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Places of Interest in Rome, Italy

February 18th, 2009

roman-colosseum.jpgAlthough it is probably best known for having been an ancient empire, the modern city of Rome, Italy still sports many notable places of interest for travelers and tourists, many of which are left over from ancient or Renaissance times. This brief article by Eru Chawla highlights four of the things you might want to see if you ever have the chance to visit this Italian capital.

In case you are really pondering to delve deeper into the European cultural ruins, Rome is definitely the best option available to you. Being home of the Vatican and the seat of Roman Catholicism, the city is known to be linked with Christianity since the days of the Roman Empire.

Located in the Italian peninsula, it can be spotted towards the central-western region, where the Tibet River and Aniene River meet.

Not only is Rome the biggest city in Italy but it is also the most densely populated. Tourist attractions here are splendid and fascinating. Some of the primary attractions that you must not miss out on and should include in your itinerary for your trip to Rome are:

  • Colosseum – Also known as the ‘Flavian Amphitheater’ previously, this was the largest ancient building and is among the most popular attractions here. Its construction started in 72 AD and was finished in 80 AD. Situated at the core of the city, it forms an important part of Nero’s huge park. Earlier it had over 80 entrances along with a space to house at least 55,000 spectators. However, at present it stands in ruins due to the earthquake that occurred in 847, which was the primary reason for its destruction.
  • St. Peter Basilica or Basilica di San Pietro – This is probably the most striking church in the world. The colossal dimensions of this cathedral are impressive and huge. The current church dates back to the 15th century when it replaced the previous St. Peter church. Its rebuilding was completed in the 17th Century, with Michelangelo and Bramante being the artists who worked on new basilica design. Michelangelo’s beautiful Pieta can be witnessed as you enter the church. However, you can now see it from a distance only but the sight is just mesmerizing. Bernini’s baldacchino over the papal altar is another treat to the eyes in the Basilica di San Pietro.
  • Trevi Fountain or Fontana di Trevi – This spot is easily recognizable for those of you who have seen Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. The fountain is spotted in the petite piazza off Via del Tritone and Nicola Silva is the artist who deserves to be credited for its designing. It is believed that as you throw a coin in the fountain, it assures your return to Rome. The fountain is crowded most of the time. Visiting here in the early morning might be a good idea if you want to evade the large crowd.
  • Bocca della Verita or the Mouth of Truth – This place is positioned inside the 12th century Santa Maria Church’s portico in Cosmedin. This mouth is the ancient version of today’s lie detector. According to the old superstitions, it was said that if anyone tells a lie and sticks their hand in this mouth, their hand would be completely chopped off. Today this interesting little tidbit still draws many tourists here.

4 Responses to “Places of Interest in Rome, Italy”

  1. comment number 1 by: ababy


  2. comment number 2 by: Karlonia


    Hi there…welcome to Karlonia. I hope you are enjoying the articles. :)

  3. comment number 3 by: anonymous

    the leaning tower of Pisa is another place of interest isn’t it?

  4. comment number 4 by: world best places

    Italy is one of interesting places to go and visit. The mayor tourist places in Italy is Rome, Vatican. Italy have high ranking in the world and most visited and one of favorite places to tourist. Thank for your info.

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