Rome has some of the most recognizable tourist attractions in the world. Visit the Colosseum, the home of the gladiatorial games. This stadium could seat over 80,000 spectators and has been used for multiple public spectacles from mock sea battles to executions and hunting displays. You can tour during the day or at night. With over 7 million visitors last year it might be worth purchasing a “skip the line“ ticket and avoid the long wait.
There is also a “skip the line ticket” for three of the most popular sites Palatine Hill, Roman Forum and the Colosseum. This will give you an overview of how the Romans lived and the great City State developed. There is nothing more evocative than treading in the footsteps of Julius Caesar, see his tomb and imagine the workings of the everyday Roman in the Forum. With so much history to imbibe how would you prepare children for a feast of history. I would go back to school, not simply any school. Enroll your family in Gladiator school and spend a couple of hours in a toga practicing sword skills and learning how gladiators plied their trade. Many of Rome’s attractions are suitable for adults and children alike. The spectacular Trevi fountain is located close to the Parthenon and is on the walking route around this city. I challenge you to throw a coin into the fountain, toss it over your shoulder in the traditional way and you are promised good luck. This is a wonderful piece of art and an iconic place to take a photo.
As well as the construction of the Trevi fountain the 18 th century also saw the construction of the Spanish Steps. Constructed between the Piazza di Spagna and the Piazza Trinita Dei Monti the 135 steps are worth ascending. These steps have featured in films and art so this is an area to be explored. Enjoy the cafes and shops at the bottom or the Trinita Dei Monti church at the top. Rome is the seat of Western Christianity and there are plenty of Churches to explore from The Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo which was reputedly founded to exorcise the ghost of Nero. He was alleged to be haunting the city. Visit the Santa Maria in Trastevere which is home to some of Catholicism’s most famous relics.
Located within the Capital of Italy is the epicenter of the Catholic world. The Vatican is an independent country and home to the Holy See. Within its walls, you can visit two of the most magnificent churches in Christendom. St Peters Basilica and The Sistine chapel are just beautiful. St Peters can house some 20,000 congregants and has some of the most spectacular renaissance art in the world. The Sistine chapel has some 1000 square meters of frescos telling the story of man painted by Michelangelo.
What is in Rome for the Jewish traveler. On the Via Sacra, you can find the Arch of Titus which depicts the spoils from the Second Temple being brought to Rome from Jerusalem. Among the spoils of victory were the Menorah and Jewish slaves. These slaves were the foundation of the Jewish community of Rome.
Found in one of the most distinctive areas the area known as the Ghetto has been home to a thriving Jewish community for 2000 years. There are some fantastic buildings here. The Great Synagogue is a must, not just a beautiful building but it was built after the Jews were emancipated in 1870 it is also a place of hope and freedom. Today you can find 14 synagogues according to TotallyJewishTravel. If you require a weekday minyan or Shabbat hospitality contact the places listed in the directory.
The Ghetto is proof of Rome’s thriving Jewish community and the Palazzo Mattei is a reflection of the community’s involvement in public life. These baroque buildings were owned by the Mattei family and Caravaggio was there most famous tenant. Patronage of the Arts was a noble pursuit and in the Ghetto, you can see the theatre of Marcellus which is a callosum for the theatre and poetry. The Jewish Ghetto has something for everyone so meander down its courtyards and enjoy the ambiance.
The Jewish traveler that is in search of prayers and sustenance should look at TotallyJewishTravels Rome Kosher Guide to kosher restaurants and synagogues. In Rome, you will find no less than 44 kosher restaurants and eateries, most of which are within strolling distance of the main tourist attractions. You can find something to suit all tastes and budgets from steak to pizza and pasta Rome has it all.
Rome is the Eternal City and it is also a late-night city. The movers and shakers don’t go out until at least 9 pm so plan your evening accordingly. Enjoy a cocktail at the Roof Garden Les Étoiles on top of the Hotel Atlante Star. Watch the sun go down over the Dome of the Basilica of St Peter and take pictures of the panoramic view. This is just one of many cool ways to while away the hours in Rome.