Places to Visit in Rome, Italy

Rome is one of the most important cities in the world in terms of places to visit. There are hundreds of places you can go and see in Roma which was home to many important civilizations from the past to the present day with its history of 2800 years. I guarantee you will have a very enjoyable trip with your loved ones in Rome which you can see the most important structures of ancient Rome, especially the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.

The Vatican, which is the smallest state in the world and is located within the borders of Rome, is also a great place for Catholics. The Vatican Museums located in the Vatican are an art treasure in their own right. Without belabouring, let's go through the details in our places to visit in Rome page which is the most important page of our Rome travel guide.

1) The Symbol of Rome; Colosseum 

Colosseum

Colosseum is one of the world's most famous touristic structures. The amphitheater whose construction was started by Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD, was opened eight years later by Titus. According to belief, this famous building takes its name from the gigantic statue of Emperor Nero at the height of 30 m, called Colossus Neronis.

Colosseum which was built right on east of the Roman Forum, has a viewer capacity of 50,000 – 80,000. While the theater was used with its purpose, these viewers were being sat down according to class distinctions.  Continue Reading ==>

2) A 2000 Years Old Structure in Rome: Roman Forum

roman forum

The Roman Forum is located between Palatino Hill and the Coliseum, one of Rome's most important tourist sites. The Roman Forum is located between Palatino Hill and the Colosseum, one of Rome's most important tourist sites. For the reason that the Forum and Palatino Hill are adjacent to each other, you can easily go and return between the two. If you want to enter the forum anyway, you have to buy the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatino Hill combined ticket. So you can not just visit the Forum.

The main entrance to the forum is situated between the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia (Venice Square). Also, the door situated right next to the Colosseum entrance is the exit of the forum. So, you can not enter to the forum from here.

The Roman Forum was initially a swamp. But the Romans turned the region into a political and social activity center. Today, it is still said that excavation and restoration works continue. Continue Reading ==>

3) St. Peter’s Square (Piazza San Pietro), Vatican

St. Peter's Square

Saint Peter's Square is the famous square of the Vatican, the smallest state of the world. The square located in front of the St. Peter's Basilica, was made by Neapolitan artist, sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini for Pope Alexander VIII between 1656-1667. Bernini's 196 cm spaced column sequence, is opened two sides as if it will embrace visitors who come here.

Situated in the middle of the square and remained from the 1st century BC, the obelisk was brought from Alexandria and erected on its currently situation by the help of 150 horses and 47 cranes in 1586. Also there are two fountains on St. Peter's Square. The fountain on the left is of Bernini, the fountain on the right is the work of Domenico Fontana. Continue Reading ==>

4) St. Peter’s Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)

St. Peter's Basilica Interior

St. Peter's Basilica located in the Vatican is one of the most important structures of the Christian world. The structure which is pilgrimage point of the Roman Catholics, is the biggest church in the world and 60,000 people can fit into it at the same time. This famous church of the Vatican is a giant with dimensions of 222 meters in length and 138 meters in height.

In the 2nd century BC, a monument was erected on where the grave of St. Peter is situated, and then, on this spot, first basilica was built in M.S 349 with the order of Emperor Constantinus. In the 15th century, instead of the original basilica which was tend to be broken down, a new one was made. The construction of the current basilica was started in 1506 in the period of Pope Julius II. The basilica, whose construction contined for more than 100 years, was completed in 1612 during the reign of Pope Paul VI. According to the legend, the basilicas were built in 67 BC at the point where crucifixion was came true. Continue Reading ==>

5) The Temple of Gods: Pantheon, Roma

Pantheon

The Pantheon is a temple which all the gods of the ancient Roman period are located. The Pantheon means "temple of all gods" in Latin. When it is compared to other temples that remain to nowadays, it is one of the best preserved from the AD 2nd century until today.

Althought the Pantheon, which also possess the greatest dome feature without the need for support, in the history of architecture, was originally built as a Roman temple, later turned to the Catholic Church.

The most incredible thing to know about is that the height of the rounded glass at the top are on same size as its diameter (43.3 meters). Continue Reading ==>

6) Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi), Rome

Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi), also known as the Love Fountain, is one of Rome's most famous constructions. The fountain was built by Pope Clement XII to the Sculptor Nicola Salvi. The fountain which is more new compored to the other famous buildings in Rome, begin to be built in 1732 but could be completed in 30 years with the help of many artists.

Trevi means "three ways" in Italian. It is believed that this name is given due to the 3 ways which go to the square which the fountain is located in. Today around of the fountain is very active especially in night time.

You can see many sculptures on the Trevi Fountain, one of Rome's most famous symbols. In the central part of the fountain is a Neptune figure surrounded by 2 Tritons (messenger of sea). While one of the tritons restrains a grumpy seahorse, the other drive the animal which is more calm. These symbolize 2 opposite faces of the sea. On the relief on the right of the fountain, the virgin who discovered the water resource by getting Acqua Vergine aqueduct built, is delineated. Continue Reading ==>

7)  Spanish Steps, Rome

Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps located in Piazza di Spagna in Rome, is probably one of the things that comes to mind around the world when Italy is called. Because of its magnificent beauty and being one of the most important architectural structures of the baroque art era, it has become Rome's most popular tourist destination.

When we added the fact that the biggest steps in Europa is this, it's not so hard to know where its reputation comes from. If you don't go up and down these artistic stairs, it is absolutely acknowledged that you leave your Rome trip undone.

Of course, Piazza di Spagna don't consist of just the Spanish Steps. At the same time Barcaccia fountain where the most hearty wishes are wished and moneys are thrown into, are also located here. Continue Reading ==>

 

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