Trip to Rome: what to see in the city

Trip to Rome: what to see in the city

Trip to Rome: what to see in the city
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When you take it into your head to take a trip to get away from work and enjoy a few days of rest immersed in some place rich in history and charm, the first destination (or at least one of the first) to come to mind it is almost always Rome. The capital of Italy is one of the most popular destinations for tourists from all over the world, for its exceptional monuments and its immeasurable artistic beauties that span centuries of history and immerse the visitor in a wonderful context.

The wonders of Rome

It is no coincidence that Rome is commonly referred to as "The Eternal City", precisely because going to this city one senses that time has really stopped here. But what are the best tips to give to those who want to visit Rome for the first time? Of course the main places to admire are the very famous ones in every corner of the globe. First of all the Colosseum, the large amphitheater dating back to the first century, where very bloody fights and performances were held inside that cheered the population.

If it is really impossible to go to Rome without visiting the Colosseum, the same can be said for the Imperial Forums, which are located a short distance from the most famous amphitheater in the world. The entire political life of imperial (and even republican) Rome was born and developed within the Imperial Forums: an extraordinary site, full of fascinating temples and enchanting squares that becomes even more evocative with the first light of the evening. Another place to visit is the Pantheon, a 2nd century building strongly desired by the then emperor Hadrian who wanted the construction of a temple in honor of all the deities of Rome.

Rome is also particularly famous for the remains of the Baths, in particular those of Caracalla, where concerts and shows often take place, and those of Diocletian, built not far away not long after. Among the most important monuments of the capital we cannot fail to mention the Arch of Constantine, which is located near the Colosseum and which "tells" all the deeds of the well-known emperor, who made Christianity "official religion" of the Roman Empire. For those who can't wait to cool off a bit (but diving is strictly forbidden), especially in the summer months, the best landing is certainly the Trevi Fountain, another of the most characteristic places in the capital: the scene is memorable with Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni in the film "La Dolce Vita".

Finally, going to Rome also means setting foot on one of the most spiritual places in the world. The capital is the cradle of Christianity, and it is therefore a duty to pay homage to the Basilica of San Pietro, which is located in the square of the same name. The visitor can only be enchanted in front of Bernini's colonnade and Michelangelo's dome, without forgetting the amazing Baroque interiors and all the wonderful works of art found in the Basilica. Finally, a passage to the Vatican Museums is mandatory to admire even more the preciousness of the papal city.

Magical places

Still on the subject of squares, one of the most evocative in the world is certainly Piazza di Spagna, also famous all over the world especially for the beloved staircase leading to Trinità dei Monti. Inside the square there are also some of the most renowned shops, where you can go shopping (if your pockets allow it). Piazza Navona is also extraordinary, one of the squares where the Romans love to meet to take a walk and chat more and less, admiring the beauty of the church of Sant'Agnese.

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