Villa Borghese (also called Villa Pinciana) is an English-style public park in the center of Rome full of monuments, gardens, statues and exciting views whose construction began in 1606 by the will of Cardinal Scipione Caffarelli Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V. The cardinal’s desire was to build a villa that reflected the immense prestige […]
The Trevi fountain is one of the most famous sites in Rome. In Late Baroque style, it is the spectacular termination of the ancient Acqua Vergine aqueduct, fed by natural springs. It features in several movies, including Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita”, and visitors to Rome enjoy continuing the time-honoured custom of throwing a coin into its waters so that they will return to the Eternal City one day.
Saint Peter’s Basilica, located in the Vatican City, is considered one of the Catholic Church’s holiest sites and foremost pilgrimage destinations, which marks the burial site of Saint Peter, Christ’s foremost apostle and the first ever pope. This is where Peter’s successor, the present pope, presides over religious rituals and celebrations.
The Ara Pacis is an exciting example of Roman sculpture in the early times. The altar of pease is the monument that commemorates the victories of Augustus and symbolizes the establishment of peace in the Roman Empire (the “Pax”, a particularly vital concept during the reign of Augustus) after about one hundred years of wars. […]
The Pantheon, a Roman temple dedicated to all gods, is one of the most impressive sites in the centre of Rome. Dating to the 2nd century AD, it is probably the world’s best preserved building of antiquity. Its dome, with its distinctive central hole, the “oculus”, is the biggest ever built in masonry: a timeless testimony to the enduring skill of Roman architects.
The Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheater) is surely the most famous monument of Rome, so much so that it has come to represent the city itself, as well as the glories of the Roman Empire. This extraordinary triumph of architecture was the largest amphitheatre in the ancient world and despite being partly in ruins it still leaves visitors awestruck by its sheer size and magnificence.