Visiting Rome has been the highlight of my year so far. With only two full days to really experience this ancient city, myself and Sam threw ourselves into what was an exhausting but incredible 48 hours of sight-seeing.
If you ever get the opportunity to visit this wonderful place, then make sure that these places are on your list! Oh and besides the sights, make sure you try out as much delicious Italian food as humanly possible.
The Colosseum is a magnificent structure that has stood the test of time through mother nature and war. When it was first built, it's name was originally called the Flavian Amphitheatre. The great amphitheatre covers an area of 6 acres. Impressive right?! There's 36 trap doors in total which were used for elaborate special effects which normally included the appearance of exotic animals ready to either be slaughtered for entertainment or for the executions of individuals.
The Forum used to be a market place in which was surrounded by several government buildings. Triumphal processions and elections would take place here, the ground for public speeches, criminal trials and gladiatorial matches. The ground is so visually pleasing and makes for brilliant photography because of all the levels of architecture. A lot are intact amongst the fragments of others, it's a beautiful sight to behold.
The Vatican City is truly breath-taking. Once you get past all the people trying to sell you fast-track tickets into the Vatican itself, you find yourself walking under huge arches that lead into a big expanse. Chairs are left running down the centre, where thousands of spectators come to watch the Pope. Can you also believe that the Vatican City is actually a country? Mind-boggling!
The Pantheon was one of the places I really wanted to go and it certainly didn't let me down. Rome's architecture literally has you in a constant 'in awe' state and the interior of this place is just spectacular. The dome-shaped ceiling towers above, with the centre of it exposed to the elements which lets natural light illuminate the space.
Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna)
The Spanish Steps are the most beautiful and most hyped set of steps you'll ever come across. It connects the base of the Piazza di Spanga to the Piazza Trinita dei Monti and the church at the top. In Rome there's an incredible amount of graffiti all over the city for reasons unknown to us but it's great that it's main landmarks remain unscathed, with these steps having been restored several times.
The Piazza Venezia isn't the top place to visit amongst tourists but it's still an impressive build in the flesh. The almost all-white structure is the central hub of Rome in which several thoroughfares inter-connect. It's named after the Cardinal Venezia who, in 1455, ordered the construction of his own Palace (Palazzo Venezia) that later became the seat of 'Serenissima' which is the Republic of Venice.
Rome's streets are practically littered with churches and what can you expect when this is one of the most spiritual cities in the world?! It's hard not to wander into these beautifully decorated churches and get swept away in the silence. What's most impressive is that a lot have been painted on the inside to look like marble from a distance. The talent of these Romans is clearly evident both on the outside and in.
This neighbourhood is south of the Vatican City and one of the best spots to find yourself a gorgeous sit down meal. The Piazza Santa Maria is a peaceful town square that is both beautiful by day and by night - evening when it's raining! Trastevere has alot of pretty side streets to get lost in and if we had more time, I would have spent more of it here.
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