At its height, Rome was the unquestionable and unwavering capital of the known world. With dominance in commerce, trade and advancements in industry coupling with a striking level of cultural fields in the arts, Rome made itself known as the city everyone else was envious of. Ever since the those days, some two thousand years ago, the city has continued to flourish as the years have wore on around it. Showcasing the same levels of architectural brilliance, Rome hasn’t lost its cultural identity as being the number one place for millions of visitors each and every year.
Undoubtedly one of the most iconic and awe-inspiring landmarks on the entire planet, The Colosseum is the perfect location for those wishing for an up close and vivid idea of what the great Roman games might have looked like. With construction completed in AD 80, the two thousand year history of the site makes it one of the most cherished pieces of history you are likely to find on any corner of the globe and, with a maximum capacity once reaching 80,000 people, is sure to take your breath away.
The true heartland of what was once the very centre of the known world and the beating pulse of Imperial Rome, the Roman Forum's ruins give any of its visitors a powerful image of what this once great Empire might have looked like on an average day. Displaying the grandiose designs of a city once full of wealth, it makes its wealth no secret.
One of the most historic and recognisable churches in the world, Saint Peter's Basilica also boasts the fact that it is easily one of the most beautifully designed and still one of the most important. Though technically not the 'mother' of the Catholic Church, Saint Peter's Basilica is seen by the entire religious movement as a highly important place in terms of their spirituality and frequently attracts thousands of pilgrims and followers who gather to listen to the current Pope's sermons. Supposedly housing the grave of Saint Peter, the church has felt the influence of some of the greatest Renaissance architects ever seen, chiefly Michelangelo.
Lying as the protector fort of the entire city at the head of the River Tiber, as it has done for two thousand years, the Castel Sant'Angelo makes for an impressive and slightly daunting sight for those hoping to gain entry into the city. Housing unimaginable riches and treasures, the Castel is wrapped in alluring secrecy and legend with a supposed hidden tunnel system lying underneath the building that connects the Castel with the Vatican.
A staple for anyone who finds themselves in Italy's glamourous capital, the Trevi Fountain sits right in the middle of the tight and congested windy cobbled streets of the city. Designed and built in the 1720s, its history and stunning beauty couple splendidly to produce an attraction that draws in millions of visitors every year. With a magical legend surrounding those who toss a coin into its clear waters, it makes for a stunning stop.
Built by the famous Emperor Hadrian in AD 126, The Pantheon not only marks itself out as one of the popular destinations for those in the city but is one of the finest pieces of Roman architecture still standing in its full-size today. Largely active throughout its history, the style and shape of the Pantheon's design have proven to be so influential across the globe that it has been copied and reproduced numerous times. Steeped in culture and history, it attracted seven million visitors last year.
One of the most strikingly picturesque and famous Piazzas in the heartland of mainland Europe, the Piazza Navona has proven to be a favorite pit stop for anyone wanting to really take in the cultural wonders that a city like Rome naturally produces. Featuring some of the finest baroque-style designs ever produced for the day, there are few places that capture the hustle and bustle of Roman commerce and trade quite like the Piazza Navona.
Paying homage to King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy, the first king of a fully unified Italy since the sixth century, the Altare Della Patria is truly a showcase of the kind of gorgeous designs only found in a city like Rome. Quickly finding itself as one of the upcoming points of interest for those visiting the capital, it is one of the finest museums for those wanting to know about how the Italy we know today came to be, and with a panoramic lift recently being installed, visitors can be treated to a 360 degree view of the entirety of Rome.
135 steps strong and with the heart of Roman diplomatic history behind it, the Spanish Steps are one of the go-to places for those either wishing for a glimpse of the legacy of the culture of the city, or those who want to feel the romantic pull of the capital. Perfect for visitors hoping to catch a good photo or as a pit stop for those wanting to unwind and take in the beauty of an already stunning city, it makes for a must see stop that has been a focal point of the Rome charm ever since its design in 1725.
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