 73.32 out of 100 in the index. This magnificent cathedral has garnered significant attention on social media platforms, with an average of 89,428 views on TikTok and 24,727 reviews on Google. Impressively, 77.8 percent of its reviews on Tripadvisor have received a five-star rating.

The Roman Forum, Basilica Papale San Paolo Fuori le Mura, Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Chiesa di SantIgnazio di Loyola, and Church of St. Louis of the French complete the list of the top ten highest-rated monuments.


Bocca della Verita, also known as ‘The Mouth of Truth’, is the lowest-rated monument with a score of 32.60 out of 100. Out of 1,896 Tripadvisor reviews, 2.22 percent are one star, while 26.69 percent are five stars. The sculpture was created by Lucas van Leyden and can be found in Santa Maria in Cosmedin.

Palazzo Barberini, the second lowest-rated monument in Rome, has a score of 36.61 out of 100. Known as the National Gallery of Ancient Art in Barberini Palace, it houses the primary national assortment of antique paintings in Rome, predominantly dating back to before 1800. The monument has received 54.16 percent of its Tripadvisor ratings at 5 stars and has an average monthly search volume of 35,100 worldwide.

The Mercati di Traiano – Museo dei Fori Imperiali, a vast complex of ancient ruins situated in Rome, Italy along the Via dei Fori Imperiali, ranks as the third lowest-rated monument in Rome. With a score of 36.87 out of 100, this site has garnered a total of 1,217 reviews on Tripadvisor and typically receives an average of 75 views per TikTok video.

Area Sacra di Largo Argentina, with a score of 37.32 out of 100, is ranked as the fourth lowest-rated attraction. It boasts a Google rating of 4.5, based on an impressive 1,222 Google reviews.

The Forum of Augustus, one of the Imperial fora of Rome constructed by Augustus, features the Temple of Mars Ultor. It is currently rated as the fifth lowest, achieving a score of 41.41 out of 100. Its TikTok video has accumulated a total of 525 views, averaging one view per video.

The bottom ten includes Terme di Caracalla, Domus Aurea, Campo de Fiori, Circus Maximus, Quirinale Palace (Palazzo del Quirinale), and Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo, completing the list.


About the author

Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for mroe than 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.

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