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What to do and see in Rome

Visit to the Colosseum:

Brief description: the Colosseum were the place where the great gladiatorial fights took place and where Christians were sacrificed to the lions. It is one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world. You really must go inside. Do not miss Constantine´s Arch outside the building. Length of visit: 1.5h Opening times: it opens at 09.00 all year and ...

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Visit the Roman Forum (Foro Romano):

Brief description: In the Foro Romano you can see the remains of what was the political, legal, social and commercial centre of ancient Rome. The most important sights are Titus´ Arch, Saturn´s Temple, Vesta´s Temple and the Church of San Luca e Martina, all of them linked by the Via Sacra, the Forum´s main street. Behind the Forum, but separated from it, (you ...

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Visit to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum:

Brief description: you cannot leave Rome without seeing the famous Sistine Chapel, in which Michelangelo painted in such a masterful way "The Creation". It is in the interior of the Vatican Museum and it is well worth putting up with the long queues in order to get in. As well as the Sistine Chapel the museum contains numerous exhibitions and works of art, which will ...

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Visit to St. Peter´s Basilica:

Brief description: St. Peter´s Basilica was erected above the site where the founder of the Catholic church was buried. The current building (constructed on top of the original that was demolished in 1506) was designed by a group of architects and artists, among whom were to be found Alberti, Raphael and Michelangelo. This last artist was responsible for the enormous ...

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Visit to the Piazza Navona:

Brief description: the oval shape of the square evokes an old Roman amphitheatre where games were held in the year 86. Nowadays, you can see the Sant'Agnese church in front of which Bernini built the Four Rivers fountain, adorned with figures that represent the 4 great rivers of each continent (the Nile, the Danube, the Ganges and the River Plate) Length of visit: ...

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Visit to the Pantheon:

Brief description: it is one of the best preserved monuments of Ancient Rome. It is curious that apart from being spectacular it is not a place that people tend to mention much. It is an ancient Roman temple which was converted into a Catholic church in the VII century. Inside are the tombs of the kings Victor Emmanuel II and Umberto I and the painter Raphael. The ...

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Visit to the Trevi fountain:

Brief description: according to legend a virgin discovered a natural spring with three courses (tre-vie) in this place. It is a baroque work built in the XVIII century by Nicolò Salvi at the request of Pope Clement XII. However, it really rose to fame in XX century when the director Federico Fellini turned it into an icon in his film La Dolce Vita. They say that if ...

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Visit to Piazza di Espagna:

Brief description: famous for the fashion shows that take place on the great steps and for the boat-shaped fountain designed by Pietro Bernini. Length of visit: 15 minutes (you can climb the steps until you reach the Trinitá dei Monti, from where there are excellent city views but it takes a bit more time and effort!). How to get there: 10min from the Trevi ...

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Visit Piazza del Popolo:

Brief description: a square of spectacular dimensions in which stands out the Egyptian obelisk dedicated to Ramses II and brought from Egypt in Roman times. Length of visit: 15mins. How to get there: 10mins on foot from Piazza di Spagna. Along the way you can do a bit of shopping in the numerous and spectacular shops on the Via del Corso.

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Visit Santa María Maggiore:

Brief description: Santa María Maggiore is known for being the Roman Catholic Church which is most faithful to its origins, as it hardly has any modern elements. The bell tower is very noticeable as it is the biggest in Rome. It does not give you the best view of the city but for the beauty of its interior, and the fact that it is on your way, it is not a bad idea to ...

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Visit to the Piazza Venezia:

Continuing along the Via dei Fori Imperiali, you arrive at the impressive Piazza Venezia, with the ecuestrian monument (well, riding on a horse) to Victor Emmanuel II, first king of Italy.

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Visit Trastevere

Brief description: one of the most emblematic areas of Rome, where the locals go for strolls and to have dinner at the weekends. How to get there: a little complicated to get there on public transport, so we suggest that you go on foot and in that way you will continue to enjoy Rome. 45 minutes from Termini station until the Piazza de Santa Maria Trastevere. ...

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Villa Borghese:

Brief description: public 80 hectare park which contains several buildings, museums and attractions. You could spend the whole morning walking round the gardens but our advice is to go in through the entrance at the end of Via Vittorio Veneto and continue along Viale dell Musseo Borghese until you reach the Borghese Gallery, an old neo-classical casino from the XVII ...

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Castel San Angelo:

Brief description: The Castel San Angelo is a Roman monument constructed as a mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian, although its use was quickly changed for military ends. The name comes from the year 590, during a great epidemic of plague which hit the city: Pope Gregory I said that he had seen the Archangel Saint Michael on the top of the castle. He was sheathing his ...

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Baths of Caracalla:

Brief description: little remains of what was once one of the biggest and most luxurious bathing complexes in imperial Rome. Its ruins were robbed of their sculptures and other riches and the only things preserved are some large mosaic fragments that decorated its walls, floors and ceilings. Even the giant marble baths, sculpted from a single block, were moved to the ...

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