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A TRAVEL GUIDE TO THE ANCIENT CITY | ROME, ITALY - Bondi to Basic
Rome is a city that has an amazing mix of old and new. A city that has kept its stunning and historic buildings whilst moving along in the modern world. You can wander the quaint cobblestone streets with a delicious gelato in your hand whilst walking from one stunning and impressive monument to the next. From the Spanish steps to the world-famous Colosseum and Vatican City, this city has so much to offer. Of course, being an Italian city, the city is also a foodie’s heaven, from the best gelato to pizza and pasta, you might come back with a few extra kilos of ‘baggage’. Here’s my ultimate Rome travel guide! MUST-SEE SIGHTS AND ATTRACTIONS Rome is pretty much an open theater with stunning monuments, historic buildings, statues, cobblestone streets and just oldness everywhere. You can pretty much leave your hotel and start wandering around and you will see most of Rome’s most iconic attractions without ever seeking them out. Because there is so much, it would be impossible to list everything here, but I have tried to include some of the best and some of the most popular attractions. TREVI FOUNTAIN This stunning and ever so impressive fountain was designed by Nicola Salvi in 1732 and depicts the sea god Oceanus with his seahorses. It was also featured in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita and is still incredibly popular with the crowds. This means that you might have to wait a while before you can reach this colossal waterfront. Make sure to throw a coin into the Trevi because legend has it that one day you’ll return to Rome. PANTHEON The Pantheon was built in 126 AD to honour the Pagan gods. Today, it’s the most well preserved and influential building of ancient Rome. It contains the largest brick dome in the history of architecture. Super impressive to see! Since the admission is free, it does get crowded here. Advise st to go in the morning, to try and beat the crowds. THE SPANISH STEPS You cannot come to Rome without visiting the Spanish Steps! Everybody flocks to them! The Spanish Steps, a lively staircase of 135 steps, were made famous by Audrey Hepburn’s 1953 film Roman Holiday. They are a great place to people watch and start your window shopping. Visit these steps on your way to Pantheon which is only a 10-minute walk away. TREK UP TO GIANICOLO HILL Exploring Rome off the beaten path requires some intensity and a bit of sweat. The city is beach explored on foot through all the winding streets and hillslopes. One of the most amazing walks to do is the Colle Del Giancola. Take a walk up from the west of the River Tiber to Piazzale Giuseppe Garibaldi atop Gianicolo Hill. The panoramic view of the city from the top is one of the best, and though the steep hike is a bit challenging, there are several benches and cafés along the way so you can take a breather VISIT THE VATICAN The Vatican…