Snapshots of Rome

Snapshots of Rome, Italy: Just a glimpse of the Eternal City.  

Highlights include:

1. Via Appia Antica
The Appian Way was one of the most important Roman roads of the ancient republic as it connected Rome to the South of Italy. Take a break from the city to walk through time on the same road that existed in 312 B.C.! This amazing post by Revealed Rome will give you more of an idea of all that happened there.

2. Santissima Trinità dei Monti Church
The French church serves as an impressive backdrop to the tourists sitting on the Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna. The steps are a symbol of peace between France and Spain, connecting the Spanish Plaza to the French church. Even today one of the clocks on the church’s facade shows Rome time, the other Paris time.

3. St. Peter’s Basilica
Actually located in the Vatican City, it’s the world’s largest Christian basilica and probably its most popular too. I suggest going early on Sunday morning to attend mass – a moving experience no matter what your religion!
Entrance is free if you follow the dress code, times vary depending on the month. Click here for more detailed information.

4. Vatican Museums
Museums in the plural as the Vatican Museums contains over 10 museums as well as all the Vatican palaces and gardens that can be visited. Here you can find the Sistine Chapel, an entire room of frescoes done by Raphael and work by Caravaggio among hundreds of other famous Renaissance painters.
Open Monday to Saturday, tickets cost 16 euro full price. The Ticket Office is open from 9 am to 4 pm. The Museums close at 6 pm.
Order your tickets in advance or be willing to pay double to “skip” the line!

5. Roman Pantheon
One of the most well-preserved buildings of ancient Rome, the Pantheon is a temple dedicated to all the gods of pagan Rome. In Greek it’s Pan (all) + Theon (gods).
Entrance is free.
8.30 a.m. – 7.30 p.m. Monday – Saturday
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sundays

6. The Trevi Fountain
The fountain is at the junction of three roads and serves as the starting point of a major aqueduct that supplied water to Ancient Rome. Today it is considered one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions and is crowded crowded crowded!
Even so I still recommend seeing it by day and going back to see it light up by night!

7. Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi in Piazza Navona
The Fountain of Four Rivers represents four rivers in four continents where papal authority had spread. The Nile in Africa, the Danube in Europe, the Ganges in Asia and the Río de la Plata in the Ameriacs.

8. The Coliseum
The Flavian Amphitheater is perhaps one of the most dramatized and romanticized constructions in Rome – and for good reason! If you do some research, you might be able to plan a night tour including underground visit or even score a free tour of the enormous arena! I used this site to find a night tour.

These are only some of the major attractions in Rome – one’s that nevertheless are popular for a reason and deserve a look! My best suggestion for Rome is to research and plan ahead. By booking tickets ahead of time you can save some money and a lot of time!

Then you can use your time instead to dig even deeper to the city’s millennia of secrets and stories.

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