TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN ROME ,ITALY THE BEST TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

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Top 10 Things To Do In Rome

Rome, the eternal city. The perfect destination for a short city trip. Or a longer stay, because this Italian metropolis has more than enough to offer. The former capital of the Roman Empire. But also the Vatican City, the modern museums and the vibrant neighborhoods, and not to mention the ‘joie de vivre’ of the modern city itself,  We list the ten highlights for you.

10. The city itself

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Just walk around. Spice up the atmosphere in Piazza di Spagna square, drink a cup of coffee (the best coffee of the world according to some), lunch in a local pizza bar or eat late and extensive. In Rome you can also shop very well (place to be Via Condotti and Via Borgognona). In summary: Enjoy the big G!

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9. Museums

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Put on your list: the Palazzo Nuovo (sculptures of, among others, Venus), the Capitoline Museum (archeology and ancient art), the Palazzo dei Conservatori (monumental statues and frescoes of Giuseppe Cesari and the bronze head of Emperor Constantine) and of course the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e contemporanea GNAM (Modern and Contemporary Art).

8. The Victor Emanuel II monument

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This stately building is one of the signature monuments of the city between busy Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Line. Victor Emanuel was the first king of Italy. You can visit a museum about it in the building. Characteristic of course, the giant statues of Victor Emanuel are on his horse. Only those images were used for more than 20 years.

7. Ostia Antica

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Was once the port of the city of Rome. Today the sea lies a few kilometers further, due to the shedding that has occurred. It is a beautiful open-air museum at a short distance from the city. You can spend half a day at a slow pace. Bring snacks and drinks, as there is only one tavern at the end of your walk.The effort: Forum of the Corporations, where the shipowners had their offices. The various thermos: There were no less than 18 Roman times. Beautiful mosaics are present. The theater of Ostia, not as intriguing as the Colosseum, but very difficult because much less crowded. But also the luxurious houses, streets, gates and arches. The best thing is the fish shop, then you can recognize the mosaic with a black fish and the big shopping eye where the fish were cut. You ‘feel’ the history.

6. Vatican City

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‘When in Rome’, you can also visit another country. Vatican City is the smallest independent country in the world. Perhaps the most famous of the Pope, who holds speeches at Christmas and Easter. He is the head of state and lives in the Apostolic Palace. But this ministate is still full of historical buildings and monuments. St. Peter’s Basilica on St. Peter’s Square of course. But also the Vatican Museums with the Sistine Chapel are worth a visit. You can also send a ticket to the home front with a stamp of Vatican City.

5. The Trevi Fountain

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It is time to visit this famous fountain of Rome. After all, the restoration has just finished and this fountain has been restored in all its baroque glory. You will find the fountain on the Trevi Piazza at the back of the Palazzo Poll. 26 meters high and 22 wide is this fountain, designed by Nicola Salvi. The works began in 1732. The fountain depicts the theme of the ocean, with ruler Neptune’s sea god. Stand with your back to the fountain and throw a coin in the water with your right hand. According to the myth, you will ever return to Rome.

4. The Pantheon

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A fantastic building, with a particularly rich history. This round building, with a colonnade consisting of three rows of Corinthian columns and a cassette-decorated dome, was originally a Roman temple. Now it is a Roman Catholic basilica. Pantheon means “dedicated to all gods. Go under the opening (eye or oculus) of the roof. The opening measures 9 meters in diameter. Or stand next to it, and look at the special light. Done with your visit? For the Pantheon is a cozy square, with good ice bars.

3. Villa Borghese

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A relief, so you can describe the city park Villa Borghese. 80 hectares of gardens, museums, pavilions, statues and villas. The Villa Borghese Pinciana, the National Gallery of Galleria Borghese and the Paul Jullus summer house, Villa Giulia, are worth visiting. But the real plus of this park: lovely paths to walk around. A resting moment during your visit to the busy Rome. And with children, Bioparco is a good destination. Tip: Take a take away pizza on a bench and you will feel a real Italian.

2. The Roman Forum

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Number two on the list. Within walking distance of the Coliseum. Perfect to visit one day so. The Roman Forum was the center of the old city of Rome, the ‘market square’, where all the important people lived and beautiful buildings were erected. It was the political, commercial and legal heart of the city. Today, the ruins are of course, but you do not need much imagination to deserve you in ancient Rome. The temples of Castor and Pollux, Saturn and Vespasianus, the various basilics and arches are worth checking out. Beautiful mosaics too. From the Palatine you have the best (photo) view.

1. The Colosseum

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The city’s most imposing building, you are literally ‘sucked’. A visit is a must-do. The Colosseum was built in the first century AD by Flemish emperors. A 527 meter perimeter, a 48.5 meter facade high, an outer wall with three rows of 80 arches, separated by half-columns. Fifty thousand (!) Visitors could be received. And they did not have to sit in the sun because a canvas sunshade was applied in the hot summers. Once you’re in the Colosseum, you’ll see it happening: bread and games, gladiators versus wildlife, yes even sea layers were played back (water was allowed to run in the bottom pools). A tip: The very handsome bookstore you come across when you leave this mythical building.

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