You would be hard pressed to find a city with more art, culture and history than the Eternal City. Rome is a giant collection of museum after museum documenting the beginning and development of Western Civilization. And life amongst the ruins is truly la dolce vita: fashionable dressed Romans love their cafes and al fresco dining. Rome does not disappoint.
Considered one of the world’s greatest architectural and engineering achievements, this ancient Roman arena sits in the center of the city. Don’t miss the recently opened gladiator quarters below the arena floor.
Photo by Outbound Adventurer.
Originally a large marketplace, the Forum became the center of Roman life for centuries. Gladiator games, parades and public speeches all took place there.
Photo by Stuart Allan.
Completed in 127 AD, the Pantheon contains the world’s largest non-reinforced concrete dome.
Photo by Kim Briggs the mangiacakewife.
A city within a city, the center of the Catholic church has its own money, diplomatic corps and militia: the Swiss Guard in has been in service to the Pope since the 15th century.
Photo by Clair Sldvr.
A beautiful square with al fresco restaurants and charming cafes, this bustling piazza is home to Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers.
Photo by Chasing Adventure.
The world’s most famous fountain marked the end of the Virgo Aqueduct which brought fresh water to to Roman bathhouses. Bernini contributed greatly to its final form.
Photo by Where Next.
With limited entry for just a few visitors, you will need to get tickets in advance to view this impressive collection of art.
Photo by Ioana Curcan.
Akin to the Catacombs of Paris, the bones of hundreds of Capuchin friars are arranged in a macabre art display to remind visitors of the swiftness of life.
Photo by Mark Dickinson.
Also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, it was originally built as a burial place for the Emperor and his family but later became a papal palace.
Photo by Karla Mendoza Voigt.
The longest staircase in Europe sponsored by the Spanish Bourbons in the 18th century. This storied staircase offers some of the best people watching in all of Rome.
Photo by John Flores.
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