Rome – A Tourist’s Guide

Rome, the ‘Eternal City’, is the capital of Italy and Lazio and one of the largest cities in the country. Its history spans 3,000 years and it is one of the oldest cities in the world. Today it is the third most visited city in Europe, after London and Paris, and receives more than ten million tourists each year. It’s also one of the world’s main centres of archaeology.

Places To Visit

  • The Colosseum

The Colosseum is an amphitheatre in the centre of Rome. Its building began in AD 72 and was completed in AD 80. With a capacity of 50,000, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and events in Ancient Rome.

  • The Pantheon

This is one of the best preserved of all ancient Roman buildings. 2,000 years after its construction, it is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete domes.

  • Sistine Chapel

Within the Vatican City, this is the official residence of the Pope. Its ceiling spans 1,100m and was painted by Michelangelo. Today it is the site where new Popes are selected during a Conclave.

  • The Trevi Fountain

This is a fountain in Rome, Italy. At 26m high and 20m wide, it is one of the most famous Baroque fountains in the world and the largest in the city.

Food

  • Giolitti

This is a well known café and pastry parlor, and one of the oldest in Italy. It was founded in 1890.

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