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Saint Peter's Church, the Coliseum, and the Pantheon are just a few of the many important sights to see in Rome, Italy. Trevi Fountain is a pretty sight and deserves a visit. Roman Forum was considered as the centre of the universe; definitely worth a look. For an Art lover, Rome is the place to be. You should spend at least one week in Rome if you want to enjoy the beauty of these breathtaking structures. If you have more time, you might want to catch Ancient Ostia, the port city of Rome.
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We suggest you take guided tours , this way you can cover most of Rome efficiently. We have divided Sightseeing Rome into three sections.

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Basilica of Saint Peter (San Pietro), Rome, Italy
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Saint Peter's is where people go to receive the Pope’s blessing on Sundays. The best artists of the Renaissance worked for their whole lives to decorate this version of St. Peter's: Bramante(1444-1514. Bramante was the original architect of this version of St. Peter's), Michael Angelo (1475-1564), Baldassare Peruzzi (1481-1536), Raphael (1483-1520) and, Antonio Sangallo the Younger (1483-1546). Take a good look at the top of the dome, it's absolutely fantastic! Physical proportions of the sublime St. Peter's Basilica are staggering: it covers about 18,100 square yards, extends 212 yards in length, and carries a dome that rises 435 feet and measures 138 feet across its base.
Address: Piazza San Pietro Rome, 00193 Italy 06 6988 3462 Website: www.vatican.va
The view from the top of St. Peter's Basilica is considered by many to be the best view of Rome. You can see all the way to the Colosseum, Piazza Venezia, Villa Borghese...a breathtakingly spectacular sight.

Recommended Tour: Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour

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The  Coliseum (also spelled Colosseum),
Rome, Italy
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Have you ever seen Gladiator, the movie? This is where it was filmed. The Coliseum is a must-see sight for visitors to Rome. It is one of the most well preserved marble structures in the world. It was originally built as a horse racing circuit and can accommodate as many as 55,000 spectators. Opened in 72 AD, its finishing was celebrated for 100 days.
Address: Piazza del Colosseo Rome, 00184 Italy Phone: 06 7004261.

Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) Rome, Italy
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A delightful and refreshing sight, this fountain was built by architect Salvi (1735) at the time of Clement XII, and decorated by several artists of Bernini's school. It is the front of Palazzo Poli ,a large palace, and is decorated with statues and bas-reliefs on heaps of rocks. It is believed that if you throw a coin in this fountain, you will return to Rome again!
Address: Piazza di Trevi Rome, 00187 Italy

Roman Forum, Rome, Italy
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The Roman Forum was the center of the economic, political and social life of the city. It includes the remains of the triumphal arch of Emperor Septimius Severus. It also features the Temple of Saturn, Arch of Titus and the House of the Vestals. For many it was the Centre of Universe. The Roman Forum is credited with giving the word ‘forum' to our language as a place of debate, discussion and decision.
When visiting the Roman forums, take some water with you (hard to buy a bottle there). And you can leave your fashion clothes at home, you will come out all dirty and covered in dust after a visit to this place...

A good view over the forum can be had from the top of the Capitoline hill - just past the museums on the right hand side.

Address: Largo Romolo e Remo Rome, 00186 Italy Phone: 06 699 0110

Vatican Museums Rome, Italy
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This is the place where you will find Michelangelo's exquisite ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It's stunning beauty attracts millions from all over the world. Due to its high popularity, it is usually very crowded. You may have to wait for as much as 2-3 hours! To avoid this, try going on weekdays. Also due to large crowd, there isn't much time to look at everything and find answers to questions. Due to minimal labeling, its a good idea to take along a very detailed guidebook. Be prepared for some serious neck craning while you look at the amazing ceiling of the Sistine Chapel!

 
 

Borghese Gallery (Galleria Borghese) Rome, Italy
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Galleria Borghese has some of the most stunning paintings and sculptures in the world. It is a veritable Art lover's delight. Because it is often very crowded, we suggest you make advance reservations. You are only allowed to be there for a 2-hour time slot. Consider hiring a tour guide when visiting the gallery-you will learn a lot more about the artifacts of the gallery in the allotted time window.
Address: Piazzale Scipione Borghese, Rome, 00197 Italy Phone: 06 841 3979
Website: http://www.galleriaborghese.it/borghese/en/edefault.htm

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