Once the socio-political centre of the world Rome is steeped in history. There is a lot to do and see whilst in Rome whether you're
interested in Renaissance art or unwinding with some retail therapy, so if this beautiful Italian city is your destination of choice be sure to
check out these ten tourist attractions compiled by .
Stunning architecture is a feature of Rome in general but nowhere more so than at St. Peter's Basilica; the centre of the catholic
world, the basilica with its Michelangelo designed dome is awe-inspiring. The interior is just as spectacular, the dome itself is 120m tall and
every inch of St. Peter's Basilica is covered in wonderful Renaissance splendour. Aside from going inside visitors can take a lift, or traverse
the stairs to the top of the dome to be treated with a most spectacular view.
A feast of art is on show at the Vatican Museums. On display are works of art built up over the centuries by the Roman Catholic
Church, including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. The world famous
Sistine Chapel is also on the visitor route through the museums, here people can marvel at the ceiling decorated by Michelangelo and the Stanze
della Segnatura decorated by Raphael.
Perhaps the most fascinating building in Rome, the
began life as a mausoleum built by Emperor Hadrian between
135 and 139AD. The building was used as a prison until 1870, but now houses a museum.
The 'Fontana di Trevi' Stands at 86ft high and 161.3ft wide,it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most
famous fountains in the world.
The largest dome in the world until the Florence Cathedral was constructed in 1436. The Pantheon was Commissioned by Marcus
Agrippa during the reign of Augustus as a temple to all the gods of ancient Rome, and rebuilt by the emperor Hadrian about 126AD.
No trip to Rome would be complete without
, The amphitheatre is
the largest and most imposing in the Roman world, as well as being the most famous monument in Rome.
The Villa Medici, founded byFerdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscanyand now property of the French State has housed the
French Academy in Romesince 1803. It is another example of splendid Renaissance architecture.
Altar of Peace
This monument was commissioned by the Roman Senateon 4 July 13 B.C. to honour the return ofAugustus to Rome after his three years in
Hispania and Gaul The altar was intended to be a vision of the Roman civil religion.
Is surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the centre of the city Citizens of the ancient
city referred to this space, originally a marketplace, as the Forum Magnum, or simply theForum.