Rome, Italy 2012Photo by davidgordillo

When someone mentions Rome, probably the first thing that comes to your mind are small romantic Roman streets, good food and good wine… Well, it is true for wine and Rome is definitely a city that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. Rome in total leaves a great impression because it is really special and specific town with a lot of interesting things from different periods of its development. If you travel to Rome with proper plan and previously collect all the necessary information, it will surely be unforgettable and you will want to return.

Rome has a very long history and almost everything you can see in this town has a story, but do not kid yourself that you will see all, as the Romans who lived there all their life did not manage to see it all. You need to focus on a few main attractions that you will remember for a lifetime because if you try to see too much, you will not even know what you’ve seen. Everything you miss will become good reason for you to come back. Nine major attractions that are really worth seeing are:

Colosseum – a place where they held gladiatorial combats, once sheathed in white marble and now its size shows the importance of Rome in history. This is the second most valuable tourist attraction in the world, which is worth 92 billion euros.

Palatine / Roman Forum – Palatine is a hill where the Roman began the foundation of Rome, the place where the she-wolf suckled Romulus and Remus, and where among many remains you can even see the original parts of the old Roman marble floor.

Trevi Fountain – indeed one of the most spectacular fountains that you will see in your life.

Pantheon – a huge arched building with a hole at the top is a very good example of ancient architecture and inside of it is the Raphael’s tomb.

Piazza Navona – a must-see, small art market with a multitude of restaurants and cafes, which is always full of people. Here you can see a variety of artists, painters and wizards, as well as three beautiful fountains.

Vatican Museums / Sistine Chapel – Vatican Museums are located in a former papal palace, and today you cannot enter if you do not have covered knees and shoulders, so be sure to keep that in mind when visiting this place. If you like museums, this is your place. The most interesting and most important part of this museum is the Sistine Chapel where the walls were painted by artists such as Perugino, Botticelli, Rosselli, Signorelli, Ghirlandaija and Michelangelo who painted the famous wall of the chapel. It is considered a real masterpiece called The Last Judgment, but the most spectacular part of the Sistine Chapel is its ceiling, also painted by Michelangelo.

St. Peter’s Basilica – the center of the Roman Catholic religion is the largest basilica with a dome in the world, so big it can fit the New York Statue of Liberty inside.

Capitoline Museum – for all who love ancient Roman sculptures, this museum is a must see, and here you will see the famous Etruscan bronze statue of the she-wolf that fed Romulus and Remus.

Spanish Steps – were completed in the 18th century are now gathering place for tourists, but it is important to know that eating there is not alowed. If you visit Rome in the spring, be sure to visit them because they are enriched with beautiful azaleas in bloom.

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