Rome is more than just a historic city or Italy’s political and economic center. It is a place when history and modern life create a powerful and vibrant chemistry, which pervades every tiniest nook and the deepest part of your mind and soul. It is countenanced on peoples’ kind and merry faces, observed in their vivid gesticulation, tasted in the sweetest specimens of the diverse Italian cuisine, felt in the rhythms of club music blasting in the numerous night clubs.
Top 10 Sights in Rome
Needless to say, the Colosseum is one of Italy’s (if not the world’s) most monumental tourist attractions. Located in Rome, this huge arena, which was built to hold around 50,000 spectators, and now it holds millions of tourists every year.
The Roman Forum is a complex of architectural remains of objects, which were in the midst of major political events and commercial undertakings in the times of Roman Empire. Today it is a rectangular square framed by the ruins of the Temple of Saturn, the Temple of Antonius Pius and the Arches of Septimus Severus.
The square was built by the end of the 15th century in the place of the Stadium of Domitian, which was even bigger than the Colosseum. Today, Piazza Navona attracts tourists and locals trying to get away from the boiling and broiling urban life, listen to the mellifluous rustling of fountains and the playing of street musicians, and indulge in shopping.
The Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps connect the Piazza di Spagna at the base with the Piazza Trinita dei Monti at the top. If you go upstairs, you will see the grand Trinita dei Monti church up ahead. The stairway consists of 135 steps, and it is one of the most monumental tourist attractions, which is testified by crowds of people hardly ever leaving it.
Located on the right bank of the Tiber River, the castle is a witness to a great number of historic events. It was used as a mausoleum, a fortress, Popes’ residence, a dungeon. Today it houses a national museum. Its interior retains elements from different eras.
The Trevi Fountain gained fame and became a tourist attraction after being used as a setting for a scene in Federico Fellini’s movie Dolce Vita. This baroque style fountain features a mythological sculptural composition. Its name stands for ‘tre vie’ (three roads), as it is placed at an intersection of three roads.
The magnificent Pantheon is one of the biggest pearls of Italian architecture and therefore it is frequented by tourists from around the world. Thick brick walls, marble columns and the huge dome (43 m high) impressed Michelangelo so much that he said it could have been built by angels rather than humans.
This is a unique museum complex, which occupies 5,5 hectares and comprises the Vatican Palace and the Belvedere Palace. The complex houses countless exhibits crafted in ancient times, and the palaces feature old-time chambers frescoed by world-famous artists, including Raphael. The complex is too big to embrace over a day.
Located amidst the gardens near Villa Borghe, the museum houses an extensive collection of work by the world’s most famous artists, including Carvaggio, Raphael, Correggio, Bernini, etc.
Vatican City is a sovereign state in the middle of Rome with its own flag, currency, militia and citizens. Apart from Vatican Museums, here you can visit St. Peter’s Basilica and admire Pietá – a sculpture by Michelangelo. Also, you can get up to the roof and marvel at the city’s panorama.
When to Visit Rome
Although there is no season or weather on earth to make Rome less beautiful, there are things to consider. During the high season (June through August), it gets hot, and many tourist head for Rome at this time. Sights may get overcrowded and lines get too long. Shoulder seasons (April through June and September through October) is the most favorable time in terms of weather and accessibility of sights.
Where it is Located
Rome is situated on the eastern bank of the River Tibre, on the seven hills: Palatine, Quirinal, Caelian and Capitoline. The proximity of the Tyrrhenian Sea predefines the climate as warm-temperate subtropical.