Rome Historic Sites

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  • Neil B
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    Was on the Italy in love tour of the colosseum. Was a wonderful and informative tour with an excellent guide Ionut. Highly recommended.
    Written June 12, 2024
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  • 393normam
    Tacoma, WA13 contributions
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    This is a beautiful Basilica and worth the effort to visit. We only had a few hours in Rome as part of a port stop. Having chose the Colosseum over the Vatican, we had to pick some strategic sites and monuments within a short distance of each other. I was so thankful that I picked this stop because the interior is incredible! Take time to visit this Basilica.
    Written June 3, 2024
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  • Anuradha
    New Delhi, India848 contributions
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    Remus and Romulus founded Rome here. Roman Forum is located at the base of Palatine hill. Whole view of the Roman forum can be seen from the garden area of this hill. Use Rick Steve’s direction to enter the hill after crossing from Forum entry, towards your left. Explore the area which throws light on the life 2 thousand years back. Head towards the gardens where breathtaking view of the whole Roman Forum can be seen for better perspective, after leaving the hill, enter into the Forum again to view individual structures separately.
    A must see for a history lover.
    Written June 12, 2024
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  • Anuradha
    New Delhi, India848 contributions
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    Roman Forum The forum is a rectangular valley running from Arch of Titus near Palatine hill to the Arch of Septimus Severus near Capitoline Hill. Main road - Via Sacra or Sacred way- stretched from Arch of Septimius Severus to Arch of Titus, each arch named after the emperor who built it. First grand structure is Constantine’s Arch which represents a landmark in history, when a military battle made Christianity the mainstream religion in Rome and the entire Western World. It inspired the Roman architecture in the years to come. Ruins of various temples can be seen as you head towards Arch of Septimus Severus.
    A must visit along with Colloseo and Palatine hill.
    Written June 12, 2024
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  • Taryn
    Clovis, CA25 contributions
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    Beautiful attraction with a great view and place to relax. We had fun riding the e-bike and scooter. It’s a mini escape from the hustle of the city.
    Written May 22, 2024
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  • cath53
    Coventry, UK123 contributions
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    This site is simply huge! Visiting it, you can visualise that the Romans took their baths VERY seriously as the complex is on the same scale as the Colosseum. I had heard about the VR experience but the man in the entrance desk was extremely unhelpful and bored looking. He just pointed to the booking screen and walked off! It was late in the day when I arrived - about 4pm - but not a great start. Walking around, you get a sense of what these baths must have been like and the site is definitely worth visiting for the ruins and the recreated mosaics. A guide or that VR set might make it more engaging. After the crowds at the Colosseum, it’s much more peaceful.

