• Posted:Thursday, September 23, 2010
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A Roman holiday draws to a close

In order to get that little bit more time in Rome I booked a late evening flight home; a great way of getting another day of a trip in without having to pay for that extra night’s accommodation. The kind folk at Funny Palace Hostel looked after my bags for the day so I could go out and get in one last taste of Rome. 

I had a lot of my must see sights checked off my list after a very hectic but enjoyable few days so I could go at my leisure today before making my way to the airport. One place I had yet to check off the list was the Pantheon – one of the best preserved buildings of ancient Rome. This temple dates back to 27 BC and is regarded as one of the most important achievements in ancient Roman architecture. Outside, the Pantheon is undergoing some restoration so there was scaffolding covering half of the front interior, however you can still appreciate its grandeur and size, especially when you have a look inside. Like most of Rome’s churches, the Pantheon is like a museum with its amazing decorative interior and sculptures. In front of the Pantheon you will find another of Rome’s piazzas - the Piazza della Rotonda. This area is a busy one as people visit the Pantheon and just sit back and people watch around the fountain in the piazza.

The next part of Rome left to sample was to take a look at its shopping district, namely Via del Corso if you are looking for mainly high street brands. If you are shopping for some upmarket designer labels I suggest you base yourself and your credit card on Via Condotti! Via del Corso is one of the main streets in the centre of Rome and you will come across many European high street names as well as those specific to Rome. I started from Via del Plebiscito and walked all the way up towards the pedestrianised end of the street which will lead you to Piazza del Popolo. As well as many beautiful shops you will also find some breathtaking architecture on Via del Corso and you can also stop off in Piazza Colonna, which is the political centre of Rome.

As my departure time was looming I paid one last visit to the Spanish Steps and Piazza di Spagna as I really enjoyed the atmosphere and energy around here. It may be full of tourists but it is still a great area. In fact, I think most of Rome and its top attractions will be full of tourists during most of the year, it’s a popular destination that people will continue to return to. Some travellers will avoid this simply because of this reason, but when it comes to Rome I strongly recommend that you just grin and bear the crowds as there is something about Rome that you won’t get from any other city. Most European cities are steeped in history and have some beautiful architecture to boast. However, in Rome this is everywhere! When you turn a street corner or come to a piazza, you really don’t know what will await you. Iconic attractions lie at every turn and you can just sit back by a fountain or in a restaurant terrace sampling some amazing Italian food as you take in some of the world’s most ancient and spectacular sites.

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