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Discover the Vatican

The Vatican

The Vatican

The Vatican is the smallest state in the world with an area of ​​0.44 km2 occupied by 900 people. It is also called the Holy See and the State of Vatican City.

Each year, millions of visitors, but not only Christians, are found in this area to visit the heart of Christian life and marvel at the art of incredible richness.
Vatican Museums (Vatican Museums): 4.2 million visitors in 2010

To avoid the queue that can reach tens of meters to enter St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, focus on Tuesdays and Thursdays. After 11am on weekdays, the wait is reduced on Saturdays but rather after 13h or 14h.

Pompeï

PompeïIf you ever visit Pompeii, know a fascinating archaeological journey unfolds before you as you as you walk through the ancient ruins that were covered with ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius there is almost 2000 years.

Near Naples at the foot of Vesuvius, the city of Pompeii was founded in the sixth century BC. AD and completely buried, with 79 in Herculaneum, Stabiae and Oplontis, during an eruption of the volcano.

The eruption created a protective sheath on the site and caused the neglect of the city for 1600 years. Rediscovered by accident in the seventeenth century, the city was thus found in a state of unexpected conservation: the excavations carried out in the eighteenth century allowed to exhume a flourishing city, valuable evidence of urban civilization and the Roman Empire.
Pompeii is an amazing spot evidence of Roman civilization

Best monuments to visit in Rome

Rome is the heart of the ancient Roman history and that of the Christian religion. The numerous monuments of Rome are valuable witnesses of the past, having survived through the ages.

Catacombs of Rome

The catacombs of Rome were used at the beginning of Christianity in the first centuries AD. The word used today in a general sense is there since the original tomb of St. Sebastian was installed in an old quarry. However, the catacombs of Rome were also used by Jews and Gentiles.

The first few were dug out of the city, because Roman law forbade burial dess dead between the walls of the city. They were therefore located along the Roman roads. The San Sebastian in particular was about the Via Appia.

Catacombs

The sistin chapel

The Sistine Chapel is part of a residence of the Pope. The Cardinals will meet in conclave to elect the new pontiff. But it is also famous for its large frescoes by the painter Michelangelo and represent biblical scenes.

Sistine Chapel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forum

The Roman Forum is a site formerly occupied by many Roman buildings, which filled political or religious office space. At the time of the empire, it was the center of the city life. Today, there are still some remains, which can be visited with an entrance fee.

Forum

 

 

 

 

 

The Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain is a huge work, backed by a baroque palace. In the Great Basin, many statues represent an allegory of the sea inspired by Roman mythology.

Neptune, god of the ocean and sea, dominates the center. It is perched on a chariot pulled by two sea horses. One is the violent water, the other wild water. It is surrounded by many other deities, such as the gods of wealth, safety …
Tourists have the habit of throwing coins into the fountain. Tradition has it that one makes a wish by throwing in a first. In launch a second right arm with his back to the monument ensure you can return to Rome one day …

The Trevi Fountain

 

 

 

 

 

The Colosseum of Rome

This is an elliptical amphitheater in the city center of Rome. This building, one of the largest in Roman times, is a symbol of expertise in engineering.

We used to come to attend gladiator fights, wild animal hunts or dramas depicting dramatic episodes from mythology. In the Middle Ages, it was in turn used to install housing, a fortress, or … a Christian shrine.

The Colosseum of Rome

 

 

 

 

The Pantheon

The Pantheon is an ancient Roman temple remained intact. From the outside, it shows only rectangular structure, with a portico with many columns. The rest of the building forms an ellipse, surmounted by a dome 43 meters in diameter. At its peak, a hole is daylight, for use as a sundial.

The Pantheon

 

 

 

 

 

The VIttoriano

This colossal building dates from the nineteenth century. Its construction was decided by the Italian government, eager to build a monument celebrating the very recent unification of Italy (1861) by paying tribute to King Victor Emmanuel II. He had indeed played a major role in the reunification.

Vittoriano

 

 

 

 

 

Piazza Venezia

Piazza Venezia is located in the center of Rome. It was named after Cardinal Venezia who built his palace near the palace. The building became the seat of the Republic of Venice. There are several ancient buildings near the square, the Vittoriano, built in honor of King Victor Emmanuel II.

Piazza Venezia