When a capital city is over 3,000 years old you would expect to be able to find lots of historic buildings and sites to visit, and Rome does not disappoint.
Italy is home to the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites – it has 50 in total! It could take you a very long time to visit them all!
On a trip to Rome there is much to see and do, so we have rounded up the top 5 historical sites and attractions that you must not miss should you get a chance to visit this wonderful city.
The Pantheon is an impeccably preserved ancient Roman building that was originally constructed in honor of the pagan gods of Rome.
In the 7th Century it became a Roman Catholic church and has had several Cristian modifications since.
Built around 126AD, this grand structure stands around 142 feet in height. In taking a walk around this historic structure you will get to see sculptures and large, hallowed halls
The Colosseum is one of the top attractions in Rome and is still regarded as the largest amphitheater in the world.
This imposing and beautiful structure was once the stage for over 50,000 Roman spectators to watch several events, including gladiatorial shows.
Make sure you order tickets online to avoid lengthy queues to get in to view this great piece of Roman history.
The Roman Forum
This site originally started off as a valley between the Palatine Hills and the Capitoline. Later, it became a commercial center.
The ruins you see here now were several of the important ancient government buildings in Rome. Imagine this area to have had elections, speeches and criminal trials.
Some of the oldest and most important ancient Roman buildings were located on or near The Forum.
The Spanish Steps
These three flights of stairs are regarded as the biggest steps in Europe.
Completed in 1726, these steps are a stunning sight and popular with tourists.
At the top of the Spanish Steps you get a bird’s eye view of the Roman rooftops, the bustling piazza and the palazzi, a stunningly beautiful sight. Take a break and have a seat on the steps and watch the people of Rome go by.
The fountain stands at 26.3 meters high and 49.5 meters wide and was completed in 1762. It is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome and one of the most famous fountains in the world.
This fountain has featured in many Hollywood blockbusters over the years and thousands of tourists each day recreate the coin throwing scene from La Dolce Vita movie by throwing a coin into the fountain, using the right hand over the left shoulder. For this reason, it is quite a money maker for local charities. It is reported that the fountain rakes in around 3,000 euros per day!
There is much more to see and do in Rome, including cafes, eateries and museums, but make sure you allow enough time to explore and take in the strong history of this ancient City.
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