I loved my visit to Italy’s capital,Rome, a few years ago, lovingly known as “The Eternal City,” and perfect for a city break, with lots to do and see! I had wanted more of an insight into the European ancient and modern history and combined with all the delicious Italian food to indulge on in between exploring all the grand sites, it was a fantastic trip.
Here are my top 5 favourite spots in Rome and the best part is you can book tickets in advance to some of the sights on multiple devices using Musement. You can find a wealth of local tours and attractions that offer more than just “things to do”including temporary, exclusive, hidden-gem and even sometimes free activities!
The Colosseum is one of the world’s most recognisable sites and this 2,000 year old structure was used for gladiatorial combat as well as public spectacles in its hey day. It was the main reason I chose to go to Rome as I really wanted to see it.
Today it remains the largest amphitheater ever built and is also referred to as the Flavian Amphitheater because it was built during the Flavian dynasty in 72-80 AD.
I would recommend visiting both in the day time as well as seeing it in all it’s glory at night.
The Roman Forum
The Roman Forum was originally the teeming focal point of the ancient city. The Forum was not only a busy marketplace, it was the centre of religious and public life filled temples, government buildings and commercial enterprises. It was abandoned after the fall of Rome in 476 AD when Romulus was overthrown by Germanic tribes.
Today you can find ruins and fragments of the past.
Founded by Pope Julius II in the early 16th century, The Vatican Museums contain some of the most significant classical sculptures and Renaissance works of art in the world with around 70,000 works of art in the museums that were collected by various Popes throughout the centuries.
Here you can find Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms and the Map Room.
Be prepared for the queues and I would suggest buying your tickets in advance and heading there early.
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Magnificent and the best preserved ancient structure in the city. The Pantheon was originally a Roman temple dedicated to the pagan gods: the word “Pantheon” in fact means “Honor all Gods.”
Since the 7th century it has been used as a church.
The Trevi Fountain
The Baroque design of the Trevi Fountain is stunning and it is one of the most famous fountains in the world. It was designed by architect Nicola Salvi in the 18th century built as a tribute to Roman God Oceanus who can be seen riding his chariot pulled by Tritons.
You can see it during a famous scene when movie star Anita Ekberg has a late-night dip in La Dolce Vita.
The Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps connect Piazza di Spagna with Piazza Trinità dei Monti, and are another excellent example of Baroque Roman architecture. They consist of 138 steps and were financed by a French diplomat who wanted to link the French Trinità dei Monti church with the Spanish piazza below.
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