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5 places to visit absolutely in Rome

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All the roads lead to Rome … Why not spend a few days there? We can only advise you! The eternal city, mixing past and present, has many faces to offer. It is up to you to let seduction operate. You could spend months without getting tired but a few days will allow you already to appreciate the atmosphere of the Italian capital and to discover its main jewels. Stroll through the alleys, laze on a shady terrace, marvel at the unexpected treasure of a small church … a whole program! What to do first during a visit to Rome ?

#1. The Historic Heart

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Piazza Navona, a baroque jewel, marries the route of the Domitian stadium. Punctuated by three majestic fountains, its terraces await you. This is not the best place for a good meal but a few glaciers are worth a visit. To the south, the Campo dei Fiori welcomes almost every morning a colorful market. The district has its share of churches. Do not hesitate to stop for a few moments at the Gesù, Saint-Louis des Français, Saint-Augustin, among others, and at Saint-Ignace a little further east. Along the way, admire the impressive Pantheon, the best preserved ancient temple in the capital.

#2. The North of the city

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Further north is the luxurious Spanish Steps overlooking the Trinità de Monts staircase and its church which offer one of the most beautiful views of the city. For a little greenery, take refuge on the heights. A park serves as a setting for the Villa Medici, the Villa Borghese and the gallery of the same name. If you want to visit this one, be aware that it displays full sometimes months in advance. The park is also accessible via People’s Square.

#3. The Dolce Vita

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Immortalized by the Dolce Vita of Fellini, the Trevi Fountain is a magnet to tourists. Via a stroll through the labyrinth of its narrow streets, you will climb the hill of Quirinal where is the residence of the president of the republic. You will see Santa Maria Maggiore which overlooks the pleasant district of Rione Monti, area is very pleasant like base camp. Then heading south, your footsteps will take you to San Pietro in Vincoli.

#4. The Old City

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The forum is an open-air museum. Impossible to stay in Rome without stopping there. Climb the Capitol to enjoy the splendid view of this forest of temples, columns, triumphal arches and other august ruins. You contemplate there centuries of architecture. The Coliseum still standing up calls its visitors. If you have time or want to avoid the crowds, push up to St. John Lateran or the Baths of Caracalla.

#5. The Vatican

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Approached by Bernini’s Colonnade, the gigantic Saint-Pierre Basilica is worth a little waiting. The Vatican is a state in the city. One of the largest collections of arts is hosted there. The Sistine Chapel and the geographical gallery are breathtaking. But look ahead and buy your tickets online, the queue there is legendary. On this same side of the Tiber, admire the silhouette of the Castle of St. Angelo in the millenary history.

Pascaline Marie

celia@travel-insight.fr

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