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What to see on a visit to Rome: essential places

The Italian capital is one of the cities that should be visited at least once in a lifetime, because in addition to its historical importance it offers numerous tourist possibilities. Therefore, below we discover the essential you have to see in any visit to Rome. Can you come with us?

The Colisseum

Roman Coliseum

The Colosseum is the greatest symbol of Rome and one of the seven wonders of the modern world, so your visit is more than mandatory. This should start from the outside to admire all the construction details of the monument.

already inside, you can see the galleries, the stands, the stairs, the underground, etc. A recommendation: buy your ticket in advance to save yourself part of the queues to enter.

The Roman and Palatine Forum

Roman Forum

Another of the vestiges of the Roman Empire is the Forum. Here the public, cultural and economic life of the time took place. To visit it you can buy a ticket that includes access to the Roman Colosseum and the Palatine. Or you can hire a guided tour of Ancient Rome.

In the Roman Forum there are various points of interest, such as the Via Sacra, which connected Piazza del Campidoglio with the Colosseum; the Arch of Titus, which commemorates Rome’s victory over Jerusalem; the arch of Severus the Seventh; the temple of Antonino and Faustina, the best preserved; the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine; or the Curia, where the Senate met.

As for the Palatine, in it you must see the Farnesian Gardens; the house of Livia and that of Augustus; the Hippodrome of Domitian, which has the appearance of a Roman circus; the Palatine Museum, where various finds made during the excavations carried out here are exhibited; and the Domus Flavia, a palace built in 81 BC

The Trevi Fountain, essential in the visit to Rome

Fontana di Trevi

The Trevi Fountain is the most famous fountain in Rome and, why not say it, one of the most beautiful in the world. It is presided over by the statue of Neptune, which is flanked by that of Abundance, which carries a basket loaded with fruit; and that of Salubrity, from whose cup a serpent drinks.

About the three statues there are various bas-reliefs that evoke, for example, the origin of the Aqua Virgo aqueduct. This was one of the aqueducts of the ancient Roman city and ended in this very place.

Once at the source you can’t help but toss a coin, which means you will return to the city. The myth also says that if you throw two, you will find love with an Italian or Italian; and if you do the same with three, you will marry the person you met.

 

As a curiosity, each year about one million euros is extracted from the source, an amount that is destined for charitable purposes.

The different squares of the city

Piazza Navona

A visit to Rome must also include a tour of its squares. Of all of them, the Piazza Navona stands out, which brings together sculptures, fountains (the fountain of the Four Rivers, that of Neptune and that of the Moor) and buildings of great artistic value, such as the church of San Inés in Agony or the Palazzo Pamphili.

Other squares that cannot be overlooked are Plaza Venecia, where the Vittoriano building stands; Plaza España and its 135-step staircase; the Plaza de la Rotonda, where the Pantheon of Agrippa stands out; or the Plaza del Popolo, presided over by one of the Egyptian obelisks that the Romans brought from the African country as a symbol of power.

The Vatican

Basilica of Saint Peter

Special mention requires the square of San Pedro, in the Vatican, located at the foot of the Basilica of San Pedro. The latter has the largest interior space of a Christian church. It was built between 1506 and 1626, counting among its architects names such as Michelangelo. In fact, one of the chapels houses the famous Piety.

Other masterpieces by Michelangelo, such as Adan creation Y The final judgementcan be seen in the Sistine Chapel, the most important space in the Vatican Museums. Also noteworthy are the frescoes on which other artists worked, such as RafaelBotticelli, Perugino or Luca.

These are some of the places not to be missed on a visit to Rome. But there is much more to see in the Eternal City, from the major basilicas to the bathspassing through the Borghese Gallery or the Trastevere neighborhood.

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