The best landmarks in Rome
The majestic ancient city of Rome is one of the most popular destinations for expats hoping to live in a city of culture in the sun. There are countless amazing landmarks to see in Rome so we narrowed it down to our personal favourite must see places to see.
The famous and beautiful fountain is located at the end of an ancient Roman aqueduct. The fountain itself however was commissioned in 1732 by Pope Clement XII. Surprisingly the fountain features a pagan god, Neptune king of the sea. The water at the base of the fountain represents the sea and local legend says that if you toss a coin into it you will return to Rome. Just make sure to toss it over your shoulder with your back facing the fountain.
Over 1800 years old the magnificent Pantheon is definitely a must see whilst in Rome. The name refers to the structure’s original purpose as being a temple for all of the many Roman gods. The most impressive feature of the building is the magnificent 43 meter high dome which until 1436 was the biggest dome in the world.
Probably the highlight of the famous collection of Vatican museums is the Sistine Chapel where visitors can enjoy many amazing works of renaissance artwork including Michelanelo’s ceiling which attracts up to 20,000 visitors every day.
The most impressive building built during the apex of the Roman Empire is probably Rome’s most well known landmark. Built in 80 AD the elliptical building was immense, measuring 188 m by 156 m and reaching a height of more than 48 meters (159 ft). The magnificent structure was clad in marble and 160 larger-than-life statues graced the arches on the upper floors. Sadly in the year 847 AD an earthquake collapsed the south side.
Saint Peter’s Basilica
The centre of the Catholic Church and the world’s largest church Saint Peter’s is one of the most important sites in Rome. Located at the centre of the independent state of Vatican City people travel from all over the world to see the church and visit the large Saint Peter’s square to hear the Pope address the crowds.