As you stroll around the city, and the old world bumps into the modern age, you’ll dodge high-spirited Roman teens and twenty-somethings as you gaze at Egyptian obelisks and Baroque palaces. It would be impossible to list Rome’s many sights-to-see here, but the following, in alphabetical order, are certainly highlights.
Dating from the 3rd Century B.C., this peaceful venue also was home to shops, a gym, a garden, and a library.
The history of this imposing castle has been closely connected to that of the Vatican, to which it is linked via an underground passage. Emperor Hadrian started construction on the fortress in 135 A.D. and it has been modified over the centuries.
There are almost 190 miles of catacombs under the city of Rome, and you’ll want to check some of them out…especially if you like the idea of a spooky tour, led by a nun, of underground passageways stacked with thousands of human bones. Some of the catacombs date back hundreds of years before Christ, and some hold the bones of early popes and saints. Popular catacombs include the old Appian Way’s San Callisto and San Sebastiano.
It’s now in ruins, but this venue could once hold 300,000 people cheering on the chariot racers. It dates from the 4th Century B.C.