Travel Guide – Rome, Italy

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Travel Guide – Rome Italy

One of the most ancient and vibrant cities in Europe is Italy’s capital, Rome. Boasting more than 3,000 years of history and man-made developments, the city has more to offer in the architecture and historical department than almost any other city on earth.

Rome has some of the best cityscapes imaginable, with a seamless blend of ancient and post-modern architecture and every corner of the city is dotted with chic restaurants, boutiques and traditional pizzerias.

The world-famous Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon are just some of the stunning must-see sites in the city before you depart. Below we’ve listed a few of Rome’s best tourist attractions that are sure to excite any traveller.

Colosseum

Possibly the most famous and thrilling sites in the city, at least as far as ancient sites go, is the titanic gladiatorial colosseum. First opened over a thousand years ago in 80AD, the Colosseum is truly the jewel in Rome’s ancient crown. Originally designed to seat more than 50,000 people and play host to spectacular man vs wild animal fights, the Colosseum is simply an attraction you cannot afford to miss on your trip to Rome.

One of the first things visitors will notice as they enter the megastructure is the unparalleled size and its age. Made of concrete and stone, the Roman Colosseum is, to this day, the largest amphitheatre ever built.

The Colosseum is open for visitors from 8:30 am until just before sunset and is just 12 euro for adults to enter.

Museo e Galleria Borghese

No matter how long your visit to Rome is planned for, you have to make time to see the Museo e Galleria Borghese art gallery. If only just for an hour, travellers will undoubtedly be blown away by the museum’s wide array of artwork and private collections on show. Home to some of Caravaggio’s greatest works, as well as Raphael’s and showcasing some of the most famous sculptures in Europe, the gallery is not one you can afford to miss.

Due to the popularity of the museum, visits are capped at two-hour time spans, and booking can be difficult, so be sure to book well in advance.

Pantheon

Originally used as a temple over 2,000 years ago, the Pantheon is now one of Rome’s largest churches and also one of the most famous buildings in the world. The interior of the building is entirely covered in intricate and handcrafted designs and the circular cut out in the top of the Pantheons massive done direct sunlight at the different designs in the interior.

Designed and built in 125 AD the church’s monumental size isn’t just it’s only wow factor. The domed ceiling is the largest unreinforced comes in the entire world and is truly a marvel within itself. The building is said to be one of ancient Rome’s greatest achievements as far as architecture goes and with a dome stretching more than 43 meters in diameter, it isn’t hard to see why.

Tourists will be glad to know that entry to the Pantheon is entirely free, though there are paid tours and other private guides to choose from.

Vatican Museums

Home to some of the worlds greatest art pieces and a collection of hundreds of original pieces, the Vatican Museums are behemoth culturally significant icons in Italy. There are countless exhibits featuring Egyptian mummies, ancient cultures and even Etruscan bronzes spread across 7km’s worth of corridors and great halls.

Some of the best pieces in the museums though are original statuary of Museo Pio-Clementino and an entire suite of rooms that had been styled by the Raphael, and finally, the world-famous Sistine Chapel painted by the great Michelangelo.

The entire complex is massive and comprised of multiple museum buildings, galleries and halls. There are two palaces as well as the original Vatican palace along with the Palazzetto di Belvedere built in the 15th century, connected to the rest of the buildings by a couple of galleries. There are three major courtyards adding to the overall massive size of the area.

Tourists looking to visit the Vatican museums should certainly save at least 2 days, as seeing it all and taking everything in, in one day is near impossible. A full entry ticket to the museums is 17 euro, though booking online will allow you to skip the queue for an extra 4 euro.

Roman Forum

In the early 7th century the Roman Forum was the centre of ancient Rome. As the city’s showcase feature it was designed to be massive, and by today’s standards, it still is one of the largest structures in the entire area.

Built on top of an ancient Etruscan burial site, the Roman Forum and its surrounding ruins are some of the most famous leftover ruins from the Roman Empire still standing. The entire surroundings beside the Forum offer such a deep and interesting insight into Rome’s past and its power in Europe. A few ruins and sites in the area that are a must-see include Arco di Settimio, the Curia as well as Casa Delle Vestali.

Opening times for the Forum and all its surrounds are from 8:30 am every day of the year barring Christmas, and entry fees are required to be paid for via a Colosseum ticket.

Thoughts on The Eternal City

A holiday to Rome is more than just relaxing by the pool or shopping. The city has some of the most diverse and expansive histories of any other in the world. With a story stretching back over 2,000 years, the city saw the rise and fall of Etruria and the Roman Empire after that.

In modern-day Rome though, aside from the ruins, travellers will find some of the best street-side cafes, pizzerias and fashion boutiques to relax and have some me-time. The bar scene is exceptionally popular in Rome and an integral part of getting a true Roman experience.

Regardless of where you go, Rome will provide some of the worlds best historical sites and a look into its history is effortless. Around every corner you’ll find some piece of Italy’s oldest cultures and tourists are encouraged to delve right into them.


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