Romantic venues and phenomenal brick oven pizza are not the only reason to visit Rome. Rome’s historical significance, ruins, and artifacts have drawn archeologists to this ancient city for generations. If you have a historic bone that draws you to this amazing city, but don’t know where to start your adventure, here are six things to do in Rome.
The Ruins of Ostia Antica sit just outside the hustle and bustle of Rome’s city life, and have been standing since the 4th century B.C. This magnificent time capsule has been compared to Pompeii and has preserved mosaics and relics that span over hundreds of years all the way back to the 2nd century A.D. You’ll want to make sure to see the beautiful amphitheater for the full effect of this richly historic venue.
Although it resembles an open field now, its grandeur should not be dismissed. The Circus Maximus was once one of the largest sporting arena’s in the world with seating for more than 300,000 spectators. Located between Palatine Hill and Capitoline, the Ancient Romans used this venue for chariot races that could last for several weeks. Today you can attend free concerts, cultural events, and art exhibitions put on by the City of Rome (Comune di Roma) on this open field where ancient roman’s once walked and battled.
The remaining ruins of this once majestic forum are only second to the Colosseum for its views, relics, and ruins. Spanning from 500 B.C. to 400 A.D. the remaining ruins provide a glimpse into the lives of those who lived in this approximately 900 year time frame.
Built atop the Emperor Domitian’s stadium that he used for chariot races, the Piazza Navona dates back to the first century A.D.; the Piazza Navona contains dazzling fountains including the Fontana Dei Quattro Fiumi which represents the four corners of the world as seen in ancient times, outdoor cafés, and Bernini sculptures.
Built in 1726, the three landing, 135 step stair case sits in the heart of Rome and represents the Trinity; providing a magnificent heavenly view of the city of Rome and its beauty. Its irregular spacing and curves combined with straight flights, terraces and vistas make this a social gathering place for locals and tourists alike.
St. Peter’s Basilica
Dedicated to the Apostle Peter, the original St. Peter’s Basilica was commissioned by Constantine in 324 A.D. It was built on the burial site of what is considered in Christianity to be the “most influential Christian” largely due to his horrific upside down crucifixion at the Circus de Nero in 64 A.D. The church that stands now was rebuilt after the destruction of the original basilica in the 16th century, and offers tours of St. Peter’s tomb and the surrounding excavations. For those up for a little exercise you can climb the stairs that lead to St. Peter’s dome, about 500 in all, but it will cost you a fee. For a few more euros you can skip the stairs and take the elevator to see the dome.
Rome’s rich illustrious and at times violent biblical history still stand filling this amazing city with culture, romance, and historical value that can rarely be found elsewhere in the world. So, when planning your trip to Rome make sure and add some of these historical landmarks to your itinerary.