Fly to Rome
Rome is a great historical city with such a diverse range of things to offer. With so much history hidden within Rome you will be spoilt when it comes to exploring! The Historical sights are usually what attract tourists to Rome rather than its more modern day attractions. There are various churches, ancient monuments, museums and public squares to visit – all hotspots for tourists.
Visiting The Colosseum (a great symbol of this city), is a huge must when travelling to Rome. This ancient amphitheatre was once used for public spectacles such as gladiator battles, wild animal fights and unfortunately public executions. The Colosseum dates back to around 70 AD and could hold crowds of up to 50,000 people. The majority of this ancient arena has been preserved through the ages and visitors have the chance to sit in the stands and view the hints of underground passageways and trapdoors.
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Not far from the Colosseum; the Forum can be found. The Forum was once the centre of ancient Rome consisting of public buildings and even palaces from which the Roman leaders governed the empire. The various marble fragments, temple ruins, triumphal arches, and other ancient architectural fragments found at this site come from a range of different time periods. The Roman Forum, like the Colosseum, is also one of the most important attractions in Rome and shouldn’t be missed!
Vatican City is another popular tourist attraction in Rome. Vatican City, a separate sovereign state within Rome, was formed in 1929 and is run by the Pope. Within Vatican City resides the famous Vatican museums that contain artwork spanning centuries. Some of the artwork found here includes works by the famous artists Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. Modern religious art can also be found in these museums. St Peter's Basilica, the most stunning historical church in Rome is also located in Vatican City. The dome of this church was designed by none other than Michelangelo. Be sure to relax in St. Peter’s square while visiting the church.
The piazza or public squares in Italy are the hustle and bustle of life in Italy. Many of the piazza are decorated with beautiful traditional fountains and statues. You will often find churches on the square as well as cafes where you can sip a cup of tea whilst admiring the wondrous view. One of the most famous public squares is the Piazza di Spagna. Here one of the most famous landmarks of Rome, the Spanish Steps, can be found. You will usually find crowds of tourists sitting on this great monumental stairway typically used as a meeting and resting place. If you are in the mood to climb to the top of the stairs, be sure to check out the Trinità dei Monti church at the top. The Piazza del Popolo (the “People’s Square”) is one of the more grander squares of Rome, and one of the biggest in Italy. The edge of the square is lined with three churches and an Egyptian Obelisk (a tall needle like structure) can be found there. Not far from the square are the Villa Borghese gardens and numerous restaurants and shops.
You will find that fountains are very dominant in Rome, with almost every square in Rome adorned with a beautiful fountain at its centre. These fountains themselves are works of art, with some of them being huge tourist attractions. Of these, the Trevi Fountain is a particularly popular masterpiece, a magnificent stone sculpture depicting the story of a young virgin leading early Romans to fresh water.It is usually swarmed by tourists who visit it to throw coins into the pool, as legend has it that this practice will ensure a return trip to Rome.
Aside from fascinating architecture, Rome has several beautiful parks to appreciate. The Villa Borghese is one of Rome's largest public parks, situated to the north of the centre of Rome. It is named after the villa to which this park was originally its private grounds. The vast beautiful gardens of the Villa Borghese are the perfect setting for a relaxing morning or an evening walk, being decorated with various art and numerous fountains it sure is a sight for sore eyes. There are also museums to enjoy, as well as a theatre, a bio park, boating, a winter ice skating piste, and a space to rollerblade and skateboard.
If you can’t get enough of stunning views, then be sure to visit Palatine Hill, the central hill of the Seven Hills of Rome. Situated in one of the city's oldest areas, it provides a magnificent view of the Roman Forum on one side and the Circus Maximus (which was once used as a chariot race track) on the other.
Aside from these attractions there are countless more main attractions to view in Rome, so make sure you have plenty of energy to appreciate what Rome has to offer and on an important note don’t forget to taste the unforgettable addictive ice creams, a delicious cool treat for a sizzling hot day in Rome…
Petra Vaškových, Apr 27, 2011
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