There are numerous reasons to travel to Rome; good food, art galleries, scrumptious gelato, impressive architecture, and of course, the sense of history. Rome is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, and the attractions of ancient Rome make it one of the most popular travel destinations.
The Colossal Colosseum
No trip to Rome would be complete without a visit to the Colosseum. Completed in 80 AD, this Roman amphitheatre was the venue for 55,000 spectators to witness to-the-death fights between gladiators and wild animals. An 847 AD earthquake toppled much of the building’s southern side, and the original marble cladding was pirated for use on other structures, but the Colosseum is still a magnificent iconic structure.
The City in a City – Vatican City
Central headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, home of the Pope, cultural and spiritual centre, and architectural masterpiece, Vatican City alone is reason to travel to Rome. Richly decorated with paintings, frescos and sculptures by Italian masters Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Titian and many more, its opulence is staggering. As part of your travel plans, buy tickets in advance and be sure to allow lots of time to visit this 44-hectare attraction.
Trevi Fountain’s Return Trip
Once you’ve travelled to Rome and felt the connection with history, you will likely be making travel plans for a return trip. Be sure to visit the Trevi Fountain with its spectacular sculpture of Neptune, the Roman God of the Sea, guarding its centre. Legend has it that if you toss a coin over your shoulder into the fountain, you will be sure to return to Rome.
In ancient times when Rome was the central city of the Roman Empire, it was said that “all roads lead to Rome“. This is still true today, as Rome is an extremely popular travel choice. You can expect to find large crowds at all the well-known Roman attractions, but with a little research, you can find many advance-ticket options to reduce your wait times and add to your enjoyment of Rome’s rich history.