With 3000 years of history behind it, Rome is one of the most unique and interesting cities in the world to visit. This is a place where the old and the new battle each other for space, just as the gladiators did in the awe-inspiring colosseum. It’s not just a place for history buffs, and there is plenty of everything else that you would expect from Italy including wonderful food, fine wine, fantastic shopping and a lively atmosphere.
As well as arriving by plane, many people come here as part of a cruise, so if you need to travel from the port of Civitavecchia to Rome, there are taxi services available. Here are just a few of the things you won’t want to miss out on during your trip to the Italian capital.
One of the most photographed places in the world, the Colosseum is spectacular. When you take a walk around here, you can imagine the 50,000 strong crowd cheering on as the warriors battled each other to the death. There are few ancient buildings that have been so well preserved, and a trip here really feels like you have been transported back in time. It’s the kind of place that you need to see it to believe it. It really is stunning.
The Vatican Museums are like a maze of art and sculptures when you get inside, all leading up to the Sistine Chapel. You could spend a long time staring up at the incredible painted ceiling, but it’s likely you won’t be alone while you’re here! Before you visit here, make sure that you book online to beat the crowds who often queue for hours outside of here.
A country within a country, Vatican City may be small, but it packs a lot into the space it has. The enormous St. Peter’s Square is right in the heart, with St Peter’s Basilica looming up behind it. The interior height is 120m which means that the Statue of Liberty could fit comfortably inside! You can climb up to the top and enjoy views over the square and beyond into Rome.
The fountain was recently renovated, and was when I last visited. But reports say that it looks at its best again now. Full of mythological figures and flowing water, it is a pretty special sight to behold. Follow the legend by throwing a coin in the fountain which means that one day you will be destined to return to Rome!
This popular meeting point amongst locals leads up from the Piazza di Spagna. Climb up to the top and you will have some great views of the surrounding area. There will also be a number of artists selling their wares.
Though the Colosseum is a special Roman monument, many of the rest of them can be found nearby in the Roman Forum. It’s a sprawling site where you could easily spend a few hours wandering around and imagining an entirely different era.
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