Sorry, I know how cliché that title is but it’s so fitting! There is so much to see, do and most importantly eat when in Rome (again, sorry!). Witnessing all of the incredible history from centuries ago to seeing modernised Rome, this is one city you do not want to miss.
From historic amphitheatres, fountains, monuments, steps and the Vatican City within, Rome has plenty to offer the inquisitive tourist. My favourite 7 tourist stops would have to be:-
- Colosseum Dating back to 70AD, the Colosseum once held hundreds of people waiting to watch Roman gladiators battle it out in the amphitheatre below them. Nowadays, its stories are told and is one of the main sights in Rome. The construction and restoration of this ancient site is incredible and you will be blown away.
- Pantheon Dating back to almost 125AD, the Pantheon is considered the most influential building in Ancient Rome. The architecture of this building is incredible, with many arches featured throughout and in the roof.
- Trevi Fountain Constructed in 1762 from Travertine stone, the Trevi Fountain is a true symbol of incredible craftsmanship and each statue of the fountain has a different meaning and representation. In recent years, it has become tradition to throw a coin (usually 1 Euro) in your right hand over your left shoulder with your back to the fountain in order to ensure you return to Rome, and some say to grant a wish. Definitely worth a visit, and a Euro. Be cautious of pick-pockets in this area, being swarmed with tourists it has been known to attract thieves (like most tourist hot-spots)
- Spanish Steps Known as Piazza di Spagna, feature the Trinita dei Monti at the top and the Barcaccia Fountain at the bottom. At sunset these steps create perfect photo opportunities and once a year host a fashion show. Often, there are musicians playing for tips and is a popular lunch time snack spot for tourists, because who wouldn’t enjoy a slice of authentic pizza on these incredible steps?
- Roman Forum Was once considered a popular marketplace, explaining all of the surrounding ruins and ancient government buildings. The main tourist sites are the Arch of Titus, the Temple of Saturn and Temple of Vesta. Purchasing certain tickets at the Roman Forum can also gain you access to the Colosseum which will save you a lot of queuing time later.
- Palatine Hill Forms part of the ‘Seven Hills of Rome’. It is considered one of the most ancient parts of Rome and stands above the Roman Forum.
- The Vatican City Located inside Rome, this makes the top 7 cut. With famous sights such as Saint Peter Basilica, Sistine Chapel, many museums and where Pope Francis, the current Pope resides. The incredible artworks, especially in the Sistine Chapel, are phenomenal. Whilst silence is a sign of respect, you can’t help but discuss the possible interpretations of each inch of art featured on the Chapel’s ceilings.
If this hasn’t convinced you to cheek out Rome, the ideas of authentic pizza, pasta, gelato and wine may just be the icing on the cake!
All posts are by GlobalWhispers2014 and are entirely my own opinions, views and experiences.