5 Best Places To Visit in Rome
Rome, the capital city of Italy encapsulates numerous ancient monuments, Archaeological sites, Influential Art and Culture that dates back to 3000 years. Finding out the best place to visit, can be a tough job and hence, we present you the top 5 attractions, that one can’t afford to miss while on a trip to the most cosmopolitan city in Italy, Rome.
The Roman Forum is a huge archaeological site in Rome, that dates back to around 500 B.C. and encapsulate ruins and remnants from the Imperial Rome Empire, remains of the Roman God’s Temples, public baths, and basilicas, just to name a few. Being one of the top attractions in Rome, this place can be toured by visitors for free of cost.
Colosseum was built long back in the 80 A.D. And till date is the most prominent landmark of Rome; not just that, it is also an international symbol representing Rome. The Colosseum amphitheater, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire was the site for 100 days of games, gladiators combats as well as animal fights. It is said to have a capacity of holding more than 50,000 people at one single time; attracting more than 4 million visitors every year, it is highly advisable to book a ticket in advance in order to avoid long ques at the booking counters.
Pantheon is said to be the best-preserved and the most intact archaeological monument of the Imperial Rome. Built back in 125 A.D. by Emperor Hadrian, it was the considered as the World’s largest concrete dome till the beginning of the modern Era. The dome also features an oculus, right in the middle, letting the beautiful sun rays filter in. Though the name “Pantheon” refers to a bevy of God’s, it was ironically used as the burial place for the Emperor and other prominent leaders of the Roman Empire.
Spanish steps are one of the most majestic and famous monuments designed in a Roman Baroque style. Built in the late 18th century, this 135 steps staircase is dominated by Trinita Dei Monti church on the top and Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Trinita Dei Monti at the bottom. The Spanish steps are indeed one of the best places in Rome to invest some of your leisure time for people-watching perch and having a glance at magnificent architectural structures, lost beneath the playful array of colorful flowers. Aside this, there also lies a famous fountain, Barcaccia, at the foot of the staircase, recalling the flood of River Tiber in 1598.
Trevi Fountain is a beautiful Baroque masterpiece, constructed entirely of Marble by Nicola Salvi in the 18th Century. The fountain represents Neptune, the Roman God of the sea which is being guided by Tritons. There’s an old myth attached to Trevi fountain, that if anybody throws a coin in it, will surely re-visit Rome, sooner or later. Since, the fountain is generally overrun by visitors and local merchant selling cheaply priced souvenirs all day long, the best time to visit it is either in the early morning or late at night. The Trevi fountain also appeared in an array of films such as Roman Holiday, Dolce Vita, When in Rome, just to name a few. Undoubtedly, a trip to Rome shall be considered incomplete without a visit to Trevi Fountain.