Rome

In a city so filled with landmarks and Christian faith, it can be hard to decide where to go first. Your interests will govern your choices, but certain choices are almost obligatory landmarks. We faced the same dilemma with my roof replacement colleagues, in deciding where to visit and where not to, in our limited 24-hour stay in Rome.

In this guide, I shall try to give you my honest opinion and preferences, based on the most frequented places in Rome, Italy, from a historical context.

 

Vatican City

The Vatican is the smallest independent state in the world with an area of less than half a square kilometer. Most of the city is enclosed by the Vatican walls. Inside the Vatican, there are palaces and gardens, including St. Peter’s Basilica, and St. Peter’s Square. The city is ruled by the pope, who is the supreme head of the Roman Catholic Church. Inside St. Peter’s Basilica you will find Michelangelo’s masterpiece, Pieta and alters by Bernini and others, a must-see attraction.

 

The Pantheon

The Pantheon is without a doubt the best-preserved monument of Roman antiquity. It has remained intact for 2000 years. It was rebuilt after damage by fire in AD 80 and features extraordinary high technical mastery of Roman builders. It is a 43-meter dome and represents the supreme achievement of Roman interior architecture.

 

National Roman Museum

If you want to soak yourself in as much as Rome’s history, heritage, and culture, then you have to visit the National Roman Museum. This museum doesn’t house its entire collection in one spot. Instead, its exhibits can be found in multiple locations across the city. Roman artifacts and jewelry can be found within the incredible Palazzo Massimo ale Terme. Should you want to admire the incredible choice of marble and inspiring sculptures, then you visit Palazzo Altemps. Take a closer look at Roman baths found at the restored historical spot of the Baths of Diocletian.

 

Palatine Hill

 

The Palatine Hill is one of the seven Hills of Rome and has links to Roman mythology. Allegedly, it was where a wolf found the twin boys Romulus and Remus and took care of them until a shepherd rescued them. Palatine Hill is the place where Rome was founded. Today, you will find ruins, but during the Imperial era, the hill was completely built up with large palaces.

 

Spanish steps

Spanish steps represent a truly monumental stairway of 135 steps. They were built with French funding between 1721 and 1725 with the aim of linking the Bourbon Spanish embassy to the Holy See with French church, Trinita dei Monti. The steps are usually very crowded and attract tourists as well as locals who use them as a gathering place. May of each year, they are decorated with pink azaleas. At the foot of the Spanish Steps you will find the Piazza di Spagna – Spanish Square, and the Fontana della Barcaccia – which is a sober fountain designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

There are many other historical attractions including; Trevi Fountain, Vatican Museums, Roman Forum, Piazza Navona, and many others.

Must-Visit Places to Go in Baltimore, MD for History Buffs

Charm City is home to countless historical sites and monuments. If you enjoy learning about the history of America’s most influential cities, then you’ll love visiting beautiful Baltimore. During your stay in Baltimore, MD, be sure to visit the following best sights.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Oriole Park is a Major League Baseball ballpark that opened in April of 1992. This was the first “retro” major league ballpark built during the 1990s and early 2000s. Today, it is a popular place to visit, whether you’re into history or just a baseball fan. Take a tour of Oriole Park at Camden Yards and see the club level suites, press level and the Orioles dugout.

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Did you know that Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine actually inspired the iconic “Star Spangled Banner”? During the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812, Fort McHenry went under attack. After that, it stayed an active military post for over a century. In 1933, the location was managed by the National Park Service. Today, travelers can visit the park and learn about the fort’s vast history.

Fells Point

Fells Point is a neighborhood in Baltimore known for its live music, taverns, pubs and unique history. Walk the cobblestone streets and check out the main square. There is a whole lot of history to see and learn about in this area, including the development of the neighborhood’s Victorian homes. Some historic buildings in this area include The Robert Long House, Lloyd Street Synagogue, and the Saint Patrick Catholic Church.

USS Torsk

The USS Torsk is a Tench-class submarine that was laid down by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 1944. Its first launch was in September of 1944 and it was later commissioned in December. The sub was armed with ten torpedo tubes and acted as the backbone of the Navy’s submarine force during World War II. Visitors in Baltimore have the opportunity to tour this historic ship and get a glimpse of what it was like to be a part of the war decades ago.

Federal Hill Park

Federal Hill Park spans more than 10 acres on the south shore of the Inner Harbor. In the 1700s, the hill was mined for raw materials, such as bricks, sand for mortar, and red pigment for paint. In 1788, more than 4,000 people in Baltimore marched through the city in a parade organized by Commodore Joshua Barney, a Revolutionary War hero. The parade was designed to celebrate the ramification of the U.S. Constitution. At the end of the celebration, a 15-foot model ship was sailed out of the harbor, giving the park its name.

Visiting Historic Baltimore

Baltimore attracts more than 26 million visitors each year. Many of these travelers’ flock to the city to see the historic sites and learn about its unique history. If you are planning a visit to Baltimore, be sure to check out some of these amazing landmarks.

 

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