Every time we hear about Rome, the first two things that come to our mind are “history” and “art”. Undeniably, history comes to life when you are in Rome. Every corner of this enchanting city talks about its long history. Virtually, almost everything that you can see in the city whether they are monuments, churches, or restored ruins of ancient sculpture and structures conveys how life had been during the time of the great Roman Empire.
The eternal city of Rome has a vast collection of sightseeing places; each of them is astounding, each has its unique historical foundation and value. Should you want to enjoy fully your tour, I suggest you take a quick look of the top 10 must see sightseeing places in Rome.
The Pantheon is Rome’s best preserved ancient structure, in fact, the oldest to still support a dome. It is nearly 2, 000 years old and was constructed for all the Roman gods. It served as a catholic church since 7th century. It is likewise well known as Rome’s greatest treasure.
The Colosseum, also known as Amphitheatrum Flavium, is well recognized worldwide as the symbol of Rome. It is a huge amphitheater that was capable of accommodating nearly 50, 000 people. It is located at the heart of the city and was considered as the largest architecture ever built during the era of the great Roman Empire. Initially, the arena was utilized for public executions, gladiator battles and other public spectacles. It was also in the Colosseum where acrobatic and flute performances as well as other entertainment shows were held.
The Roman Forum
The Roman Forum, also called Forum Romanum, was once the center of city life. During the ancient Rome, most of the celebrations, funerals and rituals as well as hosting of festivals are held in the Forum. It also served as a market place and a public square during 500 B.C. It is located at Via dei Fori Imperiali, just adjacent to the Colosseum.
The Palatine Hill is one of the Seven Hills of Rome. It is situated at one the oldest areas of the city. You can enjoy the astonishing panorama of Circus Maximus and Roman Forum from the Palatine Hill. Also found in the area are several ancient temples like the Temple of Magna Mater and the Temple of Apollo.
The Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain is the most photographed sightseeing place in Rome. No matter what time of the day, you can surely enjoy touring to the Trevi Fountain. The fountain is just magnificent whether its day time or night time. At night, the fountain is illuminated with captivating lighting and romantic ambiance despite the large crowd. If you are planning to visit Rome, be sure to include in your list visiting the Trevi Fountain. Also do not forget to throw a coin into the fountain to ensure that you can visit again the eternal city at least once in your life.
St. Peter’s Basilica and The Vatican
The Vatican is known as the state within a state and is headed by the pope. It is the smallest state of the world both in terms of population and size. On the other hand, St. Peter’s Basilica is the main church in Rome and serves as the papal residence. It was erected during the Late Renaissance era and was built with a mixture of Baroque and Renaissance architectural styles. Also, Saint Peter’s Basilica is the first among the seven pilgrimage churches in Rome.
The Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps, also popularly known as Scalla di Spagna, is the longest and the widest steps in Europe. It joins together two of the enthralling piazzas in Rome- the Piazza Trinita dei Monti and the Piazza di Spagna. It takes a lot of courage, patience and energy climbing the 138 looping steps of the Spanish Steps but the scenery from the top is very rewarding.
The Sistine Chapel is probably the most famous church in the world. It can be found at the heart of the Vatican City. Sistine Chapel is known for Michelangelo’s paintings in its ceilings. The painting features nine scenes from the Book of Genesis including The Creation of Adam that was painted way back the year 1511.
The Castel Sant’Angelo is a large cylindrical structure that is located at the banks of Tiber River. It is crowned by an angel statue and was originally designed by Emperor Hadrian to serve as the mausoleum for his own family. However, over the centuries, this historical structure served as a prison, a fortress, a castle and a site for execution. You can enjoy the glorious views of the Vatican from the windows at the top of Castel Sant’Angelo most especially the bird’s eye view of St. Peter’s Basilica.
Piazza Navona is the remains of the former sporting stadium in Rome called Circus Agonalis. It is the largest and the most famous public squares in Rome. It is also the must visit place for artists and photographers. With its well illuminated fountains and streets at night, added with the enjoyable street performances, you will surely have a one of a kind evening just sitting at Piazza Navona. Not to mention the other attractions found in the area which includes a wide array of churches, cafes, palaces, restaurants and fountains.