Legend has it that ‘Rome was not built in a day’. This proverb which has become so popular all over the world, literally spells out the epic past of this ancient city. It has metamorphosed into a lovely city, buzzing with life and encompassing an absolutely glorious past. There is just no need to visit any particular tourist attraction to be overwhelmed by the beauties of this city. A walk down the street is enough to soak in the flavour of this colourful city.
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As a first time visitor to this amazing city, you’ll get the feel of a modern day urbanized city with all the glitz and glamour basking in the glory of an eventful past.
As you walk past the famous Roman Colosseum, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain or the numerous piazzas, basilicas, churches, museums and parks in Rome, you’ll be surprised to find out what a beautiful city this is. Rome is one of the most visited cities in the world and receives a footfall of over 20 million, every year. So, let’s also embark on a journey to discover this wonderful ancient city of Rome.
The major attractions of Rome
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When in Rome, you are bound to visit the numerous churches, chapels, basilicas, museums, villas, gardens and parks that dot the entire city. But, there are certain places which have made a permanent place in history. And one of the most classical and iconic sites in Rome is the Colosseum. This ancient monument is actually an amphitheatre that was built in the medieval period and is one of the hottest destinations in Rome for tourists. The other two ancient monuments that stand testimony to the glorious Roman past are the Pantheon and the Roman Forum. While the Pantheon was a temple built for worshipping all the ancient Roman Gods, the Roman Forum served as the hub of business and politics.
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St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican serves as the home of the Pope and is decorated with some of the finest pieces of artwork made by famous artists like Michelangelo and Bernini. The Vatican museum is stuffed with other great artefacts and also offers access to the famous Sistine Chapel.
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The Trevi Fountain located on Piazza di Trevi is a popular tourist attraction. There is a common belief that throwing a coin into this fountain ensures a repeat visit. Therefore, if you want to return to Rome once again, do not forget to carry out this little ritual.
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Castel Sant’Angelo is a famous ancient structure that was built as a mausoleum for the Roman emperor Hadrian, has now been converted into a museum. Even this place is a favourite for tourists.
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The Spanish Steps or Piazza di Spagna is a popular destination where locals as well as visitors enjoy a leisurely time with friends and family. These steps constitute one of the biggest stairways and comprises of 138 steps between Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Trinita dei Monti. Another great place where you can feel the pulse of Rome and rest amidst some brilliant architectural pieces is the Piazza del Popolo. This place is mostly crowded with people from all parts of the city gathering here for a meeting or a quick chat. Similar to this piazza is Piazza Navona. This is also a popular meeting ground for Romans and tourists who love to admire Baroque architecture and some of the famous works of people like Bernini, Borromini and Porta. The various restaurants and cafes on this street offer great local cuisine and is a hot favourite amongst visitors. It is also the perfect place for enjoying street shows or indulging in novelty shopping.
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The Vittorio Emanuele II monument is another ancient structure that has been made with white marble and tourists enjoy a panoramic view of the entire city from this monument.
Thus, Rome has so much to offer in terms of its historic sites, monuments and museums that tourists would be spoilt for choice.
How to spend your Roman holiday
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The Roman holiday is said to be a near perfect trip that incorporates everything from fine dining and sightseeing to walking around the streets of Rome and enjoying some homemade gelato. There is no dearth of sightseeing opportunities in Rome and every nook and corner has something or the other. Therefore, it is always good to take your time and see all that it has to offer. Apart from these, Rome is also the place to try out some mouth-watering Italian cuisine in restaurants spread across the city. Try out some of the local favourites like the authentic pastas and pizzas, risottos and fondues along with some great tasting Italian ice-cream, the gelato.
Entertainment in Rome
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There is no dearth of entertainment options in Rome. Programs and shows of different types can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Various local folklore festivals, concerts and operas are always inviting people to join in the merriment and the spirit of Rome. So, if you are musically inclined, these make a perfect evening for you. Apart from these, there are numerous theatres across the city that host beautiful plays and movies that will surely make you feel great. There is therefore, a problem of plenty, when it comes to choosing live music at the clubs, dance, pop music, jazz and classical concerts in Rome.
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If you have already enjoyed urban life to the fullest, you can head to the other towns and cities of Italy. These places are well connected with Rome by road, rail and air. The city also offers some great rejuvenating facilities in the form of thermal spas where you can completely rest your body and mind.
Hence, Rome can be termed as a city of myriad hues, teeming with life, buzzing with activities and filled with all the good things in life. It is one city where the past and the present seem to mingle with each other, both resting side by side in quiet harmony. This historically steeped city therefore, should feature in every traveller’s must visit list.