Originally Rome’s famous ‘Temple of All Gods’, the Pantheon was twice destroyed, twice rebuilt and now stands as the most complete structure in this ancient city. This wonderful example of 2nd Century Roman architecture boasts mathematical genius and simple geometric calculation that would impress todays’ modern architects. The Patheon contains the tombs of several Italian kings and Raphael, the famous Renaissance painter. This must-see site is actually not far from Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain.
07 Luxury Paradise
Tired of old architecture and wanting to indulge yourself with some luxury items? The few streets leading to Piazza di Spagna are where all luxury stores exist side-by-side. Italian and international brands such as Prada, Gucci, LV, Jimmy Choo, Tiffany, Versace and other big brands can be found here. The term ‘shop till you drop’ does not apply here as if you are not careful, you can end up ‘shopping till your wallet drops’! If you want to take a break from the expensive shopping experience, then the Spanish Steps is a good place for people-watching.
08 National Museum of Rome
Unlike museums in most countries, the National Museum of Rome is not situated in one location, but is made up of a set of museums located all over the city. There is actually a combo ticket that you can purchase and it is valid for a few days, enabling you to visit all its museums. These include the Baths of Diocletian, the Palazzo Altemps, the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, and the Crypta Balbi, all for just one price! Although items exhibited are among the world’s most important archaeological collections, but these artefacts may sometimes be too much to absorb especially for those who did not pay attention in their history lessons during schooling days.
09 The Vatican City
With an area of approximately 110 acres and a population of less than 1000, Vatican City is the smallest international state in the world. The easiest way to this magnificent mega structure is to take Metro Line A, stop at Ottaviano San Pietro Musei Vaticani and then walk a few blocks. It is highly recommended to pre-purchase a ‘skip the line’ ticket, better yet, with a guide. This is because entry lines into the Vatican City are painfully long and one will just be wondering around aimlessly, especially if it is their first time. Having a guide will not only save the queuing time and make your tour interesting, but it also provides the opportunity to visit other cultural sites including Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. Remember to send postcards with Vatican City stamps to your friends and loved ones at the end of your visit.
10 Pizzas Pastas & Coffee
You can find pizza on just every corner in the city. One must have a bite of those hot freshly baked pizzas with golden crust and a touch of char on the edges. Other than that, pasta is the most important cuisine in Rome and to cap it off, you must relax and have a sip of Italian coffee to complete your Roman trip.