The capital of Italy certainly needs no introduction. Widely considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Rome boasts an unparalleled heritage of artistic, architectural and historical riches. The Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum, the Imperial Fora, the masterpieces of Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, Bernini and Borromini and the majestic cathedrals are just some of the city's countless gems.
Book a flight from Paris to Rome and discover its many treasures, admire beautiful squares such as Piazza Navona, Piazza di Spagna and Campo de 'Fiori, and in the evening refresh yourself with a traditional dinner in the picturesque Trastevere district. Immortalised in films like Fellini's La Dolce Vita and, more recently, Sorrentino's The Great Beauty, Rome offers tourists not only endless cultural sights to visit but also evocative views, urban life, memorable walks and sumptuous restaurants. Below you will find a few suggestions on what to see in Rome.
The Flavian Amphitheatre, as the Colosseum was originally known, is the largest amphitheatre in the world and the most famous building in Rome. Built during the reign of Emperor Vespasian and inaugurated by Titus in 80 AD, it takes its name from the Colossus of Nero statue that was once positioned nearby. It is the largest surviving monument of Ancient Rome and, with a surface area of 3,357 m2, was able to hold more than 50,000 spectators. It was mainly used for gladiator shows and the venationes, the hunts and slaughter of wild animals.
It is one of the most important monuments in the city and the best preserved Roman structure. It has the largest brick dome and in architectural terms served as a model for the artists of the Renaissance, to the extent that Michelangelo called it a work of angels, not of humans. Initially dedicated to all the gods (as the name indicates), it was built by Consul Agrippa in 27-25 BC, rebuilt by Domitian after a fire, and then finally completed by Hadrian. Its transformation from a pagan temple to a place of Christian worship saved it from destruction. A feast for the eyes, both in the exterior, with its Greek style colonnade, and the interior, with its distinctive hole in the top of the dome, flooring made from ancient marble, works of art in the chapels and the illustrious tombs, one of which belongs to Raphael.
The Trevi Fountain is the most famous fountain in Rome. Completed in 1762, it achieved global fame through Anita Ekberg's immortal bathing scene in Federico Fellini's film La Dolce Vita. It is a spectacular sight characterised by water and brilliant white marble, and a must-see place during any trip to Rome. Legend dictates that throwing a coin into the fountain will bring you luck and favour your return to the Eternal City.
THE ROMAN FORUM AND IMPERIAL FORA
For more than a millennium, these ancient squares formed the centre of public life in Ancient Rome. Today, the remains of the monuments that adorned them offer a breathtaking view and a priceless walk through history. With a visit to the Roman Forum, you can also reach Palatine Hill, which according to legend was the site of the foundation of Rome, and where the emperors had their residences.
ST PETER'S, THE VATICAN MUSEUMS AND THE SISTINE CHAPEL
Still in Rome, but in the territory of the Vatican State, you can visit the splendid St Peter's Basilica, the papal headquarters, which contains Michelangelo's Pietà, as well as the unmissable Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel: a collection of art to give you goosebumps thanks to the frescoes of Michelangelo and other great artists of the Renaissance.
You can book your flight from Paris to Rome for any time of the year thanks to the favourable climate and the constant stream of events, exhibitions and concerts. The best season is spring if you want to avoid the summer heat and the hordes of tourists, though the city is also a unique sight in winter thanks to its Christmas markets, festive window displays and celebrations.
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