Capital of Italy, Rome is one of those cities filled with history and adventure, which could easily take a lifetime to visit and explore. If you don’t have all this time ahead of you and you plan to visit Rome on two, three or four days only, you’re going to need to know the best things to do in Rome.
Best spots to Discover Rome
The Pantheon of Rome
Built by Emperor Hadrian between 119 and 128 AD, the Pantheon in Rome is an architectural marvel! The temple was originally built as a monument to ancient deities and today serves as a resting place for the artist Raphael and the first president of Italy among others.
Inside, you will be impressed by its dome and the floor paved with colored marble. The building has retained its original bronze doors. Although admission is free, you can opt for a guided tour of the Pantheon to know all the secrets of the place!
An extraordinary monument that once hosted gladiatorial fights, the Colosseum dates back to the year 72.
The Flavian Amphitheater (that’s also what it’s called) was built to accommodate an audience of up to 50,000 people. The site, which was the scene of many horrible deaths, is a historic place and a must for any lover of history and architecture. Very popular with tourists, the Colosseum defies time and inspired the movie Gladiator. It is also considered the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire in the world: without a doubt, it is a reference to visit Rome.
The Roman Forum
If you liked the Colosseum, the Roman Forum is undoubtedly a must when you come to visit Rome. Located in the heart of the city, the Forum includes a large number of ancient buildings and temples of the government of Rome such as the Curia (Senate House), the Temple of Saturn, and the Arch of Septimius Severus. The Forum served as a political, commercial and religious center in ancient Rome.
How to consider visiting Rome without discovering the Vatican? Even if you are not a believer, take a look at St. Peter’s Square to admire the columns and the Basilica San Pietro (St. Peter’s Basilica). Inside, you can admire the Sistine Chapel and especially the fresco of the ceiling of the chapel, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512. You will notice the scene from Adam’s Creation has acquired universal significance. The Vatican Museums are also worth visiting. Be careful, for this visit it is advisable to book your ticket in advance so as not to be caught in long queues, especially during school holidays!
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