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Top Areas to Travel to in Rome
Rome is a city that has been around for thousands of years, and as such, it is teeming with history and culture. With no shortage of places to visit or things to see, it can be challenging to determine where to start. To help make your trip planning a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of the top areas to travel to and explore in the Eternal City:
The Colosseum and Ancient Rome
One of the most recognizable landmarks in the city is the Colosseum, a massive amphitheater that dates back to 72 AD. The site is one of the most visited landmarks in Rome, and it's easy to see why. The site is a testament to the Roman Empire's might and the Romans' love of spectacle. It is worth experiencing the Colosseum both by day and by night, as it's lit up gloriously after sunset.
Vatican City is the smallest country on earth, and it's located entirely within the city of Rome. Vatican City is home to some of the world's most famous art treasures, including the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. Experiencing these sights is a must-visit for art lovers everywhere. The breathtaking architecture and interiors of St. Peter's Basilica offer a glimpse into the history of the Catholic Church.
The Historic Piazzas
Piazzas are the public squares that are dotted throughout Rome, and they are great places to unwind, relax and take in the local culture. Piazza Navona is one of the most popular squares in Rome, with its famous Baroque fountains and outdoor cafes. The Piazza di Spagna, or Spanish Steps, is another favorite, known for its sweeping staircase and the incredible views of the city skyline that it offers.
Located just south of the Vatican, Trastevere is one of Rome's best-known neighborhoods, and it's a hidden gem for travelers looking to get a sense of the city's local culture. Trastevere is home to narrow cobblestone streets, quaint shops and cafes, and beautiful buildings that feature ornate balconies and colorful facades.
The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
The Roman Forum was once the center of daily life in Rome, and it's now an archaeological treasure trove that is teeming with history. The Forum is home to numerous ancient ruins, such as the Roman Senate and the Temple of Vesta. Just past the Roman Forum, you'll find Palatine Hill; it is one of the seven hills on which Rome was built, and it offers historic ruins and stunning views of the city.
Rome is a city that is both vast and compact at the same time, with so much to see and do in every corner. No matter where you go, there's something around every corner, whether it's historical landmarks or cozy cafes. Take your time exploring Rome, and you'll find that there is still so much to discover.