The Spanish steps
The best way to explore the Ancient city center of Rome, that’s to walk. As we strolled through Rome’s picturesque cobblestone alleyways, we discovered some of the world’s most famous sites. It was so rewarding.
At the foot of the Spanish Steps, the area had endless supply of boutiques, designer shops and a wide range of restaurants and bars. This is not only one of the richest streets in Italy but also one of the best for shopping in Rome.
The Spanish steps were basically staircase constructed using 138 steps. The three flights represent the Trinity. When we arrived at the very top of the steps, we had the bird’s eye view of the Roman rooftops, the prestigious Palazzi and the hustle and bustle of the Piazza. It wasn’t an easy climb, we had to take some breaks.
“The best education I have ever received was through travel.”~ Lisa Ling
Almost every square in Rome and the Vatican City, is adorned with a beautiful fountain at it’s center. Like so many other elements of Rome, these fountains are pure works of art and tourist attractions. These are some of the fountains that we visited:
The Fontana della Barcaccia Fountain
At the foot of the Spanish Steps was the Fontana della Barcaccia Fountain,a natural draw for the tourists. The sculptural fountain was made into the shape of a half-sunken ship with water overflowing its sides into a small basin. According to legends, when the Tiber River flooded in 1598, water carried a small boat into the Piazza di Spagna. When the water receded, a boat was deposited in the center of the square.
The Trevi Fountain:
This is one of the most famous fountain in Italy. Legend has it, throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain, will ensure you a return trip to Rome. Definitely, I threw a coin.
There are more than 900 churches in Rome. Being the center of Catholicism, it’s no surprise that Italy is home to many of the world’s most beautiful churches. Italy’s capital is famous for fascinating histories of the churches. These are some of the churches we visited:
The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore: As the largest of the churches in Rome, This church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It was filled with artifacts and art. Every inch of the church seems to be a part of religious history. The architecture was just breathtaking.
Santa Maria degli Angeli: Of all the churches that we visited in Rome, this one stood out as very interesting. It was one of the most fascinating churches that we visited. The Historic preservation and architecture were very unique. You can’t miss it while in Rome.
Castel Sant’ Angelo Museum
The Castel Sant’Angelo is the only building that has followed the development of the city of Rome for about 2000 years. During the centuries the Castel Sant’Angelo was subject to several transformation both from the architectural and structural point of view.
Rome offered us an abundance of monuments and sights which were rich in history, stories and legends, but Castel Sant’ Angelo is one which truly encompassed the essence of the city’s transformation throughout the centuries. How a castle took on such a myriad of roles throughout its lifetime, remains a subject of fascination even today. I was amazed by the treasures of the Castle.
I don’t think our trip to Rome could have been complete without a tour of the Vatican. It’s the world’s smallest independent state and the seat of the Catholic Church.
The Vatican has preserved its status of one of the most sacred places in Christendom. There was no better way to celebrate our Christmas in Rome other than enjoying the mass at the Vatican.
There is no question, our visit to Italy’s capital was an amazing experience. We toured the famous Colosseum, we saw where the Pope calls home and we strolled through incredible cobblestone streets with centuries of history behind them. Moreover, the Italians are known throughout the world for pizza, pasta, and tiramisu. My favorite is the tiramisu. We really enjoyed the Italian cuisines.
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
- What could be more romantic than strolling through Rome on foot?
- Be careful crossing the streets in Rome
- Get comfortable walking shoes
- Rome is a hilly City
- Watch out for the pickpockets
(Read also Rome Part I)
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