Hello, I’m going to tell something about Rome. I’ve chosen this subject because I went to Rome myself last year. I will tell you something about my experiences in Rome after I’ve told you some common information about this city.
The City Rome.
If you would sum up the city of Rome in two words, they would be 'busy' and 'historic'. Together with Milan, Rome is the biggest city of Italy and counts more then 2,6 million citizens. Rome is more than 2,700 years old and has become one of the most popular cities in the world.
Rome is full of history with an enormous amount of spectacular ancient Roman monuments, including the Vatican City, the Roman Forum, from where Julius Caesar once governed, the Colosseum and the ruins of the Circus Maximus, where, if you use your imagination you can almost picture the 200,000 spectators looking at gladiator fights.
There are also a large number of museums with ancient artifacts and countless Rome art galleries, with world-famous paintings and sculptures.
Now I’m going to tell you something about a few tourist attractions where I have been myself. First about the Vatican City and then about the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and at last the Roman Forum.
The Vatican City.
The Vatican City, home to the Pope, has many spectacular buildings and churches to visit. It’s recently the world's smallest independent sovereign state and it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rome.
Within the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel is one of the most famous attractions. It has a vast ceiling that was painted by Michelangelo in 1508. This enormous ceiling, with scenes depicting the story of creation, took the artist over three years to complete it. The sad part of the story was that Michelagelo was paid very little for all of his efforts.
But maybe even more famous at the Vatican is St. Peter's Basilica, built over 1,500 years ago and whose cavernous interior can hold 60,000 people!
Located just east of the Roman Forum is the Colosseum, maybe the most famous building of Rome. It is built in the 70s AD and it is the largest amphitheatre built in the Roman empire with a height of almost 50 meters. The Romans used it for gladiatorial combat and it was originally capable of seating 50,000 spectators.
Now, almost 2000 years later, the colosseum isn’t that impressive anymore as in the Roman empire because it has suffert a couple of earthquakes and several fires. But the most damage is caused by the popes, who got their building materials for their churches and monuments the a easy way.
Despite of all the damage, the colosseum is one of the most impressive things I have seen in Rome.
The Trevi Fountain.
This is one of the most stunning attractions of Rome and every day it is visited by crowds of people, who throws many coins into the water. They do that because the legend says that, if you throw a coin over your left shoulder, you will ever return to Rome. As a result, the fountain actually grosses a large amount of money each year and most of this is donated to charity.
The water is turned off in the early hours of the morning and occasionally at other times for cleaning, so if it is empty when you arrive, make sure that you return to see it in full flow.
I have visited the Trevi Fountain at night, that was very beautiful because the fountain was all lighted up. I also throw a coin into the fountain and I do hope that I will return to Rome one day.
The Roman Forum.
Spreading along the valley floor between the Capitoline and Palatine hills you will find the Roman Forum. It was the commercial, political and religious centre of ancient Rome. There is much to see at this fine ruin, including large columns rising from the grass, repositioned pediments that help you to imagine what a wonderful building this once was, the Arch of Septimus Severus, the House of the Vestals, the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, the Temple of Saturn and the Arch of Titus.
I found the Roman Forum less impressing then the other thing such as the Colosseum or the Trevi Fountain, but I think you do have to see this if you ever visit Rome.
I hope you’ve learned something more about Rome after this presentation and I think it’s worth to visit Rome once in you’re life. Are there any questions???