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Capital Of The World: Rome

''Just walk around the city and let its timeless grandeur and beauty seep into your blood''

Rome has a huge history of emperors, popes, and artists and is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Tourists in large numbers flock this city every year to admire its work of art and architecture. Traces of Rennaisance can also be seen in almost all its historical monuments, buildings, and art-stuffed churches. The place is buzzing with tourists throughout the year, but the busiest seasons are Spring and Autumn

LOCATION : Rome is the capital of Italy

WHAT TO SEE

Covered with travertine stone slabs, COLOSSEUM is the largest amphitheatre ever built and one of the best architectural works of Europe. It is the main landmark of city Rome where thousands of visitors flock every year to see the remains of the Colosseum. It was built about 2000 years ago by Flavian emperors and is elliptic in shape. At one in point, this amphitheatre had the capacity to hold about 50,000 people at a time. It is open every day of the year, except for Dec 25 and Jan1 and the tickets for the same can be booked online as well.

St. PETER’S BASILICA is the centre of the Catholic world and one of the most renowned works of Renaissance architecture. Located on the Vatical Hill, St. Peter houses some of the finest works of art. The dome of St. Peter's Basilica was designed by Michelangelo, who became the chief architect for the basilica later. It took almost 100 years to build this Church. It is strict about dress codes so avoid wearing shorts, shoulderless dresses and miniskirts.

One of the best preserved buildings of Rome is the THE PANTHEON, which is a temple dedicated to all the gods of pagan Rome. The Pantheon consists of a large circular portico that opens into a rotunda topped with a concrete dome that immediately draws the attention of visitors. Marble and granite have been used to decorate the inner walls, altars, pillars and floors of Pantheon. Here, they show you the working of an ancient drainage system.

In between Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum lies THE ROMAN FORUM, an important world archaeological site. It is today a sprawling ruin of architectural fragments and includes the ancient government buildings and temples. It was originally an Etruscan burial ground that was transformed into an important socio, political and commercial hub of the Roman Empire in the 7th century BC. The forum is open every day of the year, excluding Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

The TREVU FOUNTAIN designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci is the largest baroque fountain in the city. A traditional legend holds that if you throw a coin into the fountain, you will be ensured a return to Rome. If you throw three coins into the fountain, the first coin guarantees your return to Rome, the second ensures a new romance, and the third ensures marriage.

VATICAN MUSEUMS, located within the city’s boundaries, house some fabulous masterpieces from the Renaissance period. It also displays priceless works of several popes of the past centuries. More than 70,000 pieces are on exhibition in over 42,000 square meters, with another 50,000 pieces preserved in the vaults and store rooms.

PIAZZA NAVONA is one of the most beautiful and famous squares of Rome. It was established towards the end of the 15th century and was initially used as a stadium. Today, three magnificent fountains adorn the square. There are cafes, clubs and eateries in the neighbourhood. Just grab a cup of coffee and watch street performers doing their bit.

The PALATINE HILL is the centermost of the Seven Hills of Rome and is one of the most ancient parts of the city. According to Roman mythology, it was the birth-place of Romulus and Remus, the twin brothers suckled and raised by the she-wolf who were to become the founders of Rome. Currently, there’s a small museum on the top with a few preserved statues of imperial rulers. You get the ticket for this place from the Colosseum itself.


WHERE TO SHOP

Via del Corso: Shop for luxury clothing brands and accessories here.
Via Condotti and Spanish Steps: If you’re after luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Fendi, Valentino, Armani, Bulgari, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Ferragamo, visit this place.
Via Cola di Rienzo: You find both luxury boutiques and mid-priced shops here.
EurRoma2: It’s an upscale shopping centre with lots of branded outlets, coffee shops and restaurants.
Porta Portese: A flea market, which operates on Sundays from 7.00 am until 1.00 pm. You get all sorts of fresh and second hand stuff here from antiques, housewares, clothes and jewellery to music CDs, posters and furniture.
Parco Leonardo: It’s the biggest mall in Rome where you get anything and everything.
Via dei Giubonarri: Shop for clothing and accessories at cheaper prices.
Via del Babuino: For antique furniture and paintings.
Via Sannio: Another flea market for clothing and accessories, which is open from Monday to Saturday.
Via Margutta: is a small street in the Campo Marzio region, with art galleries, restaurants and antique dealers.

WHERE AND WHAT TO EAT

Dar Filettaro: Try the luscious filetto fish here.
Zia Rosetta: It offers freshly baked rosetta (a kind of bread) and lip-smacking sandwiches.
Pizzarium: One of the best joints for Pizzas and Pastas.
Kalapà: This joint is famous for souvlaki wraps, salads, stuffed potatoes, or skewers of meat.
Trapizzino: You must try trapizzini, triangles of fluffy pizza bianca filled with sauces. It’s a good alternative to a sandwich.

TRAVEL TIP
Rome sightseeing involves lot of walking, so make sure you put on good shoes


Source / Review By : Triponomics

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