Rome

Gregory Terekhin
Feb 8
The unforgettable trip to the eternal City on the banks of Tevere river, the capital of the ancient Rome Empire and the modern Italy.
The Trevi Fountain

Built in 1762, being 26 meters high - Trevi is the one of the most well-known baroque fountains in the World. Designed by the Italian architect Nicola Salvi, Trevi appeared in the several masterpiece movies (for example, 'La Dolce Vita' by Federico Fellini). The Pope's coat of arms is established on the top of the structure. It was reconstructed several times (in 17 and 18th centuries) with the great competition among the famous architects, the latest 2-million Euro renovation of the fountain took place in 2013-2015 and was sponsored by the fashion company Fendi. Trevi was reopened in 2015 and now fully accessible for public.

The Vatican City

You have surely heard of Vatican - the Holy city and the residence of the Popes, the Heads of the World Catholic Church. Vatican is considered to be the smallest independent state in the world and is the place where the greatest architectural masterpieces are located: The Saint Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Saint Pete's Basilica is the biggest church in the world, built in the Renaissance architectural style. The construction of the present Cathedral was finished in the early 17th century. The burial site of the Saint Peter (the Apostle) is supposedly located in the Basilica (the Old church was here from early times). The liturgies are held here often, several times per year presided by the Pope himself, collecting the audience up to 80 thousand of people. Saint Peter's Square is crowded on such occasions. The beautiful Sistine Chapel is located at the Apostolic Palace and was built in 15th century. It is famous for its frescoes, including the ones created by Michelangelo ('The Last Judgement' is the most recognized work of the Master). The interesting fact - the Pope and Vatican are guarded by the Swiss guards (it is the tradition from 16th century).

The Colosseum

Built in AD 80 during the reign of the Emperor Titus, the Colosseum is the biggest amphitheater in world. The gladiators' contests, public spectacles and even executions were held here and the Colosseum could accommodate up to 70 thousand spectators. In the middle Ages it was used  as the fortress, workshop and even the Shrine and suffered from the earthquakes several times. Nowadays, the Colosseum is perfectly preserved and is one of the main tourist attractions in Rome (and actually all over the world). Be prepared to stay in the long queue to buy a ticket, it is better to book it in advance. Wear the comfortable shoes, you will have to climb the steep staircases. 

Lido di Ostia 

After the overwhelming historical and architectural experience it is time to relax by the Tyrrhenian sea. The beautiful resort Lido-di-Ostia is located just 40 minutes train trip from the Termini station. The long promenade with the well-maintained private beaches (entrance from 15 Euro) and cafes attracts those who like the idle pastime. Relax by the sea in sun loungers, have a refreshing swim and try the local sea food at one of the restaurants. The town itself is small yet very cosy with the quiet residential areas and beautiful churches. Plan to spend a couple of hours here to breathe its salty sea air and make the memorable pictures.

The Opera theatre of Rome

It is time to change your clothes for the Theater night. Located in the Rome Center, the famous Opera was built in 1880 based on the architectural project of Achille Sfondrini. The Italian nation has the music in its veins, the history reflects it greatly. The glorious composers' (Puccini and Rossini) operas were staged here and the world's acclaimed singers performed at the Rome Opera. Nowadays, in its repertoire there are such legendary performances as 'La Traviata' and 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia'. The tickets can be purchased in advance through internet and cost from 30 to 150 Euro. Do not lose the chance to touch the Italian musical soul:)