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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Top Must-Visit Attractions in Magnificent Rome

St. Peter's Basilica, believed to be the buria...
St. Peter's Basilica, believed to be the burial site of St. Peter, seen from the River Tiber.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Roberta Stuart

When planning your itinerary, make sure to include these top must-visit attractions when exploring Rome.
As the capital of Italy, millions of tourists from around the world visit Rome to see up close and personal the magnificent and famous historic sites and soak in the rich cultural heritage of the land. Surrounded by seven hills and built on the Tiber River, a trip to this city at anytime of the year will prove its beauty cannot be overstated. Suffice to say, it is pulsating with innumerable attractions, giving you a heady combination of its old grandeur and its vibrant modern lifestyle.
If you have already booked your Rome luxury hotel, make sure to create an itinerary ahead of time to maximize your stay. While the city is now particularly well known as an exceptional shopping destination, you definitely don't want to miss out sightseeing its classic beauty too.

Celebrate the Opulent History
Topping the list of the popular activities you should include on your itinerary is touring the classical Christiana and Roman sites, such as the Forum, Palatine Hill and of course, the famous Colosseum. If you have booked a Rome luxury hotel at the central district or on the outskirts of the city, visiting these attractions can be easily accomplished in one day, as most are concentrated in a small area.
Wandering the streets of the city will reveal myriad piazzas, palazzos and parks - all boasts their own splendour, and all permeated with history. From the Etruscan to Renaissance - in every corner, you will definitely find a breathtaking sight to behold.
Highly Recommended Places of Interest
Among the must-visit attractions are the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza del Popolo, and the Piazza Navona. Of course, a visit to the capital city of Italy would definitely not be complete without seeing some of the most famous churches in the world - such as the San Giovanni in Laterano, Santa Maria Maggiore, Il Gesu and, of course, on top of the list, the Vatican City - which houses the spectacular St. Peter's Basilica and the affluent Vatican Museums. It is open from Mondays to Saturdays.
Also not to be missed are the unsurpassed collections of ceiling frescoes at Palazzo Barberini on Quirinale, and the exceptional art collection at Galleria Borghese. In addition, for avid art lovers the Galleria Doria Pamphilj, a privately owned property, is also worth a visit. It boasts an impressive collection of furniture, paintings and statuary, most of which dates as far back as the 16th century.
The National Gallery of Modern Art, housed in a palazzo situated in Villa Borghese Park, features 19th and 20th century art pieces from great artisans such as Cezzane, Macchiavelli and Monet. The gardens are also an attraction in themselves, containing various sculptures, including a number of Canova masterpieces.
Staying in a Rome luxury hotel presents the perfect complement to a grand holiday in a vibrantly rich city. As the sun goes down, the streets come alive, providing a stunning backdrop when enjoying dinner al fresco along the city's popular piazzas. If you are with a special someone, make an inquiry in your Rome luxury hotel as to how you can arrange a horse-drawn carriage ride along the picturesque Villa Borghese Gardens, which affords impressive panoramas of the city.
Looking for a Rome luxury hotel? Roberta Stuart is the Travel Manager for Worldhotels, a company offering the best rooms at Rome luxury hotel rooms and a selection of unique four and five star hotels around the world.

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