There is so much to see and do in the city of Rome, here's a selection of stunning images to give you a taste of what's on offer.
Rome at Night
Rome becomes incredibly romantic when the night falls. A walk through the moonlight streets is a great way to witness the beauty of the city. With the warm hue of the night sky and fountains that illuminate, making them appear to sprinkle rays of light, there's no better way to spend a warm summers evening.
Rome is full of a great deal of statues, many of these have religious connotations and show famous scenes that have helped shape the way Rome is today. If you head up to Ponte Milvio you can see where Mussolini has created a whole running track surrounded by colossal statues of what he believed was the “perfect” Italian athlete.
The Romans believe their city was founded in 753 BC although most modern historians would argue this and say it was founded in 625 BC. A lot of the former royal residency, such as the Regia or the Vestal Virgins, were rebuilt after the rise of imperial Rome and their influence on the way buildings were designed has had a clear effect on how newer stuctures were built.
Rome has many great ruins that show what a grand and powerful city it once was. Over the past 2000 years many buildings have been damaged or destroyed. Although there are numerous buildings that remain, there are countless ruins all over the city that can give us a glimpse of how the Romans lived in the past. One of the most ancient monuments that has survived in such well-preserved condition is the Colosseum. What used to be the setting for public entertainment such as Gladiator battles and the slaughter of lions (no surprise why it was nicknamed the "Arena of Death") is now one of Rome's biggest tourist attractions. Our expert Lee Marshall has just written a post on how the Colosseum will be free for will be fully visitable for the first time in decades.Click here to find out more.
There are 280 different fountains in the whole of Rome. One of the most famous is probably Fontana di Trevi. According to the fountain legend, if you throw a coin over your shoulder into the Trevi’s water, you will return to Rome in the future. With no electric pumps to push the water high into the air, the Romans relied on the simple force of Gravity. By running the water from somewhere high, it genereated more than enough pressure to create an impressive umbrella of water.
The Architecture of Ancient Rome was originally based on the Greek architecture that was around in the 12th century B.C. Most buildings were designed to impress as well as perform a public function. The iconic arches and columns that can be found throughout the city on bridges, buildings and churches were first used because their support capabilities allowed the Romans to create buildings bigger than they had ever done before.
There are over 900 churches in Rome, with a large number of these being Roman Catholic ones. One of the most visited is St. Peter's Basilica, a Late Renaissance church located in the Vatican City and thought to be one of the holiest Christian sites in the world.
The interiors of these magnificent buildings are just as grand as the buildings themselves. Although few large stained glass windows still remain intact from the 12th century, you can still find a number of these creations inside Rome’s many Cathedrals. You can also find many murals and figurative sculptures within the buildings.
If you want to find out any more information on what Rome has to offer, take a look at our Expert Lee Marshall’s pages. Here you can find a range of information from where the cheap hotels in Rome are hidden to the best places to do some Rome shopping.
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