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COLOSSEUM

COLOSSEUM

Possibly the most iconic and impressive ancient monument to symbolise rome and indeed the roman empire, the mighty colosseum has an illustrious history. Constructed between 72-80 ad and scene of legendary mortal gladiatorial combat, in its heyday this awesome arena seated some 55,000 spectators. Today a shadow of its former glorious self, the coliseum remains a magnificent sight and rightly tops the polls as rome’s most famous tourist attraction.
VATICAN CITY

VATICAN CITY

Enclave of the holy see and a separate sovereign state since 1929, vatican city ranks high amongst rome’s must-see sights. Dominating vatican city is st peter’s basilica, an awe-inspiring and sumptuously decorated edifice rising above the tomb of st peter. Alongside is the vatican museum, home to one of the world’s most prestigious art collections and the sistine chapel, decorated in stunning 15th and 16th-century frescoes by botticelli and michelangelo.
TREVI FOUNTAIN

TREVI FOUNTAIN

The largest and most famous of its type in rome, the beautifully flamboyant baroque trevi fountain was designed in 1732 and dominates the small piazza in which it resides. Teeming with tourists day and night, legend has it that if you toss a coin with your left hand over your right shoulder into the fountain, you will one day return to rome. Throw two coins and you’ll also fall in love.
PANTHEON

PANTHEON

Just a stone’s throw from piazza navona, the pantheon is one of rome’s most iconic sights and one of the most influential structures of the western world. Over 2,000 years old, this former temple of the gods stands out not only as the best-preserved ancient monument in rome, but also for its architectural brilliance, its striking façade dominated by 16 imposing stone columns whilst its interior is topped by an impressive dome. 
ROMAN FORUM

ROMAN FORUM

Formerly the centre of political, commercial and judicial life in ancient rome, the roman forum offers countless formidable examples of well-preserved, if somewhat jumbled, archaeological ruins. An essential inclusion on any rome itinerary, a walk amongst the architectural remains, including the house of the vestal virgins, the many basilicas and temples and the arches of constantine, titus and septimus severus, provides a fascinating living history lesson in the making.
PIAZZA NAVONA

PIAZZA NAVONA

One of rome’s most famous addresses, piazza navona is a beautiful and buzzing baroque square abundant in culture and character. Here you’ll find intricate sculptures and fountains by bernini – whose jewel in the crown must surely be the 17th-century fontana dei quattro fiumi – not to mention the attractive church of sant’agnese in agone, its façade designed by borromini. Absorb the sights and sounds over an espresso at one of its many caffès.
PIAZZA DI SPAGNA

PIAZZA DI SPAGNA

One of the most popular meeting places in rome and arguably the most attractive, the piazza di spagna, named after the spanish embassy to the holy see, is dominated by its famous spanish steps. Climb to the top of the 137 stairs and you’ll not only see up close the beautiful french trinità dei monti church and the fontana della barcaccia, but you’ll also be rewarded with the most stunning views over the city. 
VILLA BORGHESE

VILLA BORGHESE

The largest public park in Rome, the 17th-century Villa Borghese today resembles a landscape painting, interspersing neoclassical temples with beautiful fountains, ponds and statues. Dubbed the park of museums, the Borghese Gardens play host to a number of cultural institutions, among them the Galleria Borghese with its collection of works by Titian, Raphael and Bernini, a modern art museum, a museum devoted to pre-Roman artefacts, an amphitheatre and the world’s smallest cinema.
CIRCUS MAXIMUS

CIRCUS MAXIMUS

The largest stadium in ancient Rome, the Circus Maximus was the venue for hugely popular chariot racing in the city during that era. Dating back to the 6th century BC, racing was held there for almost a millennium until the last race in 549 AD. Today, little of the original structure remains, only the original, now grassy, circus track lying in a hollow between the Palatine and Aventine Hills. .
CASTEL SANT’ANGELO

CASTEL SANT’ANGELO

Occupying a prime position between Vatican City (connected via the secret Passetto di Borgo) and the River Tiber, Castel Sant’Angelo was originally built in the 2nd century as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian, but later served as a papal fortress and sanctuary during times of war. Today a national museum, Castel Sant’Angelo is one of Rome’s most distinctive landmarks and is renowned as the setting for the climax of Puccini’s operatic masterpiece, Tosca.

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