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The National Museum of Castel Sant'Angelo, known to many as The Mausoleum of Hadrian, is a tomb to the Emperor Hadrian which details the buildings history through collections of ancient Roman artefacts including pottery, paintings and military weapons. Built over 2,000 years ago, the building was later turned into a fortress and was used as a refuge for several Popes – and it was even used as a prison.
The Roman Forum & Palatine Hill is the ancient city of Rome and is a must-see for an insight into the ancient culture. The Roman Forum is a collection of ruins and historic buildings which used to be a bustling market place, where you can explore the iconic pillars and churches nestled in the old cobbled streets. The Palatine Hill includes 17th century aviaries, an Imperial Palace and huge retaining walls. Rich in Roman mythology and legends, discover Rome’s ancient city.
The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel are a must-see when you visit Rome and they are one of the most renowned religious museums in the world. With endless displays of ancient art and sculpture, to frescoes and masterpieces by history’s most prominent artists, it’s one of Rome’s most popular destinations.
St Peter’s Basilica is Rome’s most famous church and one of the most important catholic landmarks in the world. As the holy epicentre of the Roman Catholic faith it’s vital to the history and culture of Rome – even to this day it is a place of global pilgrimage. With its impressive dome, gilt and marble interior it’s a wonder to behold not only for its symbolism but for its art and architecture, too.
Built over 2,000 years ago the Coliseum was constructed as an amphitheatre to host the city’s entertainment – and notoriously, the gladiator fights. It was designed to hold over 50,000 people and had a warren of underground tunnels as well as a hierarchy of levelled seating. The Coliseum’s main spherical structure still stands today and visitors can explore its hallways and walk up its steps to be transported back in time.