The city of Rome in Italy is one of the oldest cities in the world, and is home to some of the most famous European attractions. When you are on a holiday in Rome, you will realise that the most irresistible feature of ‘the Eternal City’ is the coexistence of ancient treasures along with the modern-day coffee bars and trattorias. UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, and the Pantheon, are all located in this city. Tourists from all over the world come to see these ancient structures that still stand today. But there is so much more to Rome than just history.
There are only a few cities that can rival Rome as far as artistic heritage is concerned. You will encounter masterpieces such as canvases by Caravaggio, fountains by Bernini, sculptures by Michelangelo, and frescoes by Raphael, when you walk around the center of this city. Art connoisseurs will fall in love with the Byzantine mosaics, baroque facades, Renaissance frescoes, and ancient statues during their holiday in Rome.
From historical landmarks dating back to ancient Rome to shopping at the Porta Portese flea market on Sunday mornings, this city has so many things on offer for tourists that it may become difficult to decide where to go first. However, there are some sights that are iconic landmarks of Italy as well as of Europe that should not be missed when you are on a holiday in Rome. The numerous attractions in this city can overwhelm you, so ensure that you take some time to relax and enjoy ‘la dolce vita’ in a trendy café or a gorgeous park.
Some of the most popular attractions that must be seen during your holiday in Rome are:
The Colosseum is to Rome what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. This structure is a testament to the spectacular architectural skills of the ancient Roman Empire. It was constructed between 72 and 80 C.E., and was the site of gladiator fights and many other competitions. The building was dismantled after the southern side of this structure was destroyed due to an earthquake in the year 847 C.E. The dismantled parts were then used to build other Roman monuments including St. Peter’s Basilica. Many football stadiums in the world today were designed on the basis of this oval Roman plan. Even though only a part of the structure still stands, this is one of the most popular attractions in this city and must be visited during your holiday in Rome. Make your job easier and book the tickets online to avoid long queues!
The most popular tourist attraction in all of Rome, St. Peter’s Basilica is located in the heart of the Vatican City. A total of three architects who worked over decades are responsible for what is renowned as St. Peter’s Basilica today. Did you know Michelangelo was one of the architects, and he was the one who designed the central dome? This became the largest church ever to be constructed when it was finished in the year 1626. The entire location, which includes St. Peter’s Square, is protected by the Swiss Guards who are dressed in traditional insignia. Visit this church on your holiday in Rome to see the central point of the Catholic Church.
Climb these attractive Spanish Steps during your holiday in Rome, and you will be treading in the footsteps of writers such as Byron and Balzac, who climbed these stairs for inspiration in the 19th Century. This is the widest and the longest staircase in all of Europe, and is located between the Trinita dei Monti church and a Barcaccia fountain. The best thing to do on your visit here is to sit in the middle of this staircase and pass the time by observing people hurrying into the designer boutiques and the high-end shops. It is true that climbing 138 steps can seem like a daunting task but the view from the top is totally worth it!
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