Time changes – it is a universal truth. And no city can remain powerful forever. But have you thought about Rome? The city defies this universal truth as it has been powerful in the past and even today it has not lost significance. For more than 2,500 years, the city has been the cradle of emperors, preachers and artists. The remains of its impressive past can still be seen here. Not a surprise, people from different parts of Europe and the world fly to Rome which has been home to great history, culture and civilisation. Here is a lowdown on its historic treasures.
One of the most popular attractions in Rome, Pantheon was built as a pagan temple but later changed to church. This beautiful building which is also well preserved is situated in Piazza della Rotonda, and is known for its impressive beauty. Its unsupported dome is a puzzle for today’s engineers who find it hard to repeat the same thing. There are several cafes around that can be visited after a day trip.
Colosseum has become synonymous with identity of ancient and symbolises Ancient Roman architecture. The construction of building took around a decade to complete. The building was 160 feet high and a capacity to accommodate around 50,000 thus it became very popular in a short time. The building was inaugurated by Titus in A.D. 80 and it is one of the most visit attractions for people visiting Rome.
The name of Trevi Fountain hardly needs an introduction. And this amazing fountain has been filmed into some of the most popular Hollywood films that include Three Coins in a Fountain and Roman Holiday. According to a legend those who throw a coin in the fountain will surely get a return trip to the Eternal City. The fountain is visited by a large number of visitors including couples.
St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Basilica is popularly called as the 'mother of all churches,' and there could be no better description of this church which was commissioned in 324 AD by Constantine. Situated on the graveyard of some of the noted Christians who were crucified during 64 AD this church was destroyed during 16th century and rebuilt on the same place. One should hire a guide to understand the historical significance of the church.
Spanish Steps also known as 'scalinata' (staircase) is a great work of beauty in the city of Rome. The structure caught the imagination of masses from the day when it got completed in 1726. Its three flights symbolises eternity and you will be feeling like marching towards heaven once you start climbing it. From its top step you can get a stunning view of the surrounding.
In addition to these, Piazza Navona, Roman Forum and Circus Maximus are other major attractions that should be part of your itinerary,