Rome offers stunning fusion of historical treasure and bubbling modernity. Having assets to suit the taste of every visitor, it keeps on enthralling the tourists.
Modern and ancient. . . construction and destruction. . . history and nature. . . stroll side by side in Rome. The city has several ways to seduce you, in one way or the other, giving you hardly any room to be indifferent. It is like a gorgeous middle-aged lady, whose beauty has been merely blurred a bit by passing time. Her elegance still enchants!
Here are some places of attractions you could visit during your visit to Rome.
Vatican City, the papal residence, is a sovereign state within a state. Inside the Vatican city, you can visit Vatican Museum with the restored Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Gardens, an engaging system of big and small gardens, fountain, and fish pool. The is city guarded by the Swiss guard in their impressive uniform.
The Trevi fountain, the most famous Baroque fountain in Rome, is inspired by Roman triumphal arches. Standing 25.9 meters high and 19.8 meters wide, it is the largest fountain in Rome. The central figures of the fountain are Neptune (God of the sea), flanked by two Tritons, which symbolize the two contrasting moods of the sea.
St Peter's Basilica
A major basilica in Vatican City, St Peter's Basilica is one holiest sites of Christendom in the world. Basilica stands on the traditional site where Peter - the apostle who is regarded the first pope, was crucified and buried. Many other popes are buried in the basilica as well. Great artists like Michelangelo, Bernini and Bramante have been associated with the making of the Basilica.
A masterpiece of the 18th century, the monument is located at the feet of Pincio Hill. The steps connect the square and the church. The Spanish steps, once a year in the summertime, host a famous fashion show, when they are used for catwalk.
Originally known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, the Roman Colosseum was commissioned in AD 72 by Emperor Vespasian. The Colosseum was built to a practical design, with its 80 arched entrances allowing access to 55,000 spectators. The huge Colosseum is 188m long and 156 wide. Originally 240 masts were attached to stone corbels on the fourth level.
Arch of Constantine
Just outside the Colosseum is the Arch of Constantine, a 25m high monument built in AD 315 to mark the victory of Constantine over Maxentius at Pons Milvius. The monument reminds us of the glory of the erstwhile Roman Empire.
Rome itself is the greatest open air museum in Europe. Apart from ancient ruins and stunning architecture, the city offers a wide choice of museums and art galleries stuffed with paintings and sculptures of the Renaissance and the Baroque. Vatican Museum houses the fabulous masterpieces in palaces originally built for Renaissance popes. Capitoline Museum hosts splendid copies of Greek and Roman sculptures. When you are through these splendid places, you can visit several nationalised museums which store a wealth of history.
Rome is a feast for tongue senses too. You could grab quick bites of crunchy pizza or a suppli (fried rice balls). Carbonara, fried artichoke or a piece of Bruschetta won’t disappoint you either. You will find restaurants from every corner of Rome to serve you delicious Italian food.
Rome, Italy is an inescapable tourist destination for globetrotters. Flaunting an array of assets, Rome is a place any serious world tourist rarely misses.