Castel dell'Ovo in Naples, fortress & former royal residence

Rome is as exciting as it is exhausting
Staying for a week only gives you a small taste

Rome/Italy (2018) – All roads lead to Rome. Maybe that's the reason Italian capital is one of the most visited cities in the world. Or is it because Rome offers everything and more? Thousands of years old, breathtaking landmarks, amazing historical sites,  perplexing architecture, cool city life, convienient transportation, great food with crazy good pasta and pizza and so much more. Rome can't be seen in a day or even in a few days. Even staying a week and touring the city non-stop can only result in an overview, that's how big Rome is but even more so, that's how great Rome really is. Plus, keep in mind that on every given day of the year there are thousands of people with the same goal, to see as much as possible of what Rome has to offer. But you need only a day in Rome to find out that the Eternal City is vibrant, artsy, breathtaking, inspiring, romantic, exciting and exhausting.

Rome – A surprise awaits you on every corner

A walk along Rome's river Tiber is as relaxing as it is exciting. Even though one gets away from city traffic and the tourist crowds, down by the river the excitement doesn't get less, especially for photographers. Rome seen through the bridges and from the river level with all the landmarks close by, is a true delight. And so is a trip to the outskirts of the city to the new gorgeous Musik Park, the Auditorium Parco della Musica, the largest structure dedicated to music in Europe and designed by the famous Renzo Piano. Read here about more of the spectacular must-sees of the Enternal City and check out the Galleries further down on this page!

Column of Marcus Aurelius

Piazza del Campidoglio

One of the great monuments in the city is the Column of Marcus Aurelius at the Piazza Colonna, right on Rome's main street, Via del Corso. The column features an spiral relief showing the emperor's military campaigns. The column is hollow and inside equipped with a spiral staircase which once gave access to the upper viewing platform. The column was built between 176 and 192 A.D. in honor of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. 
Pope Paul III commissioned 1536 A.D Michelangelo to design a square on Capitoline Hill. The execution of the plans took so long that Michelangelo died long before his work was completed, but, his designs were followed to the dot and finished several centuries later. The Cordonata Staircase, also designed by the great master Michelangelo ascends to Piazza del Campidoglio. The stairs were made wide enough so that horse riders could ride up the stairs without dismounting. Marble statues are positioned at the top of the staircase, two Egyptian lion statues are located at the bottom. Piazza del Campidoglio is one of the most beautiful squares in Rome, attracting millions of visitors every year. Its popularity is also due to its proximity to the Capitoline Wolf sculpture , the bronze she-wolf on top of the column is a replica. 

Quirinal Palace

The Palazzo del Quirinale is one of the historic buildings in Rome used as the official residence of the President of the Italian Republic. It is located on Quirinal Hill, the highest of the seven hills in Rome. To fully comprehend how enormous the Quirinal Palace is, here a comparison: the White House in the USA is one-twentieth of its size.

Italy's Parliament – Lower House
Palazzo Montecitorio

Spanish Steps – 
Europe's widest stairway

Piazza del Popolo –
The People's Square

The Lower House of Italy's parliament, also known as the Chamber of Deputies sits and governs in the Palace Montecitorio at the Piazza di Monte Citori in Rome. In front of the Palace sticks out one of Romes 13 obelisks, which dates back to the 26th Dynasty of Egypt (664 to 525 BCE).
Some of the landmarks in Rome we know from old Hollywood movies. The Spanish Steps are one of them. Remember Gregory Pack and Audrey Hepburn in "A Roman Holiday"? That's the location where Peck and Hepurn would meet, right there on the Spanish Steps. But why is this monumental stairway of 135 polished steps, designed by an Italian architect, financed by a French diplomat and built in Italians capital, called Spanish Steps? Well, it comes from the Piazza (Square) at the foot of the steps, which took the name after the Spanish Embassy, Piazza di Spagna, and the name simply extended to the steps. The Spanish Steps connects the Piazza di Spagna on the bottom with the Piazza Trinita dei Monti with its gorgeous twin tower church.

The famous "Scalina Spagna" (Spanish Steps) was built in between 1723 and 1725 and is considered a great example of Roman Baroque style, featuring an irregular butterfly design. By the way: You are welcomed to rest on the stairs and enjoy the atmosphere and view but as ideal it might look, it is forbidden to have a little picnic on Europe's widest stairway.
In the era of the Roman Empire it was considered the northern gateway and the entry for foreigners into the city, today it's one of Rome's most popular squares where Romans and tourists hang out – the Piazza del Popolo, the People's Square. The two beautiful twin churches from the 17th century, Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Basilica di Santa Maria in Montesanto and the 36 meter high Egyptian "Flaminio" obelisk in the center of the square lure Rome visitors in this part of the city. Climbing a few stairs up to the Pincio Park is well worth the effort, it is rewarded with a great view of the Piazza and part of the city. For centuries, the Piazza del Popolo didn't spread the charm of today, rather the opposite, it was used for public executions, the last one took place in 1826.

Pyramid of Caius Cestius

Who would expect to find a pyramid in Rome? Located across the Metro station "Piramide" at the Piazzale Ostiense, near Porta San Paolo and in front of the cemetery "Acattolico di Roma" (Non-Catholic-Cemetery), you will find one, the Pyramid of Gaius Cestius. It was built as a tomb for Cestius, the son of Lucius from the tribe of Pobilia. This Egyptian-style pyramid was errected by Romans between 18 and 12 BC and is 36 meter (about 120 feet) high. An inscription states that the monument was completed in only 330 days and only its incorporation into the city's fortifications saved it. Today the pyramid is one of the best-preserved ancient buildings in den Italian capital. It's said that the Pyramid of Cestius was not the only one in Rome. There was also another one, known as the "Pyramid of Romulus". Since during the Middle Ages the Pyramid of Cestius was known as the "Pyramid of Remus", it was believed that these two were the tombs of the legendary founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus. The larger "Pyramid of Romulus", located once between the Vatican and Castel Sant’Angelo, was dismantled during the 16th century so that its marble could be used in the construction of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

Parco della Musica
Europe's most visited music halls

The new Music Park, Parco della Musica on the outskirts of Rome is not only a candy for the ears but also for the eyes. Designed by the famous Renzo Piano, the music complex holds 3 indoor concert halls and an outdoor theater. The music park is situated in a gorgeous park setting and due to its shape already got some nicknames from the Romans: "The Blobs", "The Turtles", "The Computer Mice" or "The Beetles". The Music Park was inaugurated by the end of 2002 and became already Europe's most visited music complex. In 2014 it had over 2 million visitors, which makes it the second-most-visited music venue in the world, right after Lincoln Center in New York.

  Ara Pacis – The "Altar of Peace"​ 

Once considered the most important monument in Rome – the Ara Pacis. The beautiful white marble altar was commissioned by Emperor Agustus in 9 BC to celebrate his victories and peace in the Roman Empire. The "Altar of Peace" is one of Rome's must-see landmarks, housed in the controversial Museo dell'Ara Pacis at the Tiber.
  
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