Toss a coin over your shoulder into Rome’s Trevi Fountain and start planning your next trip to Rome. Legend says that when you leave money in the sculpted pool, you are guaranteed to return to the Eternal City. And why not return? You’ll have another chance to explore the marble statues frolicking on the water-cascading facade. Along with muscular representations of the ocean, health and abundance, there are 30 species of plants intricately carved into the fountain.
Rome’s legendary sites might be a letdown after a stay in Waldorf Astoria’s Rome Cavalieri Hotel. Roman opulence surrounds you at every turn, from the moment you make a grand entrance in the art-filled lobby to each course of fine Italian cuisine at the 3 Michelin-stars La Pergola. Viva Italia!
Rome. The name alone encourages you to wander and see what riches you stumble upon. A few to consider: the Roman Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain where you can toss in a coin and wish to stay in this ancient city forever.
Once, a 24-year-old man tried to drive a Toyota Celica down them, but mostly Rome’s Spanish Steps -- the widest staircase in Europe -- are used as a backdrop for lovers taking photographs of each other. The 138 steps are ground zero for visitors to meet. Just don’t meet there for lunch -- eating on the steps is strictly forbidden. Especially Big Macs. A McDonald’s built nearby in 1986 sparked protests that led to the founding of the international “slow food” movement.
Leave current election-year campaigns behind to visit an ancient site where modern politics was born. Between eras of rule by kings and emperors, the Roman Forum was where the first senate and republican government held court. Today, it is an archeological site of ruins, temples and royal residences that stretch back to the 7th century B.C. Walk the same streets as Julius Caesar once did and imagine witnessing speeches, trials, even gladiator matches here.
After you’ve marveled at Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, one of the greatest artistic feats in the world, take the spiral staircase to exit the chapel and the Vatican Museums in Rome will inspire just as much awe. There’s no resisting taking a photo of the dizzyingly intertwined staircases built in a double helix formation in 1932 long before the double helix DNA strand was discovered in 1953.
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