After a hearty lunch, it’s time to explore the sights of Rome. Few cities can rival Rome’s astonishing artistic and architectural heritage. The 3000-year history of the Italian capital can now be traced through all its main attractions: Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon recall the city’s golden age as “the capital of the world”, while its many monumental basilicas testify to its historical role as seat of the Catholic Church. Lording it over the skyline, St Peter’s Basilica is the Vatican’s epic showpiece church – a towering masterpiece of Renaissance architecture; and showy fountains add a baroque flourish to the city’s captivating streets.
Throughout history, the city played a major role in the great upheavals of Western art, expanding the boundaries of creative achievements. As a result, the city is flooded with priceless treasures. Ancient statues adorn world-class museums; Byzantine mosaics and Renaissance frescoes are complemented by baroque facades. Walking around the center and without even trying, you’ll come across masterpieces by the giants of Western art – sculptures by Michelangelo, canvases by Caravaggio, Raphael frescoes and fountains by Bernini.