When you try to imagine this city, think about the past and future of modern and traditional that meet and merge into the present in perfect harmony. City is one big outdoor museum. It is up to you to decide how you are going to organize your time here, whether to stick to the standard tourist routes or be brave as Princess Anne, and enjoy the visit to Rome in an alternative way.
Either way Rome will not leave you indifferent and certainly will surprise you no matter how prepared you are for the visit.Squares in city not only represent main tourist attractions but also the center of events and happenings in Rome. Piazza Navona has a stunning fountain from the Baroque period.
The Piazza di Spagna was made in the 18th century and all the tourists come here to take pictures on the Spanish Steps. Piazza del Campidoglio on Capitol Hill started its construction in 1560 from the idea of Michelangelo. St. Peter Square at the entrance to the basilica is still one of the most ingenious Baroque works and Republic Square is probably the first square you will find yourself at.
Saint Peters Church is the center of Catholicism, Saint John Lateran and the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli is another masterpiece of Michelangelo and it is located near the Republic Square. It is full of fountains, and the main reason why city has developed into what it is today is because every citizen had access to clean water. Supplying water is no longer a problem but the tradition of building fountains has remained.
The most famous fountain is the Fontana di Trevi, so be prepared for a big crowd around it. Tradition says that if you toss a coin into this fountain you will come back. Fountain of the Four River is a majestic baroque work that was made by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and its location is on the Piazza Navona.
Visit to Vatican is something that should not be missed. Vatican Museum with the Sistine Chapel is a real feast for the eyes and soul.
And here the crowds tend to be large so it is recommended that you buy tickets online, which will save you 3-4 hours of waiting in line. Castle Sant’Angelo with, at the top has a cafe bar with majestic view so don’t skip it.
The Colosseum is a true icon and symbol, and it is the largest amphitheater built in the Roman Empire. The crowd at the entrance is huge so again use internet to buy tickets.
The Roman Forum was the administrative center. Pantheon is the most impressive building, and it is dedicated to all the gods. Perhaps for that reason it still stands for more than 2000 years. Gallery Borgia is an attraction that tourists often skip but they should not. This gallery is full of masterpieces from different periods. City itself is a museum, but next to the ancient ruins and the extraordinary architecture, it also offers a large number of museums and galleries that are filled with Renaissance and Baroque works.
Museum of the Vatican has a large collection of Baroque and Renaissance painters. The Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms and Museum of the Etruscan culture are part of this museum.
In the Villa Borgia , there is also a gallery Borgia. In this museum you can see the most prominent works of European Baroque painters.
The national museum is located in the Castle Sant’Angelo. This museum has a variety of settings ranging from the Renaissance painters, through pottery from the classical period to the ancient weapons. Archaeological Museum, Capitoline Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art should also be on your list.