Discovering the Eternal City
The city is scattered with so many beautiful sights that it is hard to pick just one. If we were forced to make a choice we would probably recommend Rome’s iconic symbol, the Colosseum. This 2000-year-old building was used for gladiatorial combats and public spectacles such as animal hunts and executions. It could hold up to 50,000 spectators. The remains of the Roman Forum and the Pantheon are other impressive examples of Roman architecture. Whilst the outside of the Pantheon might look a bit plain, its true beauty lies inside. The Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.
Things to do during your city break in Rome
However, not everything in the Italian capital has to do with ancient villas, Roman sculptures and temples. Rome has many great monuments and squares from the Baroque period, starting with the Trevi Fountain. It is said that if you throw a coin into this fountain then you will return to Rome - ‘The Eternal City‘. In the Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Navona, you will find other amazing fountains dating back to the same period. Also not to be missed are Castel Sant’ Angelo and the impressive Altare della Patria, monuments built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of unified Italy. The Vatican covers only a few square kilometres - making it the smallest country in the world! Yet it is home to some of the most important treasures in Rome…even though, to be precise, it’s not actually Rome! No visit to the city would be complete without a stop at Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel or the Vatican Museum. Last but not least, the catacombs down the Via Appia and the Gardens of Villa Borghese are well worth a visit. Walking around the centre of Rome is like travelling through history, but if you are looking for something a bit less crowded to just soak up the city atmosphere, there is nowhere better than Trastevere. The lovely narrow streets hide interesting historic sites as well as lots of excellent restaurants. It is the perfect neighbourhood for trying out some well-known, and less well-known, Italian cuisine or just grab some pizza to eat on the go. Roman cuisine is very rich and varied. If you fancy eating pasta, the bucatini all’amatriciana is arguably the most popular dish.