The Best Things To Do In Rome

Everyone is familiar with the city of Rome and its intriguing past. For anyone who has considered visiting this city, they will know that history underpins what it is today. It is an ancient city married with a vibrant atmosphere. It is cosmopolitan, deep-rooted and beautiful in every sense of the word.

This is a city that has more history than you could imagine. However, it is also a city that has a lot to offer beyond that of history. So making it the ideal city for a relaxing break or a trip where you immerse yourself in its intrepid past.

The Colosseum

This is the largest amphitheatre that has ever been built and it typifies imperial Rome. Every tourist and every visitor has to see it the crumbling stadium in all its glory. You can take the time to wander around and almost feel the atmosphere as blood-filled combats took place. This is an awe-inspiring place and it really will leave its mark on you, very much like the lions that would have once prowled this stadium.

Colosseum of Rome

Pantheon

The Pantheon is now a church but was once a temple but it is a must see for all that visit the city. Its granite Corinthian columns, bronze door, and coloured marble are pleasing to the eye. The coffered concrete dome stands as the centrepiece as the light pours in from the oculus in the centre.

Trevi Fountain

One of, if not the most famous fountain in the world. You will see winged horses, a Baroque design that will capture the imagination. The huge amount of coins left by visitors give the water a glittery look. This is a place to visit in order to experience the tranquillity of water and one of the best fountains in the world.

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Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill

This well-preserved ruin is one of the most memorable attractions in Rome. Despite it looking neglected it certainly tells a story of one of the most important meeting places in the world. It was the place where temples shared space with brothels and a place where ceremonial processions thumped along the streets. Bustling markets were part of everyday life. Criminal trials and political debates took place here.

Vatican City Part I: Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums

Vatican City is the smallest city-state in the world and it is home to the Roman Catholic Church. This will make your jaw drop in ways you could never have imagined. The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and the Vatical Museums should certainly be near the top of your list.

Vatican City Part II: St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square

The Basilica is known to be one of the larges churches known to man. It is a work of art with the stunning Papal tombs, sculptures, and detail. There are 871 steps to climb for those of you feeling energetic. At the top, you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the Vatican City.

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St Peters Square

Known the world over, this is one of the most stunning squares on the planet. You will find it situated in Vatican City and positioned in front of St Peter’s Basilica. On the face of it, the square is truly magical but delve into it and you will be amazed. The 285 columns and 88 pilasters stand in a walkway of four rows. Overlooking the columns are 140 statues of saints created in 1670 by the disciples of Bernini. At the heart of the square, you will find the obelisk and two beautiful fountains.

Catacombs of Rome

These subterranean passageways were once used as the location of burial for many centuries. The burials began in the second century and went on to the fifth century making it an ancient piece of history.

Museum of Rome

If you want to see some of the best art in Rome, this is the place to go. You will find art dating back to the medieval ages right through to the 20th century. It will give you the chance to learn about the history and culture of Rome. The museum itself is an impressive building. Baroque architecture gives visitors an insight into what to expect inside and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. This diverse mix of history, art and artefacts are perfect for lovers and non-lovers of wandering around museums. It celebrates the rich history and past of the city.

Pompeii

This is a trip that requires you to venture out of Rome, but it is certainly worth it. If you are in Rome, it would be a shame not to make the trip. The best thing to do is take a tour, which will take you on a journey through time. Ancient ruins at the UNESCO-listed site will make your imagination run wild. You will wonder how those people of Pompeii felt as they were covered in ash from Mount Vesuvius. There are excavations of old monuments and the Teatro Grande, a theatre of impressive scale.

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History and Culture of Rome

Rome started life as an Iron Age hut village that was first founded in the 8th century BC. However, the Romans Etruscan neighbours took power in 616 but things soon changed in 509. This marked the start of the Roman Republic and it went on to take over most of Italy. As the Roman empire grew, so did the city.

Many of the ancient ruins we see today were built and the city began to take shape. Moving into the modern era, in the 17th century, the focus shifted from Italy somewhat to other areas of Europe. As the years went on, more and more people began to take an interest in Rome. The ruins and remains became the centrepiece of the city, but in the late 18th century Napoleon arrived and took much of the artwork. In 1808 when the city was taken over by him, the pope was imprisoned, but the status quo was soon restored in 1814. As the 19th century began to disappear, the reunification of Italy took place. The Papal States took over and soon, it was classed as the capital of Italy. At this point, the city began to grow into much of what is seen today.

Altar of the Fatherland

Events In Rome

Natale Di Roma

Each year, the people of Rome come together to celebrate its birthday. There is no holding back on the celebration side of things. Music, historical re-enactments, and elaborate firework displays all take place here.

Romaeuropa

This is the ultimate dance and drama festival in Rome, taking place in a number of venues across the city. There are many different performances to see from modern dance to traditional routines. There are multimedia shows, readings, and recitals.

Pasqua (Easter)

If you are in Rome during Easter then you will see a lot of movement from the Pope. If you want to catch a glimpse of him, this is the time to do it. There are masses held a way of the cross inside the Colosseum on the evening of Good Friday.

Rome Marathon

The Rome marathon attracts runners from across the world. There is something magical about watching runners meander and move across the city and past its ancient ruins. There is a real atmosphere and vibe for you to soak up.

Giro d'Italia Arrival

While the Tour de France stands on its own, the Giro d’Italia comes close. It is Italy's answer to the famous cycling race and it certainly gains a lot of attention. The race begins in Israel but it soon enters Italy where the last final ten laps take place in the centre of Rome between the Colosseum and Piazza del Popolo. This is an interesting section of the race, particularly given the terrain and the layout of the city.

Estate Romana

The event takes place across the whole of Rome. There are open-air concerts, dance and theatre performances for you to take in. It is a festival that really will grab your attention and have you hooked.

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