Rome, or ?The Eternal City? as it is known, has spanned millenia as a dominant cultural, religious and historical centre. Within Rome is the Vatican City, in itself a sovereign state and the historical Papal seat of the Roman Catholic Church.
The pictorial decoration on the ceiling Sistine Chapel is one of the most famous tourist hot spots in the Vatican City. People from all over the globe come to view this work of art by the Renaissance artist Michelangelo. Another of his most famous works, the ?Pieta?, a sculpture of the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Christ is to be found in St. Peter?s Basilica, which in itself is also worth a visit, as it has the largest interior of any church in the world and was also built by Michelangelo towards the end of the Italian Renaissance. Michelangelo left many other relics from his time spent in Rome, including the ?Statue of the Redeemer? in the Santa Maria sopra Minerva, and the Piazza Campidoglio. You can take advantage of many of the tours offered and also ?skip the line? to many of the sights and museums in the Vatican City, allowing you more time to enjoy and take in their breath-taking presence.
Rome is the birthplace of one of the most notorious and formidable civilisations in history: The Romans. It encompassed all of Europe and Great Britain, it spread to the east, taking over a lot of the near east, and south down to North Africa. Memorabilia are to be seen all around Rome, one of the most famous attractions being the Colosseum; one of the greatest achievements of Roman architecture. Along with the brutality of the ?games? that took place within this monolith, this well preserved stadium really gives us an insight into Roman culture and architecture.
If history is what interests you most, you can go on a historical tour of Rome, where over eight hours you will see and learn about all the famous historical sights such as the Aureliana Column, the Pantheon and the ancient ruins of the Dominziano Stadium in Piazza Navona. Another interesting attraction is the ?Mouth of Truth? an ancient Roman sculpture, thought to be of a pagan God. The myth behind it, is that if you place your hand in it?s mouth, and if you are a liar, it will bite it off!
An increasingly popular way to view cities is through Segway tours. Not only do you get to cruise through Rome on this innovative new transportation device, you also have a unique opportunity to try these things out. As you glide through the streets of Rome you will be taken on a tour of all the main attractions and historical sights by highly knowledgeable and friendly tour guides.
If you would rather be seated and comfortable, there are always the good old fashioned bus tours, where your tour will be no less rich in information, plus you will have the advantage of sitting back to take in all the glorious sights that Rome has to offer.