Exploring Rome Italy

By Frank Benitez  

Rome Italy is one of the most popular traveler destinations in the European Union, It is the capital city of Italy and is Italy's largest and most crowded city, with over 2 millions residents. It is located in the central-western section of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber River.

Rome's history as a city spans over two and a half thousand years, as one of the founding cities of Western Civilization. Rome has a considerable place in Christianity and is the present day home of the Roman Catholic Church and the site of the Vatican City, an sovereign city-state run by the Catholic Church within as an enclave of Rome.

These are the 10 top places to visit while in Rome:

The Colosseum
The oval building is immense, measuring 188m by 156m and reaching a height of more than 48 meter (159 ft). The Colosseum could contain some 55,000 spectators who could enter the building through no less than 80 entrances.

Above the ground are four stories, the upper storey contained seating for lower classes and women. The lowest story was preserved for prominent citizens. Below the ground were rooms and cages containing wild animals and mechanical devices. The cages could be hoisted, enabling the animals to appear in the middle of the arena.

The Forum
The forum was the center of political, commercial and judicial life in ancient Rome. The principal buildings were the basilicas, where legal cases were heard. For many it was the center of the universe.

The Pantheon
The Pantheon is the oldest standing domed structure in Rome, originally built as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome. It is the best preserved of all Roman buildings, and perhaps the best-conserved building of its age in the world. It has been in continuous use throughout its history, since the 7th century, the Pantheon has been used as a Roman Catholic Church.

St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
St. Peter's Basilica (Italian San Pietro in Vaticano) is a major basilica in Vatican City, an enclave of Rome. St. Peter's was until recent times the largest church ever. Emperor Constantine, the first Christian emperor of Rome, ordered to build a basilica on Vatican Hill. The site was symbolic: this was the place where Saint Peter, the chief apostle, was buried in 64 A.D. Other popes are also buried in and below the basilica.

The Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain, certainly the most famous and spectacular fountain in Rome. The fountain is the terminal part of the Vergine aqueduct built by Agrippa, a general of Augustus, in 19 B.C. to bring the water coming from the Salone springs, 19 km away, to Rome. Around 3,000 euros are thrown into the fountain each day. The money has been used to fund a supermarket for Rome's needy. However, there are regular attempts to steal coins from the fountain.

Villa Borghese
Villa Borghese is considered the city's most significant green space. Painted by famous artists, the muse and inspiration of writers and celebrated musicians, Villa Borghese is perhaps Rome's best-known 'villa', or park. Exclusive in the world for its concentration of cultural institutions, the park contains five museums and is ringed by a string of overseas academies representing Romania, Egypt, Sweden, Denmark, Austria and Britain.

Piazza di Spagna
Initially the piazza was divided into two parts, the French Square and the Spanish Square. The stairway consist of 138 steps, they were designed by Francesco de Sanctis and built by french diplomat √Čtienne Gueffiers in 1627-29. During Christmas time a 19th-century crib is displayed on the first landing of the staircase and in May, part of the steps are covered by pots of azaleas.

 Capitoline Museums
The Capitoline Museums are composed of three main buildings; Palazzo Senatorio, Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo, surrounding the Piazza del Campidoglio and interlinked by an underground gallery beneath the piazza. they were built on the Campidoglio as part of the design of the Square drawn up by Michelangelo.

Vatican Museums
The Vatican Museums are among the greatest museums in the world, since they display works from the immense collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church throughout the centuries, originated as a group of sculptures collected by Pope Julius II and placed in what today is the "Cortile Ottagono" within the museum complex.

Arco di Costantino
The Arch was built at the beginning of the fourth century in honor of Constantine, following the victory over Maxentius. It is considered one of the last great monuments to be constructed by the Romans. It stands beside the Colosseum in the huge square which in summer is the site for one of the proceedings of the Estate Romana.

