Discover why Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Gary and I have visited Rome on two occasions, the first experience in 1999 was memorable for the wrong reasons really, as we had an unfortunate experience with a taxi driver, nearly missed our return flight and lost our luggage. So, all in all could have been better.
Not to be defeated we returned in 2015 and the trip was fantastic, this time it was memorable for all the incredible reasons, as to why Rome is such a beautiful city to visit any time of the year.
So, without further ado, below are our reasons why you will love the ancient city of Rome. Slip on those comfy shoes and discover what the Romans did for us.
A helpful guide
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The Colosseum in Rome is probably the most iconic sight in the city, and it is incredible. Built-in 70-80 AD, this stunning feat of human engineering, cannot be missed. I know it is popular, however, a visit inside the amphitheatre is a must.
Once the centre of day to day Roman life, the Forum is incredible to wander around. Centuries of ancient footsteps would have passed through the ruins of the Temples and Shrines that remain today.
This was one of our favourite places to visit, the former Roman Temple is located in Piazza della Rotonda and is magnificent. It has eight Corinthian columns at the entrance and after nearly 2,000 years, contains the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome.
A City within a city, here you will be able to visit the impressive St Peter’s Basilica, where the Pope is selected. The elegant square that lays out before it and also the Sistine Chapel, displaying Michelangelo’s ‘Creation of Adam’.
Confession is needed here; when we visited in 2015 the Trevi Fountain was undergoing a major restoration; therefore, the photo is from 1999.
What is impressive with the location of the Trevi Fountain and with other parts of Rome, is that you wander along a narrow lane not knowing what you will find the other end, and then an ancient work of art appears before you.
Another reason to fall in love with Rome is the significant number of Piazza’s and fountains, that are dotted around the city.
You’ll find every size, from the elegant Piazza Navona where you could while away hours watching the world go by. To the tranquil Piazza Mattei, with the intriguing Fontana delle Tartarughe.
A visit to Rome wouldn’t be complete without climbing the 135 steps, leading up from Piazza di Spagna to the Trinità dei Monti church above.
A bustling area of Rome and a wonderful place to socialise and enjoy an Aperol Spritz.
Take a visit to the colourful market in Campo de' Fiori, displaying fruit and vegetables and enjoy the floral aromas from the flower stalls.
Take a stroll around Vatican City, and you may come across the Pontifical Swiss Guard. The small military force of 100 men is responsible for the safety of the Pope since 1506.
Wearing quite a distinctive uniform, hopefully, they shouldn’t be too hard to find.
I can’t stress this enough, as there are so many nooks and crannies in Rome, that you just need to keep walking and find that hidden gem. Your camera will go into overdrive, but the memories will be worth it.
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