Top places to visit… continued
7. Belvedere del Gianicolo: A hilltop viewpoint well worth the climb, with breathtaking city vistas and live music performances. It’s a great place to relax and spend some time enjoying the ‘dolce far niente’.
8. Fontana di Trevi: A magnificent Baroque fountain located in the heart of Rome, considered one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. It is said that throwing a coin into the fountain guarantees a return trip to Rome, making it a popular spot for tourists to make a wish and take a photo (all proceeds go to the Italian Red Cross). To avoid the crowds head out early or late at night.
9. Vatican City and Museums: A top destination for art lovers with a wide selection of galleries showcasing Classical and Renaissance art masterpieces.
10. Pantheon: Considered one of the best-preserved and most impressive examples of Roman architecture and engineering, with its iconic dome and famous oculus. Built as a temple to all the gods, it has since been used as a church, a tomb for Italian royalty, and a monument to the nation’s cultural heritage.
11. Colosseum and Roman Forum: Representing the grandeur and might of the ancient Roman Empire. The Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre in the world, was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles, while the Roman Forum, once the political and commercial centre of Rome, was the site of temples, public buildings, and triumphal arches, offering a glimpse into the daily life and history of ancient Rome.
12. Altare della Patria: The largest national monument in all of Italy honouring the first King of Italy, Victor Emanuele II. Head up to the top terrace of the museum and catch sight of a panoramic view over Rome, you can see St. Peter’s dome, the Colosseum, the Roman forum, and even the mountains in the distance.