A Guide to Rome – Around the Italian Capital in 5 Days
The ancient city of Rome is regarded as a cultural mecca of sorts by many avid travelers around the globe. As one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, the place is always bustling with people of all ages and nationalities who are keen to enjoy all that Rome has to offer. And who could possibly blame them? The Italian capital is undeniably peppered with illustrious sites, some of the best art museums in Europe as well as fantastic restaurants serving up some of the tastiest Italian eats around. If you’re currently thinking about jetting off on a short holiday, a trip to the archaic city is one you should definitely consider. I’d say 5 Days in Rome will more than satisfy your desire to walk down its cobbled streets and get well-acquainted with the capital’s Romanesque culture. Have a look at our top attractions in Rome below, to get an idea of places to visit whilst you’re in the Italian capital.
Top Places to See in Rome
One of the most visited sites in Rome has doubtlessly got to be the Colosseum. The oval amphitheater was constructed under the Flavian empire and is the largest one ever built. It was used for entertainment purposes where gladiators and wild animals would fight to the death. Today it emerges as one of Rome’s icons and continues to represent the glory and might of the ancient city.
Situated right next to the Colosseum are the Fori Imperiali. The series of monumental public squares, which are known locally as fora, were built in Rome between 46 BC and 113 AD and certainly provide a site worth reveling in.
Fontana di Trevi
The famous Fontana di Trevi,which celebrates the power and vitality of water and the Roman Empire, is one which is on every tourist’s bucket list of sites to see and marvel at. The glorious fountain represents Baroque style at its finest and it stands as one of the largest and most remarkably beautiful in the world.
On visiting the site, you’ll spot many a traveler tossing a coin in the fountain. The famous coin throw must be done once in Rome,no doubt about it. Legend has it that once a coin is thrown into the beautifully sculpted fountain you’ll be sure to return to the ancient Italian capital.
So,why not toss one in yourself? You could find yourself back in Rome sooner than you know it!
The Spanish Steps
The famous Spanish Steps in the ancient city of Rome must be visited at least once. The steps date back to the 18th century and were commissioned by the French diplomat Étienne Gueffier’ On climbing the steep slope of 135 steps found between Piazza di Spagna and the Piazza Trinita dei Monti, you’ll find the Trinita dei Monti church at the top.
Piazza di Spagna
Piazza di Spagna is an area in Rome which oozes the grandeur of generations past.
The massive square is usually bustling with people during the day as well as in the evening. They can typically be found admiring the piazza’s main attractions; the Spanish Steps as well as the Bernini’s Ugly boat fountain which is parallel to the bottom of the steps. Other keen explorers and locals can also be found going round and about the ritzy designer shops in the area.
La Bocca della Verità
This stone marble disk is one which is famous for two reasons; the movie Roman Holiday and the legend that’s behind the carved mask which features a man’s carved face on it. Upon visiting you’ll notice many tourists placing their hand in its gaping mouth. Legend has it that if a person places his hand inside the mouth and he/she is a liar, the mouth will close.
Castel sant Angelo
Castel Sant Angelo has long towered over the river Tiber and emerges as one of Rome’s most outstanding monument by far. It originally served as a mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century, but also served as a prison as well as a papal residence. The National Museum of Castel Sant’Angelo contains remnants which retrace its history through its exhibits of Renaissance paintings, military weapons and pottery. A secret corridor connects the Castel Sant Angelo to the Vatican.
With its green gardens, museum and even a lake, Villa Borghese emerges as one of the most luxurious villas in Rome. It’s even got a cinema. In fact, it’s the world’s smallest picture house which is over 75 years old.
The 2000 year old temple is one of the best preserved sites in Rome. Nowadays, it’s still used as a place of adoration. In fact, it’s used as a church and is free to visit.
Round the corner from the Pantheon, is Piazza Minerva which is often missed by eager visitors of the ancent capital who are eager to go to the Pantheon. Although it’s not as large as it’s more famous cousin, Piazza di Spagna, this piazza has a lot of character. For one thing, it’s the home of the church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, one of the main churches belonging to the Roman Catholic Order of Preachers in the italian capital which houses a wealth of beauty. Furthermore, the other spectacle in this area is Bernini’s Elephant and the Obelisk which reveals much of the Piazza’s curious story.
A trip to this part of this enchanting part of the city will allow you to step away from the crowds and enjoy calmer side of Rome. On walking through the cobbled streets you’ll be able to take in all Trastevere has to offer from its terracotta colored buildings, small potted plants to its piazzas and churches.
West of the river Tiber is a place which is known as the city of the 7 hills. Sure, you’ll have to climb up the winding hill and climb the many stairs. But on reaching the top of Gianicolo you’ll be able enjoy the breathtaking view as well as the peaceful garden it has to offer.
Fontana dell’Acqua Paola
The Fontana dell’ Acqua Paola is found on the right bank of the river Tiber and emerges as another glorious fountain you’ll be able to see in Rome. The fountain was designed by Giovanni Fontana and it takes it’s name from Pope Paul V who built it in the year 1612 to leave a mark on the end of the Acqua Poala Aqueduct. This prestigious fountain features lions heads which are the bearers of the gushing water.
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