Rome virtual tour. Do you like traveling but due to the current situation do you have to stay at home? Don’t despair! We offer you a way to travel without leaving home. How about visiting eternal Rome? City where all the roads lead? Here is a list of the most famous monuments in Rome … Enjoy our Rome virtual tours!
1. THE COLOSSEUM
The first thing that comes to your mind when someone says Rome? Of course, the Colosseum! Ruins of a large amphitheater in the center of Rome. It was once the largest building in the Roman Empire, today, accompanied by many secrets. The Colosseum is a four-story building with a high elliptical travertine exterior. The last floor was intended for the lower classes of society and for women. The center of the amphitheater was the arena, and the building’s capacity was estimated at an incredible 55,000 spectators. The ruins of the ancient amphitheater remind people of the prophecy that refers to the existence of man on Earth. According to the prophecy, Colosseum in Rome is a prerequisite for the existence of the capital of Italy. And Rome is a guarantee of the existence of the whole world. Therefore it is said that if there is no Colosseum, Rome and the whole world will fall.
2. THE VATICAN
One of the smallest but also the most important states in the world! Despite its small size, the Vatican can offer more than any other state. Known as the seat of the Pope, or for works of art, surely captivates also your heart. Located as a small enclave in the center of Rome. The Vatican territory includes St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square with the Apostolic Palace, adjacent buildings and Vatican Gardens. The Vatican also includes extraterritorial territories – the patriarchal basilicas and papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. The Vatican is the only country entirely listed on the UNESCO list.
3. SPANISH STEPS
Every city in the world has several famous places where national and foreign visitors meet. In Rome, this is exactly valid for the Spanish Steps, so you can’t skip it! 135 steps originally connected the Spanish embassy and the church of the Trinità dei Monti. The Trinità dei Monti church is located at the top of the stairs. This two-tower church was built in 1502 by Louis XII right next to the Monastery of St. Francis di Paola’s. Next to it, we can also find the house of the famous British romantic poet, John Keats.
4. TREVI FOUNTAIN
So beautiful! One of the most famous fountains, also the most famous in the world. Dominant of Rome, the fountain was built by Niccolò Salvi in the mid-18th century according to Bernini’s designs. It is now customary for visitors to drop coins into the fountain to return to this beautiful place. The fountain is connected to the oldest Roman aqueduct. It got its name from the street where three other streets meet. 80,000 cubic meters of water pass through here every day. In the center stands a statue of Neptune, god of the sea, which is 5.8 m high. It stands on a shell-shaped carriage pulled by two horses. On the sides of Neptune, there are statues representing well-being and health. Have you seen a movie La dolce vita? This movie made TREVI FOUNTAIN even more famous.
5. PIAZZA VENEZIA
Famous Piazza Venezia! On Piazza Venezia, you can find the largest monument in Italy – Vittorio Emanuele II monument and Renaissance Palazzo Venezia. It is worth seeing! Vittorio Emanuele II monument takes its name from the first Italian King Vittorio Emanuele, who with the help of Giribaldi in 1961 unified Italy. The monument is built in white marble. You can also see a 12 meters long statue of King Vittorio Emanuele II. Under his feet is the tomb of an unknown soldier, where the fire continues to burn. The monument is surrounded by a gallery with columns 15 meters high.
6. PIAZZA DEL POPOLO
Piazza del Popolo is one of the most famous squares in Rome, at the foot of the Pincio. In the square, there are three churches: Santa Maria del Popolo, the oldest on the north side, and the two twin churches on the south side called Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto. The layout of the square is inspired by ancient Egyptian and Roman art. In the center of the square are four tanks, which are powered by four Egyptian-style lions. Lions personify the power of the shining sun and throw jets of water on the four cardinal points. On the western side of the fountain is the god Neptune, surrounded by two tritons. On the east side is the goddess of Rome. The figure of the goddess is surrounded by the sides of the personalities of the Tiber and Aniena rivers. The whole square is very spacious and symmetrically perfect. The square is connected by Via del Corso with Piazza Venezia.
7. VILLA BORGHESE
Villa Borghese is a landscape garden in Rome, containing a number of buildings, museums, and attractions. It’s the third-largest public park in Rome (80 hectares) after the ones of the Villa Doria Pamphili and Villa Ada. The English gardens around Villa Borghese are a great place to escape the hustle of the city. The gardens include several villas (besides Villa Borghese there are also Villa Giuliana or Villa Medici) and even a replica of the famous Globe Shakespeare Theater (which was built here in 2003). Villa Borghese is definitely worth a visit as it is home to the Galleria Borghese, which includes works by Bernini, Da Vinci or Tiziano.
8. THE PANTHEON
The Pantheon is a Roman temple, now a Catholic church (Basilica of St. Mary and the Martyrs), in Rome, Italy. It was built by the emperor Hadrian about 126 AD. It was built as a temple of Jupiter, Mars and Venus during construction, but later was converted into a Christian church and consecrated to Lady of the Martyrs (Santa Maria dei Martiri Church). Due to the uniqueness of the building and its history, the Pantheon is one of the most visited architectural monuments in Rome. In addition to his Christian dedication, his attraction is enhanced by several tombstones of prominent personalities. For example, there is the buried cardinal and secretary of Pope Pius VII. Ercole Consalvi or Italian king Vittorio Emmanuele II. and Umberto I. One of the most visited tombs, however, is that of the great Renaissance artist Raffaello.
9. PIAZZA NAVONA
Piazza Navona is a public space built in the 1st century AD. The most beautiful parts of Piazza Navona are its three fountains, Fountain of the Four Rivers, Fontana del Moro and Fountain of Neptune. Since ancient times it has been a place where were held athletic games, later gladiatorial wrestling. The space has many uses, in addition to the traditional market and Christmas markets, the north-facing part of the square has become a place where Roman artists exhibit and sell their works of art.
10. CASTEL SANT’ANGELO
Built around 123 AD as a mausoleum for the emperor Hadrian and his family, Castel Sant’Angelo, was later used by the popes as a fortress and castle. In the Middle Ages, it was rebuilt into a fortified bridgehead with walls and a covered corridor towards the Vatican. The castle also served as a barracks and prison where was imprisoned Giordano Bruno. In 1901 it was restored and here was opened a museum. Legend says that the name of the castle was given after the Archangel Michael appeared at the top of the castle sheathing his sword and with that, ending the plague of 590 which tormented Rome. An imposing statue of the angel can be seen on top of the castle.
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