A visit to historic Rome
The 2017 Mediterranean season is in full swing with Pullmantur Cruises, with both Horizon and Sovereign positioned within the region throughout the summer. These itineraries can take you to a range of destinations throughout the eastern and western reaches of this sun-kissed part of Europe. From charming beach islands to beautiful cities, you will not be disappointed with the itineraries on offer with Pullmantur.
Rome is undoubtedly one of the most popular cities to visit in the Mediterranean and can be accessed via the port of Civitavecchia. Home to an array of spectacular architecture and a vast history, you will be spoilt for choice with things to do and see during your time in the Italian capital. We take a look at some of the things that are best enjoyed during a day visit to Rome on board a Pullmantur cruise this summer.
If you are visiting Rome for the first time, you will undoubtedly want to see the landmarks of Ancient Rome. The Colosseum is a must-visit landmark and is one of the seven modern wonders of the world. Built more than 2,000 years ago, it once housed gladiator contests to entertain the masses and a tour of this iconic building will leave you utterly speechless. Elsewhere, the Pantheon is one of the best-preserved buildings in Ancient Rome and is thought to have been completed by Emperor Hadrian back in 118AD. It remains a place of worship and prayer to this day.
Religious landmarks in Rome
With more than 900 churches situated in Rome, it can be difficult to know which one or which ones to visit. St Peter and St Paul are both thought to have founded the church in Rome, with the first churches being built at the places within which people decided to worship. Since the 4th century AD, there have been four major churches and these exist to this day in the form of four basilicas. St Peter’s, St. Paul Outside the Walls, Santa Maria Maggiore and San Giovanni. Whichever church you visit in Rome, you are almost certain to discover astonishing décor that will take your breath away.
Piazzas and their fountains
There are many piazzas that are worth seeing during your time in Rome, but the most renowned of these is the Pizza Navona. Historically, this square has been known for being a local marketplace since the 15th century – during which time it was also decorated in Baroque style. During your time in the piazza, you can admire the fountain, the Obelisk of Domitian and the surrounding churches. Another renowned square is the Piazza di Trevi which, as the name suggests, is home to the famous Trevi Fountain; and the Piazza di Spagna, where you’ll find the romantic Spanish Steps.
Rome is just one of the many impressive cities of the Mediterranean, with other popular destinations including Athens, Barcelona and Venice. Wherever you decide to travel, you will be able to take advantage of an all-inclusive package which includes all meals, drinks, on board entertainment and much more.