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Rome Major Sights & Our Favorite Day Trips

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Rome, Italy
Vatican City, Rome

  1. The Colosseum: This ancient amphitheater, capable of seating 50,000 spectators, showcases the engineering prowess of ancient Rome. It hosted gladiatorial contests, mock sea battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The structure has endured earthquakes and stone-robbers, yet it continues to dominate the Roman landscape.

  2. The Vatican City: The epicenter of Roman Catholicism, this city-state within Rome houses artistic masterpieces like Michelangelo's ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and the Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica. The Vatican Museums offer an extensive collection of art and historical artifacts accumulated by the Popes, including the renowned Raphael Rooms and the Borgia Apartments.

  3. The Pantheon: Originally built as a temple to all gods, the Pantheon is renowned for its large dome and central opening (oculus) to the sky. Its remarkable preservation allows visitors to experience the architectural brilliance of Roman design. The Pantheon also serves as a tomb for several important figures, including the artist Raphael.

  4. Roman Forum: Once the center of Roman public life, the Forum is a sprawling complex of ancient temples, basilicas, and vibrant public spaces. Walking through the ruins, one can envision the bustling marketplace and important political events that once took place here. The Forum remains a testament to the Roman Empire's grandeur.

  5. Trevi Fountain: Designed by Nicola Salvi in the Baroque style, the Trevi Fountain depicts Neptune, god of the sea, flanked by two Tritons. An enduring symbol of Rome, it's believed that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to the city. The fountain's majestic design and the tradition associated with it attract millions of visitors each year.

  6. The Spanish Steps: Connecting the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, these steps are a favorite spot for artists, poets, and travelers. In spring, the steps are adorned with beautiful pink azaleas. The Spanish Steps have been featured in many films and are a cultural icon of the city.

  7. Piazza Navona: Built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, this square is a showcase of Baroque Roman architecture and art. The piazza is always bustling with tourists and street artists, surrounded by restaurants and terraces. It’s a perfect spot to enjoy the essence of Roman life and architecture.

  8. Campo de' Fiori: By day, the square hosts a lively market selling fresh produce and Italian specialties, and by night, it transforms into a bustling social hub. The name 'Campo de' Fiori' translates to 'field of flowers' in Italian, reflecting its history as a meadow. The statue of philosopher Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake here, stands as a reminder of the piazza's varied history.

  9. Borghese Gallery and Gardens: This gallery in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana is known for its collection of sculptures by Bernini and paintings by Caravaggio, among others. The surrounding gardens are a tranquil haven of walkways, fountains, and lakes, ideal for escaping the city's bustle. The estate was developed by the Borghese family, who played a major role in the history of Rome.

  10. Castel Sant'Angelo: Built around 123 AD as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian and his family, this building has served various roles, including a fortress, a residence, and now a museum. Its strategic location near the Vatican has played a significant role in the city's history. The castle is connected to Vatican City through the fortified corridor, Passetto di Borgo, used by Popes as an escape route in times of danger.

Day Trips from Rome

Benvenuti a Roma!

Vatican City, Rome
Vatican City, Rome

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