Published on: 28/July/2020
Everyone knows that Italy is a county of art, culture, and fantastic food. If you’re planning a trip to Italy, the first thing you look up is food. But a very close second is places to see. Right?
Italy’s capital city – Rome, is the mecca of stunning architecture and important historical sites. Such as the Colosseum, Fontana di Trevi, the Spanish Steps, and many, many more. These are just some of the attractions and places you don’t want to miss out on visiting when traveling to Rome.
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You probably already knew that Rome’s number one attraction is the Colosseum. This large theater once housed 65,000 spectators who watched gladiators fight wild animals inside the Colosseum. Today, people from around the world come to visit the Colosseum’ ruins’. Numerous Colosseum tours allow you to see the arena and the underground spaces of the most significant Roman amphitheater.
One of the best-maintained buildings from Ancient Roman times is the Pantheon. It’s still unclear what function the building had in those days, but it was given to the pope by the emperor Hadrian back in 608. The church has several unique funerary statues (painter Raphael and a few Italian kings) and a vast open dome (oculus).
The most popular fountain in Roma and perhaps even the world must be the ‘Fontana di Trevi,’ or Trevi Fountain. This baroque fountain is located on the Piazza di Trevi. It was built in the 18th century. The landmark and monument display the god of the sea, Neptune, on his chariot. No visit or sightseeing of Rome is complete without tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain. The person throwing the coin is believed to ‘one day return to Rome Italy.’
The 135 steps of the Spanish Steps are located at the foot of the French church ‘Trinita Dei Monti.’ The Spanish Steps lead to the Piazza di Spagna, where Pietro Bernini’s distinctive fountain. The Spanish Steps have become a genuine tourist hotspot, and the top of the stairs offers a gorgeous view of Rome.
The 2nd-century Castel Sant’Angelo, or Castle of the Holy Angel, was a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian. Pope Pius II had a giant bronze statue of the angels placed on top of the castle after archangel Michael appeared here in 590 and ended a plague. Since Vatican City was connected to the castle by a tunnel, the Castel Sant’Angelo was part of Rome’s defenses and offered shelter for popes.
St Peter’s Basilica
‘Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano’ or the St. Peter’s Basilica is the spiritual center of the Catholic Church. And also the residence of the pope. The enormous basilica is located inside the independent city-state of Vatican City. Right next to St Peter’s Square. It was built on what is believed to be the grave of Peter – the first pope.
Whichever tour you decide to book, you’ll not regret it. Have fun exploring Rome’s history and uncover fun stories on a Colosseum underground tour. And make a wish at the Fontana di Trevi, so you can come back to Rome and make even more fun memories.