The timeless charm of the eternal city will strike you with the ancient majesty that shines through the old twisted streets. Here are some suggestions about things to see and do. Have a good time in the capital of Italy!
The world-famous Colosseum, Roman and Italian icon, its construction started under emperor Vespasian in 80 AD. Beside it you can admire the Arch of Costantine and the Roman Forum, old republican square which was the political, religious and commercial heart of the city; don’t mix it up with the Imperial Forums, series of monuments and squares built by different emperors (Trajan, Augustus, Caesar, Nerva and Vespasian) into a lapse of time that swing between 42 BC and 112 AD. In the area it is also located the Palatine Hill, one of the seven roman hills, and great open air museum, furthermore, the Circus Maximus, the biggest Roman stadium, which could host up to 200.000 people! A stone’s throw away you can find the Mouth of Truth, an ancient man-like face carved in a porch wall: according to legend you have to put your hand inside the mouth and make an assertion, if it’s the truth you can pull it away unharmed, otherwise it will cut it away.
A short distance away the Baths of Caracalla, named after the emperor Caracalla, example of roman imperial baths were the greatest baths of the ancient Rome. On the Appian Way you can visit the Catacombs, ancient burial places, mainly Christians. The most important of these are Catacombs of St. Callixtus, Catacombs of St. Sebastian and Catacombs of St. Domitilla.
Going north you’ll reach Venice Square, with the impressive Victor Emmanuel Monument, also known as Altar of the Fatherland. This part of the city is stuffed with attractions and the long Via del Corso, right in front of the monument, is an important point of reference. On the east side of this street you get to the biggest fountain in town, the well-known Trevi Fountain; it’s a tradition to make a wish throwing a coin in the fountain. A little bit further the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti with luxurious and fashion boutiques like Gucci, Prada, Armani, etc. Nearby are also the Quirinal, the official residence of the president of the republic, and the Ara Pacis Augustae.
On the west side of Via del Corso the glorious Pantheon, dated 27 BC by Marcus Agrippa is the best preserved ancient monument in town. Plus, there is Piazza Navona with its baroque style and the great market of Campo de Fiori. If you have ever wondered how does it feel to live in a roman palace you might enjoy visiting the Galleria Doria Pamphilj and its amazing private art collection.
Walking through Via del Corso you’ll get to PIazza del Popolo with the 13th century Egyptian Obelisk. Just beside the square is located the huge and elegant park of Villa Borghese, and the Galleria Borghese, unique collection of masterpieces, sculptures and paintings of artists such as Caravaggio, Botticelli and Raphael.
On the other side of the river Tiber is Castel St. Angelo built in the 2nd Century as a tomb for emperor Hadrian, but was also used as a fort during the Middle Ages, moreover is linked to the Vatican through an underground passage. You can enter Vatican City, the smallest independent country in the world, by the huge elliptic shape St. Peters Square. Vatican Museum and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel will leave you breathless. Last but not least the St. Peter Basilica in honor of St. Peter: the first church has been built in the 4th century over the place of St. Peter crucifixion.
Lastly, southwest is located the colorful and delightful neighborhood of Trastevere, it was once a working class area, but nowadays is overflowing with bars, clubs, dining place and people especially at night and in the weekends.