This is a great city, from its earliest beginnings as an empire to the grace of the Renaissance. Rome wasn't built in a day, as the saying goes. I'm here to inform you that one day is not even close to being enough to experience everything Rome has to offer. or perhaps a week. Regardless of your interests, this city has something to offer you: historical religious sites, Renaissance art, architectural marvels, gourmet delicacies, local wines, parks and gardens, and myths and tales. I've discovered that the people in all of Italy are welcoming to travelers, although occasionally being abrupt. If your Italian is rusty (or nonexistent, like mine is), the shops, restaurant employees, and hoteliers in the city itself will be able to ease your visit.
Italians and Romans in particular follow a different schedule from us Americans. Dinners are typically served later than we're used to, and La Passeggiata, or a neighborhood promenade, is frequently taken thereafter. It's a custom that fosters relationships amongst family members and friends, and they may even go shopping at their favorite businesses or, on nice nights, pick up some gelato or fresh fruit for dessert. It's also a fantastic digestive after a late (and occasionally large) supper! Rome is a must-see city because it is full of fascinating, lovely, and colorful sights. When you go, make sure to stay as long as you can. You won't be let down.
Places To Visit
You don't have to be Catholic to be in awe of the treasures on display: paintings, murals, frescoes, statues, sculptures, maps, tapestries, and the list goes on. This place is always at the top of my list. Of course, Michelangelo's painting on the Sistine Chapel ceiling is the most well-known.
Basilica of St. Peter
Without being there, it is impossible to fully appreciate the scope, splendor, or grandeur of this architectural marvel. One of the most iconic structures in the entire globe is the twin dome. The Basilica is crammed with art, statues, and artifacts, and there is always something new to see.
The Colosseum, which has 70,000 seats, is the biggest and most imposing building the ancient Romans ever constructed. It was used for gladiatorial fights, festivities, and even recreations of famous sea battles (yes, with actual boats and water! ), but many of the shows of the time would be viewed as harsh to our eyes today. Vespasian, the Roman Emperor, started it; it was completed and inaugurated in 80 A.D. by Titus, his son. Even if all that's left of the building today is the skeleton, it's still one of the most stunning sites on earth.
The Steps were the city's top tourist destination during the Renaissance. They were populated by authors and artists who admired their exquisite designs. The renowned Baraccia Fountain, created by Pietro and his son Gian Lorenzo Bernini, is located at the bottom of the stairs. Try to visit in the springtime when brilliant flowers cascade down the stairs and cover the ramps and staircases.
Yep. Legend has it that if you throw a coin into the fountain and wish to return to Rome, you will. This is the plot of the movie "Three Coins in the Fountain." With that said, the fountain, which has stunning baroque statues of fantastical creatures and mythical beings, is more of an artistic creation than a functional water source.
The Pantheon, often known as the "temple of all Gods," was the first temple created for the general populace and still serves that purpose today.