Last month, I visited Rome with my family and evidenced the glorious and sumptuousness of this place. My tourist guide informed me a lot about the city and its history. Rome has a history of more than two and half centuries and has enjoyed the status of the center of one of the greatest civilizations of the world. I visited the Colosseum that used to be an amphitheatre in the ancient times. I was informed that it was used for a number of different purposes including executions, public speeches, and for several entertainment purposes. It used to host gladiator contests which were one of the most popular entertainments of ancient times .
Imagining about the gladiators and the enormity of the colosseum, we decided to return to hotel as all of us were very tired. My father sent the tourist guide and called him again in the morning. Next day we started our tour by visiting pantheon, a temple for the ancient roman gods as told by the tourist guide. The pantheon is huge in size, rich in historical importance and a gorgeous edifice that reminds the glory of ancient Rome. The next destination, as suggested by our tourist guide was the roman forum, an additional structure of ancient Rome that tells the story of Rome’s elegance. Roman forum used to be the centre of politics in the ancient times. After visiting this place, we returned to the hotel as Sylvia, my younger sister was hungry and tired.
Next day, we decided to visit castle saint’ Angelo, a huge museum that tells the story of Rome to its visitors. We visited St. Peter’s basilica and basilica of St. John Lateran, where the pope resides. Our tourist guide suggested us to visit basilica di Santa Maria maggiore and saint’ Andrea Della Valle. After that we visited the great synagogue of Rome. This beautiful and elegant building is worship place of Jews. The next building that we visited was mosque of Rome which is the biggest mosque of Europe. This mosque is very beautiful and one of main centers of Islam in the world. This was more than enough for one day.
Next day my mother insisted to visit Trevi fountain and our guide took us there. Guide told us that throwing coin in the fountain brings good luck and we all threw coins in the fountain believing that our wishes would be fulfilled. We visited piazza colonna, piazza navonna and roamed on via Veneto Street. Antico café Greco, a famous café house was our next stoppage where we had our coffee. Monument of vittorio Emanuele II was the last place that we visited and after that we returned to the hotel as we had to pack our bags. We all thanked to the tourist guide, Rosily and after paying him, returned to hotel. The tour of Rome is an unforgettable experience and we all have decided that whenever we plan to visit next time, we will visit Rome once again.
Dyson, Stephen L. Rome: A Living Portrait of an Ancient City. Maryland: JHU Press. , 2010.