There is a very famous saying “Tutte le strade portano a Roma” which means “All roads lead to Rome”. With a history spanning centuries, Rome is a city that takes a lifetime to fully explore. No matter how many times you go to Rome, you always find something new. Your trip to Italy would not be complete without a visit to this capital city.
Rome is known as the “Eternal City” of Italy, founded in 753 BC. There is a lot of history. There is a lot of art. There is a lot of noise. And if you visit in summer, a lot of tourists. This year, Rome is also one of the host cities to host the European Football Championship – Euro 2020.
And if you have the opportunity to set foot in Rome, these are the things you must do.
Try to visit as many squares as possible
Let’s start with Piazza Novana where there is Bernini’s Fountain of the Four rivers, representing the 4 river gods and the largest rivers of the 4 great continents. Starting at this square will allow you to get a great sense of the atmosphere of Rome and see the beautiful fountains. You can also stroll around Piazza del Popolo, home to Rome’s oldest Egyptian obelisk and a great place to sit and sip gelato and people-watch.
Explore the Colosseum – Colosseum
The Colosseum carries the historic sites and iconic sights of Rome. The Colosseum was also selected as one of the new 7 wonders of the world. Coming here, you will be amazed at this architectural masterpiece of the Roman Empire.
The Colosseum is actually the largest amphitheater ever built, and it can accommodate between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators to enjoy fights and executions from the 1st century AD to the early period. medieval period.
Explore the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
To further step back in time to the Roman Empire, stay in the vicinity and explore the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. During the Roman Empire, the square was a market place and the center of public activities in daily life.
Although now, these attractions have been greatly affected and damaged by time and war, their remaining magnificence is enough to give you a partial idea of where they were in their heyday. . In fact, this is also the place where the victory procession, elections or even court…
And then head to the Palatine Hill, where emperors built their palaces from the time of Augustus, according to Roman mythology.
Admire the Pantheon
The Pantheon is a 2000 year old temple dedicated to all the gods, converted into a church in the Middle Ages. It is one of Rome’s best-preserved monuments and a testament to great architecture. Passing the massive columns and stepping inside its massive entrance will give you a sense of grandeur that makes visiting the Pantheon a unique experience. The Pantheon is especially beautiful when you watch the light entering the temple through the glass door – the opening in the center of the dome.
Throw a coin at the Trevi . Fountain
As one of the most famous fountains in the world and one of the top tourist attractions in Rome, the Trevi Fountain is a beautiful place that you should not miss. According to legend, toss a coin into the Trevi fountain to ensure that one day you will return to Rome.
Visit the Vatican
The Vatican is a city – independent ecclesiastical state in Rome, ruled by the Pope. It has the largest church in the world: Saint Peter’s Basilica, the very famous Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums.
Peter’s Basilica is Italy’s most famous church of the Renaissance, principally designed by D. Bramante, Michelangelo, C. Maderno and GL Bernini and built on an older basilica from 1506 to 1628. Once you’ve visited the church, come see the view from the top of St. Peter’s.
Don’t miss Castel Sant’Angelo
First a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian and his family, then a fortress and castle used by popes, a prison and now a museum, Castel Sant’Angelo is a must-see passed while visiting the city of Rome. The castle is named after the statues of angels on the roof and is totally worth it at least because of the incredible views to see Rome and the Vatican from here.
Pass by Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II
The huge Vittorio Emanuele II monument or Altare della Patria was built between 1885 and 1935 in honor of the king who unified Italy in the second half of the 19th century. It exhibits neoclassical style on Roman School. Stairs, fountains, Corinthian columns, two statues of the goddess Victoria and an equestrian sculpture by Vittorio Emanuele II are all structures worth seeing here!
Take a rest on the steps at Spain Square
The famous steps can be found at Piazza di Spagna, going up to Piazza Trinità dei Monti, where the Trinità dei Monti church can be found. This beautiful 174-step staircase was first built between 1723 and 1725 by a French diplomat to connect the Bourbon Spanish Embassy with the cathedral.
Stroll along Tiber
The Tiber is the river that flows through Rome. In fact, Rome was founded on the banks of the Tiber River, a strategic place for trade. Today, a stroll along the calm Tiber River is a pleasant hike and allows you to see the numerous bridges that cross the river.