- By Kevin
- On Aug 18, 2017
- Travel Tips
Rome is a beautiful city full of history and culture.Around every corner you'll come across architectural and art treasures.There is so much to see and do it's sometimes hard to know where to start,and how to get the most out of your trip.
To help you out,this Rome tours guide points you top sights in Rome.
Founded by Pope Julius II in the early 16th century and enlarged by successive pontiffs,the Vatican Museums boast one of the world's greatest art collections.Exhibits,which are displayed along about 7km of halls and corridors,range from Egyptian mummies and Etruscan bronzes to ancient busts,old masters and modern paintings.Highlights include the spectacular collection of classical statuary in the Museo Pio-Clementino,a suite of rooms frescoed by Raphael,and the Michelangelo-painted Sistine Chapel.
An impressive–if rather confusing–sprawl of ruins,the Roman Forum was ancient Rome's showpiece centre,a grandiose district of temples,basilicas and vibrant public spaces.The site,which was originally an Etruscan burial ground,was first developed in the 7th century BC,growing over time to become the social,political and commercial hub of the Roman empire.Landmark sights include the Arco di Settimio Severo,the Curia,and the Casa delle Vestali.
St Peter's Basilica
In this city of outstanding churches,none can hold a candle to St Peter's(Basilica di San Pietro),Italy’s largest,richest and most spectacular basilica.Built atop an earlier 4th-century church,it was consecrated in 1626 after 120 years'construction.Its lavish interior contains many spectacular works of art,including three of Italy's most celebrated masterpieces:Michelangelo’s Pietà,his soaring dome,and Bernini’s 29m-high baldachin over the papal altar.