Great Reasons to Take a Maui Vacation

By Crystal McKenzie  

When individuals start thinking about planning their vacation, they may have a variety of places in mind from which to choose. These choices can often be narrowed down by considering factors such as choice of climate, tourist popularity at that time of the year and overall cost of the vacation. For those who are looking to vacation in a spot where sunshine and beautiful views are ever present, then Maui might just be the perfect vacation spot to choose. The following paragraphs will highlight some great reasons why a Maui vacation is a must.

Wonderful Climate and Accommodating Weather

For many vacationers, when choosing a vacation spot they often prefer to choose places where the climate is favorable and the weather is accommodating. Maui is a prime spot for those individuals who want a supreme climate and spectacular weather. The average temperature in Maui remains in the 70s throughout the year and sunshine each day is quite likely. For those who are looking for a nice, warm spot where sun is a great probability each day, Maui is worth the trip.

Breathtaking Views

For those who wish to enjoy the scenery while on vacation, individuals who travel to Maui to do so will not be disappointed. From its impressive volcanic mountains to the sparkling waters and pristine beaches, Maui offers a little something for everyone who steps upon its shores. Keep in mind that these views can be seen throughout the island and individuals who are simply walking on the streets can enjoy some type of beautiful scenery.

Plenty of Things to Do and Experience on Maui

It can honestly be stated that one will surely not be bored during their vacation on the Hawaiian island of Maui. For the nature lovers out there, hiking, biking and tours throughout the natural countryside of Maui are sure to please. For those who are looking for activities related to the water, whale watching, fishing, boating and sunbathing are just a few of the many water-related options available to vacationers.

Maui is also known for its spectacular restaurants, shops and golf courses. Whether an individual on vacation in Maui wishes to while the day away tasting a variety of fabulous cuisines or play a few rounds on some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world, Maui is the place to do so.

Enjoy the Arts

For those who appreciate the arts, Maui is home to a number of fabulous art galleries. Individuals who wish to tour the galleries or perhaps even purchase a unique painting or sculpture to take home with them, they are sure to find a gallery in which to do so. Many individuals are unaware of the fact that Maui is a popular art spot and for this reason, vacationers who are interested in a variety of arts are sure to find something that peaks their interest along the art avenues of Maui.

Romantic

Although Maui is not exclusively for couples, it is definitely one of the most romantic spots in Hawaii, if not the world. With its wonderful scenery and vast array of couple's activities, it is hard not to feel the romance in the air while visiting Maui. This is why Maui is quite popular amongst newlyweds who come to the area on their honeymoon. Individuals coming to Maui for a romantic time with their loved one can choose to have a secluded romantic time with their significant other or enjoy the romance amongst the masses. Love is definitely in the air on the island of Maui.

Spectacular Nightlife

Frequently, individuals who go on vacation are looking to stay on the go as much as possible and take in all that the vacation spot has to offer them. For this reason, it is important to highlight the great nightlife that one can experience while in Maui. Whether an individual wants to find an open-air bar in which to indulge in a couple of tropical drinks or if that person would rather dance the night away, both of these options are available to individuals on vacation in Maui. Whatever the desire, Maui is sure to offer options for vacationers.

Friendly Atmosphere

Maui is also a tourist spot, which is known for its friendly residents and fun tourists. There is a friendliness factor evident throughout Maui, which makes individuals on vacation there feel extremely welcomed and at home. What better way to spend a vacation than one surrounded by friendly individuals?

Best Beaches

Maui is a wonderful vacation spot for those individuals who are looking to enjoy the days on the beach. With its beautiful sand and shimmering water, the beaches in Maui are some of the best in the region, if not the world. In fact, the beach, which was voted the best in the world, is located right on Maui, which is Wailea Beach. Wailea Beach is one which tourists must see while on vacation in Maui.

Maui has so much to offer those who decide to vacation on the island. Whether one is looking to engage in exhilarating outdoor activities or simply achieve a little rest and relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Maui is sure to please. When one chooses Maui as a vacation spot, they are sure to find something in the area, which makes them want to return time and time again.