Published on : Thursday, February 14, 2013
Rome is home to some of the most exhilarating museums and monuments which are flocked by tourists and historians alike. A city that epitomises elegance, visitors never get enough of Rome in a single trip. An artistic trance that transcends all preconceived notions and assumptions, Rome’s role in preserving Italy’s rich history is laudable. Nominated in 2007 as the fourth most desirable city to visit in the world, Rome continues to wow tourist with aplomb. Here are five best tourist spots in Rome.
Colosseum: A symbol of Rome recognized throughout the world, approaching the remains of the Colosseum is remarkable for its sheer size. Capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. Today it is one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions bringing in around four million tourists every year.
Pantheon: Constructed as a temple to all the Roman Gods, the Pantheon is beautifully proportioned with a giant dome behind a portico of Corinthian columns under a pediment. One of Rome’s best preserved ancient buildings the Pantheon is certainly one of Rome’s best kept treasures.
Vatican Museums: A visit to Rome is not complete for any tourist without a trip to the Vatican Museum. You need to go to the museum if you want to see the Sistine Chapel, but there is an enormous collection. You cannot miss part of this, such as tapestries, maps and the rooms painted by Rafael, as they are en route to the Sistine Chapel, but there is much, much more to explore, including a stunning Egyptian collection, and the Pinacoteca, which includes a Portrait of St. Jerome by Leonardo Da Vinci and paintings by Giotto, Perugino, Raphael, Veronese and Caravaggio, to name just a few.
Piazza Navona: This is Rome’s largest and most popular public square, beautifully illuminated at night and flocked by tourist. Of its three fountains, the Four Rivers Fountain by Bernini is widely considered as one of Rome’s finest. Known to feature charming Baroque architecture, Piazza Navona is lined with cafés for al fresco dining and people-watching. Artists set out easels in the Piazza, street performers entertain crowds. Tartufo, a rich handmade chocolate ice cream roll, is the traditional treat served at Piazza Navona.
Trevi Fountain: The Fontana di Trevi or Trevi Fountain is the most famous tourist attraction and arguably the most beautiful fountain in all of Rome. This impressive monument dominates the small Trevi square located in the Quirinale district.The central figure of the fountain, in front of a large niche, is Neptune, god of the sea. On the left hand side of Neptune is a statue representing Abundance, the statue on the right represents Salubrity. Above the sculptures are bas-reliefs, one of them shows Agrippa, the general who built the aqueduct that carries water to the fountain.
Circus Maximus: The Circus Maximus was an arena specially built for the wildly popular chariot races. The largest stadium in ancient Rome, it had a seating capacity of over 250,000 people. Today, very little of the venue remains intact except for the grass-covered racing track and the outline of the central barrier. However, tourist flock to this place to get a glimpse of Rome’s glorious past.