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These Are Some Of The Places You Must See In Rome

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When venturing through the enchanting streets of Rome, one cannot help but be captivated by the sheer abundance of historical treasures that grace every corner. The city is a testament to the grandeur of ancient civilizations, and among the many wonders it holds, here are ten unmissable places to see in Rome:

Colosseum Underground

Colosseum Underground

Roman Colosseum

Colosseum

Roman Colosseum Stage View from Above

Colosseum View from the top down to the stage

1.  The Colosseum
A journey to Rome is incomplete without setting your eyes upon the awe-inspiring Colosseum.  It is a must see in Rome.  Delve into its captivating history by embarking on a guided tour, which can take you beneath its surface to the remarkable Colosseum underground. Witness the enduring legacy of this colossal amphitheater that began its rise in 70-75 AD, weathering fires, earthquakes, and renovations, yet still stands as an awe-inducing marvel.  The underground passages and arches connected the rooms where gladiators and animals waited before being catapulted into the arena. For more detailed information about the Colosseum go here.

Roman Forum
Roman Forum
Roman Forum
Roman Forum

2.  Roman Forum
The Roman Forum, nestled amidst Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum, is a poignant reminder of Rome's vibrant past. Once an urban hub for meetings, trade, and governance, the Forum's remnants allow visitors to stroll through the echoes of ancient life. 

Vatican City view from the River
Vatican City View Closeup from the River

3.  Vatican City
The sovereign state of Vatican City is a treasure trove of spiritual and cultural wonders. From the resplendent St. Peter’s Basilica to the mesmerizing Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Apostolic Library, and the Vatican Museums, every step unveils a piece of history and art. To truly appreciate this haven, a guided tour is recommended, as the wealth of information your guide imparts enhances the experience.

St. Peter's Square

4.  St. Peter’s Square
Before the iconic St. Peter’s Basilica stands the elegant St. Peter’s Square. Its oval shape and cobblestone pavement, divided by limestone lines, create a picturesque scene. At the heart stands an Egyptian Obelisk, a testament to Rome’s diverse heritage, serving not just as a monument but also as a sundial.

St. Peter's Basilica altar

St. Peter's Basilica Altar

Pieta in St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Basilica interior

St. Peter's Basilica interior

5.  St. Peter’s Basilica
Standing as the epicenter of the Catholic Church, St. Peter’s Basilica holds unparalleled spiritual importance. Its architectural magnificence and historical resonance make it a must-visit for those seeking a deeper connection to the heart of Christianity. This basilica is a must see in Rome no matter what your religious beliefs are.  Its architecture is a blend of Renaissance and Baroque styles and is a masterpiece of art and architecture for all to appreciate.  The structure on its own is a work of art, however, it houses many works of art within it.  The Pieta (Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti), for example, is housed inside this Basilica and the altar was sculpted by master Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Pieta (sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti

Vatican Museums-Animal statutes
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

6.  Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums house some of the most significant art in the world, including well-known roman sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world.  The museum contains roughly 70,000 works of which 20,000 are on display.  The museums were founded by Pope Julius II in the early 16th century.  The Sistine Chapel is part of the museum and is a must see in Rome.

SistineChapel  Javier Sanchez - Getty Images

Sistine Chapel  -  Javier Sanchez / Getty Images

7.  The Sistine Chapel
Nestled within the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel is a masterpiece in its own right. Every inch of its surfaces is adorned with exquisite artistry, with Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco stealing the spotlight, drawing visitors into a world of visual splendor.  The Photos are not permitted.  

Fontana di Trevi
Fontana di Trevi

8.  Fontana di Trevi
The Fontana di Trevi, the largest baroque fountain globally, stands as a symbol of artistic brilliance. Its flowing waters and intricate sculptures transport visitors into a realm of opulence and beauty that makes it a must see in Rome.  It was being restored when we visited. 

Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps

Piazza Di Spagna

Piazza Di Spagna

9.  Piazza Di Spagna and the Spanish Steps
At the base of the renowned Spanish Steps (a total of 135 steps) lies the captivating Piazza Di Spagna. This historic square, constructed in 1725 to connect the Spanish embassy and the Church of Trinita dei Monti, is a testament to Rome's cultural and architectural evolution.

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi - The Fountain of the Four Rivers

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi - The Fountain of the Four Rivers

Fontana del Nettuno

Fontana del Nettuno (the Neptune Fountain

Fontana del Moro

Fontana del Moro

Fontana dei Nettuno

Fontana del Nettuno (the Neptune Fountain

Fontana del Nettuno

Fontana del Nettuno (the Neptune Fountain

Fontana del Moro

Fontana del Moro

10.  Piazza Navona
With a history spanning back to the 15th century, Piazza Navona has transformed from a Roman Public Square to a vibrant meeting place. Its entertainment hubs, cafes, and restaurants now encircle three iconic fountains, with the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (the fountain of the four rivers) taking center stage.  Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi has an obelisk in the center and is surrounded by figures representing four great rivers:  Rio de la Plata, Danube, The Nile and Ganges.  One of the other two fountains are the Fontana del Nettuno (the Neptune fountain) that has statues of Neptune with sea nymphs.  The third fountain is the Fontana del Moro that features a Moor, a dolphin and the Tritons (male mermaids). This was one of my favorite places to see in Rome as we came across it many times while walking around the city.

Roman Pantheon

The Pantheon

Roman Pantheon Oculus

The Pantheon - Oculus at center of Dome

11.  The Pantheon: Where Timeless Beauty Resides
A testament to architectural brilliance, the Pantheon stands as a temple built between 118AD and 125AD. Evolving from a Roman temple to a church, its design is unlike others, featuring a remarkable Oculus that bathes the interior in sunlight and even allows rain to delicately grace its interior and drain out into discreet drainpipes.  This is one of many places to see in Rome because it is the best preserved Ancient Roman monument.

With every step, Rome unfolds a rich culture and history. The city's streets are a museum in themselves, lined with astounding architecture, sculptures, and historic landmarks that narrate the tale of civilizations long past. As you explore these wonders, savor the local cuisine and indulge in the delight of gelato, adding flavor to an already unforgettable experience. So, when in Rome, embrace the opportunity to witness its splendor and immerse yourself in the many sights this remarkable city has to offer.

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