Rome Attractions And Highlights

There are so many wonderful Rome Attractions to check out in the Eternal City. You will leave the city feeling like you have just walked through a moment in history that you would never had imagined experiencing. We hope that you will enjoy the city as much as we do.

One of highlights we've discovered is the Foro Romano (Roman Forum)- The Roman Forum (one of many in Rome) is just a short walk from the Coliseum and down the hill from Circus Maximus (an Ancient Chariot Race Track). It has many ruins but only a few standing buildings. This area was the heart of ancient Rome for thousands of years. Today you can wander through the forum and imagine what life was like in ancient Rome.

Detailed maps of the forum are often confusing and the sights not as exciting as the maps portray. An interesting way to see the forum is on one of the free guided tours that you will see advertised. These tours are offered by companies hoping that you will take later paid tours to see other Rome attractions.

In this youtube video you will have an opportunity to see some of the highlights. It certainly one of the many sights you will want to check out when visiting Rome.

The Rome Attractions You Won't Want To Miss!

Coliseum In Rome It's probably Rome’s most recognizable attraction, its official name is the Amphiteatrium Flavium, named for the emperor who started the construction, completed in A.D. 80. The name Colosseo came from the colossal statue of Nero that once stood just outside.

The Coliseum held up to 50,000 spectators at once for gladiator fights, battles with wild animals, and (though some historians dispute it) naval battles when the arena was flooded .

Overhead was a canvas cover raised like sails. Below, what was once a wooden floor covered with sand, is a labyrinth of tunnels and elevator shafts used to house the slaves, animals and other participants.

Eventually the Coliseum was abandoned, fell into disrepair and was used as a marble quarry for some of the Christian monuments of Rome.

Next to the Coliseum is the Arch of Constantine, built in 315 to honor the emperor’s victory over the pagan Maxentius. This is a must see Rome attraction.

Victor Emmanuel Monument- This monument was built to honor Italy’s first king who united the city states into the country of Italy. Many Romans do not like the look of the monument and refer to it as the “birthday cake,” the “typewriter” or “dentures.”

At this Rome attraction you will notice that the monument is made of white marble and is very large in proportion to the other monuments and attractions in Rome. On the monument is the tomb of the unknown soldier and the eternal flame. The climb to the top is a workout, but you can enjoy an excellent view. The monument is heavily guarded.

Palatino (Palatine Hill)- The Palatine is another forum on the hill above the Roman Forum. This area is believed to be the original foundation of Rome including the first piazza, dating back to the 8th century B.C. The highlight is the huge palace that was the home to emperors for centuries and the view of the Circus Maximus.

Santa Maria in Cosmedin- Although this Rome attraction is the most famous Greek church, the real attraction is the famous Bocca della Verita or Mouth of Truth. This marble relief of a head with an open mouth sits against the wall under the porch of the church.

A legend has it that if you place your hand in the mouth while telling a lie, it will bite your hand off. It became a popular attraction after the movie “Roman Holiday” featured it in a scene with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.

The Mouth Of Truth is a famous stone otherwise known as a human lie detector. Many thousands of people who visit Rome have to come by and have their picture taken with this famous stone. If you are in the area of the Forum; stop here and check out this historic site.

Campidoglio (Capital Hill)- This area was the political and religious center of ancient Rome and today is the seat of the local government.

Michelangelo designed the present square containing an equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius (a copy, the original is in the museum). When he designed the square and some of the buildings in it, he had them face away from the Roman Forum. A small detail symbolizing Rome’s movement from the ancient to the modern during the Renaissance.

Capital Hill Museums- This museum is actually made up of two buildings (Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo) that are connected by an underground tunnel. The museums are a collection of classical busts and Renaissance paintings.

More interesting than the inside of the museums is the free artwork you can view in the courtyard of the Palazzo dei Conservatori. Here you can see the remains (head, hand and foot) of a 40 foot statue of Constantine that once stood in the Forum.

Also in the courtyard is the 5th century bronze statue Lupa Capitolina, the she wolf suckling Romulus and Remus. What could be better than a statue that symbolizes that beginning of Rome and body parts larger than you are, that were once in the Forum?

The Pantheon This is Rome’s best preserved monument of antiquity, built in 27 B.C.. Built as a temple to the gods (Greek pan-theon, means all gods), this building was saved from destruction by being turned into a Christian church.

The building is exactly 142 feet tall and 142 feet wide. The front portico is supported by huge monolithic granite columns that were brought from Egypt, all but three of them are originals. The bronze doors weigh 20 tons each.

