Blakeway Worldwide Panoramas
Minnetonka, MN 55343 USA
Founded over 2,700 years ago, Rome is regarded as the birthplace of western civilization and home to some of the greatest ancient engineering marvels in the world. With over 3.8 million residents, the city continues to command international influence as one of the prime cultural centers of Europe and beyond.
The most famous among Rome's many landmarks are often ancient ruins, like the Roman Forum or iconic Coliseum. As the prime symbol of Rome for nearly 2,000 years, the Coliseum ruins once held over 50,000 spectators. The inauguration of this structure was extravagant and bloody, as was standard at the time; opening ceremonies lasted over 3 months, and many Gladiators and thousands of animals were brutally killed for entertainment.
Down the road is the Vittoriano - or Altare della Patria - completed in 1925 and dedicated to King Victor Emmanuel, first king of the unified country of Italy. The base of the building houses the famous museum of Italian Reunification. Despite its architectural style matching the iconic buildings present in so many areas of Rome, its facade is blaring white compared to the aged ruins seen elsewhere and has many colorful nicknames given to it by tourists and locals alike. A relatively modern destination frequented by tourists is Saint Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, located in the independent city-state of Vatican City. This district houses some of the finest treasures in the world and is the only absolute monarchy remaining in Europe.
Rome skyline pictures continue to hold our interest today, with seemingly countless destinations of historical interest within. While a city of antiquity, Rome photos continue to show us a city holding world influence, and will remain one of the most visited areas of tourism in the future.