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Group Travel 101

Rome: The Eternal City

By: Liz Patterson

Rome! The ultimate destination for tourists, adventurers, and students alike. Don’t let life pass you by without experiencing you own Roman Holiday. There are a myriad of sights to be seen and thrills to be had in this magical city. So take a look at these few highlights and start planning your own trip to the Eternal City.

The Colosseum

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Rome is the iconic Colosseum. Built in 80 AD by the Roman Emperor Titus, the Colosseum stands as a monument to the power and grandeur of the Roman Empire. This huge amphitheatre is a breathtaking, impressive structure full of historical significance and intriguing ancientness. Able to fit fifty-five thousand spectators, the Colosseum is a massive, magnificent wonder.

Near to the Colosseum you will also find the Arch of Constantine. The arch is a stunning structure that towers eighty-two feet over the street. This feat of architecture and art was constructed in 315 AD in celebration of a triumph by the renowned Emperor Constantine.

The Pantheon

Any lover of history, culture, or architecture will want to make sure the Pantheon is on their list of sights to see while in Rome. Originally constructed in 27 B.C. but razed to the ground in 80 A.D., the Pantheon we see today was rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian in the early 2nd century. It is dedicated to all the gods of the Roman mythology. But ever since the 7th century, the Pantheon has been converted into use as a Roman Catholic church. This exquisite building, with its impressive pillars in the entrance and tall domed roof, is a masterpiece of architecture. And the inside of the Pantheon is even more richly beautiful than the exterior.

The Roman Forum

Be prepared to have your heart skip a beat when you see the incredible Roman Forum. Between the Palatine hill and the Capitoline hill of the city of Rome, you will be able to travel back in time to the days of the Roman Empire. Ruins of arches, temples, buildings, and plazas have survived the centuries and stand still today, begging to be explored by awed travelers. The Pantheon and Arch of Constantine may be in better shape, but the Roman Forum, or Forum Magnum (Great Forum) is a breathtaking experience that will complete your tour of the Eternal City.

Piazza Navona

Another delight of Rome are the piazzas, or squares. Perhaps the most popular is Piazza Navona. While exploring the Piazza Navona, you can try delicious gelatos, listen to live music performances, or gaze at the beautiful Fountain of Four Rivers. This dramatic fountain was created in the mid-17th century by prominent Italian sculptor and artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini. It has since stood as the centerpiece to this dynamic and fascinating piazza.

Whether you choose to travel back in time with a tour of the great Roman Forum, or if you prefer a fun stroll through the more modern Piazza Navona, you will not be disappointed with Rome. There are many, many more sights and attractions that this classic city offers. The Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Pantheon, and Fountain of Four Rivers are just a few. But they are a fabulous way to start off your visit to the Eternal City.

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