Holidays to Rome

Rome is so rich in history that every time the municipal authorities decide to dig a tunnel or even sink a shaft for foundations, the archaeologists have to rush in to document the finds that will inevitably be found throughout the area.

It is, for the same reason, worth doing a little background reading and research before you begin your Rome holidays, because there is so much to see and do here that unless you have independent resources and a long period of time at your disposal, you will find in difficult to visit everything you should.

Some of the most popular sights on any holidays in Rome, however, are also the most obvious.

The world famous coliseum is a case in point. Correctly named the Flavian Amphitheatre, this vast structure is still impressive despite being hit by an earthquake in ancient times and partially destroyed. This could have been an act of God in judgement on the death and violence meted out to thousands of animals and humans during the infamous Games begun by Nero, Titus, and Vespasian. You can still see the gladiators’ barracks and other structures, and wonder how such a high civilisation could create such a place.

The Catacombs tunnelled beneath the city are where the first Christians held their small and surreptitious meetings during the great Persecutions, and some of their wall drawings are still visible and are venerated by faithful visitors. However, the catacombs were also used by the population at large for burials in niches, and not just as a bolthole for persecuted Christians. There are regular guided tours and no chance of getting lost, though plenty of jokes exist about tourists wandering the tunnels for several weeks after being detached from their group. These are apocryphal, of course...

The Capitoline Museums are the places to find the very best in Roman statuary and obtain a real glimpse of the majesty of this civilisation, its unbending self-discipline, and its outrageous pride and intolerance of anything that was not Roman. Holidays in Rome should certainly take in these wonderful and extensive collections of fine marble, and the marble itself induces a cooling effect after the noon heat. There are places to eat and drink here, too, so they make for a good day out.

Holidays to Rome will necessarily involve a lot of historic sightseeing, but an antidote to this is a trip to the Rome Zoo. This is situated near the Villa Borghese Park and not far either from the Spanish Steps. The kids especially, perhaps not properly appreciative of the static ancient history, will be placated and excited by a trip to the zoo.


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