#1. Explore the Rome’s Largest Amphitheatre
This is Rome’s signature reflecting its inherent love to arts and culture. With a capacity of 65,000 audiences, this amphitheatre was built between AD 72 and AD 80. The iconic landmark, constructed using travertine, tuff, and brick-faced concrete, stands as the largest amphitheatre in Rome. The place served as the venue for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles. The design detail and the hardship involved in the construction leave visitors in awe. The Colosseum is visited annually by millions. Do you know this is a symbol of the international campaign against capital punishment? Use President’s Day or Spring Break Travel flight coupon to book cheap flight tickets to Rome.
#2. Take a stroll in front of St. Peter’s Basilica
With Good Friday and Easter around the corner, if you are planning a vacation to explore the world’s largest church 2.3 hectares 5.7 acres, book your airline tickets to Rome. Offer a prayer inside the church or meditate outside while taking a stroll in the public plaza. The architectural design dates back to 1506 when no computer-aided design was there, but the square stands as an epitome of architectural excellence. The combination of two granite fountains constructed each by Bernini in 1675 and Carlo Maderno in 1613 accentuate the majesty of the place.
#3. Give Your Mind a Rest at This Public Fountain
Honeymooners can’t skip this from their things to do list in Rome. Usher in royalty while walking around 26.3 m × 49.15 m (86 ft × 161.3 ft) public fountain that appeared in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, the eponymous Three Coins in the Fountain, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, and many other entertaining films. Still wondering the fountain name? Oh, yes, it’s none other than the Trevi Fountain.
#4. Recall “When I Paint My Masterpiece”
If you are a lover of vintage movies, you might have witnessed this iconic landmark on screens. The monument got filmed in Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Most probably, you don’t need any more clues. The historic monumental stairway of 174 steps unites three top attractions of Rome including Piazza di Spagna at the base, Piazza Trinita dei Monti in the middle, and the Trinita dei Monti church at the top. Wondering who built this iconic architecture? The little-known Francesco de Sanctis made it with 20,000 scudi left by French diplomat Etienne Gueffier.
#5. Roman Forum
Where do the Romans organize their triumphal processions and elections? What is the venue that has witnessed noted public speeches and criminal trials? To know the answer, you have to be here. The Roman Forum is a rectangular forum (plaza) surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome. Any guess, how many footfalls does the place receive? Reports from the Ministry of Cultural Heritage claim 4.5 million or more sightseers yearly. Book your plane tickets to Rome using Mother’s Day (12th May) coupon code to save more.
#6. Visit the Epicentre of Catholicism
Though the city is the world’s smallest sovereign state, it’s the largest school of Catholicism. The Christian and art museums of the city are home to some 70,000 works that are organized across a host of museums and art galleries. Some famous ones are listed here:
1. Gregorian Egyptian Museum
2. Gregorian Etruscan Museum
3. Pio Clementino Museum
4. Chiaramonti Museum
5. Lapidary Gallery
6. New Wing
7. Gregoriano Profano Museum
Don’t miss the timeless art pieces: The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, Titian, Sacred and Profane Love, Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus and The Creation of Adam, to name a few. Prefer getting a Roma Pass that gives you free admission to the first two museums and archaeological sites visited, full access to the public transport system, and discounts for the other museums, tourist sites, exhibitions, music events, theatrical and dance performances.
#8. Check the Setup of Angels and Demons
The building amazes visitors with its architectural excellence, exhibits, and events. Its purpose has transformed over the years. What was established as an administrative unit in 135-139 AD, was used as a prison until 1870, and later become a coveted museum for art and history admirers? If you are a movie buff, you will easily recall the background of “Angels and Demons.” Any idea what could be the place discussed about? You are at Castel Sant’Angelo, Lungotevere Castello.
#9. Take an Instagram-Worthy Pic on this 134 AD Roman Bridge
Make your way to St Peter’s Basilica over Ponte Sant’Angelo Bridge. This bridge of Saint Peter was completed in 134 AD by Hadrian to provide access to his newly built mausoleum. Later in the 17th century, the castle and the bridge was renamed as Sant’Angelo. The name change is linked with an interesting story about the appearance of an angle on the roof of the palace. The angel is said to have announced the end of a plague.
#10. Experience a Gladiator School
Want your kid to be a warrior? Attend a gladiator school. You can’t learn sword fighting in an hour or two, but you will enjoy the session that gives a sneak peek of the Roman history, weapons and much more. All you need is to find a gladiator school of your choice. Many of the providers offer complementary services like a museum visit, snacks and drinks too.
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