When in Rome

Rome is the capital city of Italy and has a population of 2.8 million.

Rome is famous for the Colosseum.

colosseum rome italy

The Colosseum is an oval amphitheatre in the center of the city of RomeItaly, just east of the Roman Forum. It is the largest ancient amphitheater ever built, and is still the largest standing amphitheater in the world today, despite its age. 

Rome is known for the Roman Forum.

roman forum

The Roman Forum is a rectangular forum (plaza) surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome. Citizens of the ancient city referred to this space, originally a marketplace

Rome is a sprawling metropolis of Classical architecture.

Rome was once the world's main epicenters of Classical architecture, developing new forms such as the arch, the dome, and the vault. The Romanesque style in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries was also widely used in Roman architecture, and later the city became one of the main centers of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. 

Rome is known for more than its ancient history: it is also home to the Spanish Steps.

Spanish steps

The monumental stairway of 135 steps was built with French diplomat Étienne Gueffier linking the Trinità dei Monti church that was under the patronage of the Bourbon kings of France and the Bourbon Spanish Embassy at the top of the steps to the Holy See in the Palazzo Monaldeschi at the bottom of the steps. The stairway was designed by architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi.

Rome is famous for the Trevi Fountain. The Trevi fountain has appeared in several films such as Roman Holiday (1953), the eponymous Three Coins in the Fountain (1954), Federico Fellini's classic La Dolce Vita (1960), Sabrina Goes to Rome (1998), The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003), and When in Rome (2010) by Mark Steven Johnson.

Trevi Fountain Rome Italy

The Trevi Fountain is an 18th-century fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Giuseppe Pannini and several others. Standing 86 ft high and 161.3 ft wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world.

Rome is recognized for its world-famous film industry. Rome has been host to many film makers, both Italian and from Hollywood, which is why so many landmarks look familiar to tourists. But not all of these were filmed on location. In The Talented Mr Ripley with a young Matt Damon there are scenes shot at the Roman Forum, The Capitoline Museums, Piazza Mattei (with its beautiful Turtle Fountain), the Spanish Steps, Palazzo Taverna and Piazza Navona.

 We actually walked into a movie being filmed. It was so cool! 

Italy truly permits the best day trips. We used Google Maps to add all the locations and mapped it in a loop starting from the metro to Colosseum and ending with Roma Termini. 

A walking tour of Rome ItalyBecause our train was delayed 50 minutes we decided to skip the Vatican city and decided to eat at a KFC by the train station. I am from Jamaica and they have the best KFC so I am always looking for contenders. 

Don't forget to travel by fast speed trains from Roma Termini! The train went 150 mph from Rome to Milan, which was our next stop! By the way, Ocean’s Twelve (2004) by Steven Soderbergh had scenes shot by Roma Termini.

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