If you’ve been looking for a fantastic summer getaway but you aren’t quite sure where to go, why not consider what seems to be everyone’s favourite European destination – Rome. Rome is one of the most visited destinations in Europe and for good reason – the history, the culture, the food and the people all make it a destination that visitors want to experience time and again. Whether it’s your first or fiftieth time, Rome always surprises. So get those flights organised and book your Rome airport taxi transfer and then get ready for a summer to remember sipping Cinzano and dining on some of the world’s best pasta dishes. Here are our top spots you need to hit in this popular, beautiful ancient city.
A marvel of ancient engineering, Romans used to use this huge outdoor amphitheatre for entertainment – most notably watching gladiators battle sometimes to the death for the pure enjoyment of all. It was also used to put on reenactments of famous past battles, plays, and other dramatic productions for the general entertainment of the citizens of Rome. Built to withstand a capacity of upwards of around 80,000, the average attendance usually topped out around 70,000 for the various productions. Through time the Colosseum enjoyed stints as a Christian shrine, a housing complex and more. Part of its namesake – the Colossus statue of Nero – was torn down circa 1000AD to repurpose some of the building materials. Today most of the original structure of the Colosseum remains despite some exterior damage due to earthquakes over the centuries, and has come to represent the legacy of Rome itself.
The Roman Forum
The Roman Forum, like the Colosseum is a site of ancient wonder. Used as a place where Romans would congregate to discuss the likes of policy and politics, the forum is an open air area of impressive ruins featuring columns and some of the original governmental buildings that housed important officials in ancient Rome. Well worth a visit for anyone heading to the city.
One of the most important religious sites in the world, Vatican City is home to the Pope as well as numerous churches, basilicas, shrines and more. Considered its own ‘city state’, the Vatican is a popular tourist attraction for many – regardless of their religious affiliation. Be sure to check it out, and for an extra special treat, attend a mass on Sunday if it’s up your alley.
One of the most famous fountains in the world, the Trevi fountain was completed in 1762 by the architect Nicola Savi. Sitting at a crossroads where three streets meet, the facade of the fountain showcases the story of how a virgin led the way to water which was funnelled from its source outside the city and into the city of Rome via an ancient aqueduct on the site of the fountain today. It’s believed that this aqueduct served Rome and fed it clean water for some four hundred years, making the presence of water at the Trevi Fountain an ancient concept which attracts millions of visitors annually.
So if you’re looking for a great getaway for couples and families alike, consider Rome. With all this to see and do and more it’s easy to see how you can visit the city numerous times and yet always find something new beneath her skin. Enjoy!