by Martin Dunford
The Pocket Rough Guide Rome is your essential guide to Italy's capital; covering all the key sights, hotels, restaurants, shops and bars you need to know about. Slim, stylish and utterly pocketable, it comes with a full-colour pull-out map to help you find your way around
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Colosseum - Rome
Once the socio-political centre of the world Rome is steeped in history. There is a lot to do and see whilst in Rome whether you're interested in Renaissance art or unwinding with some retail therapy, so if this beautiful Italian city is your destination of choice be sure to check out these ten tourist attractions compiled by cheapflights.co.uk.
Stunning architecture is a feature of Rome in general but nowhere more so than at St. Peter's Basilica; the centre of the catholic world, the basilica with its Michelangelo designed dome is awe-inspiring. The interior is just as spectacular, the dome itself is 120m tall and every inch of St. Peter's Basilica is covered in wonderful Renaissance splendour. Aside from going inside visitors can take a lift, or traverse the stairs to the top of the dome to be treated with a most spectacular view.
A feast of art is on show at the Vatican Museums. On display are works of art built up over the centuries by the Roman Catholic Church, including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. The world famous Sistine Chapel is also on the visitor route through the museums, here people can marvel at the ceiling decorated by Michelangelo and the Stanze della Segnatura decorated by Raphael.
Perhaps the most fascinating building in Rome, the Castel Sant'Angelo began life as a mausoleum built by Emperor Hadrian between 135 and 139AD. The building was used as a prison until 1870, but now houses a museum.
The 'Fontana di Trevi' Stands at 86ft high and 161.3ft wide,it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world.
The largest dome in the world until the Florence Cathedral was constructed in 1436. The Pantheon was Commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus as a temple to all the gods of ancient Rome, and rebuilt by the emperor Hadrian about 126AD.
No trip to Rome would be complete without visiting the Colosseum, The amphitheatre is the largest and most imposing in the Roman world, as well as being the most famous monument in Rome.
The Villa Medici, founded by Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany and now property of the French State has housed the French Academy in Rome since 1803. It is another example of splendid Renaissance architecture.
Altar of Peace
This monument was commissioned by the Roman Senate on 4 July 13 B.C. to honour the return of Augustus to Rome after his three years in Hispania and Gaul. The altar was intended to be a vision of the Roman civil religion.
Is surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the centre of the city Citizens of the ancient city referred to this space, originally a marketplace, as the Forum Magnum, or simply the Forum.