Rome – the City of Love (and Many Nicknames)
Ah, Roma – the city of love. Well, it’s not just the city of love. As one of the oldest cities on Earth, Rome has many nicknames. It has been called the city of echoes, city of illusions, and city of marble among others. Anything works for the Italian capital as it is simply stunning.
If you’ve ever been to Rome, you know that there are just too many tourist attractions. A whole week isn’t going to cut it! If you plan on seeing the whole city, you’ll need months!
But, since rarely anyone of us has the time (or money) to wander the streets of Roma for months, here’s a list of must-see attractions.
The Best Tourist Attractions in Rome
The ancient oval Amphitheatre in the heart of the city is our first (and most obvious) stop. Its construction started in AD 72 and it was finished in AD 80. The Colosseum was later modified until it took its final form we know today.
Envisioned as a gladiator arena that can hold up to 80,000 spectators, the grandiose structure is still holding up after millennia. It’s a sight you must not see when visiting Rome, and one that’s totally worth it.
Vatican’s Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica
You just knew that the Vatican was going to appear on this list. The seat of the Catholic Church in Vatican City is home to the largest Christian church of all times. The St. Peter’s Basilica square is one of the most elegant squares in the world, and don’t let us get started on Vatican’s museums which hold priceless valuables from all over the world.
So, get your ticket and visit the Vatican when in Rome – it will be worth your time.
The Pantheon has been standing still for 2,000 years and is the best-preserved monument of Roman antiquity. As soon as you get inside, you’ll be stunned by the marble blocks and its oval dome, standing at 43 meters!
The formerly pagan temple was dedicated to the Virgin and all Christian martyrs by Pope Boniface in the year of 609. Since then, it has served as a burial place for famous Italian kings and historical Italian figures such as Renaissance painter Raphael.
You mustn’t miss the Trevi fountain when visiting Rome. It’s probably the most popular tourist attraction in the ancient city, and one of the most beautiful as well. Built by Italian architect Nicolo Salvi and later completed by others, the marble lifelike statues form a composition that can’t be described.
It’s something you need to see to really believe. Oh, and don’t forget to throw a coin in the fountain.
Santa Maria Maggiore
Standing still since the 4th century, Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the most stunning and luxurious churches ever built. The incredible golden interior and the countless columns of granite and marble create an incredible atmosphere which you have to see with your own eyes.