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THE TEN ATTRACTIONS AND MONUMENTS TO VISIT IN ROME IN A WEEK

Visiting Rome in a week will be an unforgettable experience for you. You will have time to enjoy what the eternal city has to offer to its visitors.
We suggest you the main attractions and monuments that you absolutely should not miss. They are all super-searched attractions, so we suggest you to get an online ticket before you start your visit, in order to avoid the queue and to save save time and energy for the visit!

Below are listed the 10 attractions and the main monuments to visit in Rome in a week:

 Rome in a week: don't miss the Colosseum
Colosseum

Symbol par excellence of Rome and of Italy itself, Colosseum 罗马竞技场 is the most visited attraction in the city, with almost five million visitors a year.
Started by Vespasiano in 72 d.c., was inaugurated by his son Titus in 80 a.d. It could host more than 50,000 spectators who came here to watch gladiatorial or animal fights. It is the largest of the Roman monuments left until today.

The queues at the entrance are very long. We therefore advise you to buy the ticket online for priority access.

The amazing Basilica of San Pietro in RomeBasilica of Saint Peter

It is located where the emperor Constantine had a shrine erected in the year 324 in honor of Peter the Apostle, who had been crucified and buried right there.
Today’s look is due to the project of Bramante, dating back to 1506. It was built by artists such as Raphael, Antonio da San Gallo, Michelangelo. The interior, as well as the colonnade were made by Bernini. The basilica is the largest church in the world. If you want to climb on its amazing dome we suggest you get the ticket online: you will be able to skip the line!

Opening times: 1st October – 31 March every day 7.00-18.30 / 1st April – 30

 The Laocoonte group at the Vatican Museums. Buy the tickets online to skip the line
The Vatican Museums

Among the most beautiful museum complexes in the world, they host an incredible collection of works of art collected by different popes over the centuries. To visit them it is possible to make different itineraries, all of which end with the Sistine Chapel. The buildings that house the Vatican Museums extend over an area of 5.5 hectares. The Pinacoteca, the Pio-Clementino Museum, the Geographical Maps Gallery, the Raffello Rooms and the Sistine Chapel are absolutely worth seeing. There are very long queues at the entrance. If you want to save time and effort, you should purchase an online ticket.

Opening times: Monday to Saturday 9.00-18.00 (last admission at 4pm and exit from the rooms half an hour before closing). Full ticket € 16, reduced ticket € 8.

The Pantheon, one of the attractions to visit during the week in Roma
Pantheon

A temple dedicated to all the gods, this building, which is one the best preserved buildings of ancient Rome, was transformed into a Christian church in 608. The Pantheon was built by Agrippa in 27 b.c., as attested by the inscription on the pediment.
Both its height and the diameter of the interior measure 43.3 meters. The extraordinary dome, which is the largest stone vault ever built, is considered the most important work of classical architecture. Together with the Colosseum, the Pantheon is one of the great symbols of Rome and the best preserved ancient monument of the capital.

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The Trevi fountain, an attraction of Rome not to be missed
Trevi Fountain

Among the most photographed monuments in Rome, along with the Colosseum, it is one of the symbols of Rome in the world. This splendid baroque fountain, designed by Nicola Savi in 1732, occupies almost completely the small square in which it is located. It represents the waggon of Neptune pulled by tritons with sea horses (a wild one and a docile one) that symbolize the different aspects of the sea.

azza Navona, not to be missed during your weekly visit of Rome
Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is the window of the center of Rome with its sculptured fountains, the beautiful Baroque palaces and the outdoor cafes. The square is always crowded with tourists, street artists, street vendors. Piazza Navona has been the seat of the main market of the city for 300 years. In this square you can compare the works of two great artists of the Baroque: the fountain of the four rivers by Bernini and the Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone built by Borromini.

Piazza di Spagna, one of the most famous squares of Rome
Piazza di Spagna

This 1725 Baroque square, with its famous Trinità dei Monti staircase (recently restored), has always attracted tourists and travelers and is still today a popular meeting place. The fountain in the shape of a boat (the Barcaccia) located in the square, is the work of Pietro Bernini, father of the famous Gian Lorenzo, and represents a sinking boat. It is one of the main places of the nightlife in the historic center of Rome.

The Borghese Gallery in Rome
Museo Galleria Borghese

Located in the park of Villa Borgese, a green lung of Rome, it hosts one of the most prestigious collections of art objects in Rome. In one place you will find a concentration of works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Botticelli and Raphael, and the famous statue of Canova portraying Paolina Borghese as the winning Venus. We recommend you to buy an online ticket for priority access.

Opening times: closed on Monday, Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30 to 19.30 closed on January 1, December 25. The entry is allowed up to half an hour before the closing time.
Full ticket €11,00(9,00 + 2,00 of mandatory booking), reduced ticket €6,50 (4,50 + 2,00 of mandatory booking). The cost of the entrance ticket could be increased.

