72 hours in Rome, Italy

The capital of the Roman Empire still stands today, as a testimony of a 30 centuries old settlement. Rome was the first metropolis. And is the only city in the world which hosts an independent state within its boundaries: The Vatican City. What to see and do in 72 hours in Rome? Plenty, and then you have to come back for the rest.

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The birth city of Renaissance, Rome’s successive popes have dedicated their time to make out of Rome one of the greatest centres of art in the world by engaging the best artists of that time, including Michelangelo, Raphael and Botticelli.

Judging by the many examples of art, some may draw the conclusion the Popes were corrupt people, which lead an immoral life full of decadence and extravagance.   This is how Rome became less religious and was illustrated as a city of parties, scheming and trivial scenes, horse races and many feasts.

For the first time in Rome and you need some tips on how to make the most out of your time there? You can do all the things mentioned below and more in 72 hours in Rome, just bring comfy walking shoes.

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Vatican City

Technically the Vatican is an independent country, but it’s right in the heart of the Italian capital. Probably one of the worlds most impressive pieces of art is a must for any traveller. The very reason of Renaissance stage lies between the walls of Vatican.

The corridors of the Vatican Museum are about 7 km long. At the end is the famous Sistine Chapel (no photos allowed), and yet they don’t display everything. The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican is this huge church, representing the Vatican, and make sure to climb up onto the Basilica. And the Vatican’s Garden, if you go in the summer.

Vatican City

The Vatican is the capital of the Catholic Church, but you don’t need to be religious to contemplate the wonders made by the human hands.

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This almost 2 thousand years old amphitheatre, is the biggest one ever build from concrete and sand. Having enough place for an average audience of 65 000 people, the Colosseum was a place of gladiatorial contests, drama plays from Classical mythology and public spectacles such as animal hunts, executions and re-enactments of famous battles.

The Roman Forum

The Forum is an ancient plaza, where are the ruins of the important buildings of the government. It was the centre of the ancient Roman Forum for centuries.

The Palatine hill

The Palatine hill is the place where Roma started. It is the most famous hill from the 7 Roma has, and it stands 40m above the Roman Forum.

Trevi Fountain

Fontana di Trevi, in Italian, has a high of 26m and 49 m wide. It is one of the most famous fountains in the world. After filming here the American movie Three Coins in the Fountain, the people started the habit of throwing coins into the fountain. They estimate people throw in around 3 000 euros every day.

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Spanish Steps

These 135 monumental stairways start from Piazza di Spagna and end in front of the Trinità de Monti church at the top. People gather here to meet with friends, hang out, sit on the stairs and just admire the people. It’s hard finding a place to sit and going up the stairs could take forever since it’s hard to find a spot to step on.

Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy

Trajan’s Column

This is a famous 30 m high Roman triumphal column in Rome, which was built to commemorate the victory of Roman emperor Trajan against the Dacians. It’s famous for its spiral bas-relief, which illustrates the wars between the Roman and Dacians.

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Traians Column

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Iulia Vasile

Iulia is a travel expert, blogger, engineer, freelance copywriter, and a curiosity-driven personality. She sees travel as the ultimate tool for self-improvement and personal growth, and that's the main topic of her blog, Juliasomething.com.

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