I was attending a week long conference in Panicale, Umbria region of Italy last year and had the option of flying into Rome or Florence before taking the train to Panicale. I had not been to either and decided to go with Rome. Timing was perfect as it was October, not too hot or cold and less tourists than in the summer. I had 24 hours to soak up as much as I could here!
I fell in love 🙂
I was here in this beautiful city for one full day and night and here is a glimpse of my whirlwind walking tour! The order of places is based on the walking (sometimes running) route I did on that day from morning to night.
1. The Colosseum
Once the largest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire, it was built in the first century AD by the Emperor Vespasian as a place for the people of Rome to enjoy. I was just in awe as I walked around here…the history, visions of gladiators, scenes from all the movies I have seen based here, nothing represents the sheer power and magnificence of the Roman Empire like this stunning piece of ancient architecture
2.Palatine Hill (bit hazy between pictures from here and from Roman Forum, might have mixed both)
This was the active heart of the Republic and Empire for over a thousand years and its changing nature reflected the constant shifting in the fortunes of the religious, military and political nature of the Roman world.
3. Roman Forum with the Arch of Severus Septimius in the foreground
This is one of the most famous and well-preserved ancient buildings in the world. Originally built by Marcus Agrippa in 25BC, the Pantheon served as a temple to the many gods of Rome. The Pantheon’s vast structure is topped by the spectacular original domed roof which contains a circular opening (oculus) at the peak
4. Trevi Fountain
It is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and in my opinion, the most beautiful in the world!
5. St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City
One of the most important Christian sites in the world and is a church (rather than a cathedral) with a long and illustrious history. Waited for more than an hour to get in here, but it was worth it!
6. Vatican City
7. Altare della Patria
8. Piazza di Spagna & the Spanish Steps
9. Random sights,bridges and other beautiful fountains and churches I passed through while getting from one wonder to the next!
Rome is truly a beautiful city, so rich in culture and history, I know I didn’t even scratch the surface of all one can do here..I didn’t even go inside a Museum! But for what it’s worth, I made the best of my 24 hours in Rome and rest assured I will be back 🙂
This post was written as part of #SundayTraveler hosted by A Southern Gypsy