The Vittoriano, one of the main monuments of Rome
Piazza Venezia

Connected to the Colosseum through the monumental Via dei Fori Imperiali is perhaps the most important crossroad of the city. On its sides there are Palazzo Venezia, the first large Renaissance building in Rome and the Vittoriano, a monument built since in 1885 to celebrate the unity of Italy. Inaugurated in 1911 it was then dedicated to the unknown soldier.
Online tickets are recommended to avoid long lines.

The Capitolini Museums in the piazza del Campidoglio of Rome
Capitolini Museums

They constitute a public gallery of the world’s oldest sculptures. Created by Pope Sixtus IV in 1471, they were enriched by successive popes as new statues were brought to light. The museums occupy the Palazzo Nuovo and the Palazzo dei Conservatori, both located on Piazza del Campidoglio.

Opening times: open every day 9.30-19.30, on the 24 and 31 December 9.30-14. The ticket office closes an hour earlier. Closed on January 1st, May 1st, December 31st. Full ticket € 14, reduced ticket € 12

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PARTICIPATE IN THE AUDIENCE OF POPE FRANCIS

If you have decided to visit Rome in 3 days (but not during the weekend) and you are faithful to Pope Francis, do not miss the opportunity to attend his weekly audience. It takes place on Wednesday at 10.30 am in St. Peter’s Square or in the Paul VI Audience Hall, also known as the Sala Nervi. Whenever possible, Pope Francis visits the whole square with the popemobile starting from under the Arco delle Campane, making several stops to greet and embrace the people around.

By booking the tickets with Getyourguide you can also add to the Pope Francis audience a guided tour that will introduce you to the fascinating stories of the papacy and the artists who have contributed to making the Vatican City one of the greatest beauties in the world.
For the tour, which lasts 4 hours, both a smartphone and paper vouchers are accepted and it is possible to cancel until the day before to receive a full refund.

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By booking the tour:

  • You will be asked to book and confirm the participation in the hearing
  • You will receive tickets comfortably and you will have the best seats
  • Before the beginning of the Pope’s speech you will be provided with all the necessary information and explanations related to the event
  • You will be given headphones to follow carefully all the speech by Pope Francis
  • You will take part in the papal audience accompanied by the tour staff

Notes:
The tour ends at the beginning of the hearing and the duration of the hearing may vary
It is necessary to wear appropriate clothing (knees, shoulders and back should be covered)
People in wheelchairs or those with reduced mobility must be accompanied or assisted by someone.

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THE TREVI FOUNTAIN

Immortalized by Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg in the film by Fellini “La dolce vita”, the Trevi Fountain is one of the main attractions of Rome and should be an essential stop on your itinerary in the capital. If you want to visit Rome in 3 days or if you only have one weekend, you can not leave without having seen it and thrown your coin into the water to be able to come back!

The Trevi Fountain is a very large sculptural complex, so much so that it occupies almost the entire square.
It was created by Nicola Salvi in 1732 and completed in 1762 by Giuseppe Pannini.
Made with travertine, marble, plaster, stucco and metals, it represents Ocean on a cart pulled by two horses (a wild one and another docile, that represent the different moods of the sea), which in turn are guided by tritons.

The fountain, today as when it was built, is fed by one of the oldest aqueducts in Rome, the aqueduct of Acqua Virgo (Acqua Vergine), built between 19 and 22 a.C. from Agrippa. The name Trevi derives from the fact that at this point three ways converged.

On the eastern side of the Trevi Fountain there is a large vase in stone called “ace of cups” because it recalls the playing card. It is said that during the construction works, a barber, who owned his shop on the square, continued to criticize the Salvi’s project. Salvi then added the vase so as to prevent the barber from seeing the work and continuing to make his annoying criticism.

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Since the aqueduct was completed on this site there has always been a fountain. In 1453 Pope Nicholas V commissioned Leon Battista Alberti to restore the water way.
In 1629, Urban VIII commissioned Bernini to design a new fountain, but it was never built.
In 1730 Pope Clement XII announced a competition to choose the best architectural projects. The Salvi’s project won the competition and two years later the works began.

The last restoration of the Trevi Fountain dates back to 2015. The cost of 2.2 million euros were financed by the Fendi fashion house and the work brought the fountain back to its former glory.

TRADITIONS RELATED TO THE TREVI FOUNTAIN

The most famous tradition is the tossing of a coin into the fountain: by doing this with closed eyes and turning on the opposite side of Palazzo Poli, one would favor a future return to the city.
The origins of this tradition are not well known. Perhaps it could derive from the ancient custom of throwing into the sacred sources obols or small gifts to propitiate the local divinity, as it happens for the wells of desires.

There is no tourist who does not know this tradition and who does not perform this ritual. The Municipality of Rome established in 2006 that all the reclaimed coins (a sum equal to about three thousand euros per day) should be destined for Caritas in Rome. In fact, around 3,000 euros are drawn every day from the fountain. All those who take the money for themselves are prosecuted criminally.

According to another tradition, when people still drank water from the fountain (and the water of Trevi, which today is used only for irrigation and to feed the fountains, was considered among the best in Rome, because it is not calcareous) girls asked their boyfriend who was leaving to drink it in a glass, that was later shattered in sign and wish of fidelity.

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