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Colosseum and Roman Forum

Known all over the world, the Colosseum is perhaps the most important testimony of the ancient Roman Empire, surviving through the centuries to earthquakes and looting of all kinds.

Symbol of Christianity, at Easter it is the theater of the celebration officiated by the Pope. The “Flavian Amphitheater”, built in 72 AD, is known with the name of “Colosseum” from the huge “colossus” erected a short distance from the amphitheater depicting the Emperor Nerone. The original statue has been lost. To enjoy the best view of the Colosseum you must climb Colle Oppio, where even today there is the underground entrance to the Domus Aurea, the ancient residence of Nerone and can only be visited with an archaeologist’s helmet.

The most famous and representative fountain of Rome. During the day it is crowded with tourists looking for a “magic” shot or a coin to be thrown into the pool (it is said to bring luck!). The night instead becomes the stage for a romantic walk, chasing the steps of Anita Ekberg in the “Dolce Vita” of Fellini. Tip: from the Palazzo della Stamperia you can admire a view from above on the fountain, generally the entrance is free.

Trevi Fountain

Saint Mary Major

The Basilica of Saint Mary Major, located on the top of the “Esquiline” hill, is one of the four patriarchal basilicas of Rome and is the only one that has preserved the early Christian structures. A well-known tradition says that it was the Virgin Mary to indicate and inspire the construction of her dwelling on the Esquiline. Appearing in a dream to Pope Liberius, She asked for the construction of a church in his honor, in a place that She herself would miraculously indicate. On the morning of 5 August, the “Esquiline” hill appeared cloaked in snow.

The basilica is an absolute masterpiece of early Christian and Baroque art and architecture that will leave you speechless with the beauty of its mosaics, frescoes and sculptures.

The Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican is the largest of the four papal basilicas of Rome, often described as the largest church in the world and the center of Catholicism. In the basilica are held: the main liturgical celebrations of Catholic worship, presided over by the Pope; the proclamation of the new pontiffs; the funeral services of the deceased popes and the celebration of the opening and closing of the jubilees. The St. Peter’s Basilica is also one of the largest buildings in the world: 218 meters long and high up to the dome over 130 meters, the total area is about 23,000 square meters. All around the church the grandiose colonnade, the work of Bernini, encloses the elliptical square, created to host the crowds of the faithful, in a spectacular and metaphorical embrace of all of Christendom. Its huge dome is one of the most famous symbols of the city of Rome, as well as one of the most panoramic points of the city, with a 360 degree view of the entire Vatican City and almost all the districts of the historic center of Rome.

Saint Peter's Basilica

Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums are considered among the most important in the world and their visit is an essential and indispensable moment for anyone who comes to Rome. Here the Popes have, over time, collected and preserved among the highest masterpieces of art of all time and the most precious testimonies of the past. The Museums also include outstanding artistic monuments, such as the Chapel of Fra Angelico, the Stanze and the Loggia by Raffaello, the Borgia Apartment and especially the Sistine Chapel which, besides containing works of inestimable value, is the official seat of the Conclave and the room where the cardinals gather to elect the new Pope. For their priceless value, the queues at the entrance are really long, especially during high season periods such as Christmas, Easter and spring.