Rome’s silhouette from the Janiculum Hill at dawn can leave
anyone mesmerized. It is a city of unbelievably beautiful and haunting
images — broken marble columns, ruins of temples and a gloriously
decorated St. Peter’s dome fading against a captivating sunset.
The city is also music to the ears. The morning starts with peals
of church bells calling the faithful to mass. As the day progresses,
different sounds merge to create an amazing symphony.
During the summer, Rome becomes more tourist-friendly
under their program “Art and Monuments Under the Stars”.
The program made sightseeing all the more pleasant and convenient
as some of Rome’s most popular monuments, archaeological sites,
and museums not only stay open until 8 or 10 pm but also extend till
11:30 pm. For these special summer schedules, they reopen one or more
nights and offerings include guided tours (often in English), concerts,
or simply general admission to sights for those more comfortable with
going out during the night.
Every corner of Rome is an attraction. Shops line the streets, fruit
and vegetable stands are bustling with activity, and homemakers
contribute to the general din as they haggle over prices and argue
Tourists start to make their presence felt at around 10 am. At this
time, you’ll see them battling the crowds on the streets as
they wind their way from baroque buildings and Renaissance palaces
to the famous ruins of antiquity. Summer remains to be the favorite
tourist season. Rome always plays host excellently — entertaining
visitors by wining, dining, and entertaining them in the most unique
The main attraction of Rome remains to be art. Here, you can see
and admire a 17th century colonnade designed by Bernini while resting
against an Egyptian obelisk. You can also stand amid splendid Renaissance
frescoes in a papal palace built on top of the tomb of a Roman emperor.
Though already brimming with beauty, Rome went all out to spruce
in the year 2000. The Jubilee deserved nothing less, so decades’
worth of grime from car exhaust and other pollution was scrubbed
from the city’s facades, revealing the original glorious state
of the Eternal City. Ancient treasures such as the Colosseum were
fixed up. Popular areas such as the Trevi fountain and Piazza Navona
became inviting again.
A visit to Rome won’t be complete without a visit to the Museo
Nazionale Romano. It used to occupy only the Diocletian Baths but
now, it is divided into four different sections: Palazzo Massimo
alle Terme, the Terme di Diocleziano, with the annex Octagon Hall,
and Palazzo Altempa (which is near Piazza Navona).
The Vatican was a big help in making the city a tourism center. They
created great Renaissance treasures and even occasionally incorporated
the old into the new. Bernini also adorned the city with glorious
fountains and other wonders of the baroque.
After absorbing all the culture, it’s time to see the other
side of Rome. The charm of a Roman evening includes finding a charming
café at twilight and watching the spectacular sunset.
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