5 PLACES TO VISIT IN ROME
No wonder they stay in the hearts of travellers for a long time. Surely it is difficult to choose five places to visit in Rome because the beauty of the Capital is so great and it is difficult to make a selection. On the other hand, however, it is important to get an idea of the best places to visit, those from which one cannot ignore. Here is our proposal for you, readers and curious travellers.
1) The stairs of Piazza di Spagna
A truly monumental and fascinating staircase composed of 135 steps, which was built in 1725 to connect the Spanish Bourbon embassy with the French church of Trinità dei Monti.
At the foot of the steps, there is a splendid fountain and a square: Piazza di Spagna and the Fontana della Barcaccia. Every year in May it is traditional to decorate the staircase with azaleas: something beautiful to see.
2) Vatican Museums
The Vatican Museums were founded in the 6th century by Pope Julius II. The museums boast some of the most important relics of the world including a spiral staircase, the famous Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms. Among the main things to see in Rome, this is the best place to enjoy the magnificent work of Michelangelo who painted the Sistine Chapel between 1508 and 1512. If you have the chance don’t miss other great works like the Last Judgment, the David and the Moses.
3) The Pantheon
The Pantheon is at the top of the list of the best preserved ancient buildings. It was born as a Roman temple to become a Catholic church in the seventh century. Its centre consists of a huge circular portico with three Corinthian granite columns supporting it. The Portico gives the entrance to a rotunda covered by a strong concrete dome with an opening in the centre called Oculus. Almost two thousand years have passed since the construction of the dome, however, the Pantheon is still the largest non-reinforced dome in the world.
4) The Colosseum
The most famous and the oldest amphitheatre in the Roman world is the Colosseum. It was built by Emperor Vespasian and his son Tito of the Flavian dynasty in 80 AD The Colosseum is able to hold 50,000 spectators who can enter the amphitheatre with about 80 entrances. The Colosseum is a major tourist attraction in the city of Rome with a huge number of tourists paying visits to see its remains and the inner arena.
5) The Roman forum
Originally a marketplace of the ancient capital, the Roman forum is a rectangular square surrounded by the ruins of several important government buildings in the city.
The forum was for centuries the centre of public life for the Roman people; hosted events such as public speeches, elections, criminal trials and gladiator fights. Some of the oldest shrines to be found here are the Regia, the Temple of Vesta and the Basilica Giulia.