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Rome Attractions

Rome's Top Sights and Attractions

1. The Roman Forum – this ancient marketplace is the main commercial and business center in centuries ago, during the Ancient Roman times. This was the center of trading, banking and shopping during those days. Admission is free, although the Colosseum and Palatine Hill require an admission fee to pay before you get in.

2. The Colosseum – The Colosseum is undoubtedly the one of the most impressive architecture marvels built by the Roman Empire. The structure was originally known as the Flavian Amphitheater, after Emperor Vespasian, founder of the Flavian Dynasty. Built in 72 A.D., the Colosseum was the largest building of the era, which can seat 55,000 people at once. Today, even if it has fallen into ruins, its imposing influence and splendor never did fade away.

3. Bocca della Verita – this is a really ancient sewer grate. Legend says that if you place your hand in your mouth, your hand will be bitten off if you lie. Pinocchio would have a really hard time in here for sure.

4. The Spanish Steps (Scalinata di Spagna) – the steps extend from Piazza di Spagna to Trinita dei Monti. Named after the Spanish Embassy located adjacent, the top of the Spanish Steps gives great views of the city of Rome.

5. St. Peter's Basilica – located in the heart of Vatican City, it is the heart of Christianity. The church was built exactly on the spot where Saint Peter was buried in 64 A.D., thus the name. It is the perfect testimony to the Catholic Church's immense wealth in the 16th century. The church was built on the orders of Emperor Constantine during his reign as Christian emperor of Rome.

St. Peter's was then further restored and expanded during Pope Nicolas V's time, and was then continued by Pope Julius II in 1506. He appointed Donato Bramate as chief architect of the Basilica, to be succeeded by Michelangelo. Under their leadership, they gave rise to what is to become the largest basilica in the world.

6. Palitine Hill – Palatine Hill was an important setting in the history and development of Rome. It was the chief place of the famous seven hills of Rome, and here you can find the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus. Archaeological evidence show that the hill has been inhabited since 10th century B.C.

It is believed that the twins Romulus and Remus were born and raised on Palatine Hill, by their four legged shepherd mother. Romulus built the city of Rome here.

7. Pantheon – The magnificent Pantheon serves as a reminder of the once great Roman Empire. It is amazing to think that the Pantheon was built more than 1,800 years ago.


8. Castel Sant'Angelo – The Castel Sant'Angelo was featured in the movie 'Angels and Demons'. It was built in 123 AD by Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum, on the right bank of Tiber River. On top of the fortress, you will see a statue of an angel by the well known 18th century Flemish sculptor Pieter Verschaffelt.

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