Stepping Back in Time to Ancient Rome

Stepping Back in Time to Ancient Rome

Italy’s capital is known for its myriad ancient sights and attractions. Once you have settled into your central Rome hotel you should make plans to go out and visit as many of them as you can. The city is a place of wonder and amazement, not least because some of its finest attractions are many centuries old and among the most famous of their kind in the world.

So let’s start now and discover three of the most famous ancient sights Rome still has to show us.

The Coliseum

You may assume the Coliseum is round, but in fact it takes on an elliptical shape that soon becomes apparent as you walk around it. It is an amphitheatre, possibly the most famous one in the world, and in its heyday it was able to seat 50,000 people. Roman gladiators took centre stage and plays were put on here. While it was built many hundreds of years ago it is easy to stand in front of it today and be transported back in time to a very different period in the city’s history.

The Roman Forum

In many ways this is more impressive than the Coliseum. This is because it consists not just of one building but several. The Forum is a plaza of sorts, an ancient city centre that contains the ruins of many buildings. Even though some of the buildings have crumbled or long since fallen into ruin, you can still get an amazing feeling of how things would have looked if you had lived in that time. Your central Rome hotel will look very different once you return to it with these illuminations!

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Of all the structures that were once part of the Roman Forum, you can still see the Arch of Septimius Severus today. No matter how impressive your central Rome hotel might be this Arch is undoubtedly more breathtaking.

The Pantheon

This is a classic temple that is marked by eight huge Corinthian columns at the front entrance. The name of the creator of the Pantheon – M Agrippa (M standing for Marcus) – can be seen over the entrance. While the exterior of the Pantheon will be instantly recognisable to many people, the interior is equally as stunning, if not more so.

The interior actually takes on a circular shape beyond the familiar front entrance, a fact that will come as a surprise to many who have yet to see it. The columns forming the front of the Pantheon are the most familiar part of the building, so many assume it to be rectangular in shape overall.

It may seem odd to think you can leave your central Rome hotel and be within a short distance of buildings that have stood and survived, to one extent or another, for many hundreds of years. This is part of what makes the city so special and it will undoubtedly remain so for many centuries more.