Angela Corrias

Correspondent

  • Rome, Italy, EUR

Angela Corrias is a freelance travel journalist and photographer who lives in Rome, Italy and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. Born in Italy, she left her home country after college and since then she has lived in Dublin, London and Shanghai. Among the others, her work has appeared in Chinese newspaper Global Times, Literary Traveler, GoNomad and Matador Network. She’s happiest when on the road in the perpetual quest for the unknown, capturing colors and flavors around the world for her blog Chasing The Unexpected.

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    What are the best attractions in Rome?

    Photo by Angela Corrias With more than 2.500 years of battles, art and history-making under its belt, Rome is one of those travel destinations that has something to offer to all of its visitors. Whether you are a history buff, an art lover, an architecture expert or into religious tourism, rest assured that the Eternal City will live up to your most demanding expectations.

    To immediately get under the skin of the Italian capital, start your tour from the very beginning, where it was founded, climbing the large stone steps up to the Campidoglio, Capitoline Hill, where today lie the Musei Capitolini, a fascinating collection of ruins of ancient temples, pieces of decoration from ancient houses and gardens, and statues, such as the one of Emperor Marcus Aurelius.

    Continue your journey through history strolling along the Fori Imperiali, awe-inspiring ruins of emperors' personal fora, space devoted to cultural life and commercial activities. At the end of the cobbled boulevard, you will spontaneously stop to admire the Colosseum, arguably Rome's most popular tourist draw thanks to its captivating architectural style and gory past. If your passion for history is not satisfied yet, once at the Colosseum turn right, go past the Foro Romano and on the way to the Circus Maximus stop at the Caracalla Baths, magnificent and often overlooked testimony of ancient Rome's much adored and finest spa experience.

    A visit to the Italian capital cannot be considered complete without a tribute to the Pantheon, beautiful former temple devoted to all the gods and one of its best-preserved monuments. Not far from here, just across Corso Rinascimento, is Piazza Venezia, but before having your photo taken in front of one of its elegant fountains and your portrait made by one of the many street artists, stop at the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi to admire three Caravaggio paintings, The Calling of St. Matthew, The Inspiration of St. Matthew and The Martyrdom of St. Matthew. Just a ten-minute walk away is the Trevi Fountain, Rome's biggest and most famous fountain, a stunning Baroque-style masterpiece celebrated by beloved Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini in his movie La Dolce Vita. To make sure you will come back to Rome one day, join the crowd and throw a coin into the fountain.

    If you haven't overdosed on artistic masterpieces yet, head to the Vatican City. Here, between the majestic Saint Peter Basilica, where Michelangelo's La Pietà never fails to attract thousands of tourists daily, and the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums, you can easily spend a whole day.

    These are only some of Rome's main attractions, a small introduction to the city's legacy, but every time you will visit the Italian capital you will discover something new, because here literally around every corner a piece of history has been made.
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