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10 Attractions Not to Miss in Rome
Rome is famously known as the eternal city and its seemingly endless past is made immediately apparent to backpackers. Many Rome hostels allow travelers easy access to the city's most iconic landmarks.

Colosseum: One of the most outstanding examples of Roman engineering is the Colosseum, situated opposite the Roman Forum. Built in the 1st century AD by Vespasianus, it was the venue for public spectacles such as gladiatorial battles and re-enactments of mythological tales.

Pantheon: The Pantheon is another Roman feat of architecture and has the biggest brick dome of any known building. It was created as a temple to the gods of Ancient Rome around 25BC before being appropriated by Hadrian in 126AD.

Roman Forum: The Roman Forum can be found between Rome's Palatine Hill and Capitoline Hill and represents the center of ancient Rome. Within its complex is the House of the Vestal Virgins and the Imperial Regia.

Basilica Di Santa Maria Maggiore: Backpackers can make their way to the summit of Esquiline Hill to see the only Roman basilica that still retains its original structure.

Piazza Del Campidoglio by Michelangelo: A short walk away is the Piazza del Campidoglio, which was built in 1546. It is a symbol of the impact Michaelango and the Renaissance has had on the design and architecture of the city.

Palazzo Del Quirinale: Another example of Renaissance influence is Palazzo de Quirinale. Located on the tallest of Rome's seven hills, it is the official residence of the President of Italy and has housed Popes and Kings.

Fontana Di Trevi: The Trevi Fountain, featuring sculptures of Agrippa and the Roman virgin Trivia, can be found in the Rione area of the capital city and illustrates the baroque style of design that was all the rage in the 18th century.

Monument Of Vittorio Emanuele II: For a move to the neo-classic era and a distinct change in mood, travelers can head to the Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II, or Altar of the Fatherland. Built to honor the first King of a unified Italy, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, representing those Italians who died during World War I, is also located here.

EUR District: Backpackers traveling in Rome can complete a historical tour of the city by viewing the EUR district. Designed by the architect Marcello Piacentini, it was commissioned by Benito Mussolini during the Fascist era.

Vatican City: Traveling to Rome provides an opportunity to take a trip to Vatican City. The small independent country uniquely situated in the centre of Italy's capital is the symbolic heart of Catholicism and the administrative headquarters of the Pope.
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Before settling down and becoming a copywriter for HostelBookers.com Paul Scottyn did a backpacking tour of Italy, he checked out a variety of hostels in Italy including some Rome hostels.
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