ROME, The capital city of  Italy, is one of the most beautiful and culturally endowed cities in the world, Home to the “Vatican City” (the smallest sovereign state in the world by both area and population). It has been the birthplace to some of the greatest empires and minds of the past contributing to the romantic appeal among travelers and revelers alike.

Here are the must-see locations in Europe’s oldest and most populous city, ROME.

 

 1.COLOSSEUM 

The Colosseum is Rome’s most popular tourist attraction with over  6 million tourists visits yearly. The Colosseum took 10 years to construct between  72 AD under the empire of Vespasian and was finished in the year 80 AD under the rule of the emperor Titus. it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as animal hunts, mock sea battles, re-enactments of famous battles, executions, dramas, etc.

2. ST PETER’S BASILICA 

St Peter’s Basilica also known as  “Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano” is probably the largest church in the world holding over 60,000 people.  Located in the Vatican city,  It is often regarded to be the burial place of Saint Peters. Several renowned Renaissance artists and architects helped shape the architectural plan of the Basilica, including Michelangelo, Raphael.

3. SISTINE CHAPEL

The Sistine Chapel is regarded as one of the greatest edifices of the Vatican city. Constructed between 1473 and 1481,t is part of the museums within the Vatican City. It is renowned for its murals i.e “Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo considered a “major artistic accomplishment of the human civilization”. It is also home to “The Papal Conclave”, where elections(papacy) are conducted.

 

 

4. ST. PETER’S SQUARE

St. Peter’s Square is located in Vatican City, Facing  St. Peter’s Basilica. The square is famous for “The Papal Audience” held every Wednesday by the pope (if he’s is in town), He addresses the congregation in the square, weekly attendance can be up to 300,000.

 

 

5. CATACOMBS OF ROME

The catacombs of Rome are underground passageways that were used as burial grounds centuries ago. Early Christians created underground cemeteries to bury their loved ones as a way of avoiding persecution. In Rome , there are more than sixty catacombs made up of hundreds of kilometres of underground passageways that hold thousands of tombs.

The city of Rome is blessed with an unlimited supply of locations,  artifacts, and relics representing a time of cultural and artistic liberation that swept Europe for thousands of years.

“When in Rome” make sure to cross these places off your list.