Rome is not only capital of Italy but home to the once all conquering Roman Empire, whilst it is considerably smaller than it once was, this city is packed with amazing attractions and fun things to see and do. This huge city is graced with thousands of years of art, culture and influence from some of the greatest minds that have ever existed and if you are visiting this phenomenal city any time soon then here are my top 4 things to do there.
Rome’s iconic amphitheatre is the largest ever built and to this day, whilst having suffered from slow decay, still stands tall as one of Rome’s greatest landmarks. The Colosseum used to be used for gladiator fights in times gone by where men were forced to fight with lions before thousands of screaming locals and the Caesar. The amphitheatre was also used for shows and public displays and today you are able to wander around the vast structure and get an experience of what it was like back then, this should be at the top of your list when visiting Rome.
The Sistine Chapel is situated in Vatican City, the official home of the Pope and was designed around the middle of the 15th century. The fame of the Chapel is in it’s intricately designed paintings by the World-famous artist Michelangelo who’s depictions of Jesus and parables from the bible adorn many of it’s walls and it’s famous ceiling. The roof of the Sistine Chapel is surreal to see, the level of quality and perfect design in the paintings are simply breathtaking. The building itself is amazing to walk around, there are tiny conclaves and stairways leading to hidden away places within the chapel and the main hall is truly stunning. Well worth a visit if you’re hitting Rome.
A trip to Italy and especially Rome simply wouldn’t be complete without enjoying one of their greatest ever inventions, the Pizza. These days we are used to buying pizza in boxes or chain restaurants but in Rome, it is the real deal served up by locals who know best. Throughout this city you will find pizza restaurants and stalls that hand craft their own dough before stretching it out before your eyes and adding some of the freshest ingredients that you can think of before placing it into traditional pizza ovens and serving you one of the dreamiest pizzas that you’ve ever tasted. Pizza places here are like museums, tourist attractions and restaurants rolled into one and once you’ve had a taste you’ll be back in no time.
Rome is home to globally inspired art and is often considered the home of the renaissance movement, one should therefore hit an art museum and they don’t come better than the Borghesse Gallery. The museum is set in the beautiful Borghesse gardens and houses works from both Italian and International renaissance painters. The gallery also displays ancient religious texts and sculptures and the hours simply disappear in front of you when you visit this stunning building. There are several tours available in the museum that will give you the best understanding of the art in the museum and I recommend that if you hit any art museum, that it is this one.