Now that we've roamed around the hotel's area on foot, how about a one-day itinerary to discover Ancient Rome?
Now that we've roamed around the hotel's area on foot (the day 1 itinerary), and discovered the Vatican City and St. Peter (the day 2 itinerary) how about a one-day itinerary to discover Ancient Rome?
Starting point: the Palatine Hill, where, legend has it, Romulus killed his twin brother Remo and founded Rome (753 BC).
Take the bus or the metro (Colosseo stop) from our hotel. Go down Via di San Gregorio and you'll get to the entrance after 250 meters (about two blocks).
Don't be fooled by their state of ruin: in Ancient Rome, this was a residential area for the very upper crust.
The many homes include that of Emperor Augustus and his wife Livia, featuring lovely frescoed rooms.
Walk back down to the Colosseum, one of the world’s most visited museums (more than 6,500,000 tickets were sold last year!). It could accommodate more than 50,000 people. Learn a few fascinating facts about the Colosseum in this post.
From here let's explore Rome's top archaeological area, the Forum. The Forum was the religious, political, and commercial center of Rome. Here, at the Roman Forum, senators and emperors made decisions that had rippling effects over the entire Roman Empire. Read more here -->
A millennium later, another 5 fora were built by various emperors: in chronological order of inauguration the forums built were the Forum of Caesar (46 BC), the Forum of Augustus (2 BC), The Temple of Peace or Templum Pacis (75 AD), Forum of Nerva or Forum Transitorium (97AD) and the Forum of Trajan (112 and 113 AD). Unfortunately, little is left of those, but it's well worth a visit to the Museum of the Roman Forum and the Museum of the Trajan Markets. More on the official website --> http://www.mercatiditraiano.it/en/il_museo/editoriale
Finish off by going up the Capitoline Hill, where you can enjoy a birds-eye-view over the Roman Forum. Inhabited since antiquity, the hill was of enormous importance in Roman history, though its original appearance has been changed over time.
Today it is home to the offices of the Municipality of Rome. Be sure to check out the Capitoline Museums.
The creation of the Capitoline Museums has been traced back to 1471, when Pope Sixtus IV donated a group of bronze statues of great symbolic value to the People of Rome. The collections are closely linked to the city of Rome, and most of the exhibits come from the city itself. Besides a large collection of ancient Roman statues, you may find masterpieces of several centuries.
The most famous of its plethora of statues is the She-Wolf (500 BC, but the two twins were added in the Renaissance).
The Piazza del Campidoglio was designed by none other than Michelangelo. Many consider it Rome's most beautiful square.
For a relaxing breather, enjoy a coffee on the museum's panoramic terrace.
Coming back down, you'll be sure to wonder what is the enormous white marble monument dominating the square. This is the Vittoriano, also known as the Altar of the Fatherland and we'll tell you more about it soon!
See the best of Rome in three days: