Welcome to our page on The Capital of Italy, Rome. We are going to describe a few
of the endless places you must see when visiting Italy. In order to
visit Rome, the Capital you have to dedicate at least three or four days
of your vacation. This ancient city is like an open museum of history
and culture together. Enjoy your Travel to Italy.
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St Peters Square in front of the Basilica in the Vatican
The Proud Capital of Italy
Rome, the Eternal City, the Capital of Italy is so fascinating that it attracts millions of visitors on a yearly basis. We should remember that the world’s smallest country the Vatican lies inside the city of Rome and it attracts by itself millions of pilgrims to its squares and buildings.
This combination has made Rome one of the most visited places in the world. I first visited Rome in 1960 and have seen the changes during my many visits during the years.
Rome is a bustling city with so much traffic, that certain streets and small alleys have been closed to motor vehicles. That said, I highly recommend visiting Rome with an organized tour or in case you want to be on your own, use taxis and public transportation.
St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican one of Rome Attractions
The Vatican is the Highlight of all Rome Italy Tours
• Vatican City
Vatican City or Holy See is the world's smallest state. It is completely enclosed by the city of Rome.
It incorporates the St Peter’s Basilica as well as the Vatican Museums and adjacent gardens.
• St Peters Square
This elliptical piazza was created in the 17th century by the renowned sculptor and architect Bernini as a grand entrance to the St Peter's Basilica.
The Egyptian obelisk at the center of the square was installed earlier, in 1586.
• Basilica di San Pietro
St Peter's Basilica is the largest church in the world, this great building with Michelangelo's impressive dome is the center of Christianity.
The opulence of its interior bears testimony to the wealth of the Catholic Church in the 16th century.
As mentioned above, this is the center of the Vatican or Holy See.
• Vatican Museums
This museum complex houses one of the world's most important collections brought together by Popes over a period of four centuries, with the Sistine Chapel as its largest crowd puller.
On the Capella Sistina you will be amazed with awe on Michelangelo’s works.
Look especially to the ceilings and think that only a genius like him could have finish such incredible art.
The Roman Colosseum is the number one of Rome Attractions
Capital of Italy Attractions
During the Roman Empire this wonder of the world use to accommodate more than 55,000 spectators and was home to may games featuring wild animals and gladiators. It is probably the number one attraction in Rome.
It was built in 118 AD by Emperor Hadrian as a temple for all pagan gods. The building's immense dome was the largest dome in the world for more than 13 centuries.
• Piazza Navona
The long Navona square follows the oval shape of the former Domitian stadium. It contains no less than three beautiful fountains, built during the 16th and 17th centuries.
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The Trevi Fountain is perhaps the most famous fountain in the world
• Fontana di Trevi
The Trevi Fountain is perhaps the most famous fountain statue of the world. This spectacular site, built in the 18th century occupies a small square in the center of Rome and is usually packed with tourist, that make a wish as they throw a coin into the fountain. Who remembers “Three Coins in a Fountain”
• Forum Romanum
Located near the Colosseum is the de facto heart of Ancient Rome, the Forum boasted plenty of temples, arches and basilicas. Today you see only ruins of what used to be the Roman Empire.
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Image Credits for the capital of italy:
st peters square by diliff
st peters basilica n/a
fontana di trevi by ludmila pilecka
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