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What to Do in Rome, Italy

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What to Do in Rome, Italy

Rome is Italy’s capital city and this city has influenced the culture, architecture, and art the world over for millennia. There are ancient ruins to be seen as well as beautiful storefronts to shop at. Who can resist the sidewalk cafes that entice you with the smells of coffee and bread. The city was officially founded in 754 BC but was inhabited long before that. If you find yourself in the area, you will want to know what to do in Rome, Italy and here is a list of our top 7 must see destinations. 

The Colosseum

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This historical landmark is one of the most international recognized in the world. It is known for its bloody history of animal fights but also as being the place where the Gladiators came to fame. At the peak of the Roman Empire, it is believed that the Colosseum could hold up to 50,000 people. One of the biggest attractions in Rome today, nearly 4 million people visit each year. 

The Pantheon

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The Pantheon was built early in the 2nd century AD and is the resting place for many of Rome’s prominent figures and early kings. This temple was an architectural marvel, having the world’s largest structural dome in existence until modern technology allowed for larger, more elaborate structural feats.  

The Vatican

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The Vatican itself is a marvel. It is home to cathedrals and museums that you could spend weeks taking in. Enjoy the Piazza di San Pietro designed by Bernini, or the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo. Paintings, sculptures, and fountains are to be seen everywhere inside the Vatican. The splendor is not to be missed. 

St. Peter’s Basilica

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St. Peter’s Basilica is the world’s largest church. The original was commissioned by Constantine to stand over the first pope, but the original no longer stands, as it was leveled so that this current one could stand in its place. This is a pilgrimage for all Catholics, but the stunning architecture can be appreciated by anyone. 

The Spanish Steps

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These famous steps lead up to the Trinita dei Monti church. From the top of the steps you have gorgeous views of the beautiful fountain designed by Bernini. The steps lead to the Keats-Shelley Memorial House, or you can continue climbing up to the Villa Medici for more stunning views. 

Trevi Fountain

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You simply can’t visit Rome with visiting the Trevi Fountain. Tradition says that if you throw a coin into the fountain you will have another trip to the beautiful city of Rome. This Baroque fountain masterpiece designed by Nicola Salvi has been a centerpiece of Rome since the 1700’s. It can be difficult to get a good spot for pictures as there are usually a lot of tourists but it’s worth the wait. 

Giolotti

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This staple of Roman Gelato has been in business since 1900 and is one of the Roman local’s favorite places to stop for a cool treat. You can’t come to Rome and not sample at least a few flavors of their famous desert and this is one of the best places to get it. 

Rome is a beautiful city full of history. The beautiful art, culture, and architecture will have you coming back for more as you won’t be able to see it all in just one trip. So make sure you throw that coin into Trevi fountain as you will want to make sure you make it back for another vacation to Rome. 

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