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Colosseum & Roman Forum

The Colosseum, 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.
The Colosseum is one of the most important and famous attractions and sites of history in Rome. Visiting the Colosseum is likely to be an overwhelming and fantastic experience, so this is certainly a must do. Queues are likely to be quite large, considering the popularity of the area, and it can become very hot during the summer months, as there is little shade to be had. For that reason, go prepared with a hat, sun-cream, and plenty of water. The Colosseum dates back to 70AD and was commissioned by Emperor Vespasian, as a gift to the people of Rome. The Colosseum opened for functions in AD 80 and was the site of many famous gladiatorial fights and animal fights. The time and the weather have taken its toll on some of the Colosseum, but it is still in fantastic condition, and you can almost hear the whispers of time when you enter this iconic site of history.

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.

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.
The rather gruesome, yet extremely interesting Catacombs of Rome are a very popular spot to visit in the city. A former underground burial spot, the catacombs date back to the 2nd century and were used mostly by Christians and Jews at the time. The use of catacombs ended in the fifth century, but you can visit today and explore the underground chambers. Throughout the entire city, there are 60 catacombs in total, but only five of them are open to public viewing, these are the Catacombs of San Sebastiano, San Callisto, Priscilla, Domitilla, Sant Agnese. It is a fascinating way to see a different side of Rome. The various catacombs all have different opening and closing times, but during the main summer season, when Rome is at its busiest, most of the sites are open from 9 am until 12 pm, and then again at 2 pm until 5 pm or 6 pm.

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.