From the ancient ruins to the blossoming street markets, Rome is bursting with culture and adventure just waiting to consume you.
1. The Colosseum
Located right in the heart of Rome, the largest amphitheatre ever built, stands proud. It being one of Italy’s more diverse heritage, it gathers around 3.9 million tourists a year, who get to marvel at its historical fundaments and imagine the heart-pounding gladiator fights.
2. Roman Forum
The forum holds all the ruins of Rome’s ancient government and really gives you a sense of ancient Rome. Otherwise referred to as the ‘plaza’, the roman forum is the war ground, which all the big decisions were made; criminal prosecution being the more emphasised. Not only does the forum allow you to stand in the exact place where roman leaders did many many years before, it is also a gateway to heaven for historians or architects as close by are the Roman Kingdom’s shrines, such as the Tempio di Giulio Cesare – where Julius Cesare was cremated.
3. Markets; anywhere
Taking a step back from the past and into the present, Rome has many markets which really allow you to embrace Italian culture. Try the new things the stalls have awaiting you and listen to the careless chatter of the community as you walk freely. This is one of the basic things that many tourists miss out on because of all the exciting ‘we need to see this one’ exertions. Seeing Rome, or any place for that matter, is being amongst the people who live it every day. So take a trip to the market, maybe buy an apple, and breathe in all in.
4. Trevi fountain
World famous, Trevi Fountain is a great place to add to the ‘I’ve done this’ list. “Much more than a mere sculpture.” is what comes to mind when your eyes lay upon it. It is intensely beautiful holds great hope, sit is said that if you throw a coin over your shoulder into the water, you will be sure to return to Rome. And once you see Rome, who wouldn’t want that? Around 3,000 euros in coins are thrown into the fountain every day.
Pantheon is one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings, visited by over 6 million people yearly. Now a catholic church, the building not only shows tradition of the Roman Empire but the religious faith of Rome. A great place to delve into the rich culture of Rome as it also hides the tombs of past kings too.
6. Spanish steps: A landmark square and 135 steps.
7. Galleria Borghese: An art gallery which homes the ‘queen of all private art collections’ such as Caravaggio, Raphael, and Titian.
8. St. Peter’s Basilica: Up until recently the largest church ever built.
9. Villa Borghese gardens: Beautiful scenery and landscape in an English manner.
10. Palatine Hill: Standing 40 meters above the Roman Forum, it is one of the most ancient parts of Rome.
– Emilymae Darby, Correspondent (Travel)