I am so excited! We are going to Rome for a few days, next month! We all know, more or less, which are the places we must see there. But let's remember some things for them written for us from Julia Dawson.
A city of myth, conquest and a rich and vibrant history of politics and the arts, Rome has been literally the L'ombelico del mondo, the navel of the world as Giovanotti once sang back in 1995. Many years after the fall of the Roman Empire it still stands as a living testament to the strength and richness of Italian culture as today millions of tourists flock in the capital of Italy to experience that ancient history, food and local culture. Known for their southern fire and vibrant wit, the locals have continued the traditions their ancestors followed with a modern twist, turning the once ancient city into a beautiful modern metropolis. Rome still proudly bears its ancient roots in the form of the Coliseum, its many museums, cathedrals and construction bearing the best fruits of the Renaissance movement. If you visit Italy Rome is by far one of the most ancient, well-preserved and gorgeous destinations to see here. There are far too many things to see here for one simple trip so we will cover some of the most important and impressive parts of the Eternal city including the Vatican itself.
There are quite a few locations to visit here, so let's begin with the more popular destinations:The Coloseum is a massive structure known for its gladiatorial games during the Roman Empire's reign here throughout the centuries. Nowadays the Flavius amphitheater as it was originally known is a major tourist attraction. Just knowing the ancient crowds, gladiators and emperors walked on these very is enough to feel the energy and history of the area in your soul. It is as if you can hear the battles raged here if you listen for a while. It is supposedly a haunted location due to the high number of violent deaths that happened here during the centuries, if you believe in that sort of thing.
The Pantheon of Rome is a structure devoted to the Old Gods, titanic and mythical figures which once stood at the center of the Roman society. These legendary gods have influenced the world's culture in many ways as is evident by the names of planets, constellations and the implementation of the Roman calendar by western society. The building itself was once called “the work of angels” by Michelangelo, a place heavily laden with the symbols and representation of order and balance where all the gods would have a place. When you stand inside you will be surrounded by alcoves originally intended for the seven major Roman gods: Sol, Luna, Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury and the god of war Mars. A truly impressive structure which weathered invasions, numerous wars and conflicts as well as the ravages of time itself this is truly a place of reverence before the powers of human ingenuity and spirituality.
St. Peter's Basilica is situated at one of the most important religious centers in the world – the Vatican itself. An ancient construction built here and named after the first apostle Peter who was brave enough to spread Christianity in the very heart of the Roman Empire during some very difficult days and thus later becoming the first pope. Many great names were involved in the construction of the basilica most notable among which were Donato Bramante and Michelangelo himself. A true gem of Renaissance construction. Sadly much of the splendor of the surrounding area was demolished during Franco's rule when the Fascist government required a “remodeling” of the area in favor of its parades thus destroying a lot of the ancient buildings here.
When you are in the area you absolutely must visit the Vatican museums in the area as they hold much history concerning Catholicism and Rome and much more. The Sistine Chapel is a legendary location every Catholic should visit just so you can sense the inspiration felt by the old Christians and the works here. Rome is incredibly rich in cultural opportunities so these are just a miniscule part of all you can experience here on your trip. We strongly recommend to explore off the beaten path to truly experience Roma for what it is.
Bio: Julia Dawson is dedicated writer, traveller and blogger. She is constantly striving to improve her style of writing and is searching for new saurces of motivation and inspiration. Her present article is focused around family vacation thematic.Visit http://www.vacationhomes.net/vacation-rentals/rome-and-lazio/a8486.html for more vacation destinations in Rome.