Hello and welcome to Amazing Travel Adventures – Rome, Italy. This travel destination guide we are exploring the Roman Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and the Sistine Chapel. Rome is so rich in history. I LOVE architecture. Something about design details, makes me say WOW! Rome’s architecture can have everyone saying WOW! Experiencing the culture will create memories of a lifetime. Let’s travel Rome, Italy!
Roman Colosseum and Arch of Constantine – Rome Italy
It is thought that the construction of the Colosseum began around the year 70 A.D. as a mandate of Emperor Vespasian. As expected for such an antique build, it has been heavily damaged and rebuilt several times. Once in 217 when there was a fire, and again in 443 when it was damaged by an earthquake.
To enter the Colosseum you will be required to purchase a ticket and a guide. This will normally grant you access to the arena and the Roman Forum. Once inside, no matter you expectations, you will be blown away. The incredible sight from outside does not compare to walking around a centuries old amphitheater. Visit https://www.colosseum-rome-tickets.com to start planning your adventure.
The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch a short distance from the Colosseum. This monument is dedicated to emperor Constantine the Great, and was built to commemorate Constantine’s victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in AD 312. This civil war victory made him the sole ruler of Rome. So much history! And it is a FREE exhibit full of so many wow moments. The design details need to be seen in person.
The Pantheon – Rome Italy
The construction of the original Pantheon began in 27 BC. It has had many upgrades and name changes but, has remained a Catholic church (St. Mary and the Martyrs) since 609 AD. Upon entry visitors are greeted by an enormous rounded room covered by the dome. Unique architecture for its time that became a staple for buildings afterwards. The oculus at the top of the dome has never been covered, allowing rain to fall through the ceiling and onto the floor. Hidden drains have been installed and floors have been adjusted to accommodate the water.
The Pantheon is FREE to explore but I recommend checking dates and times before adventuring here.
The Spanish Steps – rome Italy
The Spanish Steps’ construction began in 1723. The Steps lead from the Piazza di Spagna square to the French monastery church Trinita dei Monti. There are 135 steps and the view is definitely worth the climb. Be prepared though, tourists and locals alike will want to experience the view. Be prepared to wait for your perfect Instagram pic of the day.
On the Piazza di Spagna, you can also find a fountain created by Pietro Bernini called Fontana della Barcaccia. The translation is Fountain of the Ugly Boat. The naming of the fountain shares a story of the river Tiber that flooded in 1598. In it’s wake a stranded ugly little boat. Inspiration comes in all forms. Not only is there inspiring structures to be seen but the area surrounding Piazza di Spagna is now home to shops, restaurants, cafes and more. Sitting at a cafe with a latte soaking in the ambiance! Yes, please!
Sistine Chapel – Vatican City Italy
Vatican City is an independent city-state surrounded by Rome, Italy. It is headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and the Sistine Chapel. The Sistine Chapel is found in the Apostolic Palace the official residence of the pope. The Chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who started building the Chapel in 1473. Click here for more information and to buy your Vatican Museum tickets, check out events and view the Pope’s Collections.
Not planning on travelling to Rome? The Michealangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibit may be coming to a town near you. Experience Michelangelo’s masterpieces life-sized and up-close. Visit https://sistinechapelexhibit.com/ to see schedules and locations.
Amazing Travel Adventures – Rome, Italy
Thank you for joining me as we explored Amazing Travel Adventures – Rome, Italy. Together we discovered ancient history, architecture, and so much more. Rome has something for everyone, from history to breathtaking sights, it is one of the perfect spots to just take a moment and enjoy the view.
There is no such a thing as “too much time in Rome”. Enjoying the panoramic view while having a coffee is my favorite way to spend my time. And don’t forget the food. Some of the Best flavors in the world. A blog follower recommended going to the restaurant Obicà in the center of Rome. They serve fresh mozzarella and amazing pasta. Let me know if they were right in recommending.
Italy, with its amazing history and incredible cuisine, has everything you can dream of, sights, sounds, tastes all rolled into one adventure. Have you visited Rome? Italy? Share your adventures. I would love to read about them in the comments.
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Until Next Time,
Erin at WonderLesch
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