The Eternal city is one of the most unique places in the world. Founded on the 21st April in 753 BC, in its over 2700 years Rome has maintained its status, not necessarily as the capital of the world, but perhaps as capital of culture. In Rome you will find ancient ruins, renaissance masterpieces, modern architecture, all spread amongst its 7 hills. Rome is one of the best loved locations for films too, and between its ancient art, world renowned churches and its art and romantic cityscapes, we all seem to know Rome. But what if you want to get to know it a little more intimately? Here are 10 reasons to head to the Eternal City and fall in love.
The Colosseum – round and square
Perhaps one of the most recognizable is the Colosseum or Flavian Amphitheatre. It was built between 70 and 80 AD and its unique rounded structure dominates the city. This true wonder of the world is one of the most visited attractions by tourists and symbol of the city and its past. It’s a must see when visiting Rome, with its idiosyncrasies like make belief gladiators and roman soldiers posing outside for picture ops. But Rome has 2 Colosseums, so to speak. The Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, in the city’s EUR district, chosen as the location of Universal Expo 1940 (which never happened). The unique structure of the palace, with its arches and statues, built in the Rationalist style is also known as the “square Colosseum”, and definitely worth a visit when in Rome. The Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana is relatively unknown, unless you’re a fan of Italian Neorealism, as it is prominently featured in Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1962 film L’eclisse, Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1970 film The Conformist. and Federico Fellini’s films Otto e Mezzo, and his scene in Boccaccio ’70.
A city of water
Rome is not only an ancient architectural feat, but its also mindboggling in terms of numbers. Did you know for example that Rome boasts over 2000 fountains? From Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Trevi Fountain (and many others by the sculpture) and his father’s Barcaccia Fountain to the Janiculum hill’s fontanone (big fountain), which marks the end of the Acqua Paola aqueduct, and was the protagonist of one of the scenes from the Oscar winning The Great Beauty film by Paolo Sorrentino, there are plenty of these beautiful structures to admire. One more tip? The nasone (big nose) fountains distribute drinkable water. Also, on the note of water, the Terme di Caracalla (baths) and the aqueducts are must sees.