Rome,Italy

The Eternal City, the capital of the world. Rome is crammed full of reminders of its empire that once conquered the world. When walking around the modern day Rome you still get constant reminders of the history of this great city. Between the bars and little cafes you can see the world changing events that make this place so famous. From the crumbling city wall to the well preserved fountains and forums. Like most metropolis cities Rome has a lot of more to offer than just its ancient history. Italy is famous for its food with pizzerias and pasta bars at every corner and down every street offering the best pizza’s and pastas imaginable. Rome has many outstanding art galleries to go and see. With the Arc Pacis being the most notable. Dating back to 13 AD and pieced together in the early 20th century and now looking hyper modern. Other art galleries on show in Rome are the Borghese Gallery and the Centrale Montemartini both offering modern and old art. There is still very few cities in the world where the sense of history, of world-changing events and any visitors imaginations can’t help but be stirred by Rome’s history. For the past 2,000 years the eternal city has been steeped in world conquering history. Starting from the Colosseum. The colosseum is a reminder of the bygone age and brings the old empire back to life. Shimmering by day and gleaming under the moon light at night you begin to realise how this most classical ruin is unmissable. Built in 80 AD the Colosseum was a half circus half sports arena holding between 50,00 to 70,000 people in its neatly arranged tiers. When in this massive arena you get the feeling of what it was like all them years ago. You can imagine the gladiators and the wild beast fighting it out on the main stage while the emperors sit on and watch the spectacle unfold. They have now extended the visitor route to the underfloor passageways through which gladiators and exotic wild animals made their entrances. From the Colosseum you can head towards the nearby Roman Forums and Palatine Hill. Palatine Hill was the chosen area for the emperors and the political movers back in the Roman Empire. The majestic Roman ruins dating back to the tenth century BC. The Roman Forums where the power centre of the Roman Empire. From Palatine Hill you can get great views of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum in the back ground. The Vatican City is a place where the whole world comes to pay homage to this great holy site. Its tempting to get bored of the vast amount of collected art in the Vatican Museum in which you have to pass through to get to the Sistine Chapel. But there is some delightful work from Raphael and stunning frescoes to view. After finding your way through the museum you will come to the main attraction. Michelangelo’s masterpiece the Sistine. Vibrant after its end-of-millennium restoration. It’s a shame that the masterpiece is dulled down by the vast crowds of people pushing there way through to see it. From the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel you can move on through to St Peter’s basilica. Built in 1626 St Peter’s offers some incredible work form Bramante, Raphael, Michelangelo, Maderno and Bernini giving you something to stand back and gaze at. St Peter’s dome is the best view of Rome. The 500 odd steps to the top offers breathtaking panoramic views over Rome. Note that if you have bare shoulders or too much leg showing, you will not be allowed in the basilica or The Sistine Chapel. Its also wise to get a skip the line pass as the cues for the Vatican and St Peter’s are several hours long. Standing for over 2,000 years the Pantheon is a temple dedicated to all the gods. All the kings of the united Italy and even artist the Raphael was buried here. The original giant bronze front doors which leading into the pantheon still stand. From the Pantheon you can head to the crowed tourist hotspots of the Spanish Steps and even closer the Trevi Fountain. This gloriously exuberant fountain which was completed in 1732 flows throughout the day and glistins in the night.The Spanish steps made famous by Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. Most tourist come here to walk down long butterfly shaped ramp and take icon pictures of the Spanish Steps. The city’s mild Mediterranean climate is another persuasive draw for visitors. But the main draw will always be the pulsating energy of a place which lives life of its proud history and Safe to say there’s more than enough to keep you occupied for a long weekend.

Prices
Colosseum:
Price: €12; EU citizens aged 18-25, €7.50; children under 18, free; ticket also covers the Roman Forum and Palatine.
Reservations: recommended

Vatican Museum
Price: €16; children 6-18, students with ID under 26, €8; children under 6, free; online booking fee €4.
Reservations: recommended
Note: You must have your shoulders and knees covered at all times in the Vatican.

St Peter’s Dome
Price: €6 to climb to the top and €8 to get the lift.

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