The Pantheon, Rome

The Pantheon, Rome

The word Pantheon is actually an adjective from the Greek meaning “Honour all Gods”. This breathtaking building is a reminder of the great architecture of the Roman Empire. When Michelangelo first saw the building he said that it looked like it had been built by angels, not humans. Pantheon – History The Pantheon is the best-preserved Roman building from ancient times. This Roman engineering marvel was built in AD 120 by Emperor Hadrian. He designed…

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Walk from the Piazza Navona to the Vatican, Rome

Walk from the Piazza Navona to the Vatican, Rome

Rome is a beautiful city perfect for exploring on foot. This is a short walk of about two kilometres and could be added to the route from the Spanish Steps to the Piazza Navona if you fancy a bit longer walk. The walk will take you from the Piazza Navona, along the old street of Via dei Coronari, over the Ponte Sant’Angelo and past the Castel Sant’Angelo arriving in St Peter’s Square along the Via…

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Trevi Fountain, Rome

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Trevi is Rome’s largest Baroque fountain and perhaps the most stunning you’ll ever see. The fountain stands a massive 85 feet tall and is almost 65 feet wide. Tourists throw about 3,000 euros worth of coins into the Trevi Fountain every day. Legend says throwing coins into the fountain will ensure you’ll return to Rome. This tradition pretty much guarantees that it will always be the most visited. Every day the city collects the coins…

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St Peter’s Basilica and St Peter’s Square, Rome

St Peter’s Basilica and St Peter’s Square, Rome

St Peter’s Basilica, located in Vatican City, is an important pilgrimage site. The centre of the Roman Catholic faith, it attracts visitors from all over the world. It is where the Pope presides over many liturgies all year round. I am sure nobody is disappointed when, after queuing for ages, they enter the stunningly decorated Basilica beneath the vast dome designed by Michaelangelo. Of course, the greatest church in Christendom had to be crowned with the greatest dome….

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Walk from the Spanish Steps to the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, Rome

Walk from the Spanish Steps to the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, Rome

This easy walk of about two and a half kilometres, starting at the Spanish Steps, is perfect for a morning, afternoon or evening walk. You could walk it in an hour or four hours depending on what you stop to look at. There is lots of interest along the route; plenty of shops, cafes, bars, small restaurants and of course this being Rome, historic buildings at every turn. There is a strong possibility that you’ll…

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The Colosseum, Rome

The Colosseum, Rome

The Colosseum is a world-famous symbol of Rome. It can seem as full of visitors now as it was in its’ heyday. This was ancient Rome’s top entertainment venue, where capacity crowds would cheer on their favourite gladiators and watch criminals come to grisly deaths. The building is located in the centre of Rome, next to the Roman Forum. It was built of travertine limestone, marble, volcanic rock, bricks and lime cement. It is the…

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