The capital of Italy, Rome, is without a doubt the largest and most impressive open-air museum in the world. The eternal city is one of the largest cities in Europe and one of the most visited in the world. It condenses three millennia of history in an architectural and artistic heritage that is represented by the city's masterpieces. One life would not be enough to discover all the treasures of this incredible city. But in one day you can be seduced by the exciting charm of the old capital of the Roman Empire. Rome is full of monuments and places worth visiting, starting with the Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre of the Roman world, recognized as one of the seven wonders of the modern world and the only one in Europe.
Colosseum & Roman Forum
, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre is a top monument in Italy and has been a symbol of Rome since 80 AD. The Colosseum is the largest amphitheater ever built. It could hold between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators and was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. Although partially ruined by earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is still an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. It is one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions.
are the outcome of the art enthusiasm of the Popes. The basis of the museums was constituted when Pope Julius II started collecting the art pieces. As one of the most important and the most visited museums in the world, Vatican museum hosts millions of tourists a year and give them unforgettable times. St. Jerome in the Wilderness, the Stefaneschi Triptych, and the Pieta are considered as the most famous pieces in the museum.
St. Peter's Basilica
The world-famous Saint Peter’s Basilica
is an Italian Renaissance church located in Vatican City, the papal enclave within the city of Rome. As the symbol and heart of Christianity, the Saint Peter’s Basilica is one of the largest Catholic churches in the world and its dome can be seen from all over Rome. Build on the burial site of Saint Peter, the Basilica is the epicenter of the Catholic Church. This is also the burial place of many popes, including Pope John Paul II. Saint Peter's Basilica took 120 years to complete involving some of the greatest architects of its time. Enter into this extraordinary sanctuary and discover the faith and stories of popes, artists and pilgrims told through the universal language of art.
Considered as one of the most fascinating art museums in the world, the Borghese Gallery
is a must-visit for art lovers visiting Rome. The city acquired the Villa Borghese in 1903, opening its collection and gardens to the public. Its 22 rooms showcase many stunning masterpieces including paintings of Titian, Raphael, Caravaggio, and Rubens. The original collection was built by Cardinal Borghese, gifted with great artistic taste and exceptional intuition.
The Sistine Chapel
is a chapel located in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope, in Vatican City. Part of Rome’s Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel was decorated by art masters Sandro Botticelli and Pinturicchio in the 15th century and completed by Michelangelo. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the majesty of Michelangelo’s magnificent ceiling frescoes. The artist spent lonely years painting the chapel's ceiling and altar, transforming these walls into one of the great masterpieces. The Sistine Chapel serves as a glorious homage to Renaissance art and one of the most visited sights in all of Italy.
was an ancient Roman town near the city of Naples, in the Campania region of Italy. Modern-day Pompeii may feel like a nondescript satellite of Naples, but it's here that you'll find Europe's most compelling archaeological site: the ruins of Pompeii. Sprawling and haunting, the site is a stark reminder of the malign forces that lie deep inside Vesuvius. In 79 AD, hot volcanic ash and pumice raced down the slopes of Mount Vesuvius and smothered Pompeii to death. Since excavations started in the 18th century, the city has yielded a bounty of cultural treasures and insight into the life of the ancient world. The region around Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples attract now travelers who want to soak up the sun and the scenery.
Catacombs of Rome
Popularized by the movie Indiana Jones, the Roman Catacombs
are ancient underground burial places underneath Rome and its outskirts (there are at least forty, some of them discovered only in recent decades). Those kilometers of underground cemetery are some of the oldest burial tunnels in the world. Situated just outside the city of Rome, the catacombs were created in response to a shortage of land for deceased’s remains. Today the narrow tunnels are eerily quiet but full of Roman history, including some of the best-preserved early Christian frescoes and sculptures. Some of the catacombs are well known and open to visitors, while others are still scarcely explored.
With its lyrical landscapes, world-class art, and delicious cuisine, the Tuscany region
is perfectly in symbiosis with the land. There are many places to visit in Tuscany; the difficulty is really where to start. Located in central Italy and stretches from the Apennines to the Tyrrhenian Sea, its landscape, artistic heritage and stand-out cities make Tuscany an unquestioned protagonist of international tourism. Medieval villages, historical towns, castles, country churches and beautiful abbeys are scattered all over the region. Tuscany is well known for its landscapes, traditions, artistic legacy, and its influence on high culture, often considered as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
The Italian town of Tivoli, set just 30 kilometers east of Rome, is home to beautiful residences, splendid villas, and the famous UNESCO World Heritage Hadrian's Villa
. Visitors will enjoy stunning garden walks with ancient architectural styles, not to mention a quiet, elegant escape from the city and some of the best natural water in Italy. The ruins of Hadrian's Villa are magnificent and entirely unique with anything you will see in Rome. Built between 118 and 138 AD, the villa was one of the largest in the Roman world, encompassing more than 120 hectares. The Villa is a monumental living complex that even today continues to display the lavishness and enormous power of Ancient Rome.
St. Peter's Dome
What may be one of the most recognizable features of Italy doesn't technically stand on Italian soil. Saint Peter's Dome
belongs to the Bramante-designed Saint Peter's Basilica in the city-nation of the Vatican. Dubbed as the highest dome building in the world as well as the grandest building in Christendom, the basilica’s dome is not only an iconic piece of architecture but also a symbol for Catholics around the world. The dome was designed by Michelangelo, who worked on the construction of the basilica beginning in 1547. The great dome soars above the altar and the Baldacchino, sumptuously embellished with mosaic and stucco ornaments: a must visit for travelers visiting Saint Peter's Basilica.