With of heaps of freshly made pasta, unforgettable historical attractions, awe-inspiring architecture, world-class gelato and breathtaking artistic masterpieces, we don't blame you for wanting to roam to Rome. Discover all that there is to explore in Rome, Italy.
Rome is a city of unforgettable historic, religious and architectural significance. View the broken marble columns and ruins of temples of the Roman Forum, St. Peter's dome at sunset, spectacular artistic masterpieces, or make a wish for a future return at Trevi Fountain. At days end, pause with a scoop of world class gelato and enjoy the charm of a Roman evening.
Sistine Chapel Ceiling
Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
The Colosseum - No visit to Rome is complete without having seen the magnificent Colosseum. Now a mere shell, the Colosseum was designed for horse racing, animal fighting, and gladiatorial battles. Its name is believed to come from Nero's statue of Colossus that stood close by. Years after the Colosseum ceased to be an arena; it was struck by an earthquake and later used as a quarry. The Colosseum and Constantine's Arch are lit at night offering a truly spectacular view. After visiting the Colosseum, head over to the Domus Aurea (Golden House of Nero). It faces the Colosseum offering more amazing views.
The Arch of Constantine - As a spectacular photogenic memorial next to the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine is particularly interesting because it is like a jigsaw made up of other monuments. The Arch was built in the beginning of the fourth century in honor of Constantine, following the victory over Maxentius. The Arch of Constantine is considered one of the last great monuments to be constructed by the Romans. It stands beside the Colosseum.
The Roman Forum - The Roman Forum was designed to be the center of social, political and economic life in the city. The Roman Forum was built between the Palatine and Capitoline hills, and it flourished as the center of Roman life in the days of the Republic before it eventually lost its prestige to the Imperial Forums.
There are only ruins, fragments, an arch or two, and boulders, but with a little imagination you can feel the history surround you. The best view of the Roman Forum at night is from Campidoglio, or Capitoline Hill.
Palatine Hill - Located next to the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill houses the ruins of several large villas that once belonged to wealthy Roman families. You can buy a combined ticket for the Palatine Hill and the Colosseum here to avoid long lines at the Colosseum.
Trevi Fountain - The Trevi Fountain is the most famous and beautiful fountain in all of Rome. Pope Clement XII commissioned Nicola Salvi to build a large fountain at the Trevi Square in 1732. Nicola Salvi based his masterpiece on the previous design by Bernini which had been halted a century earlier with the death of Pope Urban VIII. Construction of the fountain was finally completed in 1762 by Giuseppe Pannini.
According to legend, tossing a coin over your shoulder with your back toward the fountain will one day ensure a return to Rome.
The Pantheon - Of all the ancient Rome buildings, only the Pantheon, meaning "All the Gods", still remains intact. The Pantheon was originally Commissioned by Marcus Agrippa in 27 B.C and reconstructed by Hadrian in the early 2nd century A.D. This remarkable building, a perfect sphere resting in a cylinder, and the sole source of light from the dome's apex, the Pantheon is among the architectural wonders of the world. The walls are 25 feet thick, with bronze doors leading into the building weighing 20 tons each.
St. Peter's Square - St. Peter's Square is enclosed by Bernini's magnificent colonnade. As one of the most popular squares, St. Peter's Square has the largest number of visitors in the world. Millions of people wait here for the Pope's Sunday blessing or to enter the Basilica.
The Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel - The Vatican is among the most important historical sites in the world boasting one of the world's greatest art collections. As the smallest state in the world, occupying about one half kilometer of Rome, The Vatican is significant because of its amazing architecture, religious history, and artistic treasures.
In the 16th century, Pope Julius II della Rovere commissioned Michelangelo to paint the history of creation on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. No visit to Rome is complete without an excursion to The Vatican.
Visitors of Rome must also experience the Sistine Chapel. The Chapel was built between 1477 and 1481 and the walls were adorned by famous Renaissance artists, such as Botticelli, Perugino, Ghirlandaio.
In 1508, Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to decorate the ceiling. Michelangelo who considered himself a sculptor, not a painter worked for 4 years on this truly magnificent project. It is highly recommended that you bring along binoculars so you can see the exquisite details.
Galleria Borghese - The Galleria Borghese is displayed in twenty rooms across two floors. This spectacular gallery houses masterpieces such as Bernini's Apollo and Daphne, Titian's Sacred and Profane Love, Raphael's Deposition, and Caravaggio's Jerome.
The collection began with Scipione Borghese, who accumulated some of the greatest art of all time prior to his death in 1633. The amazing collection suffered greatly at the hands of Napoleon's notorious sister, Pauline, who sold most of the ancient collection. Ironically, one of the most popular pieces of sculpture in the gallery is a sculpture of Pauline in the pose of Venus Victorious.
No more than 360 visitors at a time are allowed on the ground floor, and no more than 90 are allowed on the upper floor, so reservations are essential.
Il Bacaro - You'd never know that you are just a short walk from Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. Excellent selection of wines and a great stop for a romantic meal.
Pizzeria da Baffetto - Old-fashioned pizzeria near The Pantheon serving some of the best pizzas in Rome. Can be crowded but well-worth the wait.
Taverna Cestia - Excellent traditional Roman restaurant offering a good selection of seafood.
Sapore & Arte - Excellent restaurant serving amazing potatoes, salads, bruscetta and sweet cakes.
Est! Est!! Est!!! - Established in 1900 this pizzeria is something you cannot miss in Rome. Situated in the area of Piazza della Republica, it is very easy to. Every pizza is outstanding, and the calzone, which is one of their specialties, is excellent too.
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