Rome is a tapestry that has been created over centuries of religious, architectural and artistic movements, all of which have made their mark here. Its not hard to see its foundation has been built from ancient times. In fact, youll be impressed at Romes ability to absorb the various eras and cultures that have found their way here. And once you arrive, youll be taken to fascinating sites and places that transport you throughout history.
The Vatican City is surrounded by Rome, is the worlds smallest independent sovereign state and is led by the Pope. The city is filled with museums, as well as the remarkable St. Peters Basilica and Sistine Chapel. One of the Vatican museums located here is the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, which holds part of the Vatican library. St. Thomas Aquinas and Michelangelo wrote some of the manuscripts that are displayed. Saint Peter's Basilica is a stunning building that began in 1506 and was completed in 1615 with Michelangelo as one of its chief architects. Youll be amazed at the grandeur and see why so many come to this beautiful church. Built from 1475 to 1489, the Sistine Chapel was named for Pope Sixtus IV. It houses an astonishing collection of Renaissance paintings well worth seeing. The Chapel itself is a masterpiece with its ceiling painted by Michelangelo, a process that took four years. Now thats dedication.
The Catacombs are underground cemeteries and there are 67 known catacombs throughout Rome. As eerie as it might be to go into one of them, theres a fascinating history in each one. Because the Romans were afraid of the dead, they didnt disturb the Christian Catacombs and so youll be able to see early Christian art thats been left undisturbed for centuries.
There are so many more amazing sites to see here. Theres the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Borghese Gallery, and Trevi Fountain just to name a few. But it wouldnt be fair to give you the impression that Rome is just a city filled with fascinating monuments and museums. Although thats reason enough to come, Rome is also a great place to do some shopping. The Spanish Square and surrounding areas are the place to be for high-end fashion as well as antique shopping and art galleries. And for those who prefer not put a down payment on a piece of clothing make your way to the Via del Corso and Via Tritone. Theres also a huge flea market each Sunday at the Porta Portese. When the sun goes down, the nightlife begins to come alive. Choose from a huge array of great choices to spend a romantic evening in Rome. There are open-air concerts, opera performances, ballet, jazz concerts and much more.
Rome is a great adventure and as you walk along the streets, seeing all the fantastic sites youll create many new memories. Youll enjoy the delicious meals, accompanied by the perfect glass of wine. Rome is rich in history and culture. Its your responsibility to go through its many layers and see everything that makes Rome a unique and exciting city to explore.