All great cities are great for many reasons – like Rome. The richness of Rome is such that it never ceases to amaze and draw people to it over and over again. Little wonder that it is called the Eternal City, such is its ancientness and durability. As the capital of one of the world’s most powerful ancient empires, Rome, with its breathtaking monuments and unique work art, is a place that casts its spell on every visitor and residents alike. What is strange is that despite its antiquity Rome still manages to retain a certain old world charm and pace of life so different from the rest of the country.
And oh – Rome has 12 of Italy’s 45 UNESCO heritage sites including the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, St. Peter’s Square, Navona Square…Rome is filled to the brim with evidence of different time periods. The entire city is like an open-air museum itself.
Let’s take a look at what you should not miss when you are here.
The Colosseum (but naturally)
The Flavian amphitheatre better known as The Colosseum is the most universally recognized Roman icon and the top draw for visitors. You can see why! This gigantic amphitheatre has seen some spectacular games and sports in its times when the entire nations came to watch. It is one of the most historic sites in the country.
Of all the pretty fountains, The Trevi Fountain takes the crown! Of course, there are numerous other beautiful fountains in all of Rome, but Trevi Fountains also has the distinction of being a “wishing fountain” as well. Did you know that about 3,000 euro is thrown into the fountain every day! Talk about wishing! Plus, it is also one of the oldest water sources in Rome!
As one of Rome’s most recognizable and oldest monument, the Pantheon is a definite must-visit on every traveller’s list. You cannot miss this one, whether you are an art or architecture buff or not. The dome of the Pantheon is still the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world, which is quite amazing considering that it is two thousand years old. A fun fact about Pantheon is that the light coming through the oculus and moves around the inside of the Pantheon in a reverse sundial effect.
Carbonara and pizza…
We cannot stop raving about the Italian food simply because it is really finger-licking good. What is even better is that every region in Italy has its unique cuisine and therefore Cucina Povera style of cooking is to Rome what pizza is to Naples. Renowned for its pasta, including amatriciana and carbonara or the pizza-by-the-slice – a favourite street food, Rome is a foodie heaven alright. Not to forget the famous gelato and craft beer…
The Sistine Chapel
Michelangelo, frescos, sculptures, tapestries and paintings come to mind when you think of Sistine Chapel, right! Be assured that it is indeed a treasure trove of the best in art you will ever see in one place. The Sistine Chapel is the shining example of Michelangelo’s best work of art. Tell us if your jaw doesn’t drop looking at the painted ceiling.