Things to do in Rome
The Eternal City

Let me show you many Things to do in Rome. I have been visiting the Eternal City since 1960 and have been back many times to know the city in and out.

I am always fascinated by its monuments and statues, the churches and imperial buildings and above all by the Vatican and all its treasures.

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Piazza di Spagna or Spanish Steps Rome

Things to do in Rome

• Piazza di Spagna

Called in English the "Spanish Steps" is one of the most popular attractions in Rome. On top of the Piazza di Spagna is Trinita dei Monti, a French church with rosy facade. But the most important site for our ladies in the family is as you go down the steps into Via Condotti with the spectacular boutiques.

• Arch of Titus

The Arch of Titus is one of two remaining arches on the Forum Romanum. It was built between 81 and 85 AD to commemorate the capture of Jerusalem over the Jewish Zealots.

• Appian Way

Via Appia Antica or the Appian Way is the most famous of the many roads that radiated from Rome. It was built in 312 BC and led all the way to Brindisi in the southeast of Italy

Villa Borghese Gardens

Villa Borghese Gardens is the breath of air to this Metropolis

Things to do in Rome

• Villa Borghese, located just north of the Spanish Steps, is the largest public park in Rome.

• Palatine Hill is where according to Roman mythology, Romulus founded the city of Rome in 800 BC

• Baths of Caracalla was the largest thermae in the world when it was completed in 217AD.

• Arch of Constantine, located right next to the Colosseum, is the largest of the remaining Roman arches.

• The Arch of Septimius Severus was built in 203 AD as a triumphal arch to commemorate the victories of Emperor Severus in Parthia

• Piazza del Popolo is a large oval square near the Borghese park. In the middle of the square stands a 3300 year old obelisk taken from the Sun Temple in Egypt by the Emperor Augustus.

• The Castel Sant'Angelo was originally built in 123 AD by Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum

• Trajan's Column was erected in honor of Emperor Trajan.

• San Giovanni in Laterano, once the center of Catholicism, the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano is now the cathedral where the Pope officiates as bishop of Rome.

• Trajan's Markets is the Roman equivalent of today's modern shopping mall, this 2nd century complex housed 150 shops, warehouses and offices.

• San Paolo Fuori le Mura is one of the four major basilicas in Rome.

Things to do in Rome

Victor Emmanuel Monument in Rome

Victor Emmanuel Monument in Rome

Rome Attractions

• Victor Emmanuel Monument an enormous monument honoring Italy's first king, Vittorio Emanuele II.

• Tiber Island is since ancient times this small island has been associated with health.

• Piazza Venezia is a central square in Rome, surrounded by several landmark buildings, including Palazzo Venezia and the Vittoriano Monument

• Campo dei Fiori was one of Rome's busiest squares during the Middle Ages. Today the Campo dei Fiori is still a lively square thanks in part to its daily market.

• Pyramid of Caius Cestius, a 36 meter tall pyramid was built by praetor Caius Cestius as his tomb.

• The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is one of Rome's four papal basilicas and the largest church in the city dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

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The Triton Fountain

The Triton Fountain at Piazza Barberini

Things to do in Rome

• The column of Marcus Aurelius was erected between 180 and 196 AD to commemorate the victories of emperor Marcus Aurelius in his campaigns against Germanic tribes and the Sarmatians.

• Piazza Barberini is a heavily trafficked square featuring two nice fountains, the Triton Fountain and the Fountain of Bees, both created in the 17th century by the renowned sculptor Bernini.

• Santa Maria in Aracoeli , a long flight of marble steps lead to this church built on top of the Capitoline Hill.

• The Santa Maria in Trastevere is one of Rome's oldest churches, first built in the 3rd century.

• Piazza del Quirinale is located on top of Rome's highest hill, this piazza offers great views over the city. The president's official residence borders this large square.

• The Porta Maggiore was built in 52 AD by Emperor Claudius as part of a network of aqueducts. The structure was later incorporated in the Aurelian Wall around the city.

The list of Rome Attractions is endless, so let's start visiting these places and come back for more.

Image Credits:

spanish steps by wk night 94
vittorio emmanuelle monument by jummy harris

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