- What to see and Do
Crowded with tourist attractions and world-renowned sites, Rome wins the hearts of many tourists. From bustling tourist centers such as the Coliseum, to the relatively obscure Villa dei Quintili, Rome simply has so much to offer! Whether you’ve never visited Rome or return often, here are some things you absolutely must do.
Admire Ancient Ruins at the Roman Forum
The Roman Forum is a square surrounded by the remains of economically important buildings of ancient Rome. The Roman Forum was ancient Rome's showpiece centre, a grandiose district of temples, basilicas and vibrant public spaces., but after the fall of the Roman Empire, it fell into oblivion.
During the Middle Ages, the Forum was used as a pasture for cattle grazing, and residents used massively stone and marble. Only in the 18th and 19th centuries the Forum will begin to dig up and appreciate it as an important monument and antique legacy.
The most incredible panoramic view of the entire Forum complex can be seen from the terraces of Campidoglio. Here you can observe the imposing ruins of Basilica Emilia, the only remaining Republican basilica, or the Curia, which was once the seat of the Senate.
Stop at “Mouth of Truth”
After visiting the Forum, try your luck with the Bocca della Verità, an ancient stone carving of a bearded man’s face. According to myth, it will bite off the hand of anyone not telling the truth.
Visit the Colosseum
Originally called the 'Flavian Amphitheater' according to the sculpture of Emperor Nero who was in front of the building, The Colosseum was the place for gladiator battles and races with double bins and today is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rome. Gladiatorial battles at Colosseum could have seen 50,000 people, and since 2007 this landmark has come to the list of world wonders. This is the second most valuable tourist attraction in the world, worth 92 billion euros..
Today nearly 4 million people visit annually. Buy your tickets in advance or be prepared to wait in a very long line. A combined ticket for the Roman Forum, Colosseum, and Palatine Hill grants access to all three sites and lets you skip the line at the Colosseum.
A short stroll from the Colosseum will take you to Circus Maximus (the ancient Roman racetrack for a two-lane race). There you will also find the famous Bocca della Verità.
Gaze at the Architectural Marvel That is the Pantheon
It is one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings, in large part because it has been in continuous use throughout its history. The most fascinating part of the Pantheon is its giant dome, with its famous hole in the top (The eye of the Pantheon, or oculus). The dome was the largest in the world for 1300 years and until today it remains the largest unsupported dome in the world! The diameter of the dome is 43.30 meters or 142ft (for comparison, the United States Capitol dome is 96 feet in diameter) and is in perfect proportion with the Pantheon by the fact that the distance from the floor to the top of the dome is exactly equal to its diameter. Marble floor set in geometric patterns is the original floor!
This circular construction method was unique in Roman architecture. Nevertheless, it became a standard exemplar when classical styles were revived, and has been copied many times by later architects.
Visit Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona is one of the most famous city squares and one of the most visited tourist destinations in Rome. It was built on the grounds of an antique stadium that was built at the time of Domicijan's rule in 86th year n.e. The stadium was devoted to Greek athletic games, which the emperor greatly hurt, while the citizens of Rome experienced them immoral.
The most spectacular monument in the square is Bernini's Fountain, four rivers, a figurative representation of four continents that were known at this time: the Danube for Europe, the Gang for Asia, the Nile for Africa and the Rio for America. The rivers were presented with sculptures of men of white marble 5 meters high. Each statue is full of allegories and metaphors.
You will notice that the Ganges statue carries a long oar, representing the river's navigability. The Nile's head is draped with a loose piece of cloth, meaning that no one at that time knew exactly where the Nile's source was. The Danube touches the Pope's personal coat of arms, since it is the large river closest to Rome. And the Río de la Plata is sitting on a pile of coins, a symbol of the riches America could offer to Europe. Also, the Río de la Plata looks scared by a snake, showing rich men's fear that their money could be stolen.
However, a much more popular explanation that tour guides often repeat is that the statue that represents Nil has a covered head with a veil because it does not have to look at "terrible" church of Sant'Agnese in Agone by Borromini, Bernini’s rival.
Also a Rio de la Plata statue has a raised hand in fear that same church will fall to his head. This, of course, is incorrect because the Bernini fountain was built before Boromini completed the reconstruction of the church.
Piazza is also the perfect place to try two Italian specialties. The first is gelato, a delicious creamy ice cream. It comes in many different variants, but pistachio ice cream is the most important to Italians. While you're there, try the light Aperol Spritz sparkling cocktail. The best way to enjoy Rome is with a glass of Aperol in hand.
See evidence of Rome's earliest settlement
The Palatine is one of the seven Roman hills, and rises above the Roman forum. It is the most famous city hill, where the most important monuments from ancient times are preserved. In addition to temples and public buildings, here are the residences of famous individuals, such as Hydrangeas, Karst, Cicero, Agrippa, Druze, Catullus, and Augustus Octavian. Here you can also find the Farnesian Gardens - the first botanical garden in the world and Flavius' palace which was the seat of the Roman emperors, ..
Explore Trastvere district
The Trastvere district is a great place to relax after a day of sightseeing and hustle and bustle. It is located outside the city bustle where there are fewer people and tourists. It is known for its narrow streets and old houses. On every corner you can see family restaurants where you can try delicious food, perhaps the best in all of Rome.
Forget about the world in a blissfully peaceful garden
If serenity and bliss are on your mind, then spend a few pleasant moments in the Pincio Garden. Here you can enjoy the view of Piazza del Popolo from where there is a beautiful view of the Basilica of St. Petra and Mount Gianicolo. A lush green garden, spectacular views of Rome, peaceful promenades connected to Villa Borghese via a pedestrian bridge, a water clock and an obelisk are some of the wonderful charms of this place. You can start your walk at Piazza del Popolo or at the Trinita dei Monti church above the Spanish Steps.
Kiss on the bridge to express your love
The Ponte Sant’Angelo or “Bridge of Angels” is a spectacular bridge made of marble. With sculptures of Peter and Paul at the entrance, the bridge over the Tiber River offers a spectacular view of Castel Sant’Angelo. This is one of the secret romantic places in Rome known as a favorite kissing destination.
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