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Rome • Top 10 • The Eternal City

Rome is the eternal city where you as a tourist can find new ways and views again and again. As the center of the Roman Empire and the Papal States, Rome has a history like few other cities in the world. You can see traces of this in the many cozy neighborhoods around the seven hills of Rome, where ancient and modern Rome mix beautifully.

You will of course see the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. And then there are all the countless churches, interesting museums, ancient walls and large baths, which all together give the special atmosphere that Rome is known for. You can also choose countless baroque hightlights between some good cups of coffee at Roman cafés. Wonderful. And beautiful.

During the day you can go exploring in great architecture and beautiful panoramas. You probably also plan a walk up the stairs to Michelangelo’s unique Piazza del Campidoglio? And yes, you will be rewarded with the famous view of the ruins of the Roman Forum, and proceed from here to the colossal Il Vittoriano. In the evening, do remember Trastevere’s cozy streets and lovely restaurants.

Here are 10 things that can make your trip to Rome even better…

 

Vatican Museums, Rome

1. Get Impressed in the Vatican Museums
The Vatican Museums are a must for art lovers and anyone else who wants to be impressed with all the splendor and all the art that popes have collected through centuries. There are countless works of art to see on the tour in the museums, and of course you also get to absolute highlights such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Stanza. Both are masterpieces that express the high renaissance in Rome, and they leave unforgettable impressions for you as a visitor.

 

2. Churches, churches and even more churches
There is no place in the world where the churches are as numerous and as impressive as in Rome. If you take a church day, you can make it to all the most beautiful and famous churches, but also remember to just go into all the others as well. The Vatican’s St. Peter’s and the Lateran Church are impressive architectural masterpieces, and they are huge. The churches of Rome are located like pearls on a string between the two churches, with the Church of the Gesù, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Santa Maria Maggiore and of course the Pantheon as some of the most beautiful.

 

Trastevere, Rome

3. See and eat your way through Trastevere
Narrow streets, small alleys and cozy squares with countless cafes and lovely restaurants. If you think it sounds good, then take a trip to the Trastevere neighborhood, located on the west bank of the Tiber. The square Piazza di Santa Maria is the center, and from here there are many streets leading to the district’s labyrinth of attractions. You can also just stay at the square and enjoy the life of the people and the 12th century Basilica di Santa Maria with its beautiful interior. If you did not reach Trastevere during the day, go here in the evening and enjoy some good Italian food.

 

4. Let Bernini amaze you
Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini. That’s how easy it can be said. The architect and sculptor who has left a unique and world-famous mark on Rome. The canopy in St. Peter’s Church with the twisted pillars is his work. The fountain of Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi in Piazza Navona is his work. The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa is his work. And then there is the small but stunningly beautiful church, Sant’Andrea al Quirinale. It was probably Bernini’s own favorite of all the fine places he created.

 

5. Climb the Holy Stairs
Pontius Pilate was Roman governor of Jerusalem, and after Jesus was taken prisoner on the night before Good Friday, he was sent to Pontius Pilate’s palace, where he was tortured. The stairs, which Jesus walked on at the time, arrived to Rome in the 4th century, and you can think of faith, justice, and salvation as you kneel up the stairs to reach the sacred chapel, Sancta Sanctorum. Many have done this before you. Martin Luther did it, and he reportedly received a revelation on his way up the stairs. Indeed Scala Sancta.

 

6. Make yourself at home in Mussolini’s villa
In the early 19th century, construction of the Torlonia family’s new residence began. Villa Torlonia was built. The neoclassical architect, Giuseppe Valadier, created the small palace with a lovely park around it. In the park, artificial ruins and fine temples were made, and the villa itself became a masterpiece of elegant and airy interior. The villa became particularly famous when the head of state, Benito Mussolini, moved into the house in 1925. He lived here until 1943, and today it is open as a beautiful museum.

 

Circus Maximus, Rome

7. Look out to the Circus Maximus
As you stroll through the ancient imperial palaces on the Palatine Hill, you suddenly come to a magnificent view. The huge Circus Maximus is at your feet, where the chariots competed in ancient Rome and where festivals and other events were celebrated. Close your eyes and imagine the time when 150,000 spectators celebrated the combatants on the field of the huge facility. Once the sound has settled, you can proceed to the gladiator fights of the Colosseum.

 

8. Take a trip to the Roman baths
There are many beautiful and more or less well-preserved ruins in Rome and elsewhere in the once colossal Roman Empire. In the capital, the baths were large, and when you go for a walk in Caracallas Baths, you can not help but be impressed by their size. Continue to Diocletian’s Baths, which are so overwhelming that in the 16th century a baroque basilica was built in the baths’ historic frigidarium. The church has a length and width of over 100 meters/300 feet, so there was plenty of room for visitors in the old days.

 

9. Become a Renaissance Man
The 14th-15th centuries were a period that fostered masters such as Michelangelo and Raphael. The starting point was the classical art and architecture that many went to Rome to study, and from Florence the Renaissance spread over large parts of Europe. In Rome, the Renaissance is seen in many places, but perhaps best in Michelangelo’s magnificent square, Piazza del Campidoglio. There are mansions, lines, geometry and elegance here with Marcus Aurelius on horseback as the center of everything.

 

10. Go underground in the catacombs
Rome is famous for many things and beautiful buildings, and this also applies underground, where in the old days tunnels were dug for the city’s dead. They were not cremated and there was no room above ground. Therefore, the catacombs became longer and longer and with more and more floors. These are some amazing constructions where you can get on tours of the underground part of the history of Rome. Follow Via Appia to the south towards the catacombs. Then you get Via Appia and Aurelian’s impressive walls as a bonus on the trip.

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Rome is the eternal city where you as a tourist can find new ways and views again and again. As the center of the Roman Empire and the Papal States, Rome has a history like few other cities in the world. You can see traces of this in the many cozy neighborhoods around the seven hills of Rome, where ancient and modern Rome mix beautifully.

You will of course see the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. And then there are all the countless churches, interesting museums, ancient walls and large baths, which all together give the special atmosphere that Rome is known for. You can also choose countless baroque hightlights between some good cups of coffee at Roman cafés. Wonderful. And beautiful.

During the day you can go exploring in great architecture and beautiful panoramas. You probably also plan a walk up the stairs to Michelangelo’s unique Piazza del Campidoglio? And yes, you will be rewarded with the famous view of the ruins of the Roman Forum, and proceed from here to the colossal Il Vittoriano. In the evening, do remember Trastevere’s cozy streets and lovely restaurants.

Here are 10 things that can make your trip to Rome even better…

Travel guide Rome: vamados.dk/rom

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