Italy | Rome

I visited rome in 2014 with my family. I would love to return someday soon to take more photos and explore deeper. We saw all the most famous sites and ruins, including a guided tour of the Colosseum. What I’ve found over the years is that if you go off the beaten track and avoid the spots that have a high tourist turnover you’re highly likely to find an absolute gem. Rome strikes me as the type of place to have many hidden gems. 

 

Saying that, over the week we explored:

  • The Colosseum: Built to fit 50,000 people back around 80 A.D., The Colosseum is truly amazing. Although only one third remains relatively intact, you still get to see a lot when you take a walking tour. The size of it and the fact that it remains standing is hard to digest. 

  • The Vatican City: Visit the smallest country in the world, a mere 6km from Rome

  • The Roman Forum: A square filled with detailed ruins and buildings. Just walking around it makes you feel so small and makes you think about the architectural intelligence of the Romans back then.

  • St. Peter’s Basilica: "One of the finest Cathedrals in the world".

  • The Sistine Chapel: Located in The Vatican City, The Sistine Chapel is incredible. Most famous for the Michelangelo roof painting (which you aren't allowed to photograph), The Chapel attracts the same amount of people who reside in Norway annually.

  • Baths of Caracalla: Once the city's second largest Roman baths and now in ruin. In fact they have been in ruin since the year 530. This is one attraction that most travellers overlook... please don't!

  • The Circus Maximus: Ancient chariot racing circuit.  With a past capacity of 250,000, it would be easy now for a person to walk passed and not even realise...it just looks like a park. Get a hop-on, hop-off tour bus and they'll go slow and tell you all about it.

  • The Trevi Fountain: Unfortunately, when we went this was under construction and not functioning. 

 

I would consider Rome as one of the top 5 cities in the world (that I have visited), purely just for the amount of historical artefacts and ruins that lie around the city, all of which have a long, interesting story behind them. Please go… and take a big ass memory stick!

© James Lilley 2018