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Archaeological Sites of Rome – A Glimpse Into The Distant Past

With nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, culture, and architecture, Rome is a must-visit city for any traveler and especially a history buff. Packed with over a dozen archaeological sites and ancient ruins, the capital of Italy offers a striking glimpse into the distant past where the ancient Romans fought, sung, gossiped and built structures that to this day inspires generations.

The Colosseum

We simply have to start with probably the most iconic landmark in Rome, the legendary Colosseum is also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre.

Completed all the way back in 80 AD, it is an arena unmatched by its size and importance that used to hold as many as 80,000 spectators that would witness intense gladiator battles, animal hunts, dramas and more.

Today it’s not only one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world but a gateway to the fascinating past and the archaeological site that survived almost 2,000 years of different eras, wars, and earthquakes.

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The Colosseum

Baths of Caracalla

Located near the Appian Way,  the Baths of Caracalla left an impressive historic footprint and a glimpse into the ancient luxury.

Built in the years of 212 and 216 AD, not only it was 100,000 square meters of entertainment and social buzz, but also a second largest imperial baths in Rome capable of accommodating 10,000 people.

Romans used to come here to maintain their hygiene, engage in social life, walk in the splendid gardens or visit the pagan gods in the temple. Today, you can walk in their footsteps, and marvel at once pulsing and luxurious ancient leisure centre.

Baths of Caracalla
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Imperial Forums

We are going even deeper into the ancient past with a series of public squares built in Rome between 46 BC and 113 AD with Julius Caesar being the first to build in this section of the city.

These remarkable ancient areas held intriguing public and government affairs and celebrated the power of Caesar. Even though the areas and ancient spaces are not open to the public, they can be viewed from the street in full of their glory and beauty.

The Pantheon

One of the most well-preserved sites of ancient Rome and another attraction getting tons of attention from the visitors. Completed by Emperor Hadrian in 125 AD, its extensive dome that reigned as the largest on the planet for centuries combined with both striking interiors and exteriors can make you love history even more!

Being used as a church for many years helped preserving the historic building to the high-quality archaeological site that it is today, while millions of people flock to see a place of extraordinary architecture and feel to it.

The Pantheon
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Theatre of Marcellus

Where dramas and ancient songs echoed between its ancient walls, the Theatre of Marcellus was constructed all the way back in 13 BC and this beautiful open-air theatre was the most important and the largest one in Ancient Rome.

The theatre’s fine and exemplary architecture became an inspiration for the future architects and constructions, while today it is divided into smaller apartments with its surroundings even being used for small summer concerts.

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Trevi Fountain
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St Peter’s Basilica
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Castel Sant’Angelo

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