The last installment of my top 5 things to do in some of the best European cities features Rome in Italy. You can check out my previous top 5 cities here Amsterdam, Paris, Budapest and Prague. Once again at the end of this post you will have another chance to vote on your favourite European city.
When in Rome do as the Gladiators. Visit this Flavian amphitheater and take in the atmosphere of ancient Rome. The Colosseum , built in the year 80 AD by the Emperors Flavius, is by far one of the most popular Roman tourists destinations. When buying tickets to see the amazing structure, be sure to consider both a night and day visit. You will also want to make sure you are sporting your most comfortable shoes, over the last couple thousand years the walking surfaces have gotten a little bumpy. Also note that your ticket may include entry to the Forum and Palatine Hill. Spending your day appreciating this gargantuan work of wonder will be time well spent.
If you have been practicing your Italian, you probably know this phrase well, “Stato della Città del Vaticano”. Visiting Vatican City is like walking through an epic saga of Roman history. This rich historical location started out as a garden built by Agrippina the Elder, a rich and prominent Roman woman who was born in the year 14 BC. It went on to become the site of Caligulas Circus. The oblelisk that the former brough back from the Heliopolis, Egypt, is a last remaining vestige of the circus. So many things that occured in this area had great impacts upon the ancient world. A must ‘Holy’ see.
This 86.3 Metre fountain in the Trevi District, is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome and one of the most famous in the world. The fountain marks the terminal point of the ancient Aqua Virgo aqueduct that supplied ancient Roman bathhouses with water from a distant source, dating from 19 BC until the aqueduct was cut off by Goth besiegers 400 year later. It is said that the construction of the beautiful fountain was started in 1732. Though the much older aqueducts were built by roman technicians reportedly with the help of a ‘virgin’, the amazing fountain was built half by Nicola Salvi and finished by Giuseppe Pannini. The carved sculpture is said to be the artists rendition of how the fountain was named. Trevi or Tre Vie is (three roads).
Originally commissioned in the last three decades of the BC epoch by Marcus Agrippa during his career as a Roman General. The world’s largest non-reinforced dome, that is the Pantheon, is said to have been dedicated as a temple to all of the gods of ancient Rome. Though the temple is circular, the building is surrounded by a large portico of Corinthian columns. The current Pantheon is one of the many that have been built and reconstructed on the site. The architecture alone is amazing and detailed. The history of the Pantheon is just as mind boggling.
Dating back to 17th century Rome, this incredible art museum is home to an amazing array of art from the 16th and 17th centuries. Paintings and sculptures attributed to the likes of Bernini, Caravaggio, Raphael, Bassano, Titian and more are just a few of the amazing things you might see in this ‘Eliseum of Delight’, as John Evelyn so aptly described it. A great way to connect with the classic art of Rome. The Borghese families ties to Napoleon, explain why the ancient Roman sculpture, Borghese Gladiator, can only be viewed at the Musee du Louvre. The Villa and adjacent land were eventually sold to the government around the turn of the 20th century.
I hope you enjoyed the top 5 things I would love to see and do in Rome. If you would like to see me visit Rome this summer then please vote for it in the poll below, you can also vote for Amsterdam, Paris, Budapest, and Prague.