Rome is one of the cities where you can usually count on a good weather. To fully enjoy the immeasurable number of priceless works of art such as museums, churches, basilicas, temples, parks, garden, theatres, piazzas up to the extent of exploring the nooks of this ancient city is to walk. Being regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful ancient cities you need to keep your eyes open to totally experience and appreciate its timeless beauty and grandeur.
Most travelers say that it is in Rome where you’ll discover those unexpected finds as you stroll and wander the streets. Among the must-see places in Rome are as follows:
St Peter’s Basilica
St Peter’s Basilica is always the first stop among the Roman Catholics. It is a Late Renaissance church considered as the home of the Roman Catholic Church. This basilica found in Vatican City is one of the largest churches in the world and most renowned work of Renaissance architecture. Being regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites it has become one of the most important centres for Christian pilgrimage.
Pantheon is a classical building which served as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome – as the statues of many gods were placed around the building. It has circular form with a portico of large granite Corinthian columns built by Marcus Agrippa. It is one of the best-preserved buildings in Rome since the 7th century. Up to this day it is still regarded as the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. Piazza della Rotonda is the square fronting the Pantheon.
Travelling just half an hour by train from central Rome is a fascinating site that contains the well preserved remains of Ostia Antica, the ancient port town. Visiting this extraordinary site will make you contemplate of the ancient history. Here, you can find Europe’s oldest known synagogue – the Ostia Synagogue including the Baths of Neptune, temples, remains of the military camp, a Roman theatre, a small museum which holds various artifacts and details about the place.
The well-preserved flats, shops and typical ancient Roman dwellings give visitors a great picture, a real feel and reflection of the day-to-day life in the old-fashioned Rome.
A Rome tour is not complete without seeing the Colosseum. The once largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire perfectly engineered which can be able to take up to 50,000 spectators. It is the place where gladiators, lions and those who are criminally accused were put to the test and fought for their lives. Recently, the underground hallways and corridors where the gladiators ponder and prepare to fight were opened as well as the highest areas of the structures for tourists to sightsee.
Another top sight in Rome is the Vatican Museums housing a complete compilation and gallery of artwork and historical pieces from the sarcophagus of the Junius Bassus, frescoes by Raphael, Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting of the Catholic Saint Jerome to the famed Sistine Chapel, a magnificent creation of Michelangelo and more array of impressive artworks and artifacts from throughout history.
A day is not enough to fully explore the Vatican Museums, it would take you several visits to see everything. The Vatican Museums was originally used for papal palaces and now a series of galleries in Vatican City.
Thousands of tourists swarm the famous Trevi Fountain and throw coins into its pool – a practice to ensure a return trip to Rome. This fountain is an over-the-top Baroque masterpiece situated on Via delle Muratte below the Quirinale Palace. The Trevi’s amazing marble creation of seahorses, mermen and flowing pools all presided over by Neptune (god of the sea) is one of the most photographed attraction in Rome
The stores to shop for best known Italian designers clothes, bags and other items can be found at the famous Via Condotti.
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