Check out some of the beautiful architecture Rome has to offer!
When In Rome...
Overview of Rome
Rome is the capital of Italy as well as the country's largest and most populated city. There are over 2.7 million inhabitants in a land area of 1,285.3 km2 (496.3 sq mi). Rome is located in the central-western part of the Italian Peninsula on the Tiber River. Rome itself has a history that goes back two and a half thousand years. It has been the capital of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, the ruling power in western Europe for over 700 years. Because of this rich history there are many amazing, beautiful, and historic sites to see.
Debatably the most famous building in Rome, the Colosseum is a building of epic proportions. In ancient times gladiators, prisoners, wild animals and slaves used to fight here. This large arena, in it's glory days, could seat up to 50,000 anxious spectators. It hard to imagine how something of this size and capacity was built so long ago. This is a necessary visit anyone remotely interested in history, as well as a perfect starting point to go see other sites.
Whether or not you are Catholic or even religious, this is one place that you don't want to miss. In Vatican City, there are many sites to see in itself. You can start with St. Peters Square, head to St. Peter's Basilica, and finish it off with a visit to the Sistine Chapel. Talk about a 3 in 1 combination. Don't forget to take a look at the guards and the outfits they are wearing. They may be very serious, but it will be hard for you to be when you see them for the first time.
The Pantheon gives a great view into the past Roman Empire, and it is one of the best preserved buildings. It was built in 119 AD as a temple and today is used as a church. In it are the remains of Italy's first king. The most famous part of the Pantheon is the occulus in the middle of the roof. When you walk in don't forget to look up!
Of the many fountains in Rome, the Trevi Fountain is probably the most famous. The statue on the fountain contains rearing sea horses, Triton's, and sharp rocks jutting out. It is quite a sight! Make sure to throw a penny or some loose change in the fountain because it is known to bring you good luck. Although this fountain will most likely be hounded with tourists at every moment, it is still a must-do when in Rome.
Wine and Ice Cream
Although probably not to be enjoyed together, at least for some of us, two foods that are synonymous with Italian cuisine are wine and ice cream. On just about every street in Rome you will find a place to taste some authentic gelato. Especially in the summer, there is nothing better to cool you down.
After walking a around seeing the city's beauty, take time to soak it in and discuss it with your fellow travellers over a glass of wine. Not only is the wine great, but sitting outside people watching can provide enough entertainment for the whole night.