Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with the richest cultural heritage and architecture dating back almost 3000 years. The buildings and ruins are nothing short of spectacular, couple this with the famous art that is everywhere, the statues, fountains, buildings. Then lets top that off with the fact that it is one of the leading fashion cities in the world, it is simply a feast for the senses. You really cannot see Rome in one day, I think if you want to go to Rome give yourself at least a week to take in the sights and soak up the atmosphere.
Just to go to the Colosseum would take you half a day, not to mention the Vatican Museum which by the way is well worth seeing, no matter what your religion is, it is sensational. The famous art that is there is just unbelievable. We had sore necks, just from looking up at the ceilings. The Statues, Paintings, Rooms, The Sistine Chapel. When you have finished you should go next door and see St Peters Cathedral as they are close and on the other side of the River Tiber.
When you do go to the Colosseum it is good if you can take a tour the guides are extremely good at describing how it used to look. It used to be covered in marble before the renaissance. You can also take a tour below the Colosseum. After this visit it would be worth having a cup of coffee then heading down a few streets to Sant Clemente, this is a small church which was built on top of 2 other churches actually one church and a pagan temple, the latter dates back to the 1st century. You can go down below and see the old ruins. You can hear the water still running through the old street gutters. This is how the ruins were discovered, apparently, a priest thought there was a water leak and after getting someone in to have a look at it they discovered the church and temple below. It is fascinating and only costs a couple of euros.
The Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum
You can almost spend a day exploring this area. It is a must to visit, the old Roman Ruins are spectacular. It is the center hill of the Seven Hills of Rome and the most ancient part of the city. It is 40 meters above the Roman Forum and it is believed that Emperor Augustus was born here. The Ruins of the Forum and Ancient Rome are just brilliant. The Hill overlooks the Forum, Colosseum and The Circus Maximus
The Vatican Museums are simply amazing. Sitting on 5.5hectares, the museums were originally 2 palaces, joined by 2 long corridors. The Museums proudly boast one of the finest art collections in the world. There are over 7kms of corridors and huge rooms all opulently decorated and filled with art treasures from around the world. The ceilings and walls are covered with frescos from the master painters. Inside the art treasures include Sculptures, Busts, Etruscan Bronzes, Egyptian mummies, Famous Paintings, far too many to list in this blog. One of the things you must see while there is, of course, the famous Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo. The Leonardo Da Vinci Double Staircase this is both stunning and fascinating, definitely a must to use. There are also 3 courtyards in the complex.
You will need a day or two to see all the sites of the Museums and afterward, you should pop next door and have a look at Saint Peters Basilica.
St Peters Basilica
St Peters Basilica is an Italian Renaissance Church (papal seat) within the Vatican City. The architecture is magnificent and well worth the visit. From the magnificent marble interior of the Basilica to the ornate facade and the sheer grandiose of St Peters Square. The old church was originally built by Constantine in the 4th Century. The original church had been built over a small shrine believed to mark St. Peters burial place. In the fifteenth century, the Pope decided as the church was in disrepair to renovate or rebuild, which started a long process of different popes, plans, ideas and a lot of money, of course, to build the new basilica with the stunning architecture that we see today.In the centre of the Basilica is the high altar, which sits on top of the site of St Peter’s grave. Bernini’s famous Bronze Baldachin, stands over the High Altar. supported by 4 spiral columns. This is the Popes Altar. The impressive dome by Michelangelo is 119 high and is a focal point when in Rome. St Peters Square at the front of the Basilica is stunning with Colossal 4 deep colonnades that curve around the square and frame the Basilica.
The Trevi Fountain or “Fontana di Trevi“
The Trevi Fountain or “Fontana di Trevi” stands 85 feet high and 65 feet wide it is Italy’s largest Baroque Fountain it is the centerpiece of Piazza Di Trevi. You can’t go to Rome and not see this, don’t forget to throw a coin in the fountain.
The Pantheon one of our favorite places as previously mentioned, go inside and have a look. This circular building has a portico of large granite Corinthian columns. The Pantheon’s dome is the worlds largest unreinforced concrete dome, which has a central opening “oculus” to the sky. Interestingly the Height of the oculus and the diameter of the interior circle are the same 142 feet or 43 meters. From the Spectacular Columns to the Sensational Ceiling you will be impressed.
Castel Sant’Angelo originally built by Emperor Hadrian for his tomb, this towering cylindrical building is worth a visit, Originally designed as a mausoleum and later used as a fortress, castle, and refuge for a pope, it is now a museum. On the top of the building, there is a fantastic sculpture of Michael the Archangel.
Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele
Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele – also known as “Altare della Patria” was a monument to Victor Emmanuel the first Italian king of a unified Italy. The monument holds the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with an eternal flame built under the statue of the Goddess Roma. It is an impressive building and definitely worth a visit.
The Spanish Steps
A trip to Rome would not be complete without visiting the famous Spanish Steps. there is always a flurry of activity here. The bottom of the steps leads to the major streets in the Shopping District of Rome. You will find all the luxury goods stores here. On the Steps, you will find a lot of buskers and makeshift stalls selling souvenirs all sorts of goods. Great place to get a selfie.