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Sunday, November 21, 2010

10 Things You Must Do in Rome

Trevi Fountain at night. (1730)Image via Wikipedia
By Helen Mahoney

Rome, Italy, famous for its diverse culture, historic buildings, and beautiful art work is definitely among the top ten places in the world to travel. However with all these attractions, it would not be difficult for one to find themselves overwhelmed with what to see and do first. Here you will find a list of the top ten things to do while in Rome.

1. The Colosseum

First and for most The Roman Colosseum is a must see. The building itself has been there for almost 2000 years and was once used for ancient games and spectacles, such as gladiator games, animal hunts, and even executions. The amphitheatre is the largest ever built in the Roman Empire, and while it has taken some structural damage over the years, it still remains to be an absolutely magnificent glimpse of history.
2 & 3. Vatican City & Sistine Chapel

While it technically remains to be a city of its own, Vatican City is still an absolute must see when visiting Rome. As well as this being the very heart of the worlds most widespread form of Christianity, you will find the Sistine Chapel here along with many of Michelangelo's frescoes.
4. Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain or The Fontana di Trevi remains to be a huge tourist spot and it continues to be the most famous fountain in Rome. It is said that if you throw a coin into this fountain you will be sure to return to Rome.
5. Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill is yet another Roman hot spot. From this hill, which is located right in the middle of Rome, you can get a great view of both the Roman Forum and Circus Maximus.
6. The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum is yet another must see while in Rome as it is full of history and at one point it held many of the oldest and most significant structures in the entire city. The forum itself is located between Palatine Hill and Capitoline Hill. While visiting the forum you will be able to see many of Romes ancient ruins and various monuments and buildings.
7. The Spanish Steps

One of the most famous architectural sights in the world, the Spanish Steps, is also located in Rome. This remarkable tourist attraction is home to the Trinita Church and the world famous Barcaccia Fountain.
8. The Pantheon

The Pantheon is in itself a piece of Roman history, an old legend states that it was on this site that the founder of Rome was apprehended by an eagle and flown off in the sky to be with god. The Pantheons architecture is definitely a site worth seeing as it is one of the largest brick domes in the entire history of architecture.
9. Agata E Romeo

If youre looking for good eats while youre in Rome why not stop by Agata E Romeo. This family-owned restaurant is said to be one of the best in all of Rome. The restaurant has been in operation since 1890 and just their wine cellar alone has won many awards for being the best in Italy. The restaurant has been featured in many magazines and newspapers over the years for its fine cuisine.
10. Capitoline Museums

If it is original art and architecture that you are looking for done by none other than Michelangelo himself then the Capitoline Museums are a must see while you're in Rome. The museums themselves are located on Capitoline Hill in Piazza del Campidoglio. Michelangelo was the original designer of the trapezoidal piazza but it would take over 400 years to complete what you will see today.
All in all Rome is a city filled with a great deal of history and a never ending amount of sites to see. So if you are looking for breathtaking scenes, extraordinary pieces of architecture, art, and history, and an all around unforgettable experience, then this list is sure to provide you with the best that Rome has to offer.
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