    As with many sites in Rome, the signage to find the place is not good! Google maps didn’t make it quite clear that the entrance is by the running track off Viale della Terme Di Caracella
    Written May 13, 2024
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom10,788 contributions
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    The Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
    Admittedly, it is slightly hidden away, towards the back of the Pantheon and it’s facade is relatively plain, with no indication on the outside of the treasures inside.
    However within, you will find a beautiful Michelangelo, sculpture, ‘The Risen Christ’ (also known as ‘Christ the Redeemer’).
    There are no queues to get in, no barriers or glass around the work, entry is free and you will be able to stand in front of the sculpture and admire it for as long as you like, with no-one in front of you blocking your view. In all likelihood, there won’t be anyone else around you at all.
    Facing the altar, it’s the figure to your left.
    What you see here is a David-like sculpture of Christ, holding the large wooden cross, upon which he will be crucified. By the time, Michelangelo produced the statue in 1521, he had already produced his most famous works, the statue of David and the painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
    There are several other treasures here also so you need a bit longer than you might expect. It’s more than a quick look-see visit.
    Even the ceiling is beautiful. It is a sea of dark blue sky with gold stars and golden rope-like vaulted ribs.
    After the Michelangelo, we crossed to the other side of the altar to look at the 15th century Cappella Carafa. It’s wonderful. Decorated by Filippino Lippi, the highly detailed and colourful scenes are devoted to the stories of St Thomas Aquinas and Mary. The upper frescoes depict Mary’s assumption into Heaven. She stands on a cloud, surrounded by angels. Some angels prop the cloud up on their shoulders but the musical angels caught my eye. Floating alongside the cloud, they are creating a racket on a range of musical instruments. Trumpets are blaring, one angel plays something that looks strangely like bag-pipes, and another whacks away on a set of gaudy, red and white striped drums strapped to his waist. There’s a lot of fanfare going on. Mary’s entrance into Heaven is not going to be a quiet one.
    Other highlights in the church include a memorial sculpture by the famous Bernini, honouring Maria Raggi, the shrine of St Catherine of Siena, the tomb of Fra Angelico, and Fra Angelico’s painting of the Virgin and Child.
    Written June 1, 2024
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  • AUKTourist
    North East England, UK976 contributions
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    A magnificent Basilica outside of the city but well worth the effort to get there. The Basilica contains a number of altars dedicated to saints, but of course the tomb of St Paul is here. Simply laid out you descend several steps and come within feet of St Paul’s tomb. Nothing over the top, a place of prayer.
    Written May 19, 2024
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  • 8snowflake8
    Asia357 contributions
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    The tour is great for those interested in history and archaeology. The audio guide and the accompanying sound and lights helped make the building's story come alive. The environment could be a bit claustrophobic for some as the tour is conducted in near darkness. A couple with their baby and toddler had to leave the tour halfway as the kids got restless.
    Written June 10, 2024
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  • Gubbini
    Chicago, IL152 contributions
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    The Janiculum (Gianicolo) Hill (Colle) contains a large park area with pleasant walking paths, scenic overlooks, and historic monuments to those who fought for the unification of Italy. It is also where the Botanic Gardens are located. It is adjacent to both Trastevere and the Vatican yet it is pleasantly devoid of tourists. First time visitors to Rome are unlikely to make this a priority stop but returning visitors might want to see Rome from this perspective, especially on a nice day.
    Written September 27, 2022
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
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    Domus Aurea is the hillside area to the immediate northeast of the Colosseum. This was the home of Emperor Nero in Ancient Roman times, which you can visit as part of a guided tours, tickets available through the Colosseum website.

    Today it is also the location of a public park where you will find a mix of tree-lined paved walkways, park benches, children's playground amidst the archeological area, building ruins, public fountains and a few monuments. There are some really nice elevated views of the Colosseum from Domus Aurea.
    Written May 30, 2024
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  • MikeFo
    Brighton, UK1,060 contributions
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    A sense of what the market once was still present, only a few flower stalls, many stalls clearly targeting tourists as as the cafes and restaurants.
    Written April 5, 2024
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  • Luis Carlos G
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    Beautiful and amazing palace. We booked with months in advance directly in to the Institutional webpage for only 1.50 euro each. The tour is in small groups and you can see the on first hand the history of the Presidency of Italy.
    Written March 24, 2024
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
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    Scala Santa is an important religious attraction at Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano and just across from the Archbasilica. This is a 16th-century building which houses the famous Holy Staircases as well as the impressive Chapel of St. Lorenzo. Opening hours are 6am to 2pm (morning) and 3pm to 6.30pm (afternoon) daily. It is free to experience the Holy Staircase while ticket purchase is required to enter and view the upstairs Chapel of St. Lorenzo (€3.50)

    The Holy Steps are 28 marble steps that were believed to be those at the house of Pontus Pilate where Jesus was brought for trial which led to his crucifixion. They were brought to Rome in the 4th century by St. Helena and have been a site of holy pilgrimage for many centuries now whereby believers walk up the steps on their knees saying prayers upon each step.

    Note there are two additional staircases flanking the Holy Staircase that you use if you plan to walk on foot instead of your knees, leading to the upstairs Chapel of St. Lorenzo also referred to as Sancta Sanctorum. This was a private oratory for the Popes in centuries past. The chapel is small but filled with excellent wall and ceiling frescos.
    Written May 30, 2024
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  • peggyps
    Shorewood, MN5 contributions
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    Absolutely incredible experience that clearly explains the amazing history of Rome. Also archeological magnificent site.
    I can’t recommend highly enough!!
    Written February 21, 2024
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