The walls of the building get thinner as they reach the top and the building materials used get lighter in weight. The stone dome is made of volcanic rock. The dome has an 18 foot hole (oculus) that is the only source of light (and rain) inside.

Inside are several tombs including the painter Raphael and two of the kings of Italy. After this dome was built the engineering “know how” for building domes was lost for hundreds of years. There was not another dome of this size built until the Duomo in Florence, during the Renaissance.

Outside the Piazza della Rotunda is a very popular spot, especially in the evening when the Pantheon is flooded with lights.

The Trevi Fountains Is One Of Our Most Favourate Places To Visit In Rome.

The Trevi Fountain and small piazza is a Rome attraction that is a must see. Anytime you visit you will be in the company of hundreds of other tourist but still it is a must see. It is the termination point of the aqueduct that brought water to Rome. Begun by Bernini, it took over one hundred years to complete.

It was finally finished in 1751 by Nicola Salva. The central figure is Neptune, whose chariot is guided by seahorses. The tradition is that if you put a coin in your right hand and toss it over your shoulder into the fountain, you will return to Rome again.

Santa Maria della Concezione- If you are up for a gruesome attraction, this is the top Rome attraction to see. In the crypt of the Capuchin Monks, beneath the church, you will find the skeletal remains of 4000 monks affixed to the walls and arranged into chandeliers or other decorations. A plaque at the end of the crypt reminds you that someday, you too, “will be what we are now.”

The Piazzas In Rome are one of the things that we love most about living in Rome. These are great places to people watch, take great photographs,shop and learn all about the Roman History.

The Villa Borghese Park And Museum Is One Of Those "Must See Rome Attractions".

Galleria Borghese (Villa Borghese)- After 14 years of restoration, the Galleria Borghese has been defined by many as “the most beautiful museum in Italy and the world,” hosting one of the richest art collections on the planet.

The Villa was designed by Cardinal Scipione Borghese in the 17th century, as a museum ahead of its time. It is located in the Borghese Park. This museum is a must see Rome attraction for the Art lovers of the world.

Thanks to the cardinal’s wide ranging tastes, the Gallery contains the most significant trends and works by some of the best Italian and foreign artists of the 16th and 17th centuries. Included are Titian, Caravaggio, Bernini, Rubens and Raphael.

In the early nineteenth century, Camillo Borghese, the brother-in-law of Napoleon, sought to compensate the museum for the loss of part of its collection to the Louvre. He commissioned to Antonio Canova the portrait of his wife Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix. This statue became the symbol of Galleria Borghese and it is visible on the first floor of the museum.

This Rome attraction requires reservations. To visit this museum you can contact Make your reservations in advance. Only 360 people are allowed into the museum at one time, and only at 2 hour intervals.

Note- No cameras, coats, handbags or umbrellas are allowed and you will be asked to check all such items. You can take a tour of the museum during your 2 hour visit, but English tours are only available during the first 2 time slots.

Castel Sant’ Angelo- Once a mausoleum to house the remains of Emperor Hadrian, this castle later became a fortress and hideout for the pope. It was connected to the Vatican by an elevated walkway to allow an escape during attacks. The castle is now a museum of arms and armor. You can also visit prison cells from Renaissance times and the papal apartments.

The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter: Officially known in Italian as Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano and commonly known as Saint Peter's Basilica.

It's a Late Renaissance church located within the Vatican City. Saint Peter's Basilica has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world. This is a must see Rome attraction.

While it is neither the official mother church of the Roman Catholic church nor the cathedral of the Pope as Bishop of Rome, Saint Peter's is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites in the world. It has been described as "holding a unique position in the Christian world" and as "the greatest of all churches in the world. A Rome attraction you won't want to miss.

In the Roman Catholic tradition, the basilica is the burial site of Saint Peter; who was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ. Tradition and some historical evidence say that Saint Peter's tomb is directly below the altar of the basilica.

For this reason, many Popes have been interred at St. Peter's since the Early Christian period. There has been a church on this site since the 4th century. Construction of the basilica, began on April 18th, 1506 and was completed on November 18th, 1626.

St. Peter's is a famous place for pilgrimages because of its historical associations. It is associated with the papacy with the Counter-reformation with its numerous artists, most significantly Michelangelo.

As a work of architecture, it is regarded as the greatest building of its age. Contrary to popular misconception, Saint Peter's is not a cathedral, as it is not the seat of a bishop. It is properly termed a papal basilica. It is a must see Rome attraction.

Rome Attractions - That You Don't Want To Miss

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