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The approach to St. Peter's is impressive, and purposely designed so, to remind the visitor of the status of this church in the Roman Catholic world. The visitor passes through security checks and along the colonnades of St. Peter's Square up the staircase at the end to the faÃ§ade in front of the Basilica, which is topped by statues of all the Apostles and John the Baptist with Christ at the centre. Today the Basilica is almost as much a museum as a church - there are over 400 statues and artifacts installed at various locations inside. The building contains 50 chapels and is so well proportioned that it is easy to forget its immense size. Some of the highlights include the Chapel of the Crucifix, Chapel of the Holy Sacrament, Monument to Gregory XIII and the Throne of St. Peter.
The Basilica is topped by a huge dome. Each of the 4 pillars supporting it are about 71m in perimeter, and hung with artifacts representing the 4 Evangelists who wrote the Gospels. The dome is decorated with beautiful mosaics. Unfortunately, the view of the Basilica from the interior of the Dome is marred by a fine wire fence. From the Cupola at the top of the dome outside you get fantastic views over St. Peter's Square and the rest of both the Vatican and Rome.
The Vatican was linked to the Castel Sant'Angelo to provide a fortress for the armies of the Pope in times of trouble. The fortress now is open to the public as a museum and contains large numbers of frescos and other artifacts worth seeing. From the roof of the Castel is another inspiring view of Rome.
(The most common spelling is "Colosseum", but search will quickly show that it seems that no two places spell it the same. Other common variants include 'Coloseum, Colisseum, Colliseum, Colleseum, Colossium and Colissium'. However it is spelt, the intention is the same.)
Just outside the Coliseum is the Arch of Constantine (Arco di Costantino), a 25m high monument built in AD315 to mark the victory of Constantine over Maxentius at Pons Milvius. The Coliseum is right next to both the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. The main sights of the Forum include the Arch of Titus (Arco di Tito), the Temple of Saturn, Julia Basilica, Temple of Romulus, and the renovated Roman Senate building (the Curia). These are all linked by the Sacra Via, the main road through the Forum. Hidden at one end is the notorious Mamertine Prison
To the south of the forum lies Palatine Hill (il Palatino). The area became a home to the Roman ruling class during the Republic. Caesar Augustus, the first Roman Emperor, lived here. Entrance to this area is via the Clivus Palatinus to the right of the Arch of Titus. Aside from offering fantastic views over the Forum, il Palatino is also home of the Casa di Livia, Domus Augustana and a large Stadio (Stadium of Domitian). The hill backs onto the Circo Massimo (Circus Maximus).
Nearby is the Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain) named for the 3 streets (tre vie) which meet in front of it. In the other direction is the Piazza Navona, one of the most famous squares in the world. Here is located the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, whose 4 statues represent 4 great rivers of 4 continents (Danube for Europe, Rio de la Plata for America, Ganges for Asia and the Nile for Africa). The piazza also contains a statue of Neptune in another fountain at one of the ends.
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Rome Tourist Information Centre
Via Parigi 11
Phone: 0039 06 48 89 91
Flight: Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Giovan Battista Pastine Airport (in Ciampino)
Trains: National and International trains from Roma Termini Station.
Car: As is said, 'all roads lead to Rome' and this is never truer than when in Italy (eventually).