Even a genius like Goethe was so overwhelmed by “church and palace, ruins and columns” that Rome left the poet speechless - for a short time. It’s not surprising. The sites in Rome are as conspicuous as they are extensive. The Eternal City gathered so many artefacts during its 3000 years that no computer has yet been able to catalogue them all. Rome has more churches than there are days in the year, each grander and more creative than the last. The pope is the owner of many of the Patriarchal basilicas. San Giovanni in Laterano, the Roman Catholic mother church, San Pietro in Vaticano (St. Peter’s), Santa Maria Maggiore and San Paolo fuori le Mura. Most pilgrims also include a visit to San Lorenzo, Santa Croce in Gerusalemme and San Sebastiano to complete the tour of the seven pilgrimage churches. Alongside the sacred there is the secular and also the Rome beneath the surface. Archaeologists are always making new exciting discoveries such as the 2000 year old Roman villa underneath the ultra modern auditorium Parco della Musica. The marble beauties of antiquity now live fashionably in the Palazzo Altemps and the Palazzo Massimo. The Capitoline Museums (Musei Capitolini), the oldest museums in the world, were creatively restored. And thanks to their success, many of the treasures that had at first only moved to the old power station Montemartini in the Via Ostiense for an interim period, have been allowed to remain in this unusual provisional setting. Rome shines again in its full historic splendour.
- Caracalla Thermal Baths all year-round
These majestic thermal baths, which were built during the reign of Caracalla in 216 after Christus, can be counted among the best preserved thermal facilities of the Roman Age. The complex was designed as a recreational area and it was particularly suitable for long day walking and for studying purposes. The ticket for the Caracalla baths is valid for 7 days from the date of issue and grants access to “Villa die Quintilli” and “Mausoleum Cecillia Metella”.For further info: http://www.archeoroma.beniculturali.it/en/archaeological-site/baths-caracalla
- National Roman Museum 13th January - 30th June 2013
Guided tours organized each Sunday by Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici di Roma to discover the 4 locations of National Roman Museum: Balbi Crypta, Altemps Palace, Massimo Palace, Diocleziano Thermal Baths. Tours are free for max group of 30 people. More information on http://archeoroma.beniculturali.it/en/node/864.
Flight offers to Rome
- Munich - Rome round trip