My Top Rome Attractions
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My top five Rome Attractions in no particular order
Vatican City draws millions of visitors each year, delighting in it's museums and treasures, and in particular the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
The famous fresco was painted by Michelango, between 1508 and 1512, and to this day it remains as one of the world's most renowned works of art.
The first mass in the Chapel was in 1483, on the Feast of The Assumption, when it was consecrated and dedicated to The Virgin Mary.
The Sistine Chapel is the location of Papal conclaves, where new Popes are elected. This is one of the 'must see' Rome attractions.
St Peter's Basilica
The most prominent building in Vatican City, St Peter's Basilica, was built on the spot where the apostle, Peter was crucified and buried.
St Peter's tomb is located underneath the main altar.
As you walk through the Basilica, you will see four large statues of Saint Longinus, Saint Veronica, Saint Andreas, and Saint Helena.
St Peter's Square, with it's magnificent marble columns and statues, can hold up to 300,000 people who come to be embraced by the Church.
The Trevi Fountain
Fontana di Trevi is the most famous fountain in the city. This magnificent work marks the point of an aquaduct that supplied water to ancient Rome.
The central figure shown in the scupture is the Roman God of the sea, Neptune, riding a chariot drawn by sea horses.
Like most legends, the coin throwing has more than one variation. Some say you have to toss three coins in the fountain, while others say three coins mean divorce and two coins mean marriage. Around 3,000 Euros are thrown into the fountain each day.
When you think of Rome attractions, one of the first to spring to mind is the Colloseum.
This historical construction took ten years to build, and when it was finally inaugurated in 80 BC, it was big enough to house 50,000 spectators, all eagerly anticipating the event.
The entertainment at that time? Two gladiators would choose their weapons and fight to the death. Definitely worth a tour.
Constructed around 125AD as a temple to all Gods, the Pantheon is one of the greatest, and best preserved buildings of Ancient Rome.
A great spiritual building, it is still used to celebrate mass, and even weddings.
It was turned into a church to save it from pillage, as were many other great buildings in Rome at that time.
The Pantheon is a magnificent spectacle at night when it is lit from below, and is the perfect place to begin a tour of Rome.
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Rome Climate :
Summer can be very hot, sometimes reaching 35C and winter temperatures are around 13C.
Rome Airports :
There are two, Rome Ciampino Airport and Rome Fiumicino Airport.
Getting around :
Good transportation system with subways, trams, and buses which cover almost everywhere in the city.
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