Things you can’t miss on a Trip to Rome
Rome is a fascinating city in Italy that is filled with exciting history, stunning architecture, and fascinating religious buildings. There are also plenty of great places to eat fabulous food and indulge after a day of exploring. If you are organised you’ll be able to fit in seeing all the main attractions into a long weekend before going back to the airport, however it is best to spend a little longer here so you can enjoy relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere.
Here are some of the main things to see during your visit to Rome.
The Trevi Fountain is a stunning architectural wonder that was created in the 18thcentury. It is attached to an aqueduct that dates back to the 1st century and it was given the name of Trevi because it was placed upon the junction of three roads. Many people make wishes at the fountain by throwing coins into the water and more than 1 million Euros are collected from the fountain each year and donated to charity.
The Spanish Steps
The Spanish steps in Rome are a set of steps which date back to 1723. At the base of the steps is Piazza di Spagna and at the top is Piazza Trinita dei Monti. The steps lead to the Trinita dei Monti Church. It is a very good place for people to meet and relax. The stairway has 138 steps and is decorated with pink azaleas which make the place even more beautiful. The Trinità dei Monti church has several paintings within its chapels. The Obelisco Sallustiano is a Roman obelisk which stands in front of the church.
St. Peter’s Basilica
You’ll find St. Peter’s Basilica located inside the Vatican City, the only country in the world that is located in a city. It is the largest church in the world and it has a 140 meter high dome that is a stunning addition to the Rome skyline. This stunning example of Italian Renaissance is beautiful inside and out and many people visit this building each year.
The Colosseum is the largest Roman amphitheatre in the world and it is more than 2,000 years old. The structure has suffered damage from earthquakes over the year but you can still get a really good idea of how large the structure was. It was originally built to be an 80,000 seat stadium to entertain the crowds of Rome. It was used for entertainment purposes until the medieval era when it was converted into a fortress, than a quarry, before it was used by the Roman Catholic Church for housing. You can purchase exclusive passes that give you advantages like skipping the long entry line up and seeing areas that aren’t open to the public.
Explore the Local Cuisine
You can take guided walking tours of Rome that will point out the best places to eat and try local favourites like bucatini all’amatriciana, spaghetti alla carbonara, carciofi, and filetti di baccalà fritti. If you don’t have time for a walking tour look for places that seem really busy and try to head to restaurants away from the main tourist destinations. Italy is also known for its fabulous wine, cheese, and bread so be sure to indulge at every chance